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Very Expensive! Better Options Available
on January 19, 2016
5+ stars for content and -2 for the overblown price-tag. This is basically re-packaging of two existing BBC documentaries with some extras thrown in. The extras and the new packaging would surely be a gem for some people and my intentions are not to demean the content of this package but to point out it's high expense in comparison to other options on Amazon. Usually the first two documentaries someone purchases after being introduced to the world of BBC nature documentaries is Planet Earth and Life. This particular set would not be the best way for most people to start their collection.
If you're interested in getting the most for your money then this would be an extremely bad choice. At the time this was written the price was $91. In comparison, at this time for $95, you could get The BBC High-Definition Natural History Collection 1 and 2. These are both Blu Ray box sets with multiple documentaries included in each. The BBC N.H.C. 1 has - Planet Earth, Wild China, Galapagos and Ganges. The BBC N.H.C. 2 has - Life, Nature's Most Amazing Events, South Pacific, and Yellowstone. The version of Life included in N.H.C. 2 is the same version offered here, narrated by David Attenborough. In this alternate route you would get 8 documentaries instead of two. I wanted to pass this information along to those who may be new to these incredible BBC documentaries and to those who are looking to add as many as possible within their budget. Another pointer to anyone new to these BBC documentaries is that you should avoid any of the "Americanized" versions because there are truly inferior. In the American version of Life, narrated by Oprah Winfrey, they take a BBC masterpiece and transform it into an average piece of work. I hope this info is helpful to some or you out there.