David Attenborough: Life That Glows

David Attenborough: Life That Glows

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Catalogue no: R-123644-9

Media: DVD

Classification: G

Category: Non-Fiction

Genre: Documentary

Barcode: 9398700004130

No of Discs: 1

Language: English

Year: 2016

Release Date: 06-07-2016

Availability: In stock

Luminous beings, creatures with their own internal light, enchant and astonish us. The sea at night sparkles, as millions of luminous plankt
Luminous beings, creatures with their own internal light, enchant and astonish us. The sea at night sparkles, as millions of luminous plankton reveal the shapes of dolphins, fish and whales in a truly spectacular and magical light show. But why do animals produce living light? For centuries we could only marvel at the beauty and the mystery. Join Sir David Attenborough and a team of the world's leading scientists and deep-sea explorers on a breathtaking journey to reveal the secrets of living lights. Witness creatures that very few have ever encountered in their glowing state, including bioluminescent millipedes glowing on the forest floor of California's high mountains, the mesmerising flashing light patterns of the synchronous fireflies in the dark woods of Pennsylvania, and luminous earth worms in France, to name a few.

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Actors David Attenborough
Director Joe Loncraine
Producer Joe Loncraine, Martin Dohrn
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Audio Dolby Digital 2.0
Region 4
Runtime 51

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David Attenborough: Life That Glows Review by Jennifer
1) Did you like it?
Loved it, it’s fascinating!

2) Why?
Bioluminescent animals and plants pretty much have to be seen to be believed – they look like someone spilled the inside of a glow-stick on them! I’ve seen quite a few pictures and videos of glowing sea creatures (and was excited to see more here), but I had no idea about the variety of bioluminescent land animals. This documentary even shows some glowing fungi, which bring a whole new meaning to the phrase “magic mushrooms”. It’s also eye-opening to see how many ways animals use bioluminescence: finding a mate, hunting for food, repelling predators, and… well… just because!

I love how bioluminescent life has evolved specifically to thrive in a series of very particular ecological niches, and looks so beautiful and alien while doing it. This a magnificent example of convergent evolution: a process where very different creatures evolve similar features completely independently. Engaging and brimming with enthusiasm as usual, David Attenborough takes us from the air to the bottom of the ocean, and into the lab to explain the science of how animals generate their own light.

If you’re a cinematography geek, make sure to watch the extra feature on the new camera equipment and techniques they used to film the wildlife footage. It’s just as fascinating as the animals themselves.

3) “You would enjoy this documentary if…”
Like me, you’re fascinated by the amazing solutions that nature finds to seemingly insurmountable problems. As a sci-fi fan, I also love the fact that the deep ocean is like an alien world. We’ve explored so little of it, and watching sea creatures like jellyfish, octopuses and the even weirder and more wonderful species here is mind boggling in the best kind of way.

4) “This documentary made me think about…”
If we can’t understand the instincts, intelligence and communication methods of our underwater creatures, how can we ever hope to communicate with space aliens if we ever meet them?

5) Overall rating?
4.5 stars. (Posted on 18/07/2016)