The circle of life, all around the globe, arctic to tropic, desert to ocean, illustrated everywhere in luscious calendar art, crystalline in digital projection. The Disney nature documentary allows some survival-of-the-fittest brutality, but none of the gore that would accompany it. “Yes,” concludes narrator James Earl Jones, “it’s full of harsh realities, but sometimes it’s just paradise.” Directed by Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield. (2009) — Duncan Shepherd

Rated G | 1 hour, 30 minutes

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Earth is loaded with stunning visuals, incredible wildlife close-ups, and some very dramatic landscape footage. I found the short piece on the polar bears both fascinating and slightly depressing. Most people don’t know what goes on at the poles and the effect global warming has on our ice caps. The polar bear feels the brunt of this climate change and may soon face extinction if changes aren’t made. The movie wasn’t unlike something else you may have seen on the Discovery Channel but I was amazed at some of the camera shots and how close up that the photographers were able to get to the animals. The underwater footage was particularly impressive. This movie is suitable for anybody who calls Earth home and appreciates nature in its most raw form.

May 4, 2009

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