Check out the underwater photography from Life, the latest documentary from the BBC and the Discovery Channel, which is available on Blu-ray and DVD box set June 1. Following in the footsteps of the Emmy-winning Planet Earth, Life tells 130 stories from the frontiers of the natural world — 54 of which had never been filmed before.
More than four years in the making, Life was filmed over 3,000 days with the latest filmmaking techniques, including the use of new high-definition, low-light underwater cameras that allow for time-lapse underwater video. The new underwater cameras for the first time allowed high-definition, time-lapse underwater filming in natural environments — rather than tanks — and deliver stunning underwater video of new and natural behavior in our oceans.
Life’s “Creatures of the Deep” episode will be of special interest to divers. Using specially developed underwater video techniques, Life takes a journey to the unchartered corners of the ocean. It’s here that the strangest creatures reside — from cross-dressing giant squids to huge spider crabs that gather in the thousands, seeking safety in numbers as they shed their protective shells. Join a pack of 250 Humboldt squid on a hunting expedition; see the ultimate self-sacrifice of a Pacific giant octopus mother who starves to death tending her young; and dive under the permanent ice of Antarctica to see a seething carpet of starfish as they devour a seal pup carcass.
The four-disc Blu-ray ($69.99) and DVD ($59.98) sets, which feature all 11 episodes of Life, and are available June 1 at www.BBCAmericaShop.com