Planet Earth-Complete Collection (Blu-ray)

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I’ve seen parts of this spectacular series in the TV show room and on Discovery Chanel. The HD broadcast pales compared to the Blu-Ray (I’m sure the HD-DVD is great too) release. I happen to have gotten the original BBC release with the BBC narration which I find better than the DiscCh narration in that it is softer in the mix but still very understandable, I find the DiscCh narration much too loud/in your face/distracting. The music is great. Most of the footage is pristine and awesome, but certain areas push the limits of the encoding process, the immense bird flocks should have used less compression during the encoding process as both mosquito and block noise are evident, it is still very enjoyable none the less. If you enjoyed any of the broadcasts you’ll enjoy it on Blu-Ray/HD-DVD all the more. This is a must have for anyone with an HD disk collection.

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I saw a segment of this series on the Discovery Channel and instantly fell in love with it. The visuals were stunning and the narration was lively and funny. I was looking to buy it in Blu-ray and discovered that there were 2 versions; 1 from Discovery Channel and 1 from BBC. In doing more research, I found that the Discovery version is produced in 1080i format while only the BBC version is produced in 1080p format. They also have different narrators. I decided to go with the BBC 1080p version. WARNING: I have fallen asleep through each of the segments of the BBC version. Something about his voice just puts me to sleep. Aside from that, the program is wonderful.

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This is an awesome series.

on 3/26/2007

I just saw the first three episodes on the Discovery Channel and I was impressed. This was definately a high budget film. The capturing of the bird of paradise on film is worth the money. You won't regret this as this is some of the best nature footage you may ever see. Read More

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Excellent collector's item

by on 6/8/2007

This is an excellent title to add to your collection for both entertainment and education. The quality is great and the images are awesome. Read More

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The makers of The Blue Planet present the epic story of life on Earth. Five years in production over 2000 days in the field using 40 cameramen filming across 200 locations this is the ultimate portrait of our planet. A stunning television experience that combines rare action unimaginable scale impossible locations and intimate moments with our planet s best-loved wildest and most elusive creatures. From the highest mountains to the deepest rivers this blockbuster series takes you on an unforgettable journey through the challenging seasons and the daily struggle for survival in Earth s most extreme habitats. Using a budget of unprecedented proportions HD photography and unique specially developed filming techniques Planet Earth takes you to places you have never seen before to experience sights and sounds you may never experience again.Running Time: 550 min. Format: BLU-RAY DISC. Genre: MISCELLANEOUS. Rating: NR. Age: 794051400123. UPC: 794051400123. Manufacturer No: E4001


Studio Warner
SKU 204048768
UPC 794051400123
UPC 14 00794051400123
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 4/24/2007
Sales Rank 2746
Editors Note
Note With both impressive scope and incredible detail, PLANET EARTH explores the entire world using high definition cinematography. Boasting a budget of over $25 million, this BBC/Discovery Channel co-production exposes the beauty of the earth and its animal inhabitants from a cuddly panda cub to an attacking shark. David Attenborough narrates, as the vivid documentary takes to the sea, as well as to the mountains, caves, deserts, jungles, and more. With 40 cameramen traveling to 200 locations, this is an epic series that can't be missed. This set contains every episode: "Living Planet," "Mountains," "Fresh Water," "Caves," "Deserts," "Frozen Worlds," "The Great Plains," "Forests," "Jungles," "The Shallow Seas," "Ocean Wide, Ocean Deep," and "Planet Earth - The Future."
Entertainment Weekly "[T]he often gasp-inducing footage takes on a startling vividness and depth." -- Grade: A 04/27/2007 127
Ultimate DVD 5 stars out of 5 -- "PLANET EARTH is a sprawling look at our world and its wildlife, sumptuously captured by the most technologically advanced cameras." 08/01/2007 p.88
Cast & Crew
Alastair Fothergill - Director
Andy Netley - Editor
David Attenborough - Narrated By
David Attenborough - Writer
George Fenton - Original Music By
Jo Payne - Editor
Mike Madden - Cinematographer
Sigourney Weaver - Narrated By
Vanessa Berlowitz, et. al. - Producer
Alastair Fothergill - Producer
Maureen Lemire - Executive Producer
Michael Kelem, et. al. - Cinematographer
Sam Watts - Original Music By
Thom Sulek - Editor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2007
Catalog ID 4001
UPC 00794051400123
Number of Discs 4
Running Time 550 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Nominee (2007) British Academy Awards, Planet Earth, Audience Award (TV),British Academy Awards, George Fenton, Best Original Television Music,British Academy Awards, Andrew Shillabeer, Best Photography Factual,British Academy Awards, Andrew Wilson, et. al., Best Sound Factual,British Academy Awards, Alastair Fothergill, Mark Linfield, Huw Wheldon Award for Specialist Factual,Emmy, Andy Netley, Outstanding Picture Editing for Nonfiction Programming,Emmy, Graham Wild, Outstanding Sound Mixing for Nonfiction Programming (Single or Multi-Camera),Emmy, Vanessa Berlowitz, Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming
Winner (2007) Emmy, Doug Allen, et. al., Outstanding Cinematography for Nonfiction Programming,Emmy, George Fenton, Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Original Dramatic Score),Emmy, Maureen Lemire, et. al., Outstanding Nonfiction Series,Emmy, Kate Hopkins, Outstanding Sound Editing for Nonfiction Programming (Single or Multi-Camera)
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Review Simply put, Planet Earth is the new gold standard in nature documentaries. Produced by Alastair Fothergill and the BBC's Natural History Unit as a follow-up to their universally lauded oceanographic series, The Blue Planet, this 11-part examination of the majestic beauty of Earth's remotest landscapes and rarest species is guaranteed to take your breath away. The show offers a whirlwind tour of the planet, sweeping viewers in grand aerial shots from artic tundra to craggy mountains to surging deserts to rainforests and oceans teeming with life. Along the way we get a brand new glimpse of the life-and-death struggle unfolding daily in the wilds of our globe...Like all nature series, each episode of Planet Earth draws its dramatic intensity from the relentless struggle between life and death--and the show is, indeed, dramatically intense. Placid shots of achingly beautiful flora, fauna, and sprawling landscapes are juxtaposed against the never-ending contest between predator and prey. Planet Earth is absolutely riveting, but not for the feint of heart...It is the astounding breadth, scope, and depth of Planet Earth that makes it revolutionary.
Reviewer Dan Mancini
ReviewRating 10
No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
Chicago Tribune This is the best DVD of the absolutely extraordinary achievement.
Daily Mirror ...a series so compelling that it puts all other shows in the shade...a joy to behold...mindblowing...
Dan Mancini, DVD Verdict ...the new gold standard in nature documentaries...absolutely riveting...
James Plath, DVD Town ...shows just how far nature photography has come. It's the best I've seen, and the cameras go places no one has gone before.
Jeff Swindoll, Monsters and Critics excellent documentary and one that both offers beautiful imagery and interesting locations.
Sunday Times Planet Earth is the BBC's Natural History Unit at its biggest and boldest.
The New York Times A tour de force...A masterpiece.

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