'BBC Earth: Life From Above'
(DVD / PG / 2019 / PBS)
Overview: Cameras in space tell stories of life on our planet from a brand new perspective, revealing its incredible movements, colors, patterns and just how fast it is changing.
For this is our home, as we've never seen it before.
DVD Verdict: Behold Earth as it’s never been seen before for in 'BBC Earth: Life From Above,' cameras in space tell stories of life on our planet from a brand new perspective; revealing incredible movements, colors, patterns — and just how fast it’s changing.
We get to witness brand new footage of the greatest, most beautiful and powerful movements on our planet. Cameras in space capture an elephant family’s struggle through drought, and thousands of Shaolin Kung-Fu students performing in perfect synchronicity.
A co-production between the BBC and PBS, the four-part 'Life From Above' is an ambitious new documentary that provides fascinating and fresh insights into our planet by expanding the range of perspectives from which to look.
In addition to stunning satellite photography from space, drones were employed to generate footage, while helicopters and cameras on the ground provide more conventional vantage points.
Using innovative techniques to illustrate the complex interconnectivity of our planet, 'Life From Above' is going for the BIG picture, trust me.
What is revealed from above is a cadence — the rhythm by which the earth moves, colors and visual patterns — and the planet’s constant evolution.
These qualities, which reach across topographical divides as well as human-made borders, cultures and politics, are only apparent when the planet is considered as a whole.
The series is not only a meditation on aerial textures, though. Footage shot from the ground will showcase more individual, microcosmic narratives.
The goal — and the challenge — is to weave in and out of these details and do justice to Earth’s amazing intricacies for, as mentioned before, this is our home, as we’ve never seen it before.
Moving Planet: Our planet is constantly on the move, from individual animals to powerful weather systems. Follow the black shadow of a total solar eclipse and marvel as thousands of Shaolin Kung Fu students perform in perfect synchronicity.
Colorful Planet: In a kaleidoscope of color, swirls of phytoplankton trigger an oceanic feeding frenzy, China turns yellow as millions of flowers bloom and at night the waters off the coast of Argentina are spotted with mysterious green lights.
Patterned Planet: From space, earth's surface is covered in weird and wonderful shapes. Wombats design their own landscape in Australia and hundreds of forest elephants create a tear in the endless green of the Congo forest canopy.
Changing Planet: See how fast our planet is changing. Cities are growing, forests are disappearing, and glaciers melting - but in Tanzania locals have regenerated the landscape, saving a family of chimpanzees. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.