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BBC Life [David Attenborough] | Blu-ray Releases for the Week of 6.1.10 plus past weeks |

The biggest release this week is BBC Life. I know a lot of people have been anxiously awaiting for this to arrive in the US. Myself included, mine is on the way! But be very careful on which version you buy.

There is a David Attenborough version and a Oprah Winfrey version. The reviews for the Oprah version have 153 ratings on Amazon, 130 of those right now are 1 stars. I looked threw a few of them, this is the best 1 star review I found and sums up my thoughts exactly.

1 Star review of the Oprah version of Life

This is atrocious. I’m watching “Life” on Discovery channel right now, with Oprah narrating. Some of the reviewers said that the script was re-written for her, and I can believe it. I can’t believe Attenborough saying lines like “hunting crab seals is toooo much work!” Oprah narrates this thing as if she were reading a bedtime story to little kids and comes off as snarky and condescending. In the opening segment, she’s discussing a fox chasing an ibex kid and it’s basically like “heeeere comes the fox! UH OH!!”

The most embarrassing thing is that I’m thinking that British people think that Americans demanded this. Who’s going to be doing the next special, Dr. Phil? “Oh-kaaay, here comes the alee-gaytor, it’s prey tries to run, but that neeeever works! HAW HAW HAW!” Don’t get this. Get the real version.

Some other good movies this week as well like Alice in Wonderland and The Wolfman. Anything interest you this week? Are you picking up BBC life?

Here are the Blu-ray titles for this week. Highlights are: Alice in Wonderland, Life (narrated by David Attenborough), The Wolfman, War of the Worlds, Bad Boys.

Sorry about missing the past couple weeks. Here are the highlights from past weeks.

Week of May 18, 2010

Invictus, The Messenger, Dragon Ball Z Kai: Part One

Week of May 25, 2010

Dear John, The Road, Spartacus (50th Anniversary Edition), Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Part 1.

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  • Eddie

    I didn’t care for Life as much as I did Planet Earth. In fact they reused several scenes.

  • @ehandlr Did you watch Life on the Discovery channel?

  • Eddie

    yea I did. unfortunately with Oprah Winfrey as the narrator.

  • EdEN

    Wow, thanks for the heads up on the Oprah involvement. I’ll be sure to get the “original” one. Other than that, I’ll be sure to get Alice in a month or so once finances clear up.

  • Dave

    Can anyone tell me if this new DVD is significantly different from The Life of Mammals and The Life of Birds? Or is it the compilation of the two DVDs into a single new release.
    BTW, you’ll have to travel far and wide to find someone who can come remotely close to David Attenbrough as narrator. I’ll bet Oprah bought the Attenborough version.

  • I believe it’s all new footage. Can anyone confirm?

  • Jay

    when I get the money, I’ll be sure to pick up both Life and Planet Earth (yes, I still need to get Planet Earth lol). And yeah, Oprah did read it like a childrens story book, and was a big disappointment, but I paid more attention to the actual content as opposed to the narration anyway lol

  • Dave

    I bought a DVD box set about a year ago that included Planet Earth, The Blue Planet, The Life of Mammals and The Life of Birds. It appears that the BBC re-cut the four DVDs to produce a new product. I say this because I recognize all the footage from the clips that I found online. This is not new footage.
    No matter which DVD set you buy, you will not be disappointed.

  • Jack

    I watched the Disney Nature Earth and suddenly became a big fan of nature stuff. It seems the Oprah version is really bad, I wouldn’t want someone to treat me as a 10 years old while watching a movie or video that is mainly made for adult. I think I love David Attenborough voice since I played the Metal Gear Solid game like 12 years ago. BTW, I just ordered the Planet Earth Blu-ray set (David’s version) for a extreme good price ($27 Brand new).[might take a week or 2 to get here] Looking forward to enjoy the videos.