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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Parental Guidance (PG)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Sept. 29 2009
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002EWD0D6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,515 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Yellowstone: Battle for Life (BD)

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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amir Shams on Nov. 9 2009
Format: Blu-ray
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michel Beaulne on April 26 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dean Wirth on Nov. 30 2009
Format: Blu-ray
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 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Eagleseye on Oct. 6 2010
Format: Blu-ray
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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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This set of four programs keeps up the excellent standard of presentation I have come to expect from BBC. The narrative is relevant and engaging and the videography is absolutely fantastic - on Blu-ray even more so... Now I want to go there and take some of my own photos of the wildlife and scenery. If you are interested in nature, you love photography or just want to know a bit more about the area this is a must see.
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