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Feature 8.6
Video 8.1
Audio 8.2
Special Features   0.0
Audio 8.5
Distributor: Ovation
Running Time: 780
Classification:
 G
Reviewer: Peter Bourke

8.5


Water Life

Water 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 rather grim.

In terms of video, Water Life is presented in 16:9 that looks exceptionally good on DVD with deep blacks, sharp images and vibrant colours. 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 premise perfectly.

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.

Recommended!






 
 



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