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Blue Planet: Seas of Life - Ocean World/Frozen Seas (Widescreen)
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Blue Planet Seas of Life: Ocean World / Frozen Seas (DVD)
Extraordinary footage and eloquent narration by David Attenborough highlight these two segments of the BBC's remarkable wildlife series, The Blue Planet: Seas of Life. "Ocean World" begins with astonishing views of a gigantic blue whale--the elusive Holy Grail of undersea photography--and the marvels continue to demonstrate the power, diversity, and profound ecological influence of Earth's oceans. From the surface feedings of dolphins to the pitch- black environs of deep-sea predators rarely glimpsed by humans, the oceans are seen as living entities teeming with nutrients and rejuvenating currents essential to all life on earth. This marvelous portrait of the food chain--from plankton to sharks to killer whales--continues in "Frozen Seas," examining whales, walruses, penguins, and other creatures under the extreme conditions of the Arctic and Antarctic Circles. The Blue Planet: Seas of Life is one of the finest wildlife programs you're ever likely to see. --Jeff ShannonSee all Product Description
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Ocean World starts with phenomena that can best be described as a self-sustaining ecosystem in itself. Annually, one could set their watch by it, off the coast of South Africa gathers a swarm of millions of sardines. So thickly dense is their amassment that the appearance they give off is one of a black swarm. This swarm of sardines is the catalyst and lowest in the sequence of the food chain that their congregation incites. After their onset, immediately arriving are cape gannets, who dive into the water and then submerge themselves while swimming after their prey sardines. The next largest superiors in the food chain are bronze whaler sharks, who are complemented and joined by common dolphins possessing much greater strategy in their progress to catch the sardines. These common dolphins hunt cooperatively in their families, releasing air bubbles from their blowholes to herd the sardines into easily-caught, sporadic balls of sequestered and packed-together sardines. As the coup de grace, the largest predator comes, a Bryde's Whale, leviathan mouth wide agape as all he has to do is, like a baleen whale, coast through the fish to finish them off, since they'll be superceded by his mouth's scope.Read more ›
Two aspects of the films stand out the most: the unbelievable image quality and visual narratives. The films capture aspects of animal behavior which have never before been seen on film (polar bears hunting beluga whales; orcas playing soccer with a baby seal, baitball feeding with marlin, dolphins and a sei whale; orca pods attacking a baby gray whale, and so on). And they capture this behavior with extremely moving beauty.
Unlike many nature documentaries, there are no talking heads, only background narration. You get a non-stop flow of images creatively matched to orginal music. But for those who do enjoy the talking heads, each film has great bonus tracks with interviews of the camerafolk, producers, scientists, etc.
Since my childhood I've always been a fan of wildlife documentaries, but nothing can compare with this. It is absolutely, jaw droppingly beautiful. "Ocean World" provides something of an overview of all of the other segments so it's a good intro to the series. "Frozen Seas" probably spends as much time on the surface of the frozen seas as it does within them, but it's still compelling.
I can recommend this DVD without any reservations (something that any of my friends and relatives could attest to ;-)!
As far as the technical aspects of the DVD, the imagery is superb with its widescreen anamorphic format and very sharp picture. However, it falls short of some items you would think standard in a documentary, such as multi-lingual or caption capabilites.
If I had to gripe about one thing, it would be the fact that the BBC and WB didn't take full advantage of the DVD format and provide a full 5.1 audio mix. Though the 2.0 mix was adequate for delivering the narration, one would have to think about the endless possibilities a 5.1 mix would have provided.
All in all, if you love nature, particularly the mysteries of the oceans around us, this is a must have.
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I love this documentary! It's very inspirating and it helped me to better understand and respect ocean life. Read morePublished on Feb. 24 2010 by S. Tetelepta
BBC is never shy releasing great DVDs to enrich our knowledge ("The planets" series is another example)
The DVDs contain quite a lot astounding scenes and with... Read more
This DVD was a spectacular experience of nature at its best. I loved the music--can't stop humming it! The whales were my personal favorite, but all the shots were astounding! Read morePublished on April 16 2002
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