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Earth: The Biography [Blu-ray] (2008)

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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 22, 2008
  • Run Time: 230 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0018CWVWO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,880 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Earth: The Biography [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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High definition 1080i, English HD DTS

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To demonstrate the stunning beauty and overwhelming power of the Earth, Dr. Iain Stewart climbs into the crater of an active volcano in Ethiopia, jets into the stratosphere, climbs the frozen crests of the Alps, races the tide at the Amazon basin, dives into underwater caverns in Mexico, and generally enjoys himself to no end. His infectious enthusiasm is hardly necessary, though; Earth: The Biography (formerly The Power of the Planet) is five episodes of phenomenal images and fascinating information about how our planet formed and the potent yet delicate balance of life. Stewart, the program's host, seems destined to become the Carl Sagan of geology; his cheerful Scottish accent (he sounds like he walked out of Trainspotting) is just waiting for a catchphrase like "billions and billions" to make him a household name. Earth: The Biography juxtaposes things gigantic (tectonic plates) and teeny-tiny (plankton) while gracefully explaining the crucial role each plays in making the world habitable for life as we know it. There's even surprising humor, like demonstrating the ocean's currents through the movement of 29,000 plastic ducks that were swept overboard in a storm, or how the first thing jet pilot Joe Kittinger does, after successfully parachuting from the highest point in the stratosphere anyone has ever jumped (including 15 minutes of free fall), is light up a cigarette. Add in some CGI models of prehistoric beasts and volcanic activity, and you've got a completely addictive examination of the Earth in all its majesty. --Bret Fetzer

Product Description

This landmark series uses specialist imaging and compelling narrative to tell the life story of our planet, how it works, and what makes it so special. Examining the great forces that shape the Earth - volcanoes, the ocean, the atmosphere and ice - the programme explores their central roles in our planet's story. How do these forces affect the Earth's landscape, its climate, and its history? CGI gives the audience a ringside seat at these great events, while the final episode brings together all the themes of the series and argues that Earth is an exceptionally rare kind of planet - giving us a special responsibility to look after our unique world. This is a series that shows the Earth in new and surprising ways. Extensive use of satellite imagery reveals new views of our planet, while timelapse filmed over many months brings the planet to life. Offering a balance between dramatic visuals and illuminating facts, this ground-breaking series makes global science truly compelling.

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61 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and full of information July 23, 2008
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Is it as good as Planet Earth? No. This documentary series doesn't a never-ending overabundance of brilliant imagery. But don't let that dissuade you. If it wasn't for "Planet Earth" everyone would be raving about this set. Because though its visuals aren't always as stunning as that excellent series -- sometimes the screen shows just a guy or two talking in front of a washed out sky -- overall "Earth: The Biography" is just as interesting and at times even more informative. The special effects are good, too.

Generally, I'd say this set is great for anyone with even a passing interest in geology, at least if they're over, say, 8.

These are the same shows that recently aired on the National Geographic Channel. There are no bonus features.

Disc 1 has three shows, "Volcanoes," "Atmosphere" and "Ice." Disc 2 adds "Oceans" and "Rare Earth." Each of the first four explains how that particular system works, as well as what happens when it's messed with.

The last show examines a theory that says simple life may actually be common on other planets, but complex life -- i.e., animal life -- requires such a complex sequence of events that we'll never find another human-like population. It goes on to examine how humans are damaging the planet. Did you know each year people cut down enough forest to cover the state of South Carolina?

Everything is presented with plenty of objective, scientific information.

My favorite show is the first one, since it includes the formation of Earth. Did you know scientists think our planet once had a twin? Or that the moon is drifting away from us?

Though the narrator, Dr.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is just amazing July 23, 2008
Format:DVD
I thought I had a decent science education until I saw this spectacular, mind-expanding series. But no. I sat on the couch and watched all five hours of this brilliant presentation and felt I had been robbed in college. The stuff on vulcanology and atmospheric science alone makes this show worth having, but the theories about 'Rare Earth' at the end make it even more special. The photography and recreations are amazing [National Geographic should win some sort of award from the high-def people] and the host is charming. Even middle-school kids will drop their jaws at some of the footage and photography in this show. I have bought at least a half-dozen DVDs for people who need a little science in their lives. Mega-bril!
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
With vivid, well-composed landscapes and animal shots popping up at least once a minute, this documentary series looks great in Blu-Ray. Even many of the basic shots are really well lit. The CGI effects are cool, too.

