Life On Earth details
|Formats:||Ex DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||David Attenborough, David Attenborough|
|Studio:||BBC WORLDWIDE PUBLISHING|
Life On Earth - Blu-ray - Disc 1
|Ex Disc 1|
Life On Earth - Blu-ray - Disc 2
|Ex Disc 2|
Life On Earth - Blu-ray - Disc 3
|Ex Disc 3|
Life On Earth - Blu-ray - Disc 4
|Ex Disc 4|
|Run time:||11 hours 55 minutes|
|Rental release:||12 Nov 2012|
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The pinnacle of natural history film-making and presentation.By a customer from The North Of England. , 04 Sep 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]A landmark in television natural history programmes, Life On Earth is a superb example of how to present potentially difficult concepts without talking down to the viewer.
The host, Sir David Attenborough, is a class act; unlike many of today's wildlfe presenters Attenborough is happy to step into the background and let the images speak for themselves. He is serious without being po-faced, he is authoritative without being pompous; he talks simply and directly and treats the viewer as an intellectual equal.
And the sounds and images are engrossing. Wonderful film-making of wonderful subjects. And again unlike many modern natural history documentaries the soundtrack is subtle, apt, and never intrusive.
After the origin of the universe itself, the origin of life and its subsequent evolution is the greatest story ever told, and Attenborough and his colleagues tell it very well indeed.
Just one criticism (of the DVD, not the programme): the image quality left a bit to be desired. It looked a little washed-out and grainy in places. I know Life On Earth is nearly 25 years old now, but for such an important series I would have expected the BBC to have done some restoration work on it. Were it not for this problem I would have given the disc 5 stars.
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Very datedBy gianino (648 reviews) from London , 15 May 2013Still incredibly interesting but I didn't realize it was so dated. The photography and documentary in general is very dated and not so exiting but it is still very narrative and David Attenborough is a legend so stil worth watching it
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Shows age of photography, but bang on science even for the very youngBy a customer from Middlesex, UK , 01 Aug 2008The images may be grainy, the graphics dated, but the commentary is as fresh and stimulating as any of the latest BBC wildlife series. Life on Earth surely remains the benchmark for all the succeeding series that in fact skip the evolution side of nature (or rather handles it poorly), and focus on how the world of nature is today.
Life on Earth takes you back to first principles of how everything we see today came from proteins and amino acids. OK, sounds too drab for today's audience, but if you have a 5yr child that wants to know where EVERYTHING came from, then David Attenborough explains it beautifully as always. I was even more awe inspired and moved by the period it took to build life in this planet, and are now risking to alter more dramatically in a blink of earth's history. Perhaps it is more important to understand where we came from to appreciate where we are going.
I hope the BBC reads this, because my 5 yr old was captivated by this DVD (of course a lot went over her head, she still grasped a great number of important concepts). These issues need not be dumbed down.
Believe it or not, watching Life on Earth is complex, intelligent, yet refreshingly simple, and if you don't understand a bit, somehow David Attenborough gets you back on track.
Forgive the lack of HD camerawork and CGI, the 'freshness' comes from David's commentary and analysis of crucial subject matters that seem to be omitted from much of today's nature programming. Somehow following vets around a zoo in most modern programmes seem to leave me numb, Life in Earth has woken me up again.
SuperbBy a customer from stoke , 01 Oct 2007This is an absolutely magnificent piece of film making by Sir David Attenbotough, from the beginning off earth onwards the stories told are timeless and wonderful. MUST SEE.
ExcellentBy a customer from Manchester, UK , 03 Nov 2006It's a comprehensive master piece of documentary about every kind of creatures in this planet.
Age has not dimished itBy Michael Guy from Streatham, London , 24 Oct 2006The series is still mostly accurate(recent changes to dates), incredibly informative, ambitious and entertaining. The title says it all and its objective approach bears repeated viewings -there is so much, that there is always something else to take from it. It draws directly from the available evidence(fossil record and modern comparisons) and explains how it has been interpretted rather than jumping straight to one conclusion. Fantastic viewing of the kind that puts everything into a humbling perspective.