You cetacean lovers out there are in for a treat with this three-hour look at whales and dolphins lovingly assembled by the good folks working for BBC Earth and PBS's Nature programming. It's a gorgeous grouping of deceptively softball information, that might lead you towards more investigation or simply impart an exultant feeling about Earth's wonders. Either way, it's a winner.
Comprised of three hour-long Nature programs, Ocean Giants bounces along with charming and intrepid underwater cameramen Doug Allan and Didier Noirot as they capture plenty of breathtaking footage that will not only floor you, it also astounds the cameramen as they capture it. Each program deals with certain aspects of these creatures' lives. Included are Giant Lives, Deep Thinkers, and Voices Of The Sea. Switching back and forth between different types of dolphins and whales - including Amazonian River Dolphins, Killer Whales and more -poetic imagery is coupled with easy-to-digest information, delivering numerous fascinating revelations.
Giant Lives tackles the big ones only, including all your favorites from the Arctic to the Indian Ocean. From the lifespan of whales (sometimes much longer than you'd think) to their sex lives, (you haven't seen anything until you've seen a whale penis flapping around in the water) Giant Lives gives you way more information than you'd expect for such a beautiful program. Yet some things remain more mysterious, in particular the world's largest creature, the particularly hard to photograph blue whale.
Deep Thinkers includes dolphins in the mix. Though not even close in scale to the giants in this series, dolphins share many similarities with whales, representing some of the brightest minds in the animal kingdom. Narcissistic dolphins and touchy-feely whales demonstrate just some of the human-like qualities these animals possess, though they most often show quantifiable intelligence with unique hunting strategies.
Voices Of The Sea examines both esoteric and prosaic aspects of whale and dolphin vocalizations. Clicking and buzzing noises are used for hunting, navigating, and maybe even killing. Some dolphins even communicate with humans in a symbiotic relationship of the dolphins' creation. Humpback whales, however, seem to sing just for fun. As with each hour-long episode, Voices boasts tons of stunning footage.
This three episode set on one disc (including a bonus Blu-ray disc with the same programs) is a pure joy for anyone interested in the sea, while it just might send whale fans straight over the edge. Footage of both types of creatures is simple, beautiful, and dynamic. Sights of dolphins leaping from the sea to create rhythmic communications are as entertaining as the sight of a 15-ton mother sperm whale rushing up from the bottom of the sea is thrilling. With tastefully reverent, moving music, and a gentle attitude encompassing education and awe, this collection is an incredible experience.