I can turn on my TV at any time and see interesting and beautiful high definition nature programming; some of this content is truly amazing, but the BBC LIFE series stands out and makes a quantum leap in nature documentary story telling. The BBC actually puts you in among the animals. You feel as if you are part of pack, brood, or gaggle. The BBC accomplishes this amazing feat in not just cinematography, but in spirit and emotion. The animals act as if the camera is not even there, even while in acrobatic movement.
Segment after segment I felt as if I was just inches away and utterly invisible. The animals acted naturally. The presence of a film crew had no impact on behavior at all. All this culminates in an experience that is memorable and as real as you can achieve without leaving your living room. The BBC Life DVD set is the reason people buy large screen high definition TV’s.
To top off this fantastic visual and spiritual experience, the documentary is narrated by Oprah Winfrey. Oprah does a great job of being informative yet entertaining. She adds levity where appropriate and intensity when needed.
A fitting tribute to Fathers everywhere . . .
The only reservation I have is in a sense a compliment. The program is so intense that I don’t know that it would be appropriate for all ages. Young children may not be able to handle the immensely realistic depiction of wildlife and its sometimes tragic endings. Having said that, with proper parental prescreening some viewing may be possible for youngsters.
I hope you enjoy the BBC LIFE series as much as I did!
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