My mind goes back thier life in the forest. I have not seen the TV series Mahabharata and a few episodes I did see were not about Aranyaparava. As I wondered how aranyaprava was depicted by our movie makers, I chanced on a movie Apocalypto produced by Mel Gibson. In fact, I saw the last 40 dramatic minutes of the movie on cable. It was facinating! The Mayan aranya gave me a feel of what pandavas would have experienced. Then thanks to technology I saw the whole movie on my computer.
While the Mayan civilisation withered away more than 1000 years ago, we have done better. The two clips below are meant for people like me who have not seen the movie. The movie drew some heavy criticism for the pundits for not being true to known facts about Mayan history. (Though it gave rise to awe-inspiring architecture and surprisingly advanced science, the Maya civilization—which thrived in what are now Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, and Honduras—began declining around A.D. 800 (map of Central and North America). Archaeological evidence points to a multitude of factors that could have led to this decline, including internecine warfare, the loss of trade routes, drought, and disease. http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2006/12/061208-apocalypto-mel.html)
While one can imagine that the brutality of a hand to hand combat would be no different, our civilisation has largely managed to eschew human sacrifice. At least there is no mention of these practises so far in Mahabharata. While the forest in the movie appears more dense, pandavas lived in forests which were maintained, closer to other humans, except perhaps when they went on a Teerthayatra.