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Life in the Undergrowth
Life in the Undergrowth
Actor: David Attenborough
Genres: Special Interests, Television, Educational, Documentary
NR     2006     4hr 10min

David Attenborough guides the viewer through a miniature universe teeming with life, never normally seen, yet all around us. New technology reveals surreal vistas and their extraordinary inhabitants -- swarming antler moth...  more »


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Actor: David Attenborough
Genres: Special Interests, Television, Educational, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Television, Educational, Documentary
Studio: BBC Warner
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 05/02/2006
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 4hr 10min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 22
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

One of the most amazing movie about natural history
Donat Agosti | Bern, Switzerland | 05/29/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is certainly the best and most exciting movie on invertebrates (and indeed life on Earth) with stunning shots, details on the biology of many species and macrophotography which even I as a specialist haven't seen, and I could not see with my usual equipment. Indeed, almost any sequence has its unprecedented merit from an esthetical point of view, as well as from a scientific.
Rarely in my live, I would be watching movies during my precious business hours. It makes you addicted to invertebrates and their private lives."
My god..
Daniel Skorik | Anytown, CT, USA | 08/03/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I'm a biology major at Wesleyan University, and I have never, EVER seen a more fair, true and beautifully detailed representation of insect life. This documentary should be seen by everyone, as it would foster much more of an appreciation and respect for the insect life on this planet that outnumbers us by a factor of billions. A must see for anyone and everyone."
Excellence on a Small Scale
John A Lee III | San Antonio, TX | 09/09/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"David Attenborough is probably the best around when it comes to natural history programs. His other series have always been outstanding whether they deal with birds, mammals, sea creatures, penguins or anything else. Particularly great was his LIFE ON EARTH series. This series is in the same vein of greatness.

Although it is mostly about insects, it is cot completely about insects. The theme is invertebrate life on the land. Due to sheer numbers, that reduces to mostly being about insects but there are some nice asides.

The series is divided into five programs, each with its own theme.

The first deals with the colonization of the land. This program has the most variety in terms of differing types of creatures.

The second deals with the development of flight and looks at the ways insects fly.

The third deals with the making of silk. While this is primarily the domain of spiders, other insects make this remarkable material as well.

The fourth looks at strange relationships between the "bugs" and other bugs or other life. Parasites and symbionts are the order of the day here.

The final show examines the great hive cultures of wasps, bees, ants and termites.

The quality of the ideography is outstanding throughout. Recent advances in lenses and electronics make possible this new view of the small scale world. As with all of Attenborough's work, this is a masterpiece.
Widescreen (1.78:1), not Full Screen (1.33:1) as listed
Homerus Prime | 06/01/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Excellent documentary, using technology to provide macro views of what our naked eye will not be able to catch. These, and some fascinating never-before-seen footages are definitely worth the price IMHO. Video fills widescreen TV fully, i.e aspect of about 1.78:1 not 1.33:1 as listed.

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