Planet Earth II
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In one of the most ambitious landmark series, Planet Earth II allows us to experience the world from the viewpoint of the animals themselves. Traveling through jungles, deserts, mountains, islands, grasslands and cities, this series explores the unique characteristics of Earth's most iconic habitats and the extraordinary ways animals survive within them. New technology has allowed individual stories to be captured in an unparalleled level of detail. For the first time, viewers are immersed in incredible landscapes and share the most dramatic moments in the lives of animals. From spellbinding wildlife spectacle to intimate encounters, Planet Earth II will take you closer than ever before.
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I have attached an image. The top half shows a picture of the front of my Sony BDPS6500 Blu-Ray player. The bottom half shows the back of the Planet Earth II package. In fairness, the front of the Planet Earth II package says 4K Ultra HD on it.
Though others may disagree, I think of myself as fairly technical. I carefully checked my DVD player and looked at the specs of the Planet Earth II DVD prior to purchasing it given its price. I personally think that an average and reasonable consumer, after looking at the front of the DVD player and the Planet Blue II packaging, would be given the impression that the two would work together.
The back of the Planet Earth II packaging appears only to require an “Ultra HD Blu-Ray player.” My player refers to itself as a “4K UHD Upscale Blu-Ray.” Per the requirements it therefore meets the specs of being an “Ultra HD Blue-Ray player.” In addition my player even says that it is a “4K UHD” player.
I contend that an average and reasonable consumer could therefore conclude that the two will work together.
They do not. The Planet Earth II DVD in fact requires not just a “Ultra HD Blu-Ray Player” as stated. It requires a “4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray Player.” That is not clearly stated on the back. Even so however since my DVD player states that it is a “4K UHD Upscale Blu-Ray” player I further contend that an average and reasonable consumer would think the two would work together.
They do not. The issue hinges on the fact that not only did the Planet Earth II DVD fail to clearly state that it requires a 4K “Ultra HD Blu-Ray Player” but Sony fails to clearly state that it is not a 4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray player. It is a “4K UHD Upscale Blu-Ray” player. That does not mean that it will play a 4K UHD Blu-Ray disc. It merely will take older DVD’s and “upscale” them to appear to be 4K.
Again, I contend that this subtlety is at best confusing for the average and reasonable consumer and borders on misleading packaging on both the part of the Planet Earth II DVD (it did not state that it required a 4K UHD Blu-Ray player but merely an “Ultra HD Blu-Ray Player”) and on the Sony player.
Unfortunately I did not watch the DVD for 6 weeks after my purchase. As a result, I am unable to return this for a refund it now appears. I therefore lost roughly $40 and am a very unhappy consumer.
I do not feel that I am being unfair in rating this item a single star due to the confusing packaging.
On the bright side, this experience has left me with absolutely no intention or interest in buying or renting another DVD again. I'm done with them.
If it ain't streaming or in a theater, I won't be watching.
For starters this series only has six original episodes. The seventh is just an hour and a half mashup of the best of the first six. In contrast first one had eleven episodes and no recap at the end for filler. On top of that there is a good amount of reused content from the first Planet Earth. Considering there are millions of animals on this planet it is just unacceptable that they would go back and film some animals and biomes that they already covered. Don't get me wrong I love seeing loins and tigers and elephants again but there is a staggering amount of reused content here. If I had to make a guess I would say close to a third of all the animals in this were already in the original.
Now as for the new animals they did showcase there are some stand outs that I really did enjoy. The Islands and Mountains episodes were very good all the way through. Unfortunately the other four were very lackluster. Let's just say the featured raccoons digging through garbage.
Another thing I noticed was that they seemed to spend more time on each animal than last time. That's great for the interesting animals that haven't been seen before but the ratio was just off. There was too much time spent on the boring animals and not enough on the unique and interesting ones. This I a problem considering the series was half as long, meaning there were maybe 5 segments in the whole series that were memorable.
All in all it's worth a watch if It comes to streaming service you subscribe to but definitely not worth a purchase for repeat viewings.
Received it today and confirmed it has HDR
Wonderful hdr and 4k is awesome
I can't wait! Sorry for the 5 star review, I'm hoping I won't have to change it.