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BBC Life Blu-ray | Don’t Settle for Less, buy the David Attenborough version [Update] |

BBC Life Blu-ray

[Update: You can now buy the David Attenborough version in the United States here]

I’ll cut straight to the chase … Oprah Winfrey will be narrating the US Version of ‘Life’ when it airs on the Discovery Channel in March 2010. David Attenborough will be narrating the superior UK version. He did an amazing job with Planet Earth. I highly recommend that Blu-ray by the way! Amazing stuff and the picture quality is outstanding.

For those of you that haven’t heard of the series ‘Life’. Here is a trailer I yanked from Amazon UK.

Life will be released on Blu-ray in the UK on November 30, 2009.

Looks like Amazon UK ships to the US. Is this Blu-ray region free? I heard Planet Earth was region free.

Global media leader and philanthropist Oprah Winfrey will narrate Discovery Channel’s all-new 11-part series LIFE, set to premiere in March 2010. The series reveals the most spectacular, bizarre and fascinating behaviors that living things have devised in order to thrive. Many of these were captured for the first time using the latest in state-of-the-art high-definition filming techniques.

As one of the most influential voices of our time, Winfrey will lend her talent to some of the most compelling imagery ever captured on film. From strange creatures, such as the star-nosed mole that hunts underwater using bubbles to smell its prey, to epic spectacles, including millions of fruit bats darkening the Zambian sky, each episode tells mind-blowing stories of survival with drama, humor and suspense.

“We are honored to have Oprah Winfrey tell the story of what is already a visual masterpiece,” stated John Ford, President and General Manager of Discovery Channel.“The stories capture your imagination, curiosity and emotion as you see animals and plants up close and personal — each story more amazing. Ms. Winfrey will be the perfect complement to this blue-chip natural history television event.”

More than four years in the making, filmed over 3,000 days, across every continent and in every habitat, this is life as no one has ever seen it before.

Oprah Winfrey to Narrate Life

  • JimmyMagnum

    awesome! I’ve yet to get Planet Earth on Blu-Ray. I hope they have a combo pack, because I’d get that when I get the money!

  • I know they are doing a bundle for Planet Earth and Life in the UK.

  • JimmyMagnum

    sweet, I might have to import that (if they’re both region free)

  • Angus-MacGyver-

    I’ve seen both editions of Planet Earth, in my opinion Attenborough did a better job than Weaver, however since they both read the exact same narrative, saying one of those is superior is opinion. I will be looking for both Attenborough versions to be cheap soon.

  • Eddie

    I own Planet Earth…If you find an import for this post it up.

  • grown up all my life listening to David Attenborough, the man’s a saint. can’t even begin to imagine how horrible it would be to have anyone else, let alone orpah narrating a bbc nature show.

  • Michael

    why can’t they put both audio tracks on the disc anyway?

  • Steve George

    Bought the UK version of Life today. It starts ok on my Region A PS3, you get the BBC Earth trailer then screen goes black… That’s it… Looks like it ain’t gonna play on US/Jap machines…

  • Saw this on NeoGAF 🙁

    Bad news for those looking to import the BD for playback on a PS3, I’m afraid.

    The UK Blu-ray isn’t region coded, but both the menus and the episodes themselves are in 50Hz, so it won’t currently play on a region A PS3. Tested it in a multiregion Panasonic DMP-BD60 set to region A and it played without an issue. According to that player’s codec info it was 1080i at 50Hz, which is why my US PS3 wouldn’t play it.

    Despite saying on the back of the box that it’s 1080p with a DTS-HD Master Audio logo, it’s actually 1080i with DTS-HD High Resolution.

    tl;dr: Won’t work in a US PS3 but any decent standalone should work fine.

  • Steve George

    Thanks for the info. Just returned the Blu to the retailer & got a full refund. Ain’t gonna buy the US version if it’s 1080i and certainly not with a bloody Oprah narration!!!!

  • Dave

    I can confirm that this does not play on a US PS3. From what I can tell, there will be a US version of the BBC Release with Attenbourogh narrating that looks to be released June 1, 2010 that I am hoping is coded properly to play in US PS3 consoles.

  • Thanks for the heads up Dave. Where did you hear this info?

  • Andy

    Dave is correct. I wish I know about it before buying LIFE – Blu ray from UK.

    It doesn’t play on my PS3. Its now just sitting on my desk collecting dust.

  • reena

    Does anyone know if the new US version with Attenbourogh plays on a PS3 now that its been available? thanks

  • The US version plays great on the US PS3’s I finished the whole series. Good stuff!

  • Ken

    Hey Tosh could you tell me the ASIN and UPC number on your LIFE blu ray that will play on US PS3s? thanks

  • I have this one from Amazon.

    ASIN: B002UXRGM0

  • Rick

    It would appear appear there are two David Attenborough versions:
    1.UK UPC 5051561000553> Red frog on Back
    2.US UPC: 883929099252 Pink Flamingos on back
    I ordered from Amazon Marketplace seller and got [UK] will be sending it back and reordering