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Blue Planet II (BD)
This bold cinematic experience takes viewers on a magical adventure across the greatest, yet least known parts of our planet – our oceans. Since Blue Planet aired in 2001, our understanding of life beneath the waves has completely changed. Travelling from the icy polar seas to the vibrant blues of the coral atolls, Blue Planet II shares these astonishing new discoveries. Meet the strange octopuses lurking in the depths of the Antarctic ocean. Watch giant trevally fish leap to catch birds in mid-air. And ride on the back of a hammerhead shark as it attacks. Inspiring awe and wonder, this series reveals surprising new places, charismatic new characters and extraordinary new behaviours.
Blue Planet II (BD)
In recent years, our knowledge of what goes on in our Ocean has been transformed. Blue Planet II uses cutting-edge breakthroughs in science and technology to explore new worlds, reveals astonishing creatures and extraordinary new animal behaviors. As we journey through our deep seas, coral reefs, open ocean, green seas and coasts we share these extraordinary new discoveries. But we now know that ocean health is under threat. Never has there been a more crucial time to explore our remotest seas, and to examine what the future will hold for our blue planet.]]>
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 0.7 x 7.5 x 5.4 inches; 10.72 Ounces
- Director : Various
- Media Format : NTSC
- Run time : 5 hours
- Release date : March 6, 2018
- Actors : Various
- Studio : BBC
- ASIN : B078D4S49B
- Number of discs : 3
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If you love the previous Planet Earth shows then you will love this!
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But apart from morality tale, it’s also a great education, punctuated by simple facts and stats. For instance, the landmass of Earth makes up only 30% of our planet’s surface. 97% of all water on Earth is contained in the oceans. The world’s greatest wilderness — the open ocean or Big Blue — covers 50% of Earth’s surface, the marine equivalent of a desert. In it, Sir David says, there’s nowhere to hide and little to eat. 90% of all fish live in the so-called twilight zone where light from the sun begins to fade at a depth of 200 metres. This zone extends to a depth of 1,000 metres, thereafter called the midnight zone, which is pitch black. How do animals navigate there in the dark? With their own lights, which are wild, weird, spooky, and colourful like flashing disco and strobe lights. Dancing at the bottom of the oceans? Of course. Didn’t you know God has a sense of humour?
Other facts and assertions. We know more about the surface of Mars than we do about the geology, chemistry and biology of our ocean floors. The chemicals of life were first mixed in the hothouse kitchen at the centre of our planet then released through thermal vents into the oceans. Life most likely began at the interface of these ocean vents and Earth’s interior. One day our technology may allow us to confirm this, as we know some of the moons of Jupiter (Ganymede and Callisto) and Saturn (Titan and Mimas) have oceans as well, and we also know the laws of physics are universal, equal, unequivocal. Why should life only exist on Earth? In all probability it does not. Our home, our planet, is special and precious, but that doesn’t mean it’s unique. This should cheer us. At least it cheers me.
A few spoiler examples of extraordinary animal behaviour in the oceans of Earth follow, so please stop reading if you’d rather not know (though it’s just a sampler list with many other examples omitted).
• Dolphins in South Africa ride and surf the crests of huge waves for the sheer joy, pleasure and fun of it. No kidding!
• Other dolphins and whales congregate and communicate in order to coordinate large underwater hunting pacts and packs.
• A fish in Australia has worked out the dynamics of cause and effect, clearly seeing into the future through its logic. He smashes the sturdy shells of clams against hard rock or coral to get at the soft, juicy, tasty bits inside. He is clumsy but persistent, keeping his eyes on the prize. Like us and chimpanzees, he is a toolmaker.
• Another fish of the oceanic deep lives in the midnight zone. His skull is clear and luminescent. You can see right through it and so can he. Why? Better to spot prey (and predators) above him without turning over to look. Easier just to peer right up through your skull to examine the world. Given enough time to tinker and experiment, evolution by natural selection always arrives at ingenious ways in which to survive and thrive.
There are seven episodes in the series, each an hour in length:
Our Blue Planet
The final episode (Our Blue Planet) is the most sobering, as it details what is happening to the planet and its oceans and what must be done to limit or halt the destruction. Less than 1% of our international waters are protected, and as Sir David says:
“The creation of marine reserves is vital if we’re to safeguard the future of many ocean creatures.”
