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  • Actors: David Attenborough
  • Format: Anamorphic, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Warner
  • Release Date: May 13 2003
  • Run Time: 500 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008OM6K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #65,734 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)


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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A. Volk #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on June 22 2010
Format: DVD
I've said it in other reviews, but Sir David Attenborough thoroughly deserves his knighthood for what he's done for nature documentaries. He's not some fool running around picking up dangerous animals for kicks, he's not some show-boat doing fake scenes with domesticated animals or posed wild animals- he's the real deal. Granted, he has an enormous team of very talented film makers, coordinators, and biologists/researchers to back him up. But that's entirely sensible, in fact, it's what you'd want from a good documentary. The Life of Mammals continues the BBC series of plants, insects, reptiles, and birds. It's an indepth look at how mammals make their living. It doesn't cover quite the depth that Life of Birds does, which addresses each part of the life of birds (e.g., a show on feeding, a show on flying, a show on mating, etc.). Instead, this series is broken down into types of mammals, with examples from each group. These are:

A WINNING DESIGN - an overview of mammals, with some great footage and info on "primitive" mammals like echidnas or platypuses

INSECT HUNTERS - features insectivores like bats, ant-eaters, pangolins, etc.

PLANT PREDATORS - Sir David's opening lines are clasic, and put into context what really is a war between plants and mammals

CHISELLERS - mostly deals with rodents, the most diverse group of mammals

MEAT EATERS - is what you expect, about carnivores. While flashy, there's still a lot of substance here.

OPPORTUNISTS - this is about omnivores, and it highlights the adaptability of this flexible group of mammals

RETURN TO THE WATER - features sea otters, seals, dolphins, and whales. The segment on blue whales is amazing!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Lawrence E. Jenkins on Feb. 16 2009
Format: DVD
The BBC always does a wonderful job at presenting nature in action. The Mammal series is no exception. With amazing photography you see the animals in there natural environment with extraordinary close ups. Even those animals that think they can hide under the cover of darkness as they venture out would be surprised to learn that they are being filmed without them knowing.

As you see in the description, the titles are divided into categories so it is not about one particular animal but a group of creatures that have common characteristics and how each species deals with the same problem.

I bought my copy many years ago and I have watched it many times and always enjoyed it. If you like documentaries and nature videos you will not be disappointed. This is learning made fun. This is what school should be presenting but is not. Parents; if you think that your kids are watching to much crap on TV, then this video will add a bit of knowledge to their Saturday morning. But be aware, they don't hold back punches. You see the hunter and the hunted. If you cant run fast enough your eaten. As far as I can remember, I don't remember any animals having sex, though courtship rituals do play a part in the series.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Wilson on Feb. 10 2004
Format: DVD
This four disc, ten-episode series is probably the best nature documentary ever produced in DVD format. In fact, Life of Mammals is reason alone to buy a DVD player if you don't have one.
Here are a few reasons why I think people should shell out the money for this set:
- David Attenborough's enthusiasm for his work. Watching him respectfully approach a poor-sighted anteater from downwind or barely able to contain his delight when floating a few meters away from a blue whale, Attenborough's love for the animal world is totally infectious.
- The images are of IMAX quality. This is one of the most visually stunning films I've ever seen.
- The soundtrack is top notch.
- The Buffalo versus the Lions. This brief segment is mentioned in the Amazon reviewer's description - it has all the emotion and energy of the Cavalry Charge in 'The Return of the King.' It literally brought tears to my eyes.
- Swimming Elephants. 'nuff said.
- Kids love it. These films will keep kids (even as young as 2) quiet and totally absorbed in ways that no Blue or Builder Bob video can approach.
- David keeps it light and entertaining. Each segment is short enough (40 minutes) and has plenty of amazing footage and humorous anecdotes so that it is nearly impossible to get bored of it all. Just don't watch more than one per day or you will spoil yourself.
I give this series the highest recommendation. Even if you are not a nature buff (and chances are you will be after seeing this), it is certainly worth bringing into your home.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Michelle on March 29 2009
Format: DVD
As with the other BBC series (Planet Earth - Blue Planet etc) this is a beautifully filmed and informative series. It is slightly different from the Blue Planet series in that Richard Attenborough does not just narrate the segments but rather appears in them as well. Not sure if I like that aspect as sometimes I feel his presence is an intrusion. I did like the divisions on the 4 discs into various types of mammals - meat eaters, opportunists, life in the trees etc. And once again, the animals themselves are fascinating. A great way to learn about the various mammals I had no idea existed and increase my concern for the welfare of those that are on the edge of extinction.
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