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Planet Earth - The Complete BBC Series
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Studio: Warner Home Video Release Date: 04/24/2007 Rating: Nr

As of its release in early 2007, Planet Earth is quite simply the greatest nature/wildlife series ever produced. Following the similarly monumental achievement of The Blue Planet: Seas of Life, this astonishing 11-part BBC series is brilliantly narrated by Sir David Attenborough and sensibly organized so that each 50-minute episode covers a specific geographical region and/or wildlife habitat (mountains, caves, deserts, shallow seas, seasonal forests, etc.) until the entire planet has been magnificently represented by the most astonishing sights and sounds you'll ever experience from the comforts of home. The premiere episode, "From Pole to Pole," serves as a primer for things to come, placing the entire series in proper context and giving a general overview of what to expect from each individual episode. Without being overtly political, the series maintains a consistent and subtle emphasis on the urgent need for ongoing conservation, best illustrated by the plight of polar bears whose very behavior is changing (to accommodate life-threatening changes in their fast-melting habitat) in the wake of global warming--a phenomenon that this series appropriately presents as scientific fact. With this harsh reality as subtext, the series proceeds to accentuate the positive, delivering a seemingly endless variety of natural wonders, from the spectacular mating displays of New Guinea's various birds of paradise to a rare encounter with Siberia's nearly-extinct Amur Leopards, of which only 30 remain in the wild.

That's just a hint of the marvels on display. Accompanied by majestic orchestral scores by George Fenton, every episode is packed with images so beautiful or so forcefully impressive (and so perfectly photographed by the BBC's tenacious high-definition camera crews) that you'll be rendered speechless by the splendor of it all. You'll see a seal struggling to out-maneuver a Great White Shark; swimming macaques in the Ganges delta; massive flocks of snow geese numbering in the hundreds of thousands; an awesome night-vision sequence of lions attacking an elephant; the Colugo (or "flying lemur"--not really a lemur!) of the Philippines; a hunting alliance of fish and snakes on Indonesia's magnificent coral reef; the bioluminescent "vampire squid" of the deep oceans... these are just a few of countless highlights, masterfully filmed from every conceivable angle, with frequent use of super-slow-motion and amazing motion-controlled time-lapse cinematography, and narrated by Attenborough with his trademark combination of observational wit and informative authority. The result is a hugely entertaining series that doesn't flinch from the predatory realities of nature (death is a constant presence, without being off-putting), and each episode ends with 10-minute "Planet Earth Diaries" (exclusive to this DVD set) that cover a specific aspect of production, like "Diving with Pirahnas" or "Into the Abyss" (the latter showing the rigors of filming the planet's most spectacular caves, including the last filming ever officially permitted in the "Chandelier Ballroom," a crystal-encrusted cavern found over a mile deep in New Mexico's treacherous Lechuguilla, the deepest cave in the continental United States.)

With so many of Earth's natural wonders on display, it's only fitting that the final DVD in this five-disc set is devoted to Planet Earth: The Future, a separate three-part series in which a global array of experts is assembled to discuss issues of conservation, protection of delicate ecosystems, and the socio-economic benefits of understanding nature as a commodity that returns trillions of dollars in value at no cost to Earth's human population. At a time when the multiple threats of global warming should be obvious to all, let's give Sir David the last word, from the closing of Planet Earth's final episode: "We can now destroy or we can cherish--the choice is ours." --Jeff Shannon

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Customer Reviews:

  • Planet Earth-The Complete BBC Series
    This is a fantastic series that aired just recently. Very informative with magnificent photography and seldomed seen events captured. Narrative is slightly overridden by the 'background' music but a terrific documentary on our Earth....more info
  • Astonishing Planet Earth
    This is a truly fascinating DVD series for all ages. Planet Earth is so astonishing and the BBC series narrated by David Attenborough goes a long way in showing us with amazing clarity and beauty just how special is the planet on which we live. I highly recommend this series for anyone from age 4 to 94. The indepth information and fantastic photography is unparalleled. Every science class and school from Grade 1 to 12 should see this wonderful series....more info
  • planet earth blu ray
    My kids and I love this movie, I am satisfied with the sender, it was sent to us fast in the mail. One comment, the disc holders inside are very cheap and as soon as i opened it, they were already broken. Any advice?
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  • captivating
    I am a special education teacher, and this set has captivated the attention of several of my students. We love it....more info
  • Amazing
    One of the best TV shows ever, if not the best. Very educational and awe-inspiring as you watch how beautiful the planet is and how great the vast difference of life is on this planet....more info
  • Stunning.
    Planet Earth is an absolutely beautiful series. The amount of work and hardships faced during its creation is truly admirable. You get to see a taste of it here though it does not detract from the series itself as they separate the "making of" sections into clips at the end of each episode and on the bonus DVD.

    The series is set up interestingly as well. The first episode is a general overview - "Pole to Pole" as they call it, and it is followed by episodes which each cover a specific type of ecosystem (caves, seasonal forests, deserts, etc.)