In the last three years over two-thirds of the world’s coral reefs are thought to have suffered from rises in ocean temperatures. Carbon dioxide from the atmosphere dissolved in seawater forms carbonic acid which destroys the calcium carbonate shells of sea creatures as well as coral reefs. Our cars, jet aircraft and especially our factories dump millions of tonnes of CO2 into the atmosphere as if the planet had an infinite capacity to absorb this noxious chemical compound. Homo sapiens sits in the dock of some celestial courtroom in my imagination, guilty as charged for ruining his planet. The judge shows no mercy, the prisoner dragged away in chains to serve out his sentence with extreme finality, that sentence being extinction.
But not all is lost, including hope. As more knowledge accumulates, the better we understand and are better equipped to logistically take well-informed, intelligent action. The final episode highlights local success stories around the globe and the work of dedicated people in educating others to make a difference. If one thinks this is pie in the sky, then they are just not trying or caring enough to want to try. It all begins at home with the choices you make in daily life: recycling, bicycling instead of driving, less flying, less needless consumption, no plastic shopping bags. This is true whether many in the world want to believe it or not. You are responsible for your own carbon footprint.
I have never before seen underwater photography as clear, vivid, colourful and beautiful as this. I should probably re-watch the entire series in the bath for full immersion sensation. As it is, even on the settee, I feel as though I am snorkelling above coral reefs. Wondrous experience. I shouldn’t be able to imagine anyone disparaging this series, though there will always be nitpicking malcontents impossible to please. Thankfully, these form a slender minority here. The series currently has an 83% 5-star rating at amazon.co.uk, and my review may push it closer to 84%.
I’m thankful Sir David is still living (now aged 91) and working. No retirement for some! Thankful too for the professionalism and commitment of the BBC in commissioning the series. When I saw Blue Planet over ten years ago I thought to myself:
“That’s it. They’ve gone all out. This series can’t be bettered.”
But I was wrong. Very wrong. The current series is even greater. I would even say greater by far. The technological development in underwater photographic technology over the past dozen years has been truly phenomenal. The clarity of the images, even at 11,000 metres deep in the Mariana Trench (the deepest gash in the surface of the earth), is astonishing. If I didn’t know better, I would think I was looking at CGI — but we are not in this series.
A dozen years ago I was in the Cook Islands and French Polynesia, visiting Tahiti, Mo’orea and Bora Bora, among other beautiful islands and atolls. What I saw snorkelling and scuba diving underwater there with my own eyes I now see reproduced here almost perfectly. I was joking about the bath, but maybe it’s not such a bad idea (even if it is). Imagine that — getting electrocuted by the BBC! Anyway, full immersion with this series. You will not see better underwater photography anywhere else anytime soon.
Bravo to Sir David and the BBC.
And love the earth, the only home you’ll ever have!
The Detail in this release is mental and the colors just pop off the screen, the UHD format really shines with releases like this, the BBC should be very proud :)
Planet Earth 2 & Blue Planet 2 are the 2 4K UHD releases you should definatley own if you have a 4K/HDR TV.
Notes: The HDR is beautifully done, its not BANG in your face, it pops with color but is really natural looking.
Kudos to David Attenborough. He is a national treasure.
Do I really need this? Yes!
Being technologically challenged, I had problems with Planet Earth 2 having plugged the connector into the wrong inlet on the AV receiver, so for a year I was watching upscaled HD on the blu ray player rather than glorious 4k (still very good, by the way). Having corrected that, the picture and sound on the new Blue Planet 2 disks seemed excellent but not quite with the pop I would have expected. I finally figured out a setting I had missed on the Samsung TV and now I can report that he mists have cleared and this series is a visual and aural treat, considering so much of it is obviously filmed underwater. It is also excellent value with so many episodes to watch. With the home theatre sound system properly adjusted, it sounds as if I have a serious water leak in the living room.
The sex-changing fish with the lumpy head has a starring role, along with the greedy sea cucumber and the clam-busting denizen of the deep. Magnificent. More 4k nature documentaries please, BBC.