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Planet Earth 5-Dvd Collector's Edition Boxed Set! Discovery Channel
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Just compare the difference in their respective teasers: vivacious & energetic versus sleep-inducing! The DC version's complete soundscape is dynamic and engaging, as well as more directly educational (Ms. Weaver's regular comments on how shots were achieved, etc.), and as much as I greatly respect and appreciate the decades of educational programming from both David Attenborough and the BBC Natural History Unit, I have to work to stay awake with their somewhat affected narration and sound design. If an exciting visual AND aural experience is what you look for in your BD collection, I highly recommend the Discovery Channel version of 'planet earth'.
Then, months later, my roommate bought the Attenborough version on blu ray because hipsters on slickdeals kept insisting "the original is always better", just like these same purists think the American version of the Office sucks. Well they suck and so does the BBC version -- and I say this even though I am an avid fan of everything BBC (Top Gear, Mighty Boosh, etc).
I sat through the BBC version many nights asking myself AM I EVEN WATCHING THE SAME SHOW, cuz without the american editing and sound dynamics, it was a borefest. I went from being pumped about sharks snatching suckers out of mid air with tyko drumming to being tortured through watching grass freakin grow in the Andes with an elevator music backtrack. It was the cinematographic equivalent to the dismotilic bowel movements of the elderly.
Buy this version, listen to Ripley talking about animals doing crazy hijinks, and get super pumped about nature. Then go outside and plant like a million trees while listening to AC/DC.
I think the best recognition, the best award for the makers of this movie would be the knowledge that it motivated a great number of those who watched it to rein in mindless consumption, to become invested in consciously supporting preservation.
here are some links i found ..same shot almost the same music but a different feel.. Sigourney just gives more..check it yourself...
David Attenborough version (BBC)
Sigourney Weaver version (Discovery Channel)
(start it at 00:39 to 00:53)
Look i love everything Discovery, BBC, Nova, Science Channel, NATGEO and History Channel but i feel maybe the Discovery channel wanted to add more facts and kick it up with the music so its not so lame lol..Anyhow i hope they keep these shows coming because every time i am amazed.
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However, some of the quality is lost when viewing on DVDs. I originally saw the series in HD on television. It was so exceptionally good that I wanted to buy a copy. (This is saying something when you consider this purchase nearly doubled the number of DVD's I have bought for my personal use. DVD's for the kids don't count.) Since I don't own a blu-ray player, we bought the DVDs. There definitely was a difference in the visual quality when viewing it on the DVD format. Thus while I do recommend purchasing this product, I would recommend buying the blu-ray format instead if you have a player.
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This is being reviewed as a 1 star because the product is advertised as being narrated by Sigourney Weaver, but the product I received is narrated by David Attenborough. Read morePublished 20 days ago by JD413
This is a fabulous set and was exactly as I had expected since I had already seen the series on television. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Alice
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this series. It looks amazing in HD. And I personally find Sigourney Weaver's narration to be far superior to Attenborough's from the original BBC production of... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Robot B
Was not formatted to play to a machine you can buy. Thought it said BlurayPublished 12 months ago by kim W
The description said it was blu-Ray but it's just regular DVD. Other than that it's fine but that's the only reason I chose this provider.Published 12 months ago by John Bushkar
Beautifully done! Sent this as a gift to my son and granddaughters and they are so enthralled. What a wonderful learning experience for all.Published 13 months ago by Melinda Chipley
This is truly a great collection. The quality of the documentary and imagery is amazing. It's well directed and is nicely narrated by Sigourney Weaver. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Amazon Customer