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Planet Earth: The Complete Collection (BD)
The makers of The Blue Planet present the epic story of life on Earth. Five years in production, over 2000 days in the field, using 40 cameramen filming across 200 locations, this is the ultimate portrait of our planet. A stunning television experience that combines rare action, unimaginable scale, impossible locations and intimate moments with our planet's best-loved, wildest and most elusive creatures. From the highest mountains to the deepest rivers, this blockbuster series takes you on an unforgettable journey through the challenging seasons and the daily struggle for survival in Earth's most extreme habitats. Using a budget of unprecedented proportions, HD photography and unique, specially developed filming techniques, Planet Earth takes you to places you have never seen before, to experience sights and sounds you may never experience again.]]>
As of its release in early 2007, Planet Earth is quite simply the greatest nature/wildlife series ever produced. Following the similarly monumental achievement of The Blue Planet: Seas of Life, this astonishing 11-part BBC series is brilliantly narrated by Sir David Attenborough and sensibly organized so that each 50-minute episode covers a specific geographical region and/or wildlife habitat (mountains, caves, deserts, shallow seas, seasonal forests, etc.) until the entire planet has been magnificently represented by the most astonishing sights and sounds you'll ever experience from the comforts of home. The premiere episode, "From Pole to Pole," serves as a primer for things to come, placing the entire series in proper context and giving a general overview of what to expect from each individual episode. Without being overtly political, the series maintains a consistent and subtle emphasis on the urgent need for ongoing conservation, best illustrated by the plight of polar bears whose very behavior is changing (to accommodate life-threatening changes in their fast-melting habitat) in the wake of global warming--a phenomenon that this series appropriately presents as scientific fact. With this harsh reality as subtext, the series proceeds to accentuate the positive, delivering a seemingly endless variety of natural wonders, from the spectacular mating displays of New Guinea's various birds of paradise to a rare encounter with Siberia's nearly-extinct Amur Leopards, of which only 30 remain in the wild.
That's just a hint of the marvels on display. Accompanied by majestic orchestral scores by George Fenton, every episode is packed with images so beautiful or so forcefully impressive (and so perfectly photographed by the BBC's tenacious high-definition camera crews) that you'll be rendered speechless by the splendor of it all. You'll see a seal struggling to out-maneuver a Great White Shark; swimming macaques in the Ganges delta; massive flocks of snow geese numbering in the hundreds of thousands; an awesome night-vision sequence of lions attacking an elephant; the Colugo (or "flying lemur"--not really a lemur!) of the Philippines; a hunting alliance of fish and snakes on Indonesia's magnificent coral reef; the bioluminescent "vampire squid" of the deep oceans... these are just a few of countless highlights, masterfully filmed from every conceivable angle, with frequent use of super-slow-motion and amazing motion-controlled time-lapse cinematography, and narrated by Attenborough with his trademark combination of observational wit and informative authority. The result is a hugely entertaining series that doesn't flinch from the predatory realities of nature (death is a constant presence, without being off-putting). At a time when the multiple threats of global warming should be obvious to all, let's give Sir David the last word, from the closing of Planet Earth's final episode: "We can now destroy or we can cherish--the choice is ours." --Jeff Shannon
Stills from Planet Earth (click for larger image)
My five year old loves this so much I had to buy the entire set! Then our 14 year old gets caught up into to. Read morePublished 2 days ago by jgv73r
Not HD, at least the version I got. Newer shows have amazing footage available now in sharp high def, it's a shame to watch it any other way.Published 7 days ago by Dayle M.
I live in the U.S., but I received a Region 2 (Europe) set of discs. Totally useless.Published 8 days ago by J. Key
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|Planet Earth bluray box says video format "1080i"||
My Blu-ray copy arrived from the UK yesterday and it says 1080i on the cover.
This was apparently done because some of the bonus episode was shot in 1080i. The 11 regular episodes are shot in full 1080p, don't worry.
Jan 14, 2009 by Steven Aldersley | See all 14 posts
|Why is everyone so stuck on this British David character ? ...||
The 'British David character' (David Attenborough) is a lifelong naturalist and presenter who has been associated with the BBC and the BBC Natural History Unit for many years. He, and the BBC, have a string of documentaries to their credit (including 'The Blue Planet' and the 'Life Of/Life In'... Read More
Jun 8, 2007 by Colin Spence | See all 74 posts
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There are at least three blu-ray versions for Planet Earth:
1. The BBC UK version. Five discs and in 1080p. Contains all the episodes from Planet Earth with none of the extras found on the DVD. The fifth disc contains two episodes from "Natural World" series: i. Desert Lions; ii. Snow... Read More
Feb 1, 2010 by Lai Chi Wei | See all 14 posts
I just watched the cave episode tonight with my 4 and 6 year old and they were entranced! I'm ordering the series tonight. :)
Nov 25, 2007 by Margaret | See all 5 posts
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Dear Mr. Adams, I wonder why there are still people telling that they see no difference on a 24" or 32" 1080 LCD HDTV. In my humble opinion you do see a big difference. The images are far sharper and more detailed. Especially BluRay documentaries about nature are worthwhile watching on... Read More
Dec 12, 2012 by kw40 | See all 2 posts
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