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Life [Blu-ray] (Sous-titres français)

Oprah Winfrey    Unrated   Blu-ray
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This enthralling BBC series examines "the lengths living beings go to to stay alive," in the words of Sir David Attenborough (Oprah Winfrey narrates the Discovery Channel version). Aided by breathtaking high-definition cinematography, the makers of Planet Earth explore the more colorful strategies the world's creatures employ to procreate, evade predators, and obtain nourishment. Cameras travel though the air, under the water, and right into the faces of insects, like the alien visage of the stalk-eyed fly. Except for "Challenges of Life" and "Hunters and Hunted," each episode covers a different category, such as mammals and birds. Among the more memorable images: three cheetahs move with the relentless rhythm of mobsters, a school of flying fish glides through the air with the grace of ballerinas, and a Jesus Christ lizard skips across the water, like, well, you know. The strangest sights range from a pebble toad bouncing away from a spider like a rubber ball and brown-tufted capuchin monkeys pounding palm nuts with stone tools like the apes in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Witty writing and skillful editing, which distills thousands of hours of footage, make the learning go down easy (at one point, Sir David references Jurassic Park, which featured his brother, Richard).

If the sound effects seem overamped, George Fenton's score is always on the money, adding humor and suspense at crucial moments (martial drums for the mud skippers, woozy brass for the Darwin's beetle). Nonetheless, delicate sensibilities may find some sequences disturbing, as when Komodo dragons feed on a water buffalo or when a leopard seal dines on a penguin (according to Attenborough, the Komodo siege caused the camera operators "emotional turmoil"). More often, the filmmakers capture the moment of impact before moving on. The set comes complete with 10 featurettes on the four-year production. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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Life [Blu-ray] [Blu-ray] (2010) Oprah Winfrey

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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent Attenborough! May 29 2010
By A. Volk #1 REVIEWER #1 HALL OF FAME
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I'll start the review with the bad. First, it's not entirely in 1080p. It's 720p or 1080i. So while it'd HD, it's not entirely Blu-ray. The image quality is still fantastic, although I think Planet Earth was slightly better in spots. Overall though, you probably won't notice on anything other than the biggest of home TVs/projectors. Second, this series is a bit repetitious in that the first episode is a preview of all the upcoming episode. That made it a bit of filler for me. Finally, there's not as much breadth or depth as there are in the other Attenborough BBC series. For example, Planet Earth had more breadth, while Life of Mammals/Plants/Birds etc. each had more individual depth.

So why the five stars? Well, that's quite simply because what's in here is literally awesome. The footage is brilliant, the animals and plants are compelling, the science is fascinating, and Sir David Attenborough is the best there is at nature narration (sorry Oprah!). If all you've seen is the Discovery version of this show, with Oprah narrating, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised at the difference a pro like Attenborough can make. But regardless of the version, it's Life that's the real show. From cheetahs, to plants, to frogs, to killer whales, the plants and animals in this series do not disappoint in their ways of surviving and reproducing. Richard Dawkins wrote a recent book on evolution called "The Greatest Show on Earth". This series should be labelled the same! Nature, in all its glory, is just endlessly fascinating and amazing to watch.

Overall, this series is a perfect introduction into the world of nature documentaries. Other BBC/Attenborough series might offer more depth, breadth, and even (for some) slightly better resolution, but this DVD series still delivers a ton of fresh content that provides hours of really, really fascinating viewing. Highly recommended!
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
By Dr. Joseph Lee #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Here is the breakdown in the differences between the UK and US versions of LIFE:

1) Narrator: UK version, by David Attenborough, while US version, by Oprah Winfrey. I personally prefer David Attenborough's skilled narration. He is perfect at describing various scenes without his voice becoming the primary focus. This round goes to UK version.
2) Video: UK version, completely 1080p except "Plants", while US version, completely 1080i. This round goes to UK version, hands down.
3) Functionality: US version is far superior in selecting episodes than UK version
4) Packaging: Covers for US version are more busy, but in the end, it depends on your own personal taste.

For me, 1080p and the very comforting voice of David Attenborough made my purchase of the UK version a very easy decision. Since I watch each episode completely each time around, I do not mind the less superior functionality of the UK version. The front cover is no issue to me.

