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Four years in the making, filmed over 3000 days, across every continentand in every habitat, Life is the latest wildlife blockbuster from the BBCs award-winning Natural History Unit, the producers of Planet Earth and The Blue Planet. Packed with excitement, revelation, entertainment, and stunning screen firsts, this breathtaking ten-part epic presents 130incredible stories from the frontiers of the natural world. Discover theglorious variety of life onEarth and the spectacular and extraordinary tactics animals and plants have developed to stay alive. This is evolution in action; individual creatures under extreme pressure to overcome challenges from adversaries and their environment, pushing the boundaries of behavior.
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And another big problem I have with her "LIFE" series video is the fact that there are places in these videos where "rough" places HAVE BEEN CENSORED! (this "LIFE" series has 4 discs.....Attenborough's has 5.....duh, gee, I wonder why?) The Attenborough series shows illustrates that nature is NOT a utopia for animals in the wild...his series is HONEST! His series shows it as it really is, and not some sick, watered down version of what people like Oprah "think" life in the wild "should" be like. But, in Oprah's series, they have to censor those "naughty" scenes so as not to offend those Hollywood sissies delicate sensibilities, those same people who love those hot dogs and hamburgers, but not even knowing how that tasty meat got there! Just like a news article that was written with bias and censorship, I did the same thing with these discs as I would do with the article....I tossed it in the trash! I watched 3 discs and was so disgusted, that I didn't even watch the 4th. Again, stay far away from this "nature series", unless you're 6 years old. But - purchase the other "LIFE" series that is narrated by the master of nature, David Attenborough. He's walked the walk and will give this series to you honestly and without censorship! You're guaranteed to get your monies worth with him.
What I did not remember was how often the same footage was reused throughout the DVDs. I was really disappointed that they used the same footage for so many different parts of the series.
On the other hand, my two year old seems to love it-but then again she would be willing to watch one movie over and over again all day long.
There is some really amazing footage and information in each part of the series but if I remember correctly, when some of the information was repeated.
There is no way I would be willing to pay full price for this DVD set.
The discs include a short "making of" documentary of each episode, which is even more astonishing than the content. The months, sometimes years (!) spent setting up particular shots or scenes, the incredible danger and inhospitable environments, the luck both bad- and good- endured by the crews.
David Attenborough narrates. Unlike many documentaries, he is perfectly understandable (on headphones) without subtitles (though they are available).
The music is varied and tasteful and contributes. Sound design -- added bubbles or rustling noises or animal cries -- are appropriate and nicely dubbed in stereo. Even subtle humor sometimes is snuck in: the segment on Venus Flytraps has tiny burps dubbed in as the flowers reopen after a kill.
Extensive use of time lapse photography and slow motion photography illuminate trends and action impossible to discern in normal time.
Pacing is fast, almost too fast sometimes, with interesting shots and story lines rushing by as fast as you can absorb them.
And of course the visuals -- ah, to die for.
It doesn't get any better than this.