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Human Planet [Blu-ray] (2011)

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4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (203 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 26, 2011
  • Run Time: 480 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (203 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004PQM80K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,950 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Human Planet [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

Special Features

Behind the Lens – A set of 10 ten-minute “making of” featurettes, one at the end of each episode plus two bonus featurettes!
Special BD-Live added feature “Zanskar,” about the people of this remarkable land on the edge of the Himilayas

Editorial Reviews

Following in the footsteps of Planet Earth and Life, this epic eight-part blockbuster is a breathtaking celebration of the amazing, complex, profound and sometimes challenging relationship between humankind and nature. Humans are the ultimate animals - the most successful species on the planet. From the frozen Arctic to steamy rainforests, from tiny islands in vast oceans to parched deserts, people have found remarkable ways to adapt and survive. We've done this by harnessing our immense courage and ingenuity; learning to live with and utilize the other creatures with which we share these wild places. Human Planet weaves together eighty inspiring stories, many never told before, set to a globally-influenced soundtrack by award-winning composer Nitin Sawhney. Each episode focuses on a particular habitat and reveals how its people have created astonishing solutions in the face of extreme adversity. Finally we visit the urban jungle, where most of us now live, and discover why the connection between humanity and nature here is the most vital of all.

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210 of 216 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Humans vs. nature, another fascinating BBC series March 19, 2011
This review is based on the UK Blu-Ray release and, so far, there seems to be no reason to believe that the US version will be any different.

If you have seen the BBC's superb previous flagship series 'Life', then I can summarize this as being the human version of that series by way of Planet Earth: A collection of exotic and sensational footage of humans, some living in various cities or villages around the world, but most of them at the fringes of civilization, all having to meet nature's challenges using ingenuity, daring and downright unusual or dangerous solutions. This includes dealings with environmental dangers, human extents to find or hunt for food in the most extreme environments, various extreme forms of human dwellings and adaptations, and the many types of relationships between humans and animals ranging from exploitative, to practical survival tactics or pest-control, the religious, the conservationist, etc. The structure of these 8 episodes is modeled after Planet Earth, with a different terrain per episode: Oceans, deserts, the Arctic, jungles, mountains, grasslands, rivers and cities.

If you have seen some of the regional documentaries by the BBC such as Wild China, Wild Africa, South Pacific, Yellowstone, etc. then you have seen this kind of footage where the local humans and their unique adaptations to their environment are featured along with the indigenous wildlife. Except that this series focuses only on the humans, and manages to find some truly amazing footage, most of it new.

Frankly, I approached this series with skepticism, seeing as the series is about people rather than the relatively more surprising and exotic behaviour of wildlife.
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143 of 154 people found the following review helpful
It was Mark Twain who is usually credited with originating the maxim that "the only two certainties in life are death and taxes" He was wrong since Twain never had the benefit of the wonders of the BBC Natural History Unit. Their certainty appears to be the complete inability to construct a bad series and in achieving the consistant feat of producing the most wonderful and lavish programmes which throughly inform and educate at the same time. This latest series is a variant on a theme since the "Human Planet" looks at us as a species particularly our behaviour in subsistence and fundamentally dangerous environments (with the exception of the last episode "Cities") where humans are most challenged by nature, eco systems or competition with other mammals and animals.

The Human Planet is a series packed with what television producers describe as the "gawp factor". It is beautifully filmed and the intriguing "Behind the Lens" segments to every programme show the scale of the logistical challenge for the BBC film crews and the lengths they go to for the perfect shot. The background to the technical filming of the Loatian fisherman Sam Nang in the episode River is as fascinating as Nangs own precarious shuffle on a old blue pair of flip flops across the raging torrent of the Mekong River below suspended on self strung wire. Likewise throughout the warm narration of actor John Hurt is excellent (although the dulcet tones of Sir David Attenborough are missed) while the dramatic music provided by Nitin Sawhney adds considerably to all the drama. But obviously the main stars are the eight programmes human subjects with massive highlights screaming out of every episode.
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89 of 96 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The DVDs are much more than you saw on TV April 27, 2011
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After watching it on Discovery, there are three reasons I bought this DVD:

1. It is surprisingly raw for American TV. Normally Americans prefer to watch cute people eat dirty things, rather than watching dirty people eat cute things. Audiences complain when people living in harsh conditions kill whales to survive. Not everyone wants to be confronted with the messier, complicated reality when they can find solace in a simplified television narrative. That this show has the temerity and honesty to require a parental a advisory for "disturbing content and indigenous nudity" instantly wins a place in my heart.

2. This series presents what I believe is our best way forward with the environment. It shows an alternative to our conquer or be conquered conflict with nature. The idea that man can live as part of nature rather than as either as it's master or at its mercy is ultimately the key to our own survival. The key is not to absent ourselves from nature, but reconnect with it. Although many of the people in this series maintain ancient traditions, most are by no means primitive, living modern lifestyles combined with traditional ways.

3. Human Planet, like the actual humans of the planet, is refreshingly polyglot. Abandoned is the obnoxious convention where a person begins speaking in a different language, only to be talked over by a translator. Instead they are granted the dignity of speaking in their own voice, with translations appearing in creatively inserted subtitles. This also allows me to practice my listening skills in some obscure languages.

But now that I've got the DVDs, there are three things that really surprised me:

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful documentary
I purchased this series after seeing some of the episodes when aired by BBC. Remarkable stories and wonderful videography. Read more
Published 3 days ago by M M
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
I bought this as a gift as I love this documentary series. It is my favorite documentary. It's absolutely fascinating seeing what people have to endure around the world. Read more
Published 6 days ago by sonia
3.0 out of 5 stars I like it a lot
I like it, but the cover box was crushed when toke it out of the shipping box, the DVD's were OK.
Published 11 days ago by Butch Godbee
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Watch for Nature Lovers
This show is a precious gem that I am so glad I stumbled across. If you are a lover of both nature and people, this show will not disappoint. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Taylor Bowser
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool Series
The BBC Earth series is beautifully done. I would recommend any of their documentaries (Planet Earth, Blue Planet, and Life being the larger collections).
Published 29 days ago by Megan O'Malley
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
my dad loved the gift and my friend has not returned this I have not seen it but I look forward to watching it very very soon!
Published 1 month ago by Vita Marie Phares
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome.
This series truly is amazing. It makes me feel like I have taken so much for granted-- The people in this series are mostly looking for things that we take such advantage of. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Laura Gillon
1.0 out of 5 stars Didnt' work for the second time
The blu-ray would not play in the Samsung blu-ray player. The movie starts, but then starts skipping with the sound cutting out within 1 minute. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ben
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This dvd is perfect for adults and children. My 18 month old loves watching this as well as myself and my husband.
Published 1 month ago by jessicablankenbeckler
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been done in more depth
I thought the science was too watered down. Today we know so much more about the evolution of human species and characterization of genetic drift. Read more
Published 1 month ago by M K
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Most of times information about the product is not right on Amazon web site. So who can tell me if there is subtitle in portuguese in this blue ray? Thankx
Jun 15, 2011 by Sergio M. Ferreira |  See all 2 posts
No kidding. If you buy the Oprah version of life, you deserve 1080i--"i," interspersed with inane commentary. BTW, I have a 100" projected HD image, The Human Planet was awesome in HD.
Jan 14, 2012 by D. Pick |  See all 7 posts
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