This groundbreaking series takes viewers on an unprecedented look at the eco-systems in, around, and above our planet's teeming oceans and seas, from the producers of "Planet Earth."
Narrated by the authoritative David Attenborough, this loving tribute to our oceans belongs in every family’s DVD collection. The Emmy Award-winning cinematography is breathtaking, and the fact that the filmmakers were able to capture such gorgeous images is as impressive as the underwater life itself. The success of “Planet Earth” may have overshadowed this incredible underwater odyssey, but its re-release in a special edition – which is filled to the gills with bonus features -- is bound to make quite a splash.
This DVD is intended for older children.
There's nothing really inappropriate for preschoolers in this series, but they may not have the patience to sit through hours of nature footage, and the sight of a polar bear with its mouth covered in whale blood may upset them. They may, however, enjoy watching in snippets. The sight of spinner dolphins exuberantly twirling and dancing through the water is awe-inspiring for viewers of all ages, as is the wild visual effect of a school of fish forming a ball to keep away predators.
Because it's so much more interesting than simply studying science from a book, kids in this age group--whose knowledge of marine life has probably been garnered from movies like Finding Nemo and The Little Mermaid--are likely to enjoy learning what goes on under the sea. They may already know that the ocean makes up more than 70 percent of the earth, but there are dozens of facts they'll be fascinated to learn and spout back, like the fact that the blue whale is the biggest animal on the planet, weighing more than 200 tons and boasting a heart that's the size of a car!
Tweens may be especially intrigued by the episode called "The Deep," which takes place all the way down in "The Twilight Zone," the deepest, darkest, and coldest area of the ocean. They'll be introduced to a strange group of creatures that were the inspiration for the Alien movies as well as fish that have developed "headlights" and gulper eels that can swallow prey as big as themselves. They'll be intrigued by the process of bioluminescence and the natural "pyrotechnic display" that occurs daily. For tweens, this series could be the source of some very creative science project ideas.
DVD Features: Four discs on the "making of" each episode, interviews, fact files and photo galleries; an all-new bonus fifth disc includes segments on "Amazon Abyss," "Dive to Shark Volcano," "Between the Tides" and "Antarctica."
Introduces kids to the world underwater
Some scenes of animals attacking and eating other animals