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Old June 8 2010, 04:26 PM   #16
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Re: WARNING for anyone buying BBC's "Life" on BluRay

I'll probably wait for the price to drop to pick this up. I still haven't watched all the Planet Earth discs yet.

Blue Planet is still my favorite Attenborough production, but then I really like underwater stuff for some reason.
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Old June 8 2010, 04:32 PM   #17
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It's amazing how similar the Attenborough brothers sound now in their eighties. I challenge anyone to guess who's speaking without any clues.
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Old June 8 2010, 09:04 PM   #18
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It's amazing how similar the Attenborough brothers sound now in their eighties. I challenge anyone to guess who's speaking without any clues.
I always felt Dickie had more of the luvvie in his voice than David.

On the other hand, the Dimbleby boys... now, they sound very similar.
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Old June 8 2010, 11:53 PM   #19
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I've read online that the Attenborough version inexplicably features higher quality 1080p video, as opposed to the 1080i video of the Orca version. Yes, most people won't be able to tell the difference but why there's a video quality difference is beyond my comprehension--it's not like Orca is taking up more space. Er, Orca's narration, that is.
Discovery broadcasts in 1080i so nearly all of its HD content delivers in this format. The Oprah-narrated masters for "Life" are 1080i so what's why the Blu-ray discs are in that format.
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Old June 9 2010, 02:49 PM   #20
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They shoulda got Sigourney Weaver back. Oprah narrates like she's talking to a classroom of slow 3rd graders.
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^^Does she do that Oprah thing, like, "HEERRREES A MANNNN-A-TEEEEE!"?
Too which some quick witted smart ass 3rd grader might say "A cousin of yours?"
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Old June 9 2010, 03:13 PM   #21
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the US version is narrated by Oprah Winfrey
LOL WTF Are there no naturalists in the US?
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Old June 9 2010, 06:06 PM   #22
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Re: WARNING for anyone buying BBC's "Life" on BluRay

I had not payed much attention to this series, especially after hearing "narrated by Oprah Winfrey." Good to know there is a proper version out there... and it looks like I just happen to own one of those Pioneer BD players that will work with the 50hz discs... shame the PS3 doesn't do that though.
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Old June 9 2010, 06:13 PM   #23
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The Attenborough narrated Life BD set is coming to the U.S. and will play just fine. It will be released on June 1 according to your Amazon link.
Thanks for that. I almost got the Oprah one last Tuesday.
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Old June 9 2010, 06:17 PM   #24
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It's here, I saw both in the store the other day. I don't have any feelings towards Oprah but I'd get the Attenborough version anyway, I got him over Weaver and I love Weaver.
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Old June 9 2010, 08:30 PM   #25
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I can't even understand why Discovery felt the need to re-record the narration. It's not as though Attenborough's accent is indecipherable, and do people in the market for nature documentaries REALLY base their purchase on the star power of the narrator?

Beyond that, Oprah can't have come cheap. Seems like a waste of money.
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Old June 10 2010, 08:01 PM   #26
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I can't even understand why Discovery felt the need to re-record the narration. It's not as though Attenborough's accent is indecipherable, and do people in the market for nature documentaries REALLY base their purchase on the star power of the narrator?

Beyond that, Oprah can't have come cheap. Seems like a waste of money.
Discovery re-narrates a lot of their UK-sourced, high-profile programs if they don't have an American narrator. Occasionally they'll keep the original, but they're more likely to re-narrate. I don't know why. I guess they're worried that U.S. viewers won't like the accent or something?

As for why they chose Oprah, it's a matter of business. Oprah loved "Planet Earth" and raved about it on her show. She really helped push the publicity of the series for Discovery. She also said she'd have liked to have narrated a series like that. Then, Discovery and Oprah announce that they are teaming up to launch OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network (which debuts Jan 1, 2011). So now Discovery and Oprah are business partners. Letting her narrate "Life" is corporate synergy at work, and they also probably just let her do it to make her happy.
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Old June 10 2010, 08:09 PM   #27
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^It works the other way around, Mythbusters has a different voiceover in the UK as well. Usually the wording is still pretty much the same but they do give weights and measures in both metric and Imperial.
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Old June 10 2010, 08:18 PM   #28
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Re: WARNING for anyone buying BBC's "Life" on BluRay

Something odd I noticed the other day (in an American Best Buy): A boxed set of Planet Earth and Life - with Attenborough narrating PE, and Oprah's Life. Why would they do that? Either have all Attenborough narration or none, shouldn't it be?
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Old June 10 2010, 09:50 PM   #29
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Something odd I noticed the other day (in an American Best Buy): A boxed set of Planet Earth and Life - with Attenborough narrating PE, and Oprah's Life. Why would they do that? Either have all Dickie's narration or none, shouldn't it be?
Dickie? Surely you mean David?
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^ oops, my bad. Yes I did mean David.
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