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BBC Natural History Collection (Planet Earth: Special Edition / Blue Planet: Seas of Life: Special Edition / The Life of Mammals / The Life of Birds) (2012)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 18
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 27, 2012
  • Run Time: 2022 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005SH663K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #314,522 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

This is the ultimate Natural History DVD collection, featuring the truly remarkable Planet Earth Special Edition, now with over 7 hours of extras, plus an additional three landmark series. In all, the collection features over 33 hours of programming on 18 discs, introducing thousands of species of plants and animals and including hours of special features that take you behind the scenes. Each critically acclaimed series is narrated by renowned naturalist David Attenborough and reveals elements of the Earth and its unique creatures through stunning imagery and insightful commentary. Journey with the BBC and explore our vast and diverse world.

Episodes include:
- Planet Earth: Special Edition
- Blue Planet: Seas of Life: Special Edition
- The Life of Mammals
- The Life of Birds

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
76 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking series, excellent value March 10, 2009
Epic, landmark, stunning: there aren't enough superlatives for these wildlife series. They are, very simply, the ultimate. If you, your family, or your children are interested in the natural world -- and we all should be so interested -- then these 17 discs are a dream come true: over 33 hours of the most awe-inspiring yet intimate views of the animals that occupy our earth, seas, and skies, together with amazing facts about their lives, habitats, and diversity.

The four series were photographed by hundreds of cameramen who spanned the globe for more than a decade to uncover the stories of every type of life, from the very small to the enormous, and narrated by David Attenborough, one of the world's foremost naturalists and filmmakers. This bargain-priced compact set is the way to go, for after seeing one of these incredibly beautiful series, you will want them all.

Most famous, and justly so, is the series "Planet Earth." Each episode focuses on the biota of a particular biome: mountains, fresh water habitats, caves, deserts, plains, icy regions, jungles, seas, forests, and oceans. The geology and seasonal changes of each zone are explored and documented with magnificent clarity, and exciting supplements take you into the making of the series, the cutting-edge technologies involved, and the astounding patience and death-defying efforts of the camera crews.

"Planet Earth" is the most recent series, the pinnacle of BBC nature programs, and the most wide-ranging and fascinating. Yet the previous series included in this set -- "The Life of Birds," "The Life of Mammals," and "The Blue Planet: Seas of Life" -- concentrate with far more detail on the creatures that occupy specific habitats. They are almost as good as "Planet Earth," which is to say utterly spectacular, head-and-shoulders above every other nature series ever filmed.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely AWESOME! May 8, 2009
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I purchased this item when it was a Gold Box Deal of the Day for $69.99. What a deal this truly is. In my personal opinion any DVD that is narrated by David Attenborough is just AWESOME! This 17 disc set has some of the most facinating pictures and information regarding birds, mammals, oceans, jungles, forests, and many others. The DVD's are very educational, if you have kids they should absolutely love these DVD's. We love to watch DVD Box Sets that are about nature and animals. I am so glad that I purchased this item, as it shows so many pictures and areas that I have never visited or seen before. It is an enlighten show for the whole family. You will not be disappointed by purchasing this item. It is truly spectacular.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 10 stars not merely 5 April 28, 2009
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Thanks to the upconverting of my LG blu-ray player I viewed this series in almost HD quality. I bought this on a gold box deal for a little over 4 per disc. I think this is one of the best of the many incredible deals I've purchased at Amazon over the years. The entire series is so visually stunning and its bonus is it being highly educational. I think everyone should view it at least once either as a special on TV or rent it from Netflix. After watching the set it made me more convicted to environmental stewardship. My favorite of the series was Life of Mammals only due to the topic. Next was the Blue Planet and I also purchased this as a stand alone set for a friend. Truly this series has something for everyone and may pique your interest in a subject you previously had no interest. I don't see how anyone would be disappointed in this breathtaking series. Enjoy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolute delight! May 26, 2009
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I had rented the individual programs in this boxed set and found all of them to be informative, interesting, and entertaining. The excellent and often gorgeous cinematography is a huge plus too. I really wanted to buy them all, but found that they were too expensive on their own. Then I found this boxed set and when Amazon had an earth day sale, it became insanely affordable and I had no choice but to buy it. The packaging for the individual series are quite nice and the box they slip into is sturdy. Overall I'm glad that I waited and sprung for this set. If you love nature programs and you don't have these in your collection, I heartily recommend this set. The amount of enjoyment you'll get will well outweigh the cost.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Set of Beautiful DVDs October 14, 2009
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I can not begin to express what an amazing collection of outstanding videos the BBC has put together. Superb quality of picture and sound make this DVD set stand out among any documentaries that I have ever witnessed. I have traveled to mountains, canoed hundreds of miles down the Mississippi River, and seen some of the most beautiful things on this Earth... This is the next best thing for me. When I can't be out seeing things first hand, this collection has enough DVDs to keep anyone entertained for days on end.
Each DVD covers a new and interesting subject. Many things that I will never see up close, and yet- these videos create a feeling that you have seen it. What an awesome collection.

Obviously, I give this series a lot of praise and have given it 5 stars. It is expensive to some, but you get so much out of it - for any family too - that it is hard to resist. I recommend it to anyone and everyone except for tiny infants because of their lack of attention span and their limited capacity of and for English vocabulary.

On a personal note... When visiting my Grandfather, I brought along this set. He could not believe what he was seeing. He was taken aback and asked to borrow the rest. It really is something to see.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Well done series.
Published 2 months ago by John Wolfe
5.0 out of 5 stars Hurray for David Attenborough
None better!
Published 2 months ago by Vernon St Whiz
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Every household should have this.
Published 3 months ago by Robert T Matheson
4.0 out of 5 stars Great as expected - But...
The content of these DVDs are of amazing quality, as could be expected from the BBC and David Attenborough's work. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Claire
5.0 out of 5 stars these DVDs are awesome!
I love these DVDs, they are great for my grand children, and other members of my family, and my daughter is a teacher so will be sharing them w/her for her classroom. Thank you
Published 22 months ago by Doraline M. Ahlers
5.0 out of 5 stars Best DVD's of all time
I have all of these DVD's bought separately, and I watch them over and over. They are incredible. I wish I could have bought them in this format. Read more
Published on July 13, 2012 by Theresa Anne Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Great set of tapes
My son and I have been glued to watching a tape of this every night! I thought I knew quite a bit but have still learned new stuff on these CDs! Read more
Published on June 11, 2012 by Donna
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
This box set is fantastic! I am half way through it so far. I have watched the Planet Earth and the Blue Planet so far and they were wonderful. Read more
Published on March 26, 2011 by Mrs C
5.0 out of 5 stars love
amazing box set, a must for everyone, including children, extremely educational for all ages, even the price is a steal. Go for it before it goes out of print. Read more
Published on March 3, 2011 by vahe
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Collection
The BBC Natural History Collection can be watched
over and over. Every time I watch Planet Earth, I
see and learn something new and exciting. Read more
Published on September 17, 2010 by Cherie H. Ward
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