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Dolphins and whales may appear to be totally alien to us. But with their mental ability, group communication and the recent discovery that dolphins have individual names, they are closer to us than we ever imagined. Ace underwater cameramen Doug Allan and Didier Noirot embark on a quest to film the most amazing stories of whales and dolphins across the ocean world. Teaming up with the world's top cetacean scientists, they uncover new insights into the lives of these extraordinary animals that will redefine how we see them forever. And includes a bonus Blu-ray copy!]]>
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The first episode focuses on the courtship, mating, and parenthood of whales, although it also gives the viewer a glimpse of the blue whale's mysterious feeding off the coast of Sri Lanka. We get up-close, underwater glimpses of the gentle orgy of the right whale and of the violent, aggressive chase of the humpback. The second episode explores the higher level thought exhibited by these creatures. From dolphins playing from bubble rings to highly evolved and group-specific hunting methods, the cleverness displayed is amazing. The last episode concentrates on vocalizations used for communication, echolocation, and hunting.
The two-disc version comes with a regular DVD and a Blu-Ray one. If you have a Blu-Ray player, take care to select the right disc because the photography is breathtaking, especially on a large-screen TV. The advantage of having both formats is the ability to watch the documentary on both types of players.
The camera men risked their lives to shoot these images. Because some species view air bubbles as a sign of aggression, the camera men often descend among them only with snorkels; one swipe of a massive tail could drown them. In the Arctic, the extreme cold, even with scuba gear, gave the camera man mere minutes before hypothermia started to set in. For viewers, their determination pays off in unforgettable footage. In true Nature style.Read more ›
The footage was also not up to par with your traditional BBC documentary. Part of it might have to do with the color grading process which is always excellent in most BBC shows. And some of the locations you will recognize from other documentaries (after all, they aren't going to skip something just because its been filmed before).
Regardless, although this series wasn't all that I had hoped it would be, there was some pretty interesting content that I had never seen before, especially in episodes 2 and 3. If I had known about the style ahead of time I might not have bought it, but in the end I'm glad I did.
Overall, one cannot quibble with the photography - it's simply amazing. To see these giants so close up is just amazing. It's notable that there has been very little footage in the past of the Blue Whale, and this series covers it well, showing how its body is so narrow yet so massive. There is also a lot of footage of other interesting cetaceans, including the Sperm Whale and the river dolphins in the Amazon.
If I had to lodge any complaint (and I hesitate to use that word because the series was overall very good), it would be that it doesn't have the sweeping grandeur of other BBC Earth documentaries I have seen. The music isn't quite right, and there is a lot of footage of scientists which, while necessary to the stories, takes away from the overall feel of the series.
Most importantly, the narration of John Benjamin Hickey just doesn't cut it. Admittedly, he has a hard act to follow compared to David Attenborough (the gold standard of nature documentary narrators), but his narration isn't as smooth or dramatic as other series I have seen. Even Tilda Swinton in 'Galapagos', who wasn't quite as good a narrator as David Attenborough, was better than Hickey. Although not completely distracting, this was the low point of the series.Read more ›
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I see quite a few great reviews for this item and wanted to offer a more critical review. There are quite a few things that would surprise die hard BBC Earth fans. Read morePublished 3 months ago by p. Wade
Fabulous program with incredible photography and information on all cetaceans. I cannot recommend it highly enough to anyone interested in the oceans and their amazing mammal... Read morePublished 4 months ago by JayTee
When it comes to nature documentaries, BBC EARTH collection tops it all. This is the best documentary about whales. Must see documentary. Bravo.Published 7 months ago by NYFB
This is a very entertaining and beautifully filmed documentary. The blu ray picture quality really is amazing. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Michael pentland
If you love whales you will be thrilled with this video and if you never thought about whales one way of the other, you will find this video fascinating. Read morePublished on February 6, 2014 by Songbird
The video consists of 3 episodes of a series of encounters with great whales and dolphin groups in various parts of the world. Read morePublished on December 22, 2013 by Bill W
It's funny my daughter only loves the dolphin parts. There are lots of interesting info about these ocean animals in it.Published on September 3, 2013 by Amazon Customer
What a wonderful experience for me to view the wonder you created with such high quality workmanship; it was thought provokingPublished on August 6, 2013 by Carole Darin