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In telling the epic story of the reptiles and amphibians - the most enduringly successful animals ever to walk on land - David Attenborough completes his overview of life on the planet. The very latest technology enables extraordinary and previously unseen behaviour to be captured in intimate detail, overturning the myth that cold blooded life is slow, solitary and primitive and revealing these creatures to be as dramatic, social, sophisticated and passionate as warm blooded animals. As with Life in the Undergrowth, this series will change the audience's perceptions forever - giving them a new, warm-hearted relationship with Life in Cold Blood.

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Billed as the last in David Attenborough's series of Life nature documentaries, Life in Cold Blood leaves you hoping that proves not to be the case. For once more, as he has done many times in his distinguished career, Attenborough gently--and unobtrusively--delivers an utterly fascinating insight into the world in which we live. Life in Cold Blood looks at reptiles and amphibians, bringing into focus a series of creatures very much of all shapes and sizes. Across the episodes that make up the series, the filmmakers delve into the lives and mannerisms of its subjects with some quite stunning camera work, bringing to our screens things that have quite simply never been seen before. As much as perhaps we shouldn't take for granted the heights that Attenborough's work easily scales, Life in Cold Blood happily matches the standards of his earlier series. Often genuinely jaw-dropping, and never less than completely absorbing, the DVD set is rounded off with some equally intriguing bonus features that delve into the complex production of the program itself. If Life in Cold Blood really does bring the Life series to an end, then that's even more reason to cherish it. Regardless, this is an extraordinary series that'll make you look at snakes, frogs, crocodiles, and turtles in very different ways. Unmissable. --Simon Brew

Special Features

  • 5 episodes over 2 discs plus a 10 minute featurette for each episode

Product Details

  • Actors: David Attenborough
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 5, 2008
  • Run Time: 292 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0018F0QS2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,952 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Life in Cold Blood" on IMDb

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By Mark E. Benjamin on August 8, 2008
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A David Attenborough film as I have grown accustomed to see them. Short sequences so beautiful that they take my breath away and nearly take my attention away from the subject. Nearly, yet they never do, just as Attenborough himself, appearing as a charming guide, never attracts attention away from but always to the filmed frog or chameleon, filmed not as an object but as an individual with whom Attenborough empathizes.
As usual with Attenborough films, this one abounds in most colorful animals, rarest animals, most fascinating behavior, recent scientific observations... As usual, Attenborough's assistants, scientists and filmmakers of great talent, are never an eye sore but discretely shown in separate parts where they seem appropriate and even necessary.
A masterpiece, comparable only to other films by the same Great Artist.
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Life in Cold Blood: Another Triumph for David Attenborough!

Reptiles and Amphibians have been given a bad rap in human esteem. David Attenborough, in his continuing series of natural history documentary programs, brings us a very different view of reptiles and amphibians in this five part documentary series.
I have anticipated "Life in Cold Blood" with eager anticipation.

The five part series begins with "The Cold Blooded Truth". David points out that the idea of "cold bloodedness" (poikilothermy), is a little misleading, in terms of our understanding about reptiles and amphibians and their nature, are concerned. Slow and dimwitted has been the general concept, but the truth is much different. The fact is that reptiles can actively control their metabolism and body temperature, and are capable of very dynamic lives, tender moments, spectacular displays, blinding speed in catching their prey, and touching parental care and affection.

What I Like About This Documentary Film.

1. Wildlife cinematography

The film footage of the variety of reptiles and amphibians in Life in Cold Blood, is extraordinary. Crisp and succinct footage showing the viewer the behavior, colors, and diversity of these animals is breathtaking. This has been true of all of the "Life of" series, especially in recent years. Time lapse photography, thermal imaging, infrared imaging, ultraviolet imaging, night vision and computers are all used in this film. It is a beautiful manifestation of wildlife cinematography.

2. Music.

Yes, music. Music is used very strategically in this documentary. Beautiful classical music emphasize, and highlight, the film footage.
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In his latest, and last, installment in the 'Life' series, David Attenborough brings us another masterpiece in nature documentary. If you are a fan of his earlier works, this is just as engaging and well filmed. The series is broken into five parts, each 50 minutes long with a "behind the scenes" segment which lasts 10 minutes. In all you receive 5 hours of film for under 30 dollars...a bargain.
No fan of nature documentary, or David Attenborough, should be without this wonderful work.
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I had been hoping for a reptile/amphibium documentary from the BBC Life folks for a long time (intially thought Life In The Undergrowth might be it :) There have been precious few reptile/amphibium documentaries ever done (the PBS Nature version is terrible), so this was a very welcome surprise.

GOOD POINTS:
- very educational with respect to the evolution and natural history of the different animals
- some really superb photography
- 5 episodes, allows for reasonable coverage. I would have liked more... like 20 hrs of my favorite subject. :)
- like all BBC docs, has the resolution to fully fill a 16:9 screen w/o the black bars... looks great.

LESS GOOD POINT:
- a bit more of David on screen than I would prefer (have felt the same of most of the Life series). This series has perhaps the most of David on camera, and I am really most interested in the subjects. Also, there is some handling of subjects in the field that is not the best example to set.

But all in all it is quite a nice documentary and a 'must have' for long time amateur herpatologists like me. I believe most anybody with an interest in the Life series will enjoy this, and kids of course. Highly recommended!
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I just loved it! It does not compare the visually exquisite filming of 'Life', but the information it provides is just as interesting. David Attenborough makes more appearances in this film which I enjoy, and he does an incredible job of personifying a group of animals that most people find dull, boring, and unemotional. After watching this, you will think just the opposite! He will cover species of reptiles with fascinating behaviors like that of many mammals (even humans!), and change your perspective completely. This is a great film, so add it to your collection!
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David Attenborough is THE standard which all nature docs are measured by. I know some of the footage has been used in other similar docs...but I guess that's to be expected.
Even so, it's wonderful footage. Reptiles are less interesting than most other animal/plant subjects (for me), but I still enjoyed this program nearly as much as every other Attenborough DVD I own.
I don't like reptiles, but David makes them more acceptable/tolerable. His understanding and perspective provides the kind of view that I'd want my children exposed to...to help guide them to appreciate rather than fear the less attractive creatures we share the planet with.
4 stars: because I think Planet Earth, Frozen Planet, Blue Planet, etc, are better productions. I like the added sound effects, like sword play during lobster duels.
I think it's the overexposure to American TV that has affected my opinion. Like barking the tires on a dirt road in the Dukes of Hazzard. (Yeee Haaaw!)
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