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The Blue Planet - Seas of Life Collector's Set (Parts 1-4) (2002)

Pierce Brosnan , David Attenborough , Alastair Fothergill  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (614 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Pierce Brosnan, David Attenborough
  • Directors: Alastair Fothergill
  • Producers: Andrew Byatt
  • Format: Anamorphic, Box set, Color, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Video
  • DVD Release Date: August 27, 2002
  • Run Time: 392 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (614 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000069HXC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,924 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Blue Planet - Seas of Life Collector's Set (Parts 1-4)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Includes eight episodes: "Ocean World," "Frozen Seas," "Open Ocean," "The Deep," "Seasonal Seas," "Coral Seas," "Tidal Seas," and "Coasts"
  • Eight making-of featurettes
  • "Deep Trouble": a compelling exploration of man's impact on the Earth's oceans
  • Interviews with cameraman Doug Allan, producer Alastair Fothergill, and researcher Penny Allen
  • Music video
  • Photo galleries
  • Fact files

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Extraordinary footage and eloquent narration by David Attenborough highlight the BBC's remarkable wildlife series The Blue Planet: Seas of Life. "Ocean World" begins with astonishing views of a gigantic blue whale--the elusive Holy Grail of undersea photography--and the marvels continue to demonstrate the power, diversity, and profound ecological influence of Earth's oceans. "Frozen Seas" examines whales, walruses, penguins, and other creatures under the extreme conditions of the Arctic and Antarctic Circles. The next two episodes are even better. "Open Ocean" travels thousands of miles into the vast "liquid desert," where currents determine how the ocean's diverse life forms will assume their places in the food chain. More amazing, "The Deep" descends with a state-of-the-art submersible to the ocean's abyssal plain and beyond, filming such bizarre creatures as the fangtooth, bioluminescent jellies, transparent squid, the giant-mouthed gulper eel, and the never-before-seen hairy angler fish.

"Seasonal Seas" focuses on the explosion of life that accompanies every annual blooming of plankton, numbering in the countless billions and captured here with brilliant microphotography. In "Coral Seas," miles-long reefs of living coral are explored, from deep within (requiring brief computer animation) to the surrounding environs, where you'll see white-tipped sharks in a feeding frenzy while beautiful harlequin shrimp wrestle with a starfish. "Tidal Seas" explores the myriad life forms that thrive when lunar gravity pulls the oceans offshore. "Coasts" is easily the most brutal episode, but no less mesmerizing. The most unexpected, and horrifying, sequence is the orca, earning its "killer whale" nickname by capturing, killing, and tail-tossing a seal pup--a sequence so mysteriously primal that even the most seasoned marine biologist will be utterly amazed. One of the finest wildlife programs you're ever likely to see, The Blue Planet: Seas of Life provides the privilege of visiting a truly alien world teeming with the rarest wonders of nature. The series was recut into the feature-length Deep Blue in 2005. --Jeff Shannon

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Covering 70% of the planet, the ocean is truly a dominating force, yet we know less about our oceans than we do about the surface of the moon. Five years in the making, with a budget of over $10 million, The Blue Planet: Seas of Life is the most comprehen

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90 of 91 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Blu-Ray is "Upconverted from Standard Definition" April 4, 2013
Format:Blu-ray
George Fenton's terrific score anchors this spectacular BBC documentary from the same creative team that would later produce "Planet Earth," including host David Attenborough and producer Alastair Fothergill. BBC's 1080p transfer of their acclaimed 2001 "Blue Planet" mini-series still offers breathtaking footage of life under and just above the surface, from dolphins and killer whales to seal pups and baby turtles - the latter groups fighting to stay away from predators.

However, because the BBC's Blu-Ray presentation has been mastered from a standard-definition source (and is clearly stated as such on the back cover, albeit in tiny print), the upscaled presentation varies greatly from certain sequences that nearly look HD in quality (the film based portions), to others that are clearly derived off video elements and display jaggies and other issues (i.e. much of the underwater footage). Either way, none of the transfer is actually presented in high-def -- so consumers will have to determine for themselves whether this upscale is enough of an upgrade over the prior DVD release to justify the purchase (I don't have the DVD to compare it with). Five bonus programs, interviews with Fothergill and other crew members, 80 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage and DTS MA 5.1 soundtracks round out the release.

ADDITIONAL NOTES - There seems to be a misconception that BLUE PLANET was entirely filmed on 16mm film stock. I refer readers to this 2002 in-depth article on the production of BLUE PLANET and its HD mastering, which includes interviews with the producers and presents evidence to the contrary:

