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Actor: Oprah Winfrey
Genres: Special Interests
NR     2010     7hr 20min

From the BBC and the Discovery Channel, producers of Planet Earth and The Blue Planet: Seas of Life, comes the newest landmark natural history series, Life. In Planet Earth, we brought you the world as you?ve never seen it...  more »

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Actor: Oprah Winfrey
Genres: Special Interests
Sub-Genres: Nature & Wildlife
Studio: BBC Warner
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 06/01/2010
Release Year: 2010
Run Time: 7hr 20min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 4
SwapaDVD Credits: 4
Total Copies: 2
Members Wishing: 0
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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Member Movie Reviews

Laura F. (papaschild) from KANSAS CITY, MO
Reviewed on 7/16/2010...
This is absolutely incredible nature footage. BBC is unsurpassed - even with all the other excellent work out there by National Geographic, Nova, etc. BBC has recently re-released Planet Earth, Life (the newest series) and Blue Planet in conjunction with Discovery Channel. The old versions are narrated by David Attenborough and the new (Discovery Channel) versions are narrated by popular actors and TV personalities (Oprah Winfrey, Pierce Brosnan, etc). This "Life" is narrated by Oprah Winfrey. WARNING: No one (including Oprah) can compare with David Attenborough when it comes to this type of narration. You may want to check out reviews for both(such as before you buy. I have listened to both... the same awesome footage is in both versions, which rates 5 stars, but I would hold off for the Attenborough version.
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Movie Reviews

Why pay the same for lower quality?
Darren Meyer | Saint Paul, MN USA | 03/20/2010
(1 out of 5 stars)

"The Life series is fantastic, but it comes in two versions -- this one, narrated by Oprah Winfrey for the US market; and the original version as narrated by the naturalist David Attenborough.

While the cinematography remains unchanged, Oprah's narration lacks the depth that Attenborough's years of experience as both naturalist and narrator brings to the table. I strongly recommend waiting for the US release of the original BBC version, narrated by David Attenborough."
You have got to be kidding me.
K.H. | 03/22/2010
(1 out of 5 stars)

"This is atrocious. I'm watching "Life" on Discovery channel right now, with Oprah narrating. Some of the reviewers said that the script was re-written for her, and I can believe it. I can't believe Attenborough saying lines like "hunting crab seals is toooo much work!" Oprah narrates this thing as if she were reading a bedtime story to little kids and comes off as snarky and condescending. In the opening segment, she's discussing a fox chasing an ibex kid and it's basically like "heeeere comes the fox! UH OH!!"

The most embarrassing thing is that I'm thinking that British people think that Americans demanded this. Who's going to be doing the next special, Dr. Phil? "Oh-kaaay, here comes the alee-gaytor, it's prey tries to run, but that neeeever works! HAW HAW HAW!" Don't get this. Get the real version."
BBC knows - Why change what's perfect?
Leonardo de Waal | 03/20/2010
(1 out of 5 stars)

"Why on earth have they decided to dub the documentary into American English baffles me. Is British English appallingly obscure and incomprehensible?

First Harry Potter and now this. What a shameful way to undermine language for the sake of a couple of bucks?

I have various BBC Documentaries - I LOVE them, and despite the fact that I am not British I understand everything, and David Attenborough's voice in much more credible, isn't this what he does professionally?

Oprah would probably be more suitable for bedtime story recordings for sleepy youngsters.

I suggest getting the original David Attenborough version (Check the star rating and compare!)