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National Geographic - Amazing Planet

3.1 out of 5 stars 71 customer reviews

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Shark alert! Something fishy is going on when a great white shark gnaws on the Miptorian spaceship with razorsharp teeth! Captain Rip Rayon and his alien crew are looking forward to a day at the beach but instead stumble into the world of super sleek sharks! Their adventure includes: electrifying news about shark super-senses, why sharks don't have bones but do have unbelievable teeth - ouch!, a rare encounter with the biggest fish on the planet, and close-up looks at baby sharks just learning to swim.

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  • Actors: Patricia Clarkson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: January 23, 2007
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ION2E4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,036 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "National Geographic - Amazing Planet" on IMDb

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Other reviews of this video state that the music overpowers much of its strengths. I agree this may be true. However, being a middle school science teacher, I have found that "Amazing Planet" as an addition to my lesson plans on plate tectonics seriously engages my 6th grade students, who are mesmerized by the images and dramatic tone of the narrator. Since the film at times plays more like a suspense film than a "quiet" documentary, it is a welcome form of media, as I find myself competing for the children's attention (as we all know, many lives unfortunately revolve around loud Ipods, raucous YouTube clips, action-packed computer games, and edge-of-your-seat movies). "Amazing Planet" helps me convince the kids that geology can be just as exciting and fun to learn!
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Honestly, I gave this program a three star rating because I happen to like the earth. Listening to the narrator reminded me of 9th grade speech class and term papers: an excuse to link cliche upon cliche. I'm not easily impressed by big words or dramatic tone of voice either; maybe the constant reference to belching, burping and indigestion didn't coincided with my dinner, but I say, "let the earth speak for itself."
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I love this DVD set! My 7th grade science classes love it too! If you've ever had to keep a group of 35 middle schoolers on task and interested in learning you'll understand that anything I can find to help with that is a little gem. This DVD set is just the ticket! I get a kick out of some of the other reviewers who complain about this DVD set - honestly . . . relax and take the DVD's for what they are - great entertainment and a fabulous way to learn about the Earth!
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Try to find a more entertaining video about the origins of the ocean, that incorporates basic ocean principles and vocabulary. Other than How the Earth Was Made (also highly recommended), it's tough to find good Earth science videos that are current and relevant. The majority of videos about the ocean center on lifeforms and add abiotic factors as a sidebar. Yes, the electric guitar soundtrack does intrude a bit at times, and the narration is also not in a style atypical of other documentaries. This does not mean one should turn their nose up at this presentation. On the contrary, I wish more videos would follow a format that appeals to everyone, and not just us documentary aficionados. BONUS- though PG-rated there is no offensive-to-some action or language - "hell" - like in the other Amazing Planet video
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The narration of this particular documentary had the sophistication from your average piece of broadcast television - that is to say, probably far below the expectation of those who actually watch nature documentaries. Add to that the dated CG, and the collection of stock footage, and well, its just another piece of low quality material churned out.
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My wife and I love nature documentaries, but we couldn't finish this one. After 3 or 4 minutes of the third episode we gave up - the constant rapid camera movement and cuts were just too painful. Not recommended.
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Loved the 1st episode. Just great! I did not have a major issue with the narration as seen in some reviews. Nat Geo produced a very good documentary here.
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Spectacular footage and interesting information. However, it is almost ruined by the melodramatic, fatalistic narration. Depicting the earth as something with "weapons and bombs" loaded and ready (volcanoes) marching us all to our demise. Perhaps the creators felt that earth on its own is not exciting enough so they needed to add Hollywood drama but for us, it caused us to turn the program off after a while.
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