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Yellowstone: Battle for Life [Blu-ray]

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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I'm very impressed. Watched it 3 times already and plan on watching it periodically. Had some company over and watched it all together. Everyone was impressed. Great cinematography. 3 nice long episodes. Would highly recommend.
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive Nov. 30 2009
Three episodes winter, Summer and Fall are represented in an excellent series. The narrative is pretty sleep inducing but the photography is amazing, as is the park that is in fact one of the worlds largest volcanic spouts.
Saw a discovery channel special on the same subject and it was far inferior, always check for BBC or PBS when buying these things, if it's anything else ...don't waste your time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Yellowstone [2009] [Blu-ray] [UK Release] July 31 2014
By Andrew C. Miller TOP 500 REVIEWER
Yellowstone [2009] [Blu-ray] [UK Release] Yellowstone, the world’s first National Park, is no ordinary wilderness. It is a lost world of vast plains and endless forests, defended on all sides by towering mountains. Home to America’s last great bison herd, the grizzly bear and the wolf – it is the most extensive thermal area on earth, with more than 10,000 boiling springs, fumaroles and bubbling mud pots and more geysers that rest of the world put together. It’s these strange natural wonders that first made Yellowstone famous and still makes it unique today. This landmark series reveals the grandeur of this fascinating place as its animals struggle to survive over the course of the vividly changing seasons.

Join the charismatic cast of Yellowstone’s wildlife, as they turn to face the extreme challenges of the seasons and discover just what it takes to brave temperatures of 40 degrees below zero, or to live through raging forest fires or to fight to the death for the right to breed. The daily struggles of the wildlife are intimately linked to Yellowstone’s greatest secret that sleeps right beneath the snow, which is arguably the largest volcano. The fate of everything in this extraordinary wilderness is in the hands of forces more powerful than we can possibly imagine. Narrated by Peter Firth.

Producers: Andrew Murray, Michael Gunton, Kathy Kasic, Nathan Budd and Paul Stewart

Composer: Edmund Butt

Cinematography: John Shier, John Aitchison Jeff Hogan, Paul Stewart, Shane Moore and Stephen de Vere

Resolution: 1080i

Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1

Audio: English: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and English: 2.
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