    My only criticism, if I had to have one, would be that I wish they'd had more time to go into more species of plants and wildlife, though they did select the ones they did for a reason (as they explain in greater detail on the bonus DVD.)

    Really stunning - I recommend it to everyone.
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  • Excellent
    Excellent condition. Didnt take too long to get to me. I was very satisfied with the service!...more info
  • Wonderful series
    This is a wonderful series. I recommend the blu-ray version to anyone who has a blu-ray player and Hi-Def TV. It is a joy to watch. Thank you....more info
  • Planet Earth
    The Planet Earth Series is excellent for people of all ages! It's an unbelievably realistic look at all the elements of our planet. The photography is incredible and the narration very interesting. Children will definitely enjoy the beautiful specimens highlighted in this series, from the baobab tree flowers blossoming to the dumb bell octopus deep in the ocean. I think every household should own this series as it would make for a very fun family movie night....more info
  • Superb Quality and Sound
    This is my first BD Movie. I played it in my 42" Daewoo LCD and PS3. Believe me the sound and movie quality takes us into a new generation. My wife and kids love it. Amazon free shipping delivery is quite fast too. I recommend this to all PS3 users and would like to try Blu-Ray movies. Very educational and inspiring. I love our planet EARTH !
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  • Wonderful Videos
    I bought the Planet Earth series as a gift for my parents. After viewing the first DVD of the series they called me with rave reviews telling me they couldn't wait to watch the rest! They specifically commented on both the educational content as well as the amazing videography used to capture nature scenes. ...more info
  • Awesome Service
    My experience with this purchase as with every purchase on Amazon.com was nothing less than excellent. The product was priced rock bottom and in new condition upon arrival. I will always seek to buy whatever Music or DVD's I need on Amazon.com before seeking to obtain them any where else. I am totally delighted with this purchase!!!! Thank You!!! ...more info
  • The best documentary ever
    Absolutely amazing, awesome, wonderful, very impressive. Almost unbelievable. These guys deserve all the prizes in the world.
    The one watching this work of art also concludes that human beings don't deserve this incredible beautiful Earth!

    davidjm...more info
  • If you buy one Blu-ray this decade...
    I'm not exaggerate when I say that the mere existence of this program should be considered reason enough to buy a Blu-ray player and a TV that will showcase every last pixel. From incredible vistas to the small, private moments of the tiniest creatures, the colors and sights never fall short of amazing. Its imagery is so astonishing even those who shy away from Animal Planet and PBS will be totally riveted. The Episodes "Caves" and "Deep Sea" are personal favorites.

    This version has David Attenborough's original British narration, which I prefer to the American TV version with Sigourney Weaver, but I suppose it is a matter of personal preference.

    I previously owned the DVD set of Planet Earth, and, as others have mentioned, the Blu-ray is missing an interesting series of making-of featurettes about the crew who filmed this remarkable program, as well as Planet Earth: The Future, a bonus episode. Even so, the Blu-ray's picture quality more than makes up for the lack of special features....more info
  • Defective Planet Earth Blu-ray
    After reading reviews on Amazon.com, I purchased this Blu-ray title to demonstrate my new blu-ray player. Unfortunately the first disc was defective with motion artifacts and a slightly inferior picture at times. I've seen as good or better when this program was offered on cable television....more info
  • How lovely our planet is !
    The series present wonderful, amazing views for the planet we live. Most pictures I have never seen before. I appreciate the producer's hard work and its effort to arouse people's attention to our ecosystem. Thanks....more info
  • El maravilloso mundo en que vivimos
    Quien quiera conocer el maravilloso mundo en vivimos y saber los riesgos que tomamos al ponerlo en peligro, tiene que ver este excelente video. Soy un fanatico sano de los documentales y el video aprendizaje, y esta reproduccion cubre toda expectativa....more info
  • Good buy
    I bought this as a gift. It arrived quickly and in good shape. He enjoys it very much....more info
  • Great Movie!
    This is a great movie! My husband has been wanting it for a long time and now that we have Blu-ray he was so excited to see it. Our 2 year old daughter even likes watching all of the animals. We just have to distract during the eatings. ...more info
  • As Good as it gets
    I think this dvd set is every thing you want in a nature movie.
    It shows you alot of different animals and palces but never gets
    borring....more info
  • GREAT!
    I have thoroughly enjoyed this selection and it isn't even mine. I got it for a friend for her birthday! The best though was the price. I know she has been wanting this DVD for some time but considering her viewing habits, the original price was just "too pricey". I am extremely happy to get it for the low price and I know she will be even more so with getting it!!!!!...more info
  • Fun, Educational, Genuis!
    This fun DVD set teaches both adults and children about the wonders of the world. Also, it shows what is happening to Earth and how we need to fix it. This series never gets old! You can watch each episode over and over again and you can always find something new to learn about. Planet Earth is a magnificent thing to share with friends, family, and planet lovers!...more info
  • A must own!!
    This bluray version is awesome, hold your breath awesome!

    A must own product.

