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Planet Earth 5-Dvd Collector's Edition Boxed Set! Discovery Channel

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Disc 1: Pole to Pole, Mountains, Deep Ocean Disc 2: Deserts, Ice Worlds, Shallow Seas Disc 3: Great Plains, Jungles, Fresh Water Disc 4: Seasonal Forests, Caves Disc 5 (Bonus Disc): Planet Earth: The Future


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  • Format: NTSC, Color, Full length, Box set, Widescreen
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Discovery Channel
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001B1RFSW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,697 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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84 of 91 people found the following review helpful By Jef Cameron on November 21, 2009
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Having investigated these program discs, both the BBC BDs and the Discovery Channel's set are identical in imagery and transfer quality (1080i, not 1080p). But frankly, I have to say I find the Sigourney Weaver narration AND the completely different music score to be FAR superior to the bland, milquetoast British edition's sound (& I have both).

Just compare the difference in their respective teasers: vivacious & energetic versus sleep-inducing! The DC version's complete soundscape is dynamic and engaging, as well as more directly educational (Ms. Weaver's regular comments on how shots were achieved, etc.), and as much as I greatly respect and appreciate the decades of educational programming from both David Attenborough and the BBC Natural History Unit, I have to work to stay awake with their somewhat affected narration and sound design. If an exciting visual AND aural experience is what you look for in your BD collection, I highly recommend the Discovery Channel version of 'planet earth'.
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43 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Henry D on January 26, 2011
Format: Blu-ray
I DVR'd the entire series on Discovery and was blown. Sigourney Weaver's dry humor, as well as her intricate explanation of the process of achieving the amazing shots of the series made a show worth watching even watchier.

Then, months later, my roommate bought the Attenborough version on blu ray because hipsters on slickdeals kept insisting "the original is always better", just like these same purists think the American version of the Office sucks. Well they suck and so does the BBC version -- and I say this even though I am an avid fan of everything BBC (Top Gear, Mighty Boosh, etc).

I sat through the BBC version many nights asking myself AM I EVEN WATCHING THE SAME SHOW, cuz without the american editing and sound dynamics, it was a borefest. I went from being pumped about sharks snatching suckers out of mid air with tyko drumming to being tortured through watching grass freakin grow in the Andes with an elevator music backtrack. It was the cinematographic equivalent to the dismotilic bowel movements of the elderly.

Buy this version, listen to Ripley talking about animals doing crazy hijinks, and get super pumped about nature. Then go outside and plant like a million trees while listening to AC/DC.

Review done.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By diskrybe on September 29, 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Besides being as healing as a visual spa experience, this series is testament to the staggering capacity of humans for sheer focus, dedication and empathy -- if they so choose. It was as awe-inspiring to learn what it took to produce a segment as it was to watch the finished product. This is for people who spend weeks never raising their eyes to the sky, never registering the natural sounds of the early morning, never experiencing the silences between the deadening assault of anthropogenic noise. Watch it to awaken more fully to the meaning of being alive, and to let that gratitude inform the choices you make.
I think the best recognition, the best award for the makers of this movie would be the knowledge that it motivated a great number of those who watched it to rein in mindless consumption, to become invested in consciously supporting preservation.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Guillermo Morales on June 28, 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
When I bought Planet Earth in a DVD store i wasn't aware that there were two different narrators. i was so upset because i felt it lost that attention grabbing voice. Well that's why i ordered it again because although i love his British accent i couldn't handle not hearing Sigourney Weavers voice. Just youtube clips with him and her and you'll hear the difference she is much better for this type of show.

examples:

here are some links i found ..same shot almost the same music but a different feel.. Sigourney just gives more..check it yourself...

David Attenborough version (BBC)

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Sigourney Weaver version (Discovery Channel)

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(start it at 00:39 to 00:53)

Look i love everything Discovery, BBC, Nova, Science Channel, NATGEO and History Channel but i feel maybe the Discovery channel wanted to add more facts and kick it up with the music so its not so lame lol..Anyhow i hope they keep these shows coming because every time i am amazed.

Hope this helps
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By schnauzermommy on June 24, 2010
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This DVD is AWESOME !!! I love Sigourney Weaver's narration the best. The scenes are mesmerizing ! You won't be sorry you bought this one.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bill Pierson on August 18, 2009
Format: DVD
I can't speak highly enough about this series. It is excellent both terms of terms of the material and how it's organized. And visually, well it is simply stunning. In this sense I give this product 5 stars.

However, some of the quality is lost when viewing on DVDs. I originally saw the series in HD on television. It was so exceptionally good that I wanted to buy a copy. (This is saying something when you consider this purchase nearly doubled the number of DVD's I have bought for my personal use. DVD's for the kids don't count.) Since I don't own a blu-ray player, we bought the DVDs. There definitely was a difference in the visual quality when viewing it on the DVD format. Thus while I do recommend purchasing this product, I would recommend buying the blu-ray format instead if you have a player.
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