Contents: From the BBC Earth series, Planet Earth in 2006 brought us the world as we've never seen before. Now we get closer with Life. As stated on the package, four years in the making, filmed over 3000 days, across every continent and in every habitat, with breathtaking new high definition filming techniques developed since Planet Earth, Life presents 130 incredible stories from the frontiers of the natural world, housed in 4 BD-50 discs. The topics included (1) Challenges of Life, (2) Reptiles and Amphibians, (3) Mammals, (4) Fish, (5) Birds, (6) Insects, (7) Hunters and Hunted, (8) Creatures of the Deep, (9) Plants, and (10) Primates. It was truly a totally enjoyable and learning experience. Like a good book, one can watch it continuously to the end.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Get the David Attenborough version June 12 2010
By 2099
Format:DVD
Oprah is good at a lot of things, but NOT good at narration. Through the whole series she sounds like she's reading a bedtime story to a five-year-old. It's very irritating and actually takes away from the brilliance of this amazing documentary. Stick with the David Attenborough version - there's no one better than he at narrating nature documentaries!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It doesn't get any better June 9 2010
By Toast
Format:Blu-ray
The Movie itself:
No one is even close to BBC's Natural History Team's dedication, cinematography and expertise when it comes to Nature & Wildlife filming. The team that gave us The Blue Planet (2001) & Planet Earth (2006) return to us with perhaps their most daunting adventure. If you thought they couldn't top Planet Earth's filming & beautiful orchestras, well they did exactly that. Approximately 3,000 hours of shooting with specialized slow motion cameras specifically designed for the task, transform on the screen to some of the most magical footage I have ever witnessed on my television.
The Video:
1080p video is simply spectacular. There is only one word to describe it. Some of the close up shots of little insects and coral reefs are so vividly coloured that it made me wonder, is this really true? Or BBC's Cg team has done some marvellous work and they are marketing it as a Nature Documentary. There are some shots under the water, which suffer a little and appear to be soft. But that's understandable given that chasing "The Heat Run" of Killer Whales was considered impossible before this video.
The Audio:
If I didn't like one thing about Planet Earth, it was the lack of HD Audio. Well BBC certainly went on to fix that in this series. DTSHD-MA audio is as filling as the video. The channels are very perfectly balanced and LFE/Subwoofer kicks in precisely when it needs to add the extra punch. Narration is fully dedicated to centre channel with David Attenborough's soothing voice giving it the final touch.
Final Words:
A lot has been said about the two different versions of this documentary available in US & Canada. The discovery channel version is narrated by Oprah Winfrey while the original BBC version (this one) is narrated by David Attenborough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great series by David Attenborough.
Published 20 days ago by Brian
5.0 out of 5 stars ATTEMBOROUGH IS ALWAYS TOPS!!
As always with Attenborough this was an amazing presentation. The camera work was really great, and his quite accompanying narrative makes the whole experience pretty well... Read more
Published 28 days ago by Ian W. Craig
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
I bought it as a gift for my daughter who waches it again and again. Great picture, amazing narrator.
Published 1 month ago by iTSV
5.0 out of 5 stars Continues to amaze
This is definitely something you can rewatch; spectacular footage and extremely well narrated by Attenborough. Try to watch it on a large screen tv!
Published 3 months ago by BHat
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful series
The BBC natural history unit documentaries (Life, Planet Earth etc) are all pretty amazing. Frequently I found myself wondering just how they got some of the footage they did, and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mike Simmons
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
But... I stopped watching it, because is the "always-the -same" kind. It is very good. Wonderful for kids. Notice I am not a kid any longer.
Published 4 months ago by Martin Pitchon
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Awesome show's. Great quality on a good tv. BBC is the top dog when it comes to filming the world and all it's wonders.
Published 5 months ago by Jeff Hamm
5.0 out of 5 stars David Attenborough is awesome!
Loved planet earth and was looking for something similar which is why I chose Life. I found it just as great and interesting! Such cool things to learn. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Lauren B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Its a wonderful series of natural world in HD
excellent quality, Its amazing, its once in a life time experience of natural world in HD at its its best.
Published 7 months ago by Nadeem
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
Nothing more to say.
It's one of the best BBC ever.

A great title to start your collection of the BBC documentary.
Published 7 months ago by Y. Gendreau
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