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Life on Earth 

David Attenborough's groundbreaking study of the evolution of life on our planet.
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David Attenborough ...  Himself - Presenter 13 episodes, 1979
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British naturalist David Attenborough examines the diversity and origins of "life on earth." As is usual with David Attenborough's work, the camera work is outstanding and employed techniques which were ground-breaking in their day. Also, as is his custom, Mr. Attenborough filmed this series in locales all across the world. Written by Jason A. Cormier

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 1979 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Zycie na Ziemi See more »

Filming Locations:

Bermuda See more »

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Runtime:

(13 parts)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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An additional item on the DVD is David Attenborough being interviewed by fellow naturalist Tony Soper regarding the making of Life on Earth including the equipment used (at around 23 mins) See more »

Quotes

David Attenborough: There are some four million different kinds of animals and plants in the world. Four million different solutions to the problems of staying alive. This is the story of how a few of them came to be as they are.
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Alternate Versions

The original home video release was severely edited down to fit on two video tapes, meaning half or more of the original broadcast was omitted. See more »

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Iconic story of how life and evolution work
28 February 2011 | by king-of-randomSee all my reviews

I still remember watching the first episode of this series with my Father back in 1979. Wow, that is a long time ago! I was about twelve and sat transfixed to the television. I'd never seen anything like it and it really answered so many questions and inspired others. As mentioned elsewhere it is beautifully shot, using a great score and sound effects. Sir David's (he is now!) delivery, enthusiasm, scripting skills and knowledge shine through.

Okay the sound is mono and it is not HD, but that doesn't matter. This really is a classic piece of work, like a Hitchcock. It was the first of it's kind and a must watch for all nature / evolution fans. Years later I went to University and the first episode was used as a teaching aid for year one students on the geology course; it was that good.

Viewers that are students, must realise that the science of evolution has moved on and not everything is scientifically correct now. But, that adds another edge to this where you can see how our knowledge has moved on so much. For non scientists though there is much to learn and if you find yourself as visually engaged as I was at age twelve then you can then maybe settle down and work your way through the rest of the Sir David Attenborough classics!

Believe me the series is well worth a watch even if you're only slightly interested in nature and evolution.


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