In this extraordinary, sometimes heart-stopping, documentary about the lives of whales and dolphins, the BBC's Nature show travels the world to photograph many species. Underwater photographers Didier Moreau and Doug Allen dive among them to capture remarkable footage of these underwater mammals.
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. the narrative gives such detailed information that one cannot help but become more educated about these giant marine mammals. If you have any interest in marine mammals or even animal behavior in general, this film will delight you. I loved every minute. Note: I received a review copy of this DVD.
-- Debbie Lee Wesselmann