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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. The miniature strawberry poison arrow frog carries a tadpole high into a tree and drops it in a water-filled bromeliad. The frog must climb back up every few days to feed it. While fledgling chinstrap penguins undertake a heroic and tragic journey through the broken ice to get out to sea. Many can barely swim and the formidable leopard seal lies in wait.||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. The pebble toad turns into a rubber ball to roll and bounce from its enemies. Extreme slow-motion shows how a Jesus Christ lizard runs on water, and how a chameleon fires an extendible tongue at its prey with unfailing accuracy. In a TV first, komodo dragons hunt a huge water-buffalo, biting it to inject venom, then waiting for weeks until it dies.||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 their young. Weeks of filming in the bitter Antarctic winter reveal how a mother Weddell seal wears her teeth down keeping open a hole in the ice so she can catch fish for her pup. A powered hot air balloon produces stunning images of millions of migrating bats as they converge on fruiting trees in Zambia. A gyroscopically stabilized camera moves alongside migrating caribou, and a diving team swim among the planet's biggest fight as male humpback whales battle for a female.||59:08||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|4||HDClosed CaptioningVideoFish||Fish dominate the planet's waters through their astonishing variety of shape and behaviour. The beautiful weedy sea dragon looks like a creature from a fairytale, while the sarcastic fringehead appears to turn its head inside out when it fights. 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. And the tiny Hawaiian goby undertakes one of nature's most daunting journeys, climbing a massive waterfall to find safe pools for breeding.||58:12||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|5||HDClosed CaptioningVideoBirds||Birds owe their global success to feathers - something no other animal has. They allow birds to do extraordinary things. 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. Aerial photography takes us into the sky with an Ethiopian Lammergeier dropping bones to smash them into edible-sized bits, while thousands of pink flamingoes promenade in one of nature's greatest spectacles.||58:53||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|6||HDClosed CaptioningVideoInsects||There are 200 million insects for each of us. They are the most successful animal group ever. Their key is an armoured covering that takes on almost any shape. Darwin's stag beetle fights in the tree tops with huge curved jaws. The camera flies with millions of monarch butterflies which migrate 2000 miles, navigating by the sun. Super-slow motion shows a bombardier beetle firing boiling liquid at enemies through a rotating nozzle. A honey bee army stings a raiding bear into submission. Grass cutter ants march like a Roman army, harvesting grass they cannot actually eat.||59:00||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|7||HDClosed CaptioningVideoHunters and Hunted||Mammals' ability to learn new tricks is the key to survival in the knife-edge world of hunters 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. Slow-motion cameras reveal the star-nosed mole's newly-discovered technique for smelling prey underwater: it exhales then inhales a bubble of air ten times per second. Young ibex soon learn the only way to escape a fox - run up an almost vertical cliff face - and young stoats fight mock battles, learning the skills that make them one of the world's most efficient predators.||58:53||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|8||HDClosed CaptioningVideoCreatures of the Deep||Marine invertebrates are some of the most bizarre and beautiful animals on the planet, and thrive in the toughest parts of the oceans. Divers swim into a shoal of predatory Humboldt squid as they emerge from the ocean depths to hunt in packs. When cuttlefish gather to mate, their bodies flash in stroboscopic colours. Time-lapse photography reveals thousands of starfish gathering under the Arctic ice to devour a seal carcass. A giant octopus commits suicide for her young. The greatest living structures on earth, coral reefs, are created by tiny animals in some of the world's most inhospitable waters.||58:34||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|9||HDClosed CaptioningVideoPlants||Plants' solutions to life's challenges are as ingenious and manipulative as any animal's. Innovative time-lapse photography opens up a parallel world where plants act like fly-paper, or spring-loaded traps, to catch insects. Vines develop suckers and claws to haul themselves into the rainforest canopy. The dragon's blood tree is like an upturned umbrella to capture mist and shade its roots. The seed of a Bornean tree has wings so aerodynamic they inspired the design of early gliders. The barrel-shaped desert rose is full of water. The heliconia plant even enslaves a humming bird and turns it into an addict for its nectar.||58:46||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|10||HDClosed CaptioningVideoPrimates||Primates are just like us - intelligent, quarrelsome, family-centred. Huge armies of Hamadryas baboons, 400 strong, battle on the plains of Ethiopia to steal females and settle old scores. Japanese macaques in Japan beat the cold by lounging in thermal springs - but only if they come from the right family. An orang-utan baby fails in its struggle to make an umbrella out of leaves to keep off the rain. Young capuchins can't quite get the hang of smashing nuts with a large rock, a technique their parents have perfected. Chimpanzees, our closest relatives, have created an entire tool kit to get their food.||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.
Entertaining and Eye-Catching!
The first time I watched an episode of this was in my biology class, and it was the best thing we ever watched in there. I've never really been into these animal documentary type shows, but Life is amazing and definitely worth watching!