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One Life Blu-ray Review

One Life Blu-ray

“One Life” may be short on new footage, but it’s still an awe inspiring BBC Earth documentary film.

If you’re looking for new BBC Earth footage, you may be disappointed by “One Life.” This feature length documentary is more of a “best of” film that is comprised of footage from the acclaimed “Life” series. If you haven’t seen “Life,” however, you’re in for a real treat here as you will bear witness to visually astonishing imagery of seals, snow monkeys, frogs and toads, silverback gorillas, elephants, ants, a vulture, brown tufted capuchins, a fox chasing an Ibex, Venus flytraps, a chameleon, a cheetah, dolphins, Kimodo dragons, flying fish, stag beetles, whales, and much more.

Shot in Madagascar, Kenya, Florida, Japan and other parts of the world, this documentary gives viewers a rare glimpse into a day-in-the-life of a variety of animals. Expect to see family interactions, effects of weather conditions, animals securing (or hunting) food, daily routines, stories of survival, and the many dangers animals face.  

As I mentioned before, the footage presented in “One Life” is simply incredible. Viewers will constantly be left baffled as to how the filmmakers were able to capture the one of a kind footage. I can’t even begin to imagine how much time and patience it took to shoot some of these sequences like the Kimodo Dragon hunt or the Venus flytraps catching bugs. I’ve said it time and time again, but in terms of nature documentaries, there aren’t many better than the BBC Earth programs. They’re in a league of their own.   

As some viewers may know, Richard Attenborough provided the narration for the “Life” series, but in “One Life,” actor Daniel Craig takes over narration duties. While Attenborough is an undeniably perfect narrator, Daniel Craig does a fine job here as he gives a smooth and pleasant delivery. He’s certainly better than Oprah Winfrey was for the edited U.S. version of “Life.”


“One Life,” which is presented in widescreen 1080p, is another stunning BBC Earth Blu-ray. From the Chameleon tongue attacks to the tumbling pebble toad, this is the type of material that is meant to be seen in a pristine hi-def print.

The 5.1 DTS-HD audio track delivers sharp sounding Daniel Craig narration, music score, and sounds of nature.

* DVD copy and Ultraviolet copy.
* BBC trailers.
* Interviews with cameramen Martyn Colbeck, Kevin Flay, Simon King and Gavin Thurston.
* Interveiws with filmmakers Neil Nightingale, Martin Pope, Martha Holmes, Michael Gunton, George Fenton, and David Freeman.
* Brief bonus narration free footage of tropic birds, capuchins, snow monkeys and lammergeiers.
* Behind-the-scenes segments (AKA On Location segments) on the Ibex, Gorilla, Kimodo Dragon, and Starwberry Poison Arrow Frog sequences.
* “At The Music Recording”- A behind-the-scenes look at the film score composition.
* “The Making Of One Life”-Neil Nightingale and other crew members discuss the film, Daniel Craig’s narration, the incredible nature footage, etc.
* Commentary by directors Martha Holmes and Michael Gunton. The two mainly talk about the footage and tell stories about how certain scenes were filmed.

Summary: Personally, I’d recommend checking out “Life” before “One Life,” but if you don’t have the time to invest in “Life,” check out “One Life.”

April 13, 2013 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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