'The Age of Nature'
(DVD / NR / 2020 / PBS)
Overview: 'The Age of Nature' brings together inspirational contributors, rare archive material and stunning imagery from around the world, to give us a deeper understanding of Nature and our place within it.
DVD Verdict: 'The Age of Nature' explores humanity's relationship with nature and wildlife, as scientists and conservationists from all over the world examine ways we can restore our planet.
Indeed, this wondrous documentary series - narrated by actor Uma Thurman - asks whether newfound awareness of nature could bring about a new chapter in the human story, which is as deep a psyche hole as they could have gone, for my money!
The state of the environment as approached by television frequently becomes a subject fraught with terror, horror, guilt, forbidding carbon footprints and intimations of imminent incineration.
But 'The Age of Nature' is not just a beautifully made series, it’s also a surprisingly joyful one. It’s about rehabilitation — how humans are correcting environmental outrages from Panama to Mozambique to Central China to Yellowstone Park — and how forgiving Mother Nature can be if we just pay her some affectionate attention.
The mixed message, of course, is that you’re tempted to push mom till you push her too far!
Indeed, this breathtaking, three-part documentary series, filmed on seven continents, presents creative ideas from around the globe for dealing with such pressing issues as climate change, animal extinction, and environmental degradation.
Each episode (Episode 1 "Awakening"; Episode 2 "Understanding"; and Episode 3 "Changing") highlights some of the latest scientific research that helps us understand the workings of the planet and explores effective strategies for restoring the environment, re-wilding landscapes and maintaining a balance between species.
The series examines the work of a diverse international scientific community as well as indigenous citizen activists committed to bringing about change in their local communities. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.