Wednesday, April 10 2013, 04:27 PM MDT
Blu-ray Review: One Life
Rated: Not Rated
Street Date: April 9, 2013
Available On: Blu-ray/DVD/Ultraviolet Combo
The Film: Narrated by Daniel Craig, BBC Earth's “One Life” travels the length of the globe to peak in on the daily existence of a variety of animals, plants and insects. as they fight against their environment and themselves; even if that means walking on water.
The Extras: Director’s Commentary, Interviews, Behind the Scenes, Making of “One Life”
Blu-ray Exclusive: Mike Gunton on “One Life”
Recommendation: Early on “One Life” draws comparisons between humans and various animals as we watch mother animals with their children or communities working together for a common purpose. Once that concept has been properly introduced the narration wisely moves away from personification to showcase the many miraculous abilities that animals have that go well beyond the human race’s capabilities. There are still connections to be made between animal habits and human behavior; the directors have simply left it up to the audience to find those similarities. It’s always better to discover something one your own rather than having it told to you.
Those looking for an in-depth examination on one particular environment or species will probably find “One Life” to be a bit too superficial. However, those interested in taking an 85-minute jaunt to the exotic corners of the world will find “One Life” to be a fascinating and stunningly gorgeous experience.
-Ryan Michael Painter