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Our Planet Earth (2009)

Richard Kiley , Mickey Lemle  |  NR |  DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Richard Kiley
  • Directors: Mickey Lemle
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Box set, Collector's Edition, Color, Dolby, HiFi Sound, NTSC, Surround Sound, THX, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.55:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Madacy (Music Distributor)
  • DVD Release Date: January 11, 2011
  • Run Time: 420 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001H29F2E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #244,154 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Witness the power of the savage forces that created our world. Voyage from the ocean’s depths to the distant boundaries of the universe. This Emmy Award-winning series guides us to a better understanding of our planet’s past, present and future with visually stunning location footage of natural wonders like undersea tornadoes and the acid rain clouds of Venus. Come along on a journey of breathtaking imagery and compelling ideas. Award-winning actor Richard Kiley hosts this 7-part journey to the center of geological truth—a must-see for Earthlings everywhere.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Make sure you know what you're getting! December 29, 2009
As others have said, this is a great example of dishonest advertising. The name being so similar to BBC's Planet Earth is questionable and you'd have to be pretty naive to think it's not done on purpose. But much worse is the fact that the tin says copyright 2008. Nowhere does it say when the actual programs were released, at least not in plain sight. Is that even legal? I knew this wasn't Planet Earth, but I didn't think I'd be getting something they showed Kevin Arnold's class in The Wonder Years. Ok, not quite that old, but I'd say late 70's to early 80's. The actual DVD slots are cheaply made too. Some of the discs don't align correctly with the glued on styrofoam (yes, that's right) that is supposed to keep them snug. I had to use my own DVD cases instead.

However, all that being said, the shows ARE good despite their age. They're more scientific in nature than BBC's Planet Earth, which is more of a collection of beautiful scenery with narration. They're roughly analogous to a 9th or 10th grade Earth Science book in scope and level of detail and are probably worth 17 bucks if you don't mind giving your money to a shady company.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! October 9, 2010
By Becky D
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I remember the first time I saw this series. I was enraptured. Yes, it was a few years ago, but the narration and material presented are excellent. For the people who are too dumb to realize that they are buying something other than what they wanted (motivated by bargain mania), you really should evaluate the show, not your mistake. Remember, this show came first; so there is no misrepresentation from this set.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FAR BETTER than the BBC; True Earth Science February 13, 2010
This set of discs is the original Planet Earth series created by the National Science Foundation and WQED Pittsburgh. It is far superior to the BBC Planet Earth, which stole the name from this older series. If you actually want to learn something, buy this set and not the newer one. The newer one has great camera shots that won some awards, but the content is elementary school level and has little or nothing to do with earth science.

This DVD set should be more clearly marked that it is the original series from the late 1980s. Some of the material is a bit out of date. The general concepts in the programs, however, have not changed much at all. The disc entitled "The Living Machine" is still good enough to show in college classrooms today (if you ignore the old fashioned footage of reel-to-reel magnetic tape drives). The footage in this film is fantastic and the graphics to show plate tectonics have yet to be equalled in any other production I've seen. The episodes are definitely not boring.

Overall, this set is highly recommended.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Totally disagree with these other reviews. These are excellent for middle and high school students as introduction of geology. These are not focused on fauna and flora except where there may be environmental impacts from air pollution for example. The seven documentaries (the set includes a bonus nature cd) are produced by KQED public television of Pittsburgh which has a well-deserved reputation for documentaries.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Dishonest Advertising January 31, 2010
Definitely a conflict here. The marketing of this product has to be dishonest. It is not the BBC series "Plant Earth" as much of the packaging and title leads a person to believe. However, the documentaries in this series are pretty good. They appear to be made in approximately the mid 80's. I am sure these documentaries were intended to be cutting edge when they were made. Now they document the history of earth science as much as they document earth science.

The documentaries themselves deserve 5 stars. The people marketing this product are close to criminal.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Series December 4, 2013
By M. Wood
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First of all, "Our Planet Earth" is a very well written series of scientific programs which has a companion book to the 1986 PBS series entitled simply "Planet Earth" by Jonathan Weiner (a very good read), not "Our Planet Earth" as currently being sold. If anyone is to blame for the confusion some of you are experiencing, it's the BBC for using the same name as the aforementioned earlier documentary. The company marketing the product at least added the "Our" to the title to discriminate between the two without totally changing the name of the original series. The PBS series is educational at a higher level than the BBC series which is more akin to "eye candy". Both series are worth watching, however; a word to the wise - pay attention to what you're ordering. I've had this series on VHS for years and was thrilled that it was available on DVD.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not that bad but July 15, 2010
Would have been much better if it were not for the mediocre filming - certainly does not look like something done in 2008 - must have been on a very skimpy budget.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Nice name choice... September 30, 2010
By Jah
I received this set a a birthday present, I and the person who bought it for me believed it to be Discovery channel's visually stunning "Planet Earth", instead I have this drab, boring 5-set dvd, and not the heart to tell the person who bought it that it's not the right one. I sincerely hope they never ask to watch it with me.
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