Reviewed byAshok MohantyVote: 10/10/10
I have watched each and every documentary which are graced by hisgreatness, Sir David. And the quality curve just ascends inunbelievable manner as you progress your way through the series made bySir David. The jump in quality gets lengthier and even more lengthieras compared with the last series you watched. And LIFE STORY is againanother bagful of fresh miracles in Mr. Nature's effervescent voice. Asalways, it challenges you in picking your favourite moment from thewhole series. Each story is filled with minutes drama and wonders whereeach minute is a story itself.
It makes me really sad as I am from India where I cannot claim a copyof the elusive and luscious poster of the series. Life feels wonderfulwhen we add meaning to it. I am proud of my life as I happen to havediscovered the true story of my life, which is Sir David!!!
Reviewed byMarcusBritishVote: 10/10/10
In 1990, the BBC aired "Trials of Life", a 12-part natural historyseries exploring animal behaviour, showing a variety of species fromthe moment of their birth through to adulthood and becoming a parentthemselves.
This 6-part series, "Life Story", follows a very similar theme,covering the stages of life and the challenges that await them in theanimal world. Like many of David Attenborough's latest documentaries,this series adopts the same format of showing a 50-minute episodefollowed by a 10-minute "Diaries" which follows the camera crew as theytry to capture the behaviour of one of the animals which featured inthe series. They make you appreciate some of the hardships the crewoften go through to get the best results.
Where "Trials of Life" was a 4:3 production, "Life Story" is fully-HDdue to being filmed with 4K cameras, and includes some beautiful camerawork with extraordinarily detailed close-ups, as well as fantasticshots of insects and other microcosmic species. These people reallymake an effort to capture memorable events and David's narration is aseloquent as ever, both educational and witty, to suit the on-screenaction.
Like most nature programmes, "Life Story" includes some mildlydisturbing scenes of animal behaviour, but this is how those specieshave evolved in order to survive in harsh environments. You have totake the bad with the good and accept that nature can be cruel.Witnessing these animals face such challenges and learning to adapt andovercome them is the true reward. Where many endure, few survive.
David Attenbourough narrates on the greatest of all adventures - the journey through life.