Attenborough has this uncanny ability to make the mundane absolutely
enthralling. His new series Frozen Planet takes the viewer on a journey
around the two poles as he brings us stunning views of the wildlife, the
environment and the people.
narrative is both informative and emotive; the cinematography is
spectacular – from the Arctic centre to its tundra down to the Antarctic
coast through to magnetic south pole, this series is wide in scope and
ambition. The episodes are for the most part based on the changing
seasons – the melting and freezing ice brings on a whole range of
migrations, hibernations, breeding and spectacular landscape changes.
One of my favourite moments is the first glimpse of a polar bear mother
emerging from hibernation with her new cubs, and their first frolic in
the snow. The series even takes us to a research station in the coldest
place on this planet, a space-age self-sustaining building on stilts,
able to lift itself metres higher to avoid the accumulating snow
Video & Audio
images are in crisp 1080i with a stirring instrumental sound track.
The sound track unfortunately, is adequate, but only in Dolby Digital
end of the episodes are small making-of vignettes, well worth the watch
and allows us a fascinating glance into the struggles that took place
making this series. There also is a special menu and sound track for
the visually impaired.
Attenborough has really mastered his craft – His latest is one of his
best. Frozen Planet is a must for nature lovers as well people who just
want to be awed and lost in the grandeur of this planet for an hour or