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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), and each episode ends with 10-minute "Planet Earth Diaries" (exclusive to this DVD set) that cover a specific aspect of production, like "Diving with Pirahnas" or "Into the Abyss" (the latter showing the rigors of filming the planet's most spectacular caves, including the last filming ever officially permitted in the "Chandelier Ballroom," a crystal-encrusted cavern found over a mile deep in New Mexico's treacherous Lechuguilla, the deepest cave in the continental United States.)
With so many of Earth's natural wonders on display, it's only fitting that the final DVD in this five-disc set is devoted to Planet Earth: The Future, a separate three-part series in which a global array of experts is assembled to discuss issues of conservation, protection of delicate ecosystems, and the socio-economic benefits of understanding nature as a commodity that returns trillions of dollars in value at no cost to Earth's human population. 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
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This is a great set of DVDs, and the video quality of the blu-ray discs is awesome.
Planet Earth, the stunning BBC nature documentary, uses the latest in film technology to take you to the most remote and fantastic places in the world.
This series was exceptional - absolutely fantastic photography and great narratives.
Love the series; still I agree with others that it would be super nice to have the behind the scenes footage included.Published 14 hours ago by Jane L
Hard to rate one of the best nature programs of all time anything less than 5 stars, in fact, I wish I could move over one star from other things I have bought to give this one an... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Christopher Willis
Some of the disc's in the set had an issue reading, but that's why I bought this in the first place, some of the ones in my set were going bad and had bad spots. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Rick Jones
There's a distinct difference in quality between the DVD and Blu-ray versions, but that's just more a testament to the technology. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Richard
The perfect Blu Ray for checking out your new TV setup. Great picture, great relaxing narration.Published 6 days ago by gman
FYI. The version being sold above is the 6 DISK Version, which has everything the reviewers below say is missing.Published 7 days ago by LG
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|Attenborough vs Weaver||
Mike Myers, you better get the Discovery (Weaver) version bro
Dec 27, 2008 by S. Rao | See all 17 posts
|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
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
|blu ray or dvd||
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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