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Yellowstone: Battle for Life [Blu-ray]

Peter Firth    NR (Not Rated)   Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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Like David Attenborough's last epic BBC documentary series, Planet Earth, Yellowstone, narrated by the charismatic Peter Firth, links seemingly disparate elements in ecosystems to teach interconnectedness and wilderness ethics. The BBC is still at the forefront of nature documentaries that promote environmentalism, and this one marks yet another milestone in progressive ecological education through film. Taking a wide view of America's first national park, Yellowstone is demarcated episodically by season, beginning with winter and ending with the following autumn. Each show combines footage of the flora and fauna in its chosen habitat. Yet rather than dramatizing the narrative through anthropomorphizing animals, the film achieves its drama through the detailed geographical and geological information about why and how Yellowstone became such a spectacular location. The first episode, "Winter," opens with a wolf pack prowling the snow for weak elk and proceeds to show stunning, rare clips of red foxes, river otters, and bison foraging or hunting to survive in the frigid climate. All these animals merely populate a scene explained as a set of valleys carved by weather. One sees massive elk and pronghorn antelope migrations from aerial views. In "Summer" one gets a much-needed dose of baby animal footage to balance all that starvation and ice. Wolf pups and bear cubs frolicking in streams will please any viewer. Flowers bloom around glacial lakes, otter and buffalo courtships unfold, and other mammals lazily bask in the sunshine before wildfire season. "Autumn" focuses less on animals than on volcanic action in the 20,000 acres of wild space. In all, a holistic picture emerges, one in which weather and geography are crucial to life. While Yellowstone only briefly covers the impact of tourism on the park, it clearly indicates that wilderness must remain wild for such delicate balance to exist. --Trinie Dalton

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best nature documentary I have ever seen. Oct. 6 2010
This documentary should be an award winning documentary, if is not already. The pictures are stunning, the music a perfect fit for character and mood, the scenes of animals varied, entertaining, touching, dramatic, and frequently riveting. The narrative is engaging and appropriate. The content is riveting but also suitable for the entire family,and is entirely accurate in its portrayal of the seasons, and in particular the winter cold. It never stays long enough on any scene for one to lose interest, even after multiple viewings, and each new scene offers a fresh perspective, and a different set of characters.

The technical quality of the production is such that the better your video and sound system, the more spectacular the presentation.

An absolute "must see" for any nature enthusiast, and a keeper for any collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BBC: Yellowstone: Battle for Life April 26 2013
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A wonderful documentary on life in the Yellowstone National Park. I like the approach of reviewing the park life by going through the four seasons, one at a time: it gives the listener a chance to experience the roughness of life in nature, however beautiful. High-five to BBC (again)!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazingly beautiful April 9 2010
découvrir yellowstone de cette maniere est une des plus agréables qui soit. la photographie est magnifique et on perçoit la nature dans toute sa force et sa dureté. les animaux luttent vraiment pour leur survie, si forts soient-ils ( je pense aux bisons). la séquence des saisons nous fait encore plus apprécier cette leçon de survie; elle permet de voir le parc sous ces différentes facettes, non seulement dans l'espace, mais aussi dans le temps.Un documentaire magnifique.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good. Aug. 4 2013
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Its a good documentary style movie on Yellowstone. Overall I find it to be interesting. Definitely a good buy for anyone interested in Yellowstone.
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