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Life in Cold Blood', is the latest landmark series about reptiles and
amphibians and it will complete David Attenborough's overview of the
animal kingdom. Key to this series is new behaviour that has never been
filmed before. Under the Skin gives an extra, privileged and personal
look at these fascinating sequences. They offer an emotional and
intellectual insight into "how we know what we know" about reptiles and
the voyage of discovery that led to this knowledge.
Out in the field David Attenborough works with the passionate scientists, at the cutting edge, who help to bring unique behaviour to our screens.
The more science reveals about reptiles and amphibians the more the myths and misconceptions about them are dispelled. They are surprising animals, as passionate in their courtship, as aggressive in their rivalry and as tender in their parental care as many warm blooded creatures.
And they have they been amazingly successful with over 350 million years of history on the planet.
What are their secrets and how have they been uncovered?
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Despite its name, Life in Cold Blood concentrates almost entirely on
Reptilians, a subject that has been exhausted these days. So, in that
respect, I will only discuss things that make this one unique. First of
all, it's David Attenborough, whose pleasant voice and passionate
storytelling keeps you plugged throughout the series. Then there are
things inherent to using latest technology on reptile tracking,
especially in behavior that hasn't been filmed before. One of that is
the painstaking job of trying to film a rattlesnake making a kill, a
task that took days and real personal hazards to complete. Another is
the sound made by turtles mating, or filming lizards that give birth to
live young and mate for life. Then of course there is this absolutely
unique behavior among certain crocodiles who tend for young that aren't
necessarily their own. The list of new things can go on... In a few
words, for anyone interested into this class of Vertebrates, this
documentary comes as a safe recommendation. What I missed was more
covering of reptiles' evolutionary biology, which is such an
interesting subject in itself: how they evolved from Amphibian-like
creatures 300 million years ago and at least some consideration onto
how they achieved their current diversity. Also, one order of reptiles
has been completely ignored, the Tuataras, even though their behavior
and biology contains aspects just as interesting that have rarely been
The scripted text binds the story together, whereas filming & sound is as good as one expects from BBC's nature series. What I missed was the artistic quality I've so much enjoyed in Life in the Undergrowth, who continues to stand as perhaps the most gorgeous nature documentary ever to be filmed.
A very fitting bonus is how each episode, and there are five of them, ends with a section that describes the process of shooting and other technicalities, as well as narrator's personal view on the subjects filmed. Attenborough's lifetime dedication and genuine marvel of nature's artworks are to be met with highest praise.
If you seriously think that reptiles and amphibians are just simple and
primitive creatures, well, you better think again.
This remarkable nature-documentary from the BBC will certainly bring to light some truly amazing facts about these often-misunderstood critters.
From snakes, to frogs, to salamanders, to lizards, and beyond - Join host Richard Attenborough as he travels to various locations in the world in order to enlighten, educate and demonstrate to the viewer what astounding and diverse lifeforms inhabit this fantastic planet of ours.
Life In Cold Blood is a 2-disc set of 5 programs with a total running time of over 4 hours. And, believe me, this documentary is certainly well-worth an 8-star rating.
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