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This epic natural history series reveals the glorious variety of life on Earth and the spectacular and extraordinary tactics animals and plants have developed to stay alive. This is evolution in action; individual creatures under extreme pressure to overcome challenges from adversaries and their environment, pushing the boundaries of behavior. Cutting edge cinematic techniques capture unprecedented, astonishingly beautiful sequences - birds running and dancing on the water's surface in dazzlingly intricate displays of courtship and fidelity, fish outwitting predators by using their fins to take flight, flies competing in a mesmerizing eyeball inflation contest. This is Life - as you've never seen it before. Narrated by David Attenborough.
|1||HDClosed CaptioningVideoChallenges of Life||In nature, living long enough to breed is a monumental struggle. Many animals and plants go to extremes to give themselves a chance.||58:39||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|2||HDClosed CaptioningVideoReptiles and Amphibians||Reptiles and amphibians look like hang-overs from the past. But they overcome their shortcomings through amazing innovation.||58:58||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|3||HDClosed CaptioningVideoMammals||Mammals dominate the planet. They do it through having warm blood and by the care they lavish on||59:08||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|4||HDClosed CaptioningVideoFish||Slow-motion cameras show flying fish gliding through the air and capture the world's fastest swimmer, the sailfish, plucking sardines from a shoal at 70 mph.||58:12||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|5||HDClosed CaptioningVideoBirds||For the first time, a slow-motion camera captures the unique flight of the Marvellous Spatuletail Hummingbird as he flashes long, iridescent tail feathers in the gloomy undergrowth.||58:53||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|6||HDClosed CaptioningVideoInsects||Super-slow motion shows a bombardier beetle firing boiling liquid at enemies through a rotating nozzle.||59:00||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|7||HDClosed CaptioningVideoHunters and Hunted||In a TV first, a killer whale off the Falklands does something unique: it sneaks into a pool where elephant seal pups learn to swim and snatches them, saving itself the trouble of hunting in the open sea.||58:53||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|8||HDClosed CaptioningVideoCreatures of the Deep||Time-lapse photography reveals thousands of starfish gathering under the Arctic ice to devour a seal carcass.||58:34||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|9||HDClosed CaptioningVideoPlants||Innovative time-lapse photography opens up a parallel world where plants act like fly-paper, or spring-loaded traps, to catch insects.||58:46||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|10||HDClosed CaptioningVideoPrimates||Primates are just like us - intelligent, quarrelsome, family-centred.||59:07||$2.99||View In iTunes|
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Not as Good as Planet Earth and The Blue Planet but still enjoyable
I have to admit that I was really excited when I saw the advertisement for this online. But after watching the first few episodes on the Discovery Channel, I realized that it was almost the same as many other nature documentaries that I've seen. But despite all that, I still enjoy watching it. Just so you know, they have several groundbreaking sequences in it such as the defense strategy of the pebble toad in Venezuela where it curls up into a little ball and rolls down the side of a mountain in order to escape the fangs of a tarantula or the humpback whale heat run off the coast of the island of Tonga in the South Pacific. Just because I said it wasn't as good as Planet Earth and The Blue Planet doesn't mean you shouldn't watch it. If you're a nature documentary fan and you just want to watch something entertaining, this show is a good choice.
Better, faster, stronger
As I write this, I have Life in the background. The first episode is playing:
There's an octopus starving to death as it guards its nest of eggs, which resemble a bunch of white grapes. Before that, a hippo fight showed one running in slow motion. Before that, a type of fly went through some metamorphisis by extending its eye-stalks to impress females and intimidate rival males. This series is more focused on the creatures that are on this planet than Planet Earth's more over-all view.
If you enjoyed the likes of Planet Earth, this one is, without a doubt for, for you. Better, faster, and more intimate.
I loved this as much as Planet Earth. I learned a lot! Watch it with your kids!