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Blue Planet: Seas of Life - Ocean World/Frozen Seas (Widescreen)

Pierce Brosnan , David Attenborough , Alastair Fothergill    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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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 Shannon

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Blue Planet-Seas Of Life ~ Ocean World/Frozen Seas

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This HAS got to be THE most attractive of the Blue Planet two-packs. Deftly combining the ecological activities of two geographical regions not popularly seen-open oceans and Antarctica-these two shows include breathtakingly unchartered pictures acutely chronicling the foray. Blue Planet's a revelatory experience which raptures the viewer with its unconventionally perverse detail and edification into the most intimately explicit natural scenes.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful images and narrative June 28 2003
I have all 4 DVDs (8 films) of the series; all are outstanding productions, and clearly the best of the marine documentaries I have seen (which is a lot).
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ridiculously beautiful May 17 2002
If you or anyone you know has even a remote interest in the ocean and marine life this DVD is a must. Even if you've seen parts of the "Seas of Life" series on the Discovery channel this DVD is still worth it as the difference in quality is astounding.
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 ;-)!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Documentary Feb. 6 2002
By "_jcd_"
A superior and enjoyable documentary exposing people to the animals that live in the Earth's vast oceans.
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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