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The BBC High Definition Natural History Collection (Planet Earth / Wild China / Galapagos / Ganges) [Blu-ray] (2008)

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The BBC High Definition Natural History Collection (Planet Earth / Wild China / Galapagos / Ganges) [Blu-ray] + The BBC High-Definition Natural History Collection 2 (Life / Nature's Most Amazing Events / South Pacific / Yellowstone) [Blu-ray] + Life / Planet Earth: Special Edition (Both Narrated by David Attenborough) [Blu-ray]
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Product Details

  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, Box set
  • Language: English (Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 8
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 5, 2008
  • Run Time: 1350 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0019MG35O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,104 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Planet Earth

  • Original U.K. broadcast version narrated by David Attenborough, including 90 minutes not shown on the Discovery Channel
Wild China

Galapagos

Ganges

  • Behind the scenes, deleted scenes, English, Hindi and Bengali narration

Editorial Reviews

Planet Earth From the makers of The Blue Planet: Seas of Life, with an unprecedented production budget of $25 million, comes the epic story of life on Earth. Five years in production, over 2000 days in the field, using 40 cameramen filming across 200 locations, shot entirely in high definition, this is the ultimate portrait of our planet. A stunning television experience that captures rare action, impossible locations and intimate moments with our planet's best-loved, wildest and most elusive creatures. From the highest mountains to the deepest rivers, this blockbuster series takes you on an unforgettable journey through the daily struggle for survival in Earth's most extreme habitats. Planet Earth takes you to places you have never seen before, to experience sights and sounds you may never experience anywhere else. Wild China An exotic fusion of natural history and Oriental adventure, "Wild China" is a series of journeys through four startlingly different landscapes, each based around the travels of a real historical character. With splendour, scale and romance, Wild China lifts the veil on the world's most enigmatic and magnificent country, delving into its vibrant habitats to reveal a land of unbelievable natural complexity. Journey across China from the glittering peaks of the Himalayas to the barren steppe, the sub-Arctic to the tropical islands, through deserts both searingly hot and mind-numbingly cold and see, in pioneering images, a dazzling array of mysterious, beautiful, wild and rare creatures. Galapagos The inspiration for Darwin 's theory of evolution, the Galápagos Islands are a living laboratory, a geological conveyor belt that has given birth to and seen the death of many species of plants and animals. As the western islands rise up from the sea offering a chance of life, the eastern islands sink back beneath the waves guaranteeing only death. Between the two are the middle islands; fertile, lush land in its prime that contains an incredible diversity of life. Nowhere else on the Earth are the twin processes of creation and extinction of species so starkly apparent... see it all unfold before your eyes in this stunning series filmed entirely in high definition from the BBC and the National Geographic Channel. Ganges A sumptuous series that tells the story of the most extraordinary river in the world - the Ganges. Human life and nature bustle along her river banks, in a kaleidoscope of colour and energy. From man-hunting tigers to giant lizards, here the wildlife is as diverse as the people. Traversing from the peaks of the Himalayas through frenetic cities to the teeming delta where the river meets the sea, this is a vibrant and colourful look at how the Ganges shaped the wildlife, culture and beliefs of India.

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99 of 108 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars blu ray October 5, 2008
By Tom
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As of this writing I have only previewed each disc in the collection. "Planet Earth" comes w/4 discs and is displayed in 1080 Progressive Scan. The remaining discs in the collection are in 1080i, however, I can see no remarkable difference. There is, however, a marked difference between DVD and Blu-Ray. This collection needs to be seen in Bluray to fully appreciate it's potential. So far, all discs are of the highest quality and interestingly narrated; As good as, or better, than the very best nature documentary one has ever seen on television. Well worth the price for the amount of high-quality footage (over 1000 minutes); Can easily be viewed more than once, especially by children...There is no price difference whether you buy these sets individually or in this box set---this way, though, they come in their individually marked plastic cases, and all 4 boxes fit into the pictured cardboard case.
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55 of 59 people found the following review helpful
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This is a review of the "Planet Earth 6-disc edition" portion of the reprint/re-release (March 2012) boxed set of BBC Natural History Collection 1, taken from my review posted on Planet Earth (Six-Disc Special Edition) [Blu-ray]

So here's the 411 scoop of accompaniments NEW to this 6-disc 2012 BD set that's NOT on the 2007 4-disc BD set, listed in the order of importance:

1) Diaries (bonus in disc 1-4), the 10-min making of clip following each of the 11 main features. Total of ~107 min in SD. Worthy to note, unlike the DVD version and other BBC nature diaries, which auto-plays the diaries immediately following the credits, here you do need to navigate back to the main menu to select these bonuses.

2) 3 new bonus documentaries (disc 6), total 150 min's:
a) Snow Leopards: Beyond the Myth 50 min in HD
b) Secrets of Maya Underworld 50 min in SD
c) Elephant Nomads of the Namib Desert 50 min in SD
-Note: the UK version contains Natural World - Desert Lions 50 min. Not sure why US version left this out. But lucky for US version, UK left out Maya Underworld and Elephants Nomads.

3) The Future (disc 5), 3 episodes in SD; total 3 hours:
a) Saving Species 60 min
b) Into the Wilderness 60 min
c) Living Together 60 min

4) Great PE moments (disc 4) 46 min in SD, narrated by Sir David the Great Attenborough himself.

5) Audio commentaries by producers, but only for 5 of the 11 main episodes: Pole to Pole, Mountains, Caves, Great Plains, Shallow Seas.