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157 of 164 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss this one! February 27, 2003
By Cosmos
Format:DVD
There isn't a moment in these four DVD's that won't have you gazing in wonder and admiration at the effort and amazing footage captured in this series. Of all the DVD's I own, and that is no small number I assure you, this entire set never sits long enough to get more than a days worth of dust on it. I often watch an episode as I linger in bed waiting for sleep to overtake me. Equally as often, I have to switch it off so I can get sleep--it is that unendingly fascinating. No matter how many times I've watched it, the presentation and simply astounding events they have captured in this series always manage to keep my attention. To even try and relate what the hours of footage reveal would only do it an injustice. I won't even try and I'm sure others could describe it better than I. Let me say this, if you have never seen Blue Planet then you have been sorely missing out. It most certainly contains footage of the marine world that cannot be seen anywhere else. Not merely a few minutes here and there but nearly every minute of the series is unique and nearly unbelievable to behold.
Yes, I realize that it sounds like I'm waxing over this set in glowing terms--and I am, but for good reason. Don't rent these, don't borrow them from a friend and certainly don't just wait around trying to decide if this set is for you. Just click the order button right now and make this set your own. After you do, I think you'll agree it is among the best documentaries ever created, and simultaneously, one of the best DVD investments you've made.
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149 of 157 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably Beautiful. January 6, 2004
Format:DVD
There are many reasons to own this wonderful series on DVD, but one reason stands out: The Killer Whale/Seal Pup segment of the "Coasts" DVD. The Amazon.com main reviewer mentioned this scene in his review - and with good reason. It is THE most amazing piece of wildlife footage EVER captured on film - even surpassing the National Geographic special with the Great White Sharks breaching.
If you need more reasons than that, the "Ocean World" DVD contains unbelievable footage of Sir David in a skiff right above a Blue Whale (the largest creature ever to have lived) along with a stirring segment about an orca pod pursuing a gray whale and her calf.
All of my friends - who are decidely NOT nature buffs like me -were left speechless after seeing some of the segments in this set (particularly the aforementioned ones).
The Life of Mammals DVD set by Attenborough is also terrific.
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68 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome and Beautiful November 16, 2008
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I first saw Blue Planet on the Discovery channel... years ago and I absolutely fell in love with it. It is one of the most beautifully filmed documentaries and I think only Planet Earth (ironically) surpasses it in that beauty. I have also always loved David Attenborough, who has a way of really bringing the majesty of whatever you are watching into your home. This series is educational and beautiful to the point of tears. This is a must for any DVD library and I would highly recommend Planet Earth as well.
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73 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blue Planet October 18, 2008
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This product, similar to the Planet Earth series, provides ten one-hour long episodes of well-done photography and information about the sea life on earth. I've also enjoyed the special features of how BBC filmed these episodes and the planning behind each one. I love to travel and this series has taken me to different parts of the world to see its beauty and uniqueness. It's a relaxing end-of-the-day activity at my house!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love these series
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Published 4 days ago by Robert Benton
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love this series. Have it on DVD and digital copy but nothing is as great looking as Blu-ray.
Published 5 days ago by pagansoul
5.0 out of 5 stars Our Beautiful Oceans
This was amazing to watch and very educational. "The Blue Planet" shows us how much research we still have ahead in our oceans.
Published 6 days ago by Drumrdan
1.0 out of 5 stars No Subtitles
DVD had no subtitles, English or otherwise. (Note "Subtitles: English" in product description. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Doug Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars watch it
Excellent very entertaining and educational
Published 9 days ago by jeff a sherwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny.
Ocean lovers, animals lovers, and those that want to know more, this is a definite buy. Great narration, top-notch filming, and excellently put together. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Sam Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the upgrade
Although the improvement in picture quality of the blu ray is minimal in comparison to the standard DVD set, the 5 additional programs were worth the upgrade, as well as the saved... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Rick
5.0 out of 5 stars Thourly entertaining and educational.
Breathtaking views of the amazing animals that live in the oceans of the world. Vivid, colorful, professional film.
Published 14 days ago by Judie Hathaway
5.0 out of 5 stars So fascinating and soothing to watch
There is nothing more relaxing than watching the BBC documentaries. This can be totally captivating or makes great background entertainment while doing chores. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Puzzler
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spanish subtitles
We just received Blue Planet and were disappointed to learn there are no subtitles in any language. I believe certain languages (English, Spanish, French) are absolutely assumed on DVDs of this sort sold in North America. I am writing a letter of complaint to BBC Video to complain about this... Read More
Oct 9, 2007 by Jerald Cole |  See all 2 posts
Evolution
David Attenborough has created some of the most stunning and in depth nature series ever produced. He has spent his life showing and explaining the glories of nature. But he is a scientist first and foremost, this is where the depth comes from. Its insulting to call this work a soapbox.
Apr 2, 2007 by Amazon Customer |  See all 13 posts
Blue Planet: Seas of Life - Vote for Blu-ray format!
I was wondering why I couldn't find it. I won't buy it either if it's not blu-ray. I'll get it as soon as it does come out though (although I really do prefer Weaver's voice and the behind the scenes stuff that deosn't seem to be included in the blu-ray version of planet earth. Quite... Read More
Feb 1, 2008 by P. Tripoli |  See all 15 posts
appropriate age group?
This series is appropriate for all ages, with the caveat that there are some scenes of predation that might be disturbing to the very young. There will be blood and teeth on-screen once in awhile, and if you feel that your child might be particularly susceptible to that imagery, you may wish to... Read More
Jul 17, 2006 by Karim Moussally |  See all 5 posts
Is this shot in high definition??
This series is most definitely not shot in HD and not available in HD in the US or the UK.

HD technology was not available in the UK back in 2002 and is only in the early stages of being introduced to the British public now.
Oct 11, 2007 by S. Ellmore |  See all 5 posts
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