'Frozen Planet: The Complete Series'
(David Attenborough / 3-Disc DVD / Not Rated / 2012 / BBC Earth)
Overview: From the Emmy-winning team behind Planet Earth and The Blue Planet comes Frozen Planet, the epic tale of two disappearing wildernesses. The Arctic and Antarctic remain the greatest wildernesses on Earth. The scale and beauty of the scenery and the sheer power of the elements are unmatched anywhere else on our planet. And against all odds, these vast, frigid environments are teeming with life.
DVD Verdict: An incredible, think about it now, three years in the making, 'Frozen Planet: The Complete Series' is out now - and incredible! Filmed in HD using the latest technology, as you would expect it tells the seeminly-complete coverage of about the life of animals; together with the seasons in the Arctic and Antarctic. An area that covers about a third of the area of the Earth!
This incredible 3-disc documentary reveals the epic tale of two disappearing wildernesses, the aformentioned Arctic and Antarctic. Narrated by the loveable, and highly-reliable David Attenborough, the episodes included are: 1. "To the Ends of the Earth," 2. "Spring," 3. "Summer," 4. "Autumn," 5. "Winter," 6. "The Last Frontier," and 7. "On Thin Ice" - where Attenborough's view on climate change in the Arctic and Antarctic is absolutely sublime to listen to.
As you would expect, 'Frozen Planet' features some breathtaking landscape footage - and all in high definition. I've never seen so much ice and snow take on so many forms and do so much - all for the love of nature! many awe-inspiring things. And yes, Attenborough narrates this entire collection, as usual, but here too even manages to make a couple of appearances. All whilst wrapped up nicely against the harsh Antarctic locations - and all at the young age of 85!
One of the most, well, touching (if that's even close to being the right word) of segments for me was the polar bear sex! I know, I know, but you'll see why in a minute. For, in truth, it's surprisingly sweet! All that lovely gentle, perhaps fluffy even (I've never touched one!) motions that not only lead up to the act but are included in the act itself make for one rewarding portion of insight.
And, as usual, whilst our two snowy white love birds are at it, another male comes sniffing around, but he's soon sent packing. But then another, BIGGER, badder polar bear comes knocking and this time it is a battle royale. Terrifying to watch as a beholder, imagine what it must feel like for the young lover! Amazingly, he too is defeated too, but our hero is bloodied and torn.
And what of the female Polar Bear ... will she still be there for her hero ... er, nope! She got bored, couldn't wait any longer, went off the whole idea of sex, and left!
Of course, there are many more segements like this, featuring a slew of other animals and situations that they encounter, but for me 'Frozen Planet' is simply fabulous, beautiful, and so incredible that you need to seem them for yourself through your own eyes. It took 100 camera crews 3 years to make, at a cost of @ 100 million and my goodness, it is worth every single penny, please trust me. These are all Widescreen Presentations (1:85.1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
• On Thin Ice - A unique exploration into how climate change is affecting the animals and people of the polar regions and what that might mean for the rest of us
• Science at the Ends of the Earth – An examination of the remarkable scientific work being performed at the South Pole
• Freeze Frame – A series of 6 10-minute “making of” featurettes, one for each episode
• Production Video Diaries - A set of 47 video shorts made by the Frozen Planet producers, directors, camera crew and more giving personal insights into this remarkable series
• Frozen Planet: The Epic Journey – The best moments from this remarkable series compiled into one 60-minute highlights special