6) Music only viewing audio. This feature is a bust. Why in the world would you ever watch a documentary without a narrator? BTW, it's not really music only.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why I bought a Blu Ray July 12, 2009
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Being a photographer and a lover of nature, animals, and culture I decided to gift myself the new HDTV, Blu Ray and this collection of documentaries for my birthday. I am incredibly pleased with everything I have watched and appreciate the cinematography, writing and narration that went into the making of this series. I have found all the shows so far to be fascinating, informative, even calming and relaxing after a hard day at work. I am humbled by the majesty of our world and feel blessed to experience those parts of it where I may never have a chance to visit.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Speechless beauty January 22, 2009
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This collection box is 100% worth the money. There are four discs in Planet Earth, 2 discs (6 hours) in Wild China, 1 in Galapagos and 1 in Ganges. All top Blu-ray qualities that you just cannot miss. I absolutely love this collection and will watch it again and again.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Product, would be perfect if... April 17, 2009
Format:Blu-ray
I bought this collection because I already have the Planet Earth in DVD and I tought if it already looks amazing on a regular DVD it would be fantastic on high definition... and it really is! The Planet Earth mainly, is amazing, with its fantastic images... Sadly, one of the best things from the original DVDs, the Planet Earth Diares, kind of a making of, explaining how complex and difficult is to produce such beautiful footage, is missing in this edition; and I can't understand why! Also I have to agree with the one star reviews complaining about the package... If I didn't knew that before I probably would already damaged one DVD! Remember to be extra careful! Besides that is a must have collection!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nature lovers effortless retreat February 9, 2010
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I had heard alot about planet earth, but had never had ocassion to watch it. It definitly lived up to all the hype. All of these films are broken down into one hour segments, which works well on a weekday when you need some time to wind down after work. The most impressive of the series was planet earth, which basically highlights many places in the world, but never focuses too deeply on any particular location. If I had a complaint, it would be that sometimes it would touch so lightly on a location it felt like I was watching a trailer for a much more detailed portrayal that was never given, but apparently that was the producers intent. Planet earth condenses, I can't imagine how much footage of nature, into a best of each area overview. Most nature films try to go into some depth about a particular area and its wildlife. Planet earth takes a different approach by giving a broad overview of the entire world. It is a best of nature video for the entire globe. It does this by dividing the world into climatic regions; deserts, deciduous forests, rain forests, artic... etc. All of the cinematography is done excellently and it was filmed in high definition, so the colors of the flora and fauna are vivid and seem to come to life on your screen.

The other films are also very good, I would rate them as being as good as most national geographic films. None of them are as long as planet earth and they were not filmed in high definition, but they are well done. Unlike planet earth, they do focus exclusively on one region of the world. Interestingly, two of the films focus on the most well populated areas in the world, India and China. These films are as much about the people of these regions as they are about wildlife.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars good series
absolute delightful i recommend that t the collectors , everyone should get a copy of this astonishing blue ray from bbc
Published 4 months ago by ielshamy
2.0 out of 5 stars Amazing series, lousy discs
For the discs that work, the BBC Natural History collection is amazing. Some of the finest Blu-Ray production you are likely to see. Educational, wonderful and engaging. Read more
Published 12 months ago by B. Maschal
5.0 out of 5 stars An awesome collection
BBC Documentaries in HD. It's just great TV. The visuals are stunning and you get to learn something about our world at the same time!
Published 12 months ago by David Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic
I got the dvd version, and finally bought this blu-ray version! BBC has amazing stuff, and the quality of video makes a huge difference when watching these breath-taking scenes!
Published 14 months ago by Maggie Lau
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection
Good price for such a great series of shows. More of the great Planet Earth type visuals and interesting facts. Hope they make more.
Published 15 months ago by Robert F Gentry
5.0 out of 5 stars Problem loading DVDs
Last year I purchased all the DVDs in the BBC Natural History collection. When I watched them for the first time, they all performed perfectly. Read more
Published 19 months ago by G. McKinney
5.0 out of 5 stars Love These Series
Visual Masterpieces. If you haven't seen them yet you need to. The movies are both educational and actually entertaining due to their stunning imagines. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Tim
5.0 out of 5 stars Blu-Ray makes for a breathtaking view
AS a previous owner of the DVD version of the Planet Earth series, I was blown away by the Blu-ray version, because so many things are more vivid when used projection screen. Read more
Published on February 9, 2012 by Arin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Job
The item was described, packaged and shipped very well. I was very impressed with this seller.
This collection is absolutely breathtaking and a real eye-opener to the world we... Read more
Published on January 20, 2012 by joejoe
5.0 out of 5 stars Natural History Collection
Love it! Hours and hours of great eye candy. Got mine used but there's not a scratch at all on the discs. Just a small bump on the box. Thanks for the fast shipping.
Published on December 21, 2011 by Cold Pea
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Ganges disc won't play in PS3
It may just be a bad disc. You could take it to a store and attempt to play it in a blu-ray player (lots of stores don't mind if you test their TVs with your material).

I'd just try to exchange the disc.
Jul 28, 2010 by Dustin Farahnak |  See all 4 posts
which edition of planet earth is in this collection?
btw, this is the 4 disc Planet Earth according to several reviews here and elsewhere
Jul 28, 2010 by Sean |  See all 4 posts
Preachy?
I'm also wondering this...I did see Galapagos when it originally aired a few years back and it didn't seem TOO preachy. I assume if anything that one would be worse considering it had to do with Charles Darwin, and he was big about evolution and all. However, after watching all of the episodes,... Read more
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