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Inspired by the best-selling book and exhibition that drew over 60 million people, Earth From Above, is a magical tour of the world's most beautiful natural landscapes shot in dazzling High Definition. Hosted by world-famous photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand, this program features some of the most stunning aerial photography ever attempted. From the Earth's deepest oceans to its staggering mountain heights...from the wild African savannah to the frozen wonderland of Antarctica...take an unforgettable and breathtaking journey as you discover the beauty of the planet's astonishing landscapes and extraordinary people. Disc 1: Biodiversity - Take an awe-inspiring journey to discover some of the Earth's most precious living treasures. From the smallest living beings to the magnificent giants of the animal world, life is ever-present in all its rollicking and diverse forms. Disc 2: Water - Fresh water is the origin of life on Earth. It supports more species of fish than are in our oceans and has the almighty power to carve the most spectacular landscapes. Disc 3: Seas and Oceans, Part I - Seas and oceans cover 72% of the Earth's surface, but remarkably man has only discovered 15% of underwater life. Travel high above the blue planet and plunge deep under the ocean's depths to discover this mesmerizing world. Disc 4: Seas and Oceans, Part II - Your journey over and under the oceans continues with amazing trips to France, the South Pacific, and Italy. Disc 5: Earth, Part I - Take a remarkable trip across the globe to discover beautiful lands, from steep mountains to lush jungles. Your itinerary includes flights above Yellowstone, the Amazon, the Rocky Mountains and China. Disc 6: Earth, Part II - Your trip across Earth's dramatic landscapes continues soaring high above California, the Everglades, Haiti and the spectacular mountains of Bhutan. Bonus Feature: Yann Arthus-Bertrand photo gallery.

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Eye-popping --L.A. Times

Terrific --The New York Times

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Product Details

  • Actors: Yann Arthus-Bertrand
  • Directors: Yann Arthus-Bertrand
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Questar
  • DVD Release Date: April 19, 2011
  • Run Time: 400 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004KRQFNK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,413 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mitch Johnson on January 19, 2014
Format: DVD
Look. I love ecology, and I'm a big environmentalist, but I didn't watch this to listen to depressing stories about how the earth is being destroyed. I watched it so I could relive favorite childhood memories (of watching nature shows together) with my Dad who is dying of Parkinson's disease. Unfortunately, it's got little cool photography and tons of discussion about humans ruining the earth. 0-stars for entertainment value and a deceptive package, 2-stars 'cause it's an important message that needs to be told to someone, if not me and my dying dad.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Richard Schrock on December 30, 2014
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Amazon-Earth From Above DVD series; Montparnasse Productions. © 2006, 400 total minutes (6 hours, 40 minutes).

While many viewers will anticipate a satellite view of the earth, this series by French photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand mixes extended on-ground interviews with photography from a helicopter which in only a few cases has the "wow" effect of satellite photos. Unfortunately, the series is laden with so much non-science environmentalism that the good photography, data and some interviews are vastly overshadowed by the downright wrong "science" and sometimes contradictory advocacy. This was originally narrated in French with various characters speaking in other languages from Spanish to English, and the Questar version has English subtitles. Two voices are used, and when it switches to the female narrator is when the script becomes an extremist screed. For discs 1 and 3-6, a few scenes could be used by teachers with the teacher turning off the sound and narrating him/herself. Most of disc 2 is centrist to science that the program could be used with sound on but only if the teacher stresses that water is a cycle and therefore renewable, which is mentioned but gets lost in the narrative. Each disc ends with a brief thank you to each of the persons interviewed, and noting that the carbon consumed in filming this series was compensated by buying carbon offsets. The removal of the uniform introductions and endings would reduce the series length to 6 hours.

Disc 1: Biodiversity (94 minutes) Begins by asserting that 30% of species have been lost in the last 30 years, and rapidly surveys the many "hotspots" of diversity including some views from a hot air balloon. Segments include a lion pride up close and a cheetah that poses (and defecates) on top of a Land Rover.
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12 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Carrol on November 8, 2012
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Yes, these videos are not just pretty pictures of earth from space. Yes, the viewpoint is ecological, and yes, it is possible to buy without knowledge of what is being bought, but we have had enough of scorn for "tree-huggers and dolphin lovers" to exhaust that vein of dismissive idiocy. Of all that I have seen, I found the "Earth from Above" video to be the most impressive on the subject. Let us hope that more people will recognize what a blind alley we over-consumers are traveling.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. March on February 22, 2013
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I love that Yann Arthus-Bertrand is showing how beautiful and fraglie our world is. His programs bring to light how our everyday choices impact nature around the world. No matter how you feel about global climate change he will show you what effects man has directly on our environment. Unlike other programs that make me feel powerless and depressed, his programs empowered me to make individual choices that are good for the planet. Enjoy his awe-inspiring, jaw-dropping views of Earth from Above!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By YOM on October 4, 2013
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Very interesting and beautiful shots.
A very useful DVD to know about the Earth needs and the danger we are doing to it.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Beth Lyles on September 10, 2013
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For those of you who were upset about the footage not being entirely from above as the title states, you have my sympathies. Maybe the "mistitle" is what it took to get some of you to watch this type of "political" nature show. I myself rented it first from my local library and then went out and purchased it from Amazon. I had a copy of Bertrand's book on photography of Earth from above that I purchased ten years back and was excited to see footage from above (I myself have photographed several times from a low flying plane in Utah). I was disappointed at first, but as I watched further into the dvd I was both amazed and blown away from some of the stats about our habitat and wildlife accross the globe. I hike and photograph pretty regularly in the northeast U.S. but really haven't paid attention to the situation around the world in recent years. Back in the 80's and 90's my friends and I would always talk about the fate and future of the planet's wildlife being bleak. I just never realized how fast these days would come. I hear things in the news periodically about the bats, the bees the tree frogs, polar bears, etc., but like most of us I'm too busy running my fast paced American lifestyle. This dvd set will really make you stop and think!! Sorry again about the "mistitle".
It should be mandatory viewing for all of us.

PS.-This review was written by Beth's friend, Peter Karapanagiotides
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Likes Class not Crass on June 27, 2014
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. More in the teaching realm. Good definition and beautiful scenes, Lots of variety. Great Value. Definitely a keeper. Strongly recommend.
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