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Snow Babies DVD Review

Snow Babies DVD

“Snow Babies” is another enjoyable BBC Earth special.

As you can probably guess from the title, “Snow Babies” focuses on animal babies in Antarctica, the Arctic Regions, Japan as well as other locations over the course of several seasons. Over the course of the 52 minute runtime, the BBC Earth documentary focuses on such animals as Emperor Penguins, Polar Bears, Reindeer, Wolves, Eagles, Arctic Foxes, Snow Monkeys, and Macaque Monkeys as they grow, learn, struggle, hunt, survive, avoid dangers, and interact with their parents.

While a bit on the short side, “Snow Babies” is yet another cute, heartwarming, and sometimes tragic (see anything involving the Reindeer/Caribou) observational nature documentary courtesy of the always reliable BBC Earth brand. It may not be on the level of epic series like “Planet Earth,” but ‘Babies’ still contains incredible footage of a wide variety of animals in the wild. Among the highlights here are the freaky lost baby penguin sequence and the comical Macaque playing with a snowball.    

Video/Audio:

Presentation: Widescreen. How does it look? As with all BBC Earth programs, “Snow Babies” looks nothing short of astonishing. My only complaint is that this wasn’t released in Blu-ray as well.

Audio Track: Dolby Digital Stereo. How does it sound? I’m not sure why the “Polar Bear: Spy On The Ice” bonus special has a Dolby Digital 5.1 track while “Snow Babies” only has a mere Stereo track, but c’est la vie. At any rate, the narration by Caroline Quentin and sounds of nature still sound fine in the Stereo track.

Extras:
* Trailers for “Walking With Dinosaurs,” “Earth Journeys,” and BBC Earth.
* “Polar Bear: Spy On The Ice”- David Tennant narrates this informative and sometimes silly 2 episode BBC program about Polar Bears. Using creative spy cameras, the specials get up close and personal (literally) with Polar Bears as we (the audience) observe their mating rituals, family interactions, hunting, etc. The most entertaining bits come from the Polar Bears playing with the cameras.

February 6, 2014 - Posted by | DVD review | , , ,

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