'Life (U.S. Version)' Announced for Blu-ray

Posted Fri Mar 12, 2010 at 06:00 AM PST by

The Natural History Unit's follow-up to 'Planet Earth' is planned for a Blu-ray release in June.

BBC/Warner will be releasing 'Life (U.S. Version)' on Blu-ray on June 1.

With the Emmy® winning Planet Earth, the BBC and the Discovery Channel brought you the world like never before and set records as the #1 cable television event of 2007 and the #1 best-selling documentary on DVD of all time. This spring, the BBC takes natural history to a whole new level with the DVD and Blu-ray release of Life. More than four years in the making, filmed over 3000 days across every continent and habitat, with narration by Oprah Winfrey, Life is an epic BBC/Discovery Channel production that illustrates the extraordinary tactics animals and plants use to stay alive. Life tells 130 incredible stories from the frontiers of the natural world, 54 of which have never been filmed before. Life arrives at retail June 1 for the suggested retail price of $59.98 for DVD ($74.98 in Canada) and $69.99 for Blu-ray ($87.48 in Canada). The BBC is also exclusively bringing to retail the original UK version, narrated by Sir David Attenborough. The premiere episode of Life airs across six of Discovery's networks starting, Sunday March 21, 2010. Remaining episodes air on the Discovery Channel with the finale on April 18.

Since Planet Earth, several key advances have been made in wildlife filmmaking techniques which allow the viewer to witness, closer than ever before, how creatures, under extreme pressure, can overcome challenges from adversaries and their environment. Production firsts include the yogi cam, developed specifically for Life, which allowed a camera to track smoothly alongside migrating reindeer and elephants, intricate cable rigging which enabled the crew to "fly" a camera through thousands of monarch butterflies in Mexico and high-definition low-light cameras that allowed for time-lapse underwater filming.

Filmed entirely in high-definition, Life is packed with excitement, revelation, entertainment and a myriad of awe-inspiring feats. The four-disc Blu-ray and DVD sets feature all 11 episodes from Discovery's broadcast, including the spectacular The Making of Life, showcasing the exhaustive, remarkable and record-breaking efforts by the Life filmmaking team to bring this remarkable series to the screen. Exclusive bonus features include deleted scenes, a "music only" viewing option, and Life on Location, a collection of ten astonishing production video diaries further documenting the extraordinary lengths the film crew took to capture the footage in Life.

The BBC is the world's largest producer of natural history programs and for over 50 years has produced such notable titles as The Blue Planet and Planet Earth. BBC Earth is the global brand for all of this natural history content available on television, digital, DVD and merchandise.

The 4-disc Blu-ray set will feature 1080p video, and supplements will include Life on Location – A collection of ten production video diaries showing the extraordinary lengths the film crew took to capture the footage in Life, Deleted Scenes, and a "Music Only" viewing option.

You can find the latest specs for 'Life (U.S. Version)' linked from our Blu-ray Release Schedule, where it's indexed under June 1.

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