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BBC Natural History Collection (Planet Earth: Special Edition / Galapagos / Ganges / Wild China) [Blu-ray]

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Experience the best the Earth has to offer in stunningly clear high definition. Witness rare action, impossible locations and intimate moments with our planet’s best-loved creatures with the critically acclaimed, Emmy-winning Planet Earth Special Edition, now packed with over seven hours of extras; travel the length and breadth of China and discover the fabulous diversity of its natural wonders in Wild China; visit the home of the most astonishing creatures found anywhere on Earth with Galápagos; and discover a kaleidoscope of color and energy as you explore the river that shaped the wildlife, culture and beliefs of India in Ganges. It’s your world as you’ve never seen it before in dazzling Blu-ray high definition!

Episodes include:
Planet Earth: Special Edition [Blu-ray]
Galapagos [Blu-ray]
Ganges [Blu-ray]
Wild China [Blu-ray]


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Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 10
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 27, 2012
  • Run Time: 1350 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005SH62C0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,749 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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102 of 111 people found the following review helpful By Tom on October 5, 2008
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
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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62 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Yenn on February 12, 2012
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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?
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Terry M. Madsen on 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 By Chasy Price on 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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Lucas Alves Smit on April 17, 2009
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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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Dewyea on 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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