'Blue Planet: Seas of Life' [Blu-ray]
(Various / 3-Disc Blu ray / NR / 2013 / BBC Video)
Overview: The Emmy-winning 'The Blue Planet: Seas of Life' is the definitive natural history of the world's oceans exploring everything from the popular shores and teeming shallows to the mysterious ocean depths.
Blu ray Verdict: Yes! Finally! This groundbreaking series from the BBC and Discovery winner of two Emmy(R) awards is now available on Blu-ray! Crisp, clean, lovely Blu ray! Couldn't be happpier because, and as we all know, this kind of show deserves to be seen as clearly as possible. It is so beautifully shot, so imaginatively captured that DVD just cannot do it justice (sorry, DVD!)
In truth, the highlights of this series are plenty: the polar bear hunting a group of beluga whales which are trapped around a breathing hole in the ice; the aforementioned deep sea organisms; time lapse footage of tidal changes; a large marine snail eating a small one, with hermit crabs waiting for the empty shell nearby; orcas separating a gray whale calf from its mother, before killing it; and many more!
Indeed, if one wanted to imagine creatures from outer space, this documentary could give them great ideas. The extreme depths of the oceans are being studied so that we will know what to look for in places like Europa, a Galilean moon of Jupiter and in other places of the universe where extremes of temperature and pressure exist and are being studied.
And so, in closing, 'Blue Planet - Seas of Life' is beautifully photographed and intriguing to watch. Lots of good information here, presented in a manner that can interest both adults and children. These are all Widescreen Presentations (1.77:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and come with the Special Features of:
Eighty minutes of behind-the-scenes footage - one 10-minute featurette for each episode
Interviews with producer Alastair Fothergill, cameraman Doug Allan and researcher Penny Allen
Deep Trouble - A compelling exploration of the impact of civilization on the oceans