Is it as good as Planet Earth? No. These shows are not a nonstop visual extravaganza. But don't let that dissuade you. If it wasn't for "Planet Earth" everyone would be raving about this set. Because though the screen sometimes shows just a guy or two talking in front of a washed out sky, overall "Earth: The Biography" is just as interesting and at times even more informative. And like I said, though it's not all eye candy, there is plenty of it.

These are the same shows that recently aired on the National Geographic Channel. There are no bonus features.

Disc 1 has three shows, "Volcanoes," "Atmosphere" and "Ice." Disc 2 adds "Oceans" and "Rare Earth." Each of the first four explains how that particular system works, as well as what happens when it's messed with.

The last show examines a theory that says simple life may actually be common on other planets, but complex life -- i.e., animal life -- requires such a complex sequence of events that we'll never find another human-like population. It goes on to examine how humans are damaging the planet. Did you know each year people cut down enough forest to cover the state of South Carolina?

Everything is presented with plenty of objective, scientific information.

My favorite show is the first one, since it includes the formation of Earth. Did you know scientists think our planet once had a twin? Or that the moon is drifting away from us?

Though the narrator, Dr.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another EPIC from BBC November 14, 2008
Format:Blu-ray
Updated: 2nd Feb 2009.

My recent purchase of a Sony Bravia 46" W4500 Series BRAVIA, the Blu-ray version now plays at 1080/24p.

Original review:

In the beginning there was Planet Earth.. now there is Earth: The Biography. As a child I grew up being immersed in the physical geography and the birth of the earth.

Beautifully described via CG on plate tectonics and volcanoes, the destructive power of ice and water, and the vital importance of the the atmosphere.

For those that have watched the Life of Series by David Attenborough, will notice repeated footage those series, as well as repeated footage from Planet Earth, and Ganges.

Despite the various comments that this is a standard definition presentation by BBC, when I play it on my PS3, I am getting 1080i and not 420p, as some have remarked. Not true 1080p, but nonetheless stunning.

Great addition to my collection of BBC and Nat Geo documentaries.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My nerd crush
Ok, I am biased. I am a geologist by training, a science teacher by choice, and really, how can you go wrong with a man with a thick scottish accent standing at the vent of a... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kattina Rabdau
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
great scenes of our wonderful earth. the BBC makes TV like America should, heck even Canadian TV is better than our networks.
Published 5 months ago by Frank L. Gallagher
5.0 out of 5 stars Facinating!
It kept me wanting more. Great film work and well presented by Dr. Stewart who has a stunning list of credentials!
Published 8 months ago by G. Kurtis Vanleeuwen
3.0 out of 5 stars beautiful photography, a bit too much global warming preaching
Unlike some, I did not find the narrator's accent distracting or difficult. The various programs couldn't help but leave one with a sense of awe and wonder over the complexity and... Read more
Published 8 months ago by C. Barrett
3.0 out of 5 stars Another fine effort by Ian Stuart
the selection buttons don't work on my SONY bluray DVD player. Assuming it's not my player, it's difficult to navigate the DVD. that being said, Ian Stuart does a fine job.
Published 9 months ago by michael harmon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Educational Tool
MI used this in teaching an Astronomy class. The material covered in the DVD was excellent and well done which made it a great teaching tool..
Published 10 months ago by Patricia A. Petryk
1.0 out of 5 stars Bring On The Clown
If you have a preschooler in your family, he or she might enjoy this disaster. BBC and National Geographic somehow managed to put together this story of our world on two Blu-rays. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Zarathustra
5.0 out of 5 stars Earth: The Biography
BBC, beautiful blu-ray, great production as usual. Well done as so many BBC documentaries are. I am not a big fan of presenters leaning or tweaking documentaries towards 'look at... Read more
Published 14 months ago by R. Fricker
5.0 out of 5 stars Very comprehensive and informative biography of Earth
I enjoy this DVD very much. Its very well researched and narrated by Dr. Iain Stewart. I use it in teaching Science, and find that my students truly learn from it. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Jorge Abreu
3.0 out of 5 stars Haven't yet watched
To be fair this could be much higher as from the little I seen of it it looked tremendous but I have just never got around to watching it yet. Read more
Published 16 months ago by JW
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