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Blue Planet, The - Seas of Life (Blu-ray)

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Originally produced in 2001 and finally released on high-definition Blu-ray, The Blue Planet: Seas of Life is, as of 2013, the most comprehensive exploration of what many refer to as "the last frontier": the world hidden beneath the water that covers 70 percent of the earth. Produced by Alastair Fothergill, narrated by David Attenborough, and set to music by George Fenton, this compilation took more than five years to film and consists of eight absolutely captivating 50-minute BBC episodes. The compilation begins with striking footage of the blue whale: the largest animal on the planet and one that scientists admit to knowing very little about. The first episode, "The Blue Planet," explores sun and currents, with a look at everything from how a wave works to the way currents distribute nutrients such as plankton. Animals encountered include herring, albatross, hammerhead sharks, dolphins, and grey, killer, and humpback whales. The cinematography in this episode is completely breathtaking and was recognized with an Emmy for Outstanding Cinematography for Nonfiction Programming. "The Deep" descends some 4,000 meters to the bottom of the ocean and the Mariana Trench for a look at some of the strangest creatures in the sea, including jellyfish and squid that glow with bioluminescence, grey sleeper sharks, and the six gill shark, often referred to as a living fossil because it's believed to have been unchanged for 150 million years. "Open Ocean" focuses in on creatures that live far from shore and are rarely captured on film. An immense amount of time, energy, and money was invested in scouring the marine deserts of the open sea to locate animals like Pacific spotted dolphins, striped marlin, manta rays, swordfish, sailfish, and spinner dolphins in their natural habitat, and the footage is striking and powerful. Equally fascinating is the look at undersea volcanoes and the reef fish that find permanent shelter in these constantly erupting areas. "Frozen Seas" explores the Arctic and Antarctic and the resilient creatures like polar bears, beluga whales, penguins, seals, and the vast array of birds that brave the cold to live and reproduce in some of the most inhospitable conditions on earth. Next, it's on to the breathtakingly beautiful "Coral Seas," with their colorful, interdependent creatures. The photography of coral growing and feeding at night is riveting, as is footage of unusual creatures, including the hump head parrotfish, whose jaws are strong enough to chew through the ocean reef; shrimp that live in social groups similar to bees; and serious predators like grouper and lionfish. "Seasonal Seas" explores the effects of the moon's pull on the earth and the tides it creates in places like Nova Scotia, the Washington and California coasts, Southeast Alaska, and Victoria, BC. Kelp, seaweed, clams, orcas, seals, salmon, and sharks all get a turn in the spotlight in this look at the rhythm of the water. Finally, "Coasts" explores the ocean areas that experience the most dynamic change and the adaptive mechanisms of creatures living there. Among them are Galapagos iguanas, hawks, frigate birds, and albatross; Brazilian sea turtles who swim to the North Atlantic to lay their eggs on the beach, and the saltwater crocodiles that threaten them; and a beached humpback whale being scavenged by bears, eagles, and wolves. Interviews with producer Fothergill, cameraman Doug Allan, and researcher Penny Allen highlight the many trials of ocean filming, the importance of planning in an undertaking of this scope, and individual recollections of some of the most memorable moments of this five-year project. Other special features include 80 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage and bonus films Deep Trouble, Dive to Shark Volcano, Amazon Abyss, and the Being There series' "Between the Tides" and "Antarctica." --Tami Horiuchi

Special Features

* Over THREE hours of bonus content! * Deep Trouble: investigates man's impact on the oceans
* Dive to Shark Volcano: explores the shark haven Cocos Island, an underwater volcano with abundant life
* Amazon Abyss: shows the strange creatures of the greatly underexplored Amazon
* Between the Tides: features the unique species and natural spectacles caused by the tide
* Making Waves: a series of eight10-minute "making-of" mini-episodes, one for each episode
* Interviews with producer Alastair Fothergill, cameraman Doug Allan and researcher Penny Allen

Product Details

  • Actors: Pierce Brosnan, David Attenborough
  • Directors: Alastair Fothergill
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 9, 2013
  • Run Time: 389 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (721 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BBXTS94
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,906 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

Very beautifully done, and educational as well..
Chastity A. Edlefson
If you're interested in learning more about the oceans and how the ecosystems work, this is a very informational and well done documentary series.
Trevor Badly
Photo Gallery - Fact Files - Trailers This DVD is great, perfect picture quality, and sound.
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117 of 118 people found the following review helpful By Andre Dursin on 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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164 of 171 people found the following review helpful By Cosmos on February 27, 2003
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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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155 of 164 people found the following review helpful By S. Wilson on 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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73 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Peregrine on November 16, 2008
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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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77 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Kim R. Schmidt on October 18, 2008
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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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