    I've shared it with many family members who also have bluray, some have decided to buy their own even after seeing my copy.

    ...more info
  • not fully satisfied
    I am not sure if this is an older version, but the DVD were not as 'crystal clear' as another version (which was not HD)that I viewed on my TV.
    I do not think that this was a bootleg copy but I am not fully satisfied with the product.
    The shipping was very fast. ...more info
  • Planet Earth
    Planet Earth is a wonderful documentary filmed in High Definiton for color clarity and dynamic sound. Great Film!!...more info
  • Great set of Blu-Ray Dvds
    Amazing picture and footage. Get this on Blu-Ray and you will not be disappointed. Worth every penny. Especially as cheap as you can get it on Amazon. ...more info
  • The census concurred!
    I think its safe to say if you have a Blu-ray player, this is the first thing you would have to buy. If you don't have this, you are missing out!...more info
  • Defective Planet Earth Blu-ray
    After reading reviews on Amazon.com, I purchased this Blu-ray title to demonstrate my new blu-ray player. Unfortunately the first disc was defective with motion artifacts and a slightly inferior picture at times. I've seen as good or better when this program was offered on cable television....more info
  • Planet Earth BBC Series
    The order came in a timely fashion and it was in perfect condition. We were very excited to give it as a gift!
    Thank you!!!!...more info
  • Great set of DVDs.
    This is a great set of DVDs, and the video quality of the blu-ray discs is awesome. If you have seen the program on TV, the blu-ray discs are even more detailed and vivid. Also, the chapter selection options are great and very easy to use. ...more info
  • Amazing!
    Any BluRay owner should purchase this series. The crispness, quality is amazing. This BluRay DVD definitely sets the baseline for what a good nature documentary should be. Hopefully more amazing series will be released in the near future....more info
  • unbelievable deal
    I could not believe how inexpensive the Planet Earth series was!! And the price INCLUDED shipping!! I also received my order within 7 days, amazing - excellent buy, highly recommend to parents and teachers....more info
  • This is why I bought blu-ray
    I'd seen this on DIscovery HD Theatre last year. It's a record of a likely vanishing Earth. Beautiful. I am not a dvd collector, but some things demand retention. If you haven't seen this, I can't explain what you're missing.

    I don't mind that Sigourney Weaver isn't narrating. It's about the pictures, not the talking....more info
  • Must own if you have a blu-ray player
    Like everyone else, I agree that David Attenborough's narration is better. If you have a blu-ray and a nice tv, you MUST own this....more info
  • amazing
    My copy came with a broken case, but luckily the discs were ok. Amazing footage. More than once we remarked, "how did he get that camera up/down/in there?" Fantastic views, awesome vantage points. This is a must for anyone with a high def tv. It was even awesome on a 1080i tv.
    Also, Amazon has the lowest price i've seen for this....more info
  • Outstanding and Engaging Blu-Ray
    This series is breathtaking. On blu-ray, the visuals are absoloutely amazing and the commentary is engaging and interesting. I am enjoying this set so much and looking forward to watching it over and over again. You will learn so much and be so engaged by planet eath that you might really start to think more about its preservation. Get this when you can, but at 50$ this was an absoloute steal....more info
  • Planet Earth
    As a middle school earth science teacher, I was blown away, as were my students, at the incredible images and information this series of DVDs has to offer!...more info
  • A SPECTACULAR Blu-ray MASTERPIECE!
    This is truely a spectacular nature documentary. Probably the best nature documentary to date. I rented this from Netflix, and knew right away that I had to buy this! The underwater and whale scenes are stunning in blu-ray clarity and will leave you in awe. The landscapes are breath-taking and glorious. It captures nature in fascinating and bizarre ways. Beautiful, educational, touching, - truely a masterpiece! It is well worth any price to me. I gained a new appreciation for nature, and learned just how extraordinary our planet is! Buy this! You will not be sorry. ...more info
  • Wonderful Earth
    The images of the Blu-Ray are incredible. Each episode takes you on a journey to places that you will never have an opportunity to see first hand as many of the events are rare or in remotes places that are inaccessible. The big screen home theater with 1080p HD gives this documentry a true wow factor. My hats off the the photographers involved. Recommend this to anyone who has any interest in traveling around our earth looking for the best that mother nature has. Though the BBC version is in metric, this version is just as good as the S Weaver/American version and sometimes better. ...more info
  • Excellent buy!
    Ordered the DVD and it came sealed and on time. Would purchase from seller again!...more info
  • Planet Earth is a magnificent production to watch
    Planet Earth uses spectacular photography and narrative to take you to places never before seen. The five disc set documents the beauty and fragility of our planet earth. Cinematography is stunning, and the content is daunting, beautiful and foreboding about the future of our earth and all it's inhabitants....more info
  • Almost Awesome
    After reading all the glowing reviews, I was surprised to be only mildly blown away instead of receiving the video equivalent of the rapture. It's very. very good. Every manufacturer should raise the price of their BluRay player enough to include a copy. Then we'd be done with it....more info