David Attenborough discusses the biomass and life in a variety of eco-systems spanning many of the environments found on Earth (from tropical to polar).
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David Attenborough examines the ecology and biodiversity of each of Earth's major biomes, and warns of the dangers of humanity's current industrial life. Camera work is extraordinary, and all continents are visited at least once. Written by Jason A. Cormier

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A Portrait of the Earth

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19 January 1984 (UK)  »

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The Living Planet: A Portrait of the Earth  »

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Additional item included on the UK DVD is "The Making of the Living Planet". Presented by Miles Kington it shows the trials and tribulations of the film crew in capturing animal behavior together with a humorous interview with David Attenborough (at around 39 mins) See more »

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Referenced in Ambassadors: The Rabbit Never Escapes (2013) See more »

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Attenborough at his best!
13 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

IMDb won't let me update this title, so it is complete. I also cannot figure out how to add information about the titles of the twelve episodes, so, I will put it here, in this thread:

The Living planet: A Portrait of the Earth. Episode 1, The Building of the Earth The Living planet: A Portrait of the Earth. Episode 2,The Frozen World The Living planet: A Portrait of the Earth. Episode 3, The Northern Forests The Living planet: A Portrait of the Earth. Episode 4, Jungle The Living planet: A Portrait of the Earth. Episode 5, Seas of Grass The Living planet: A Portrait of the Earth. Episode 6, The Baking Deserts The Living planet: A Portrait of the Earth. Episode 7, The Community of the Skies The Living planet: A Portrait of the Earth. Episode 8, Sweet Fresh Water The Living planet: A Portrait of the Earth. Episode 9, The Margins of the Land The Living planet: A Portrait of the Earth. Episode 10, Worlds Apart The Living planet: A Portrait of the Earth. Episode 11, Open Ocean The Living planet: A Portrait of the Earth. Episode 12, New Worlds

My library system has multiple copies of the series on both VHS cassette, where each episode is its own cassette; and on DVD, which consists of a total of four DVDs. It is a great series. David Attenborough is always good for the most pleasant and intense cranial massage, getting the brain going and thinking.


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