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BBC Earth Brings Nature to the Big Screen Again with "One Life"

Posted on Friday, February 22nd, 2013 1:00 PM and updated on Friday, July 19th, 2013 2:20 PM

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BBC Worldwide, the people behind the acclaimed and excellent nature documentaries Planet Earth, Human Planet, Life, and others have released their latest theatrical title, One Life, in select theaters starting on February 21, 2013. The description we have for the movie is that it is a "documentary which captures and celebrates the journey that all living things take from the moment they are born, to that most important of achievements - the delivery of the next generation."

It is being narrated by British-born actor Daniel Craig, who is best known as James Bond in Skyfall, his third turn in the role of 007. He was quoted in the press release as saying

I am very proud to be part of BBC Earth’s film ONE LIFE. The BBC Natural History Unit have proven, year after year, that their documentary skills are second to none. For the filmmakers who spend their entire lives recording beautiful images of planet earth’s dwindling wildlife, I have only a sense of awe and a deep rooted respect. I am incredibly fortunate to have been given the chance to play a very small part in that process.

Photo courtesy BBC EarthYou can get a sampling of Craig's narration style by viewing some clips on the Trailers & Videos page.

We received a screener for the movie, and I can attest to the fact that the visual storytelling of One Life are up to the standard of their past ventures. This is primarily due to the fact that I believe most, if not all, of the footage is from the "Life" series, which has been broadcast on television and is available on Blu-ray and DVD. This is similar to what they did with Earth, which contained content culled from the Planet Earth series.

Is it a rehash, then, and not worth watching if you've already seen the televised version of Life? I watched the entire movie, and then found my Blu-ray copy of Life (the David Attenborough-narrated version, of course, sorry Oprah). The video footage is the same, but the editing and script are different to match the narrative flow of the movie. The difference makes the two separate experiences, so I do think they can stand on their own, but if you are familiar with the series, you will notice the similarities.

The camera work on all of the BBC nature documentaries is superb, and that's what makes the release of One Life on the big screen an attractive proposition. While there are a few of the to-be-expected predator and prey scenes, I think the content is fine for all audiences, especially those that have seen and enjoy nature documentaries on TV.

Photo above is courtesy BBC Earth.

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