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The BBC High-Definition Natural History Collection 2 (Life / Nature's Most Amazing Events / South Pacific / Yellowstone) [Blu-ray]

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Take a tour around the globe with the newest natural history programming from the BBC in stunning High Definition! Life presents 130 incredible stories from the frontiers of the natural world, 54 of which have never been filmed before. This remarkable 10-part blockbuster captures unprecedented, astonishingly beautiful sequences and presents a close-up profile our planet’s most enigmatic life forms. In Nature’s Most Amazing Events, you’ll discover the dramatic stories behind the planet’s most breathtaking natural events, charting the effects of global climatic phenomena which transform entire landscapes. South Pacific presents a comprehensive portrait of life in this vast ocean, containing 25% of the earth’s water and over 20,000 islands! And Yellowstone offers an intimate portrait of this global icon of natural beauty, nature’s most majestic playground. These four landmark series from the BBC will dazzle you with our world’s stunning beauty, all presented in crystal clear Blu-ray high definition!

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Making Of
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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 9
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 12, 2010
  • Run Time: 1250 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003ZEQMFK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,174 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By JMM TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 18, 2011
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The contents of this box set are as follows:

LIFE
Narrated by David Attenborough
Number of Discs: 4
Feature: 10 Episodes, 586 Minutes
Bonus Material: Life on Location (collection of 10 behind-the-scenes video diaries)

NATURE'S MOST AMAZING EVENTS
Narrated by David Attenborough
Number of Discs: 2
Feature: 6 Episodes, 300 Minutes
Bonus Material: Nature's Most Amazing Events video diaries

SOUTH PACIFIC
Narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch
Number of Discs: 2
Feature: 6 Episodes, 353 Minutes
Bonus Material: 10-Minuted "Making Of" video with each episode

YELLOWSTONE: BATTLE FOR LIFE
Narrated by Peter Firth
Number of Discs: 1
Feature: 3 Episodes, 150 Minutes
Bonus Material: The People of Yellowstone

Video/Audio Info:
- Video quality is 1080i on most of the discs, "Life" is 1080p
- English subtitles on all discs, "Life" also has Spanish & French subtitles
- All of these sets are the BBC UK versions, uncut and with original narrators.

I highly recommend this box set. Most people are familiar with "Life" and "Nature's Most Amazing Events", both of which are must-owns on Blu-Ray. But the other two series, "Yellowstone" and "South Pacific", also have stunning cinematography and are worth a watch.

You might also be interested in the previous box set, BBC Natural History Collection (Planet Earth: Special Edition / Galapagos / Ganges / Wild China) [Blu-ray]
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Disc 1 blu ray of Life (David Attenburg BBC version) contains a "High Definition Set Up Guide." This is a valuable tool to calibrate, tweak, and optimize your entire home theater system (these 3: blu-ray-player / HD-TV / audio) for its peak performance. The prompts take you through test patterns to adjust the contrast, brightness/darkness, sharpness, edges of aspect ratios, color saturation, hue, etc.; as well as speaker 5.1 sound test and volumizer. Sample scenes and demo's (famous London landmarks) are included as well. It's easy to use and very basic, for the laymen. It's a simplified version of the more advanced, Digital Video Essentials: HD Basics [Blu-ray]
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The BBC sucked me in with their Planet Earth program when it first aired on American television. On the strength of that product alone I went and purchased both of these BBC High-Definition Natural History Collections. With both of them, the main feature (in this case, "Life") is obviously very well done and enjoyable to view. The others are more 4 star quality programs and don't feel as satisfying as watching the main offering.

If you're into nature documentaries at all, the full set of Collection 1 and 2 may be an amazing start to your own disc based collection.
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I have always been a fan of nature shows, and BBC continues to produce some of the best out there. David Attenborough is one of the greatest nature show narrators, and you can tell he has a genuine interest in the material rather than just reads from a script.

The Life series has some great variety, and includes quite a lot of new footage compared to the Planet Earth series. Also, unlike the Blu-ray version of Planet Earth, this set includes the 15-minute "behind the scenes" featurettes after each program. Visual quality does vary a bit depending on what cameras they had to use, but the vast majority of the footage is crystal clear 1080p.

The other bundled programs are also worth watching. This set is definitely worth owning for any nature lovers out there - especially if you can find it on sale.
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Get this. So awesome. I had no idea all these environmental facts. I'm an activist now. There's a lot to learn watching these. I've really expanded my horizons. Not only is this entertaining but I learn a lot of relevant information. Plus it shows off my TV and sound system. I got the Natural History Collection 1 and 2. I also got Human Planet, Wonders of the Solar System and wonders of the universe. I want Madagascar now.

DIESEL! get it.
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By Alan on May 22, 2012
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Up to 37 inch screen size, these programs (video quality) blew me away, especially Life and Nature's Most Amazing Events.
Beyond 37 inches, the video quality at 40 plus inch screen, not so, but in my home, no one cared.
As to the complaints regarding 1080p and 1080i and 720p and no toilet paper in the bathroom...
Not everyone has to have a 70 inch plus size screen (even though some are dumb enough to buy DLP without asking about bulb life, costs after purchasing the tv, etc.), but one also has to research how the programs were recorded, edited, mastered, etc.
Gold Box deal at half price or better?
Very cool.
Get this!
Two personal notes:
1 - The purchase of Planet Earth as a stand-alone set vs. buying the BBC Collection 1 was fine with us,
2 - Life (with David Attenborough) in my opinion was ten-fold better than Oprah. Oprah needs to stick to her syndicated talk shows that she has now retired from, and perhaps pay attention to her failing (expensive to the cable and satellite viewer) OWN Network. Her version of Life proves this is not another career for her.
The BBC has to pay big bucks for David Attenborough, and they should as he is that good, but to get an American issue of Life and not pay the big bucks for David Attenborough has proven to be a huge mistake.
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