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Planet Earth

2 Seasons

Season 0
2.2 out of 5 stars (6) IMDb 9.5/10

Planet Earth Diaries goes behind the scenes of the highly acclaimed natural history series to tell some of the amazing stories from the production team. Four years in the making, it involved over 2000 days in the field, using 71 cameramen filming across 204 locations in 62 countries. From diving with piranhas in Brazil to flying a hot air balloon over the trees of Madagascar, every filming assignment provided its own unique challenges.

Starring:
David Attenborough, Sigourney Weaver

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1. Eye In the Sky

Using the unique overhead heli-gimble camera the crew set out to film a pack of African wild dogs hunting in the Okavango Delta. It came down to the final hour of the final day of filming before they got the shot they wanted.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 10 minutes Release date: March 5, 2006
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2. Snow Leopard Quest

Over the course of three years the Planet Earth team tried to film the elusive Snow Leopard deep in the mountains of Pakistan. Their patience was eventually rewarded with the world's first footage of a Snow Leopard hunting.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 9 minutes Release date: March 12, 2006
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3. Diving with the Piranhas

Cameraman Peter Scoones is on a mission to film Piranha in the wetlands of Brazil. They are considered the most dangerous freshwater fish, but prove difficult to track down, until Peter finally finds himself immersed in a feeding frenzy.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 9 minutes Release date: March 19, 2006
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4. Into the Abyss

The team spend a month amongst an enormous mound of bat guano in Gomantong Cave as they film the hundreds of thousands of cockroaches and other inhabitants that live there. The amazing Lechuguilla Cave of New Mexico provides a whole other set of challenges.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 8 minutes Release date: March 26, 2006
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5. Wild Camel Chase

The Gobi desert is home to the last truly wild Bactrian camels and their fear of humans makes them extremely difficult to capture on film. After weeks of trying the crew were becoming frustrated, but their expert local tracker wouldn't let them down.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 9 minutes Release date: April 2, 2006
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6. Alive in the Freezer

Cameraman Wade Fairley braved temperatures of minus 50C and near hurricane force winds as he filmed a breeding colony of 20,000 emperor penguins in the Antarctic. At the other end of the Earth on a Norwegian island, cameraman Doug Allan and assistant Jason Roberts get a bit closer to a polar bear than they bargained for.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 9 minutes Release date: November 5, 2006
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7. Shot in the Dark

Lions hunting elephants has only ever been seen by a handful of people, so the crew were up against it when trying to film this rare behaviour. Using infrared technology they were able to track a pride of lions through the African night, but when they finally got the shots they wanted it was a saddening experience for all.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 9 minutes Release date: November 12, 2006
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8. Trouble in Paradise

It took the Planet Earth team over eight weeks in the field to film less than 15 minutes of footage of the beautiful but seldom seen Birds of Paradise in the highlands of Papua New Guinea. Behind the scenes cameraman Paul Stewart endured hundreds of hours alone cramped inside a small filming hide, going stir crazy when old songs come back to haunt him.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 9 minutes Release date: November 19, 2006
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9. Shark Quest

Great white sharks capture their slippery seal prey by rocketing out of the depths and delivering a massive hit at the surface. To record a breach like this in ultra slow motion, which in real-time lasts just a second, was a supreme challenge for cameraman Simon King.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 9 minutes Release date: November 26, 2006
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10. Forest Fliers

The Planet Earth crew attempted to film the extraordinary baobab trees in Madagascar by attaching a camera - and cameraman - to a hot air balloon. With normal ballooning the idea is to go high, well above obstacles. When filming trees, however, it's better to get really close to your subject for the most dramatic shot possible. Not too close though.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 9 minutes Release date: December 3, 2006
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11. Ocean Wanderers

The camera team of Doug Anderson and Rick Rosenthal were determined to film oceanic whitetip sharks without a cage, relying only on observation, nerves and experience to dictate how long they stayed underwater in their company. The powerful sharks were initially shy of the dive team but, as more sharks arrived, they became bolder - their behaviour changing to that of the hunter.

TV-PG CC Runtime: 9 minutes Release date: December 10, 2006
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Product Details

Genres Documentary
Director Alastair Fothergill
Starring David Attenborough, Sigourney Weaver
Supporting actors Huw Cordey, Doug Allen, Mark Linfield
Network BBC
Purchase rights Stream instantly Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

Customer Reviews

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What a waste of money. This is only 20 minutes or so long and is in LOW DEFINITION. For anyone who's watched the BBC's Planet Earth series you know how much the visuals rely on state-of-the-art HD cinematography. In fact, that's what this "Diary" is about, how they did it. I can't fathom why Amazon even bothered to offer this in SD without an HD option. I was so disgusted I didn't watch it for more than a minute.

As for the content, it was probably good knowing the quality of the BBC's work. But you can watch a whole 1 hr episode of the original series for $1.99 and this is only 20 minutes. Not a good value even if you don't mind watching the fuzzy images being offered here.
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I bought some of these because my son wanted to see Bactrian camels. The footage was maybe 10 minutes, and mostly consisted of their trying to track the camels down. When they did site them a couple of times, they were blurry, wavy objects in the distance. When they finally caught up to them one day, with close-up pictures, they only lasted a few seconds. Made me wonder if they were there for 10 seconds and the camels took off again! The camels did do some interesting mating behaviors, so if you are desperate to see some wild Bactrian camel activity for a few seconds, this one might be for you. We also viewed the lions attacking elephants. There was a fairly long chase in that one, but the camera crew misjudged where the lions and elephant under attack were going to be, so we only saw a blurry few seconds of a lion on an elephant and then the next recognizable thing is the lions tearing into the elephant on the ground. Then after we thought it was over, they showed a few more seconds of lions attacking an elephant but it was not clear if this was part of this diary or footage from some other excursion to make this one more interesting. We also saw the wild dogs after some impala. They finally got a shot of the dogs eating one, but weren't there to film the kill because the dogs move around so fast. Interesting, but doesn't show it all. But I guess it is unusual footage, if you want to see the dogs from the air going on a hunt and finally eating their prey.
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Great photography, of course, but too short to justify paying over prime membership to watch, Shows a couple different attempts to capture a wild dog hunt from a jeep and from the air. Been there done that, if you have watched any of the "Wild Kingdom" growing up , filmed on a game refuge, with a really cool camera.
I would think the series for $5.99 maybe the better way to market.
No that I have explained the financial shortcomings of Amazon's marketing of this program,
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