Life is a huge 26-part documentary that runs at a whopping 780 minutes.
Produced in Spain, Water Life has made the successful conversion to
Western shores that mimics some of the well made documentaries from the
BBC and the National Geographic.
Like the name, the series revolves
around "water" and "life" which contains some amazing photography and
locales from around the world. This epic documentary took over two
years to be filmed and used state of the art High Definition cameras to
capture these amazing and diverse ecosystems such as the annoying
mosquito to the majestic whales.
From the oceans to the
rivers and how water is formed in the skies, unlike some other
documentaries, Water Life is quite down to earth with its information and does not
chastise the viewer by "dumbing" it down or adding convoluted explanations.
There is also a strong environment spin to Water Life and considering
our current climate issues, it's well versed and hopefully more people
will take note.
As mentioned, the photography of Water Life is truly
stunning and seeing these amazing underwater creatures on a full HD TV
is almost like you are part of the experience. Its creators also use
some time-lapsed photography which really highlights these amazing
ecosystems and how both man and animals cohabit these areas.
As the series goes for 780 minutes, you definitely cannot sit down and
watch the entire series over the weekend or a couple of weeks. You
really need to absorb the messages behind the series and if you watch 1
or 2 episodes a week, that's 13 weeks of enjoyment.
From almost extinct
species to the influence of man, it's fascinating to see all the
different facets of "water" across the globe and how diverse it is. The
biggest message of Water Life was definitely the environmental theme,
however, seeing how different and amazing this little blue planet called
Earth is very surreal to watch. It's sad that mankind's influence is slowly destroying
this world from pollution
to over fishing and if we don't change our ways soon, the future looks
In terms of video, Water Life is presented in 16:9 that looks
exceptionally good on DVD with deep blacks, sharp images and vibrant
Add in Dolby Digital 5.1 for its sound and although it doesn't really
use this system like a Hollywood action movie, the audio is exceptionally clear as is the narration of
Water Life. The soundtrack is also quite majestic and really suits the
If you enjoyed the BBC's "The Blue Planet", than I would strongly
recommend you investigate Water Life which is equally as good. From
exceptional narration to some wonderful photography that truly enhances
the entire experience. This is a professional and well made documentary
from start to finish and rarely skips a heart bit as we see all the
amazing links to water and the life it has spawned.