“Seasons” follows nature in the heavily wooded areas remaining in Europe. While humanity encroaching into these areas is tackled, the focus remains on following the animals as they survive an annual cycle of the seasons. The lush cinematography is courtesy of the same team that brought us Winged Migration and Oceans. Some viewers will just check it out to examine what most would call screen saver porn. But, it goes beyond that.
When humanity can slow down and examine the beauty of the natural world, they learn something about themselves. The featurettes on the disc help to expand on this idea, but the natural connection between unchecked beasts and people hits something special. Not everything goes in a way that might be friendly to kids, but that’s nature. All the while, the creeping subtext of seasonal order plays into the narrative. Natural weather progression is about more than Earth rotation.
Seasons allow natural checks on animal populations and migration. While humanity feels the need to cheer on animals, as they beat crazy odds…it’s not natural. Animals need adversity, as well as the environment. Unchecked natural progress deludes their quality of life. The documentary limits that focus, but it inevitably creeps up to ruin your day. Amazing work all around.
- Animated Gallery
- 2.35:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track
RELEASE DATE: 2/21/17
- Video - 96%96%
- Audio - 95%95%
- Supplemental Material - 93%93%
- Film Score - 93%93%
The Plot Thus Far
As seen through the eyes of nature’s most fascinating creatures, filmmakers Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud release this final episode in the breathtakingly filmed trilogy of Air, Sea, and now – Land. After traveling the world alongside migrating birds (2001’s Winged Migration) and diving the oceans with whales and manta rays (2009’s Oceans), Perrin and Cluzaud return to more familiar ground: the lush green forests and land animals that emerged across Europe following the last Ice Age.