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Planet Earth - The Complete BBC Series [Blu-ray]
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Studio: Warner Home Video Release Date: 04/24/2007

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). 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

More Planet Earth

The BBC High-Definition Natural History Collection, featuring Planet Earth

Planet Earth on DVD

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Stills from Planet Earth (click for larger image)







Customer Reviews:

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Planet Earth.....amazing!
    These videos are so beautiful. We watch them all the time. So worth the purchase....more info
  • RECEIVED QUICKLY AND IN EXCELLENT CONDITION!
    My DVD series arrived surprisingly quickly and was in fantastic condition (BRAND NEW!). No complaints here, just praise! Thanks!...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
  • captivating
    I am a special education teacher, and this set has captivated the attention of several of my students. We love it....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
  • 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.
    ...more info
  • Planet Earth - Blu-Ray - Stunning Picture Quality
    Highly recommended....a must own. The nature series of the decade. Narrated by David Attenborough. Picture quality will knock your socks off on a properly set up video system. My only complaint is that the behind the scenes "making of" footage is not included in this version. ...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
  • Good but not Great
    The DVDs were new. My single complaint is that the clear plastic centers that hold the DVDs into the case are all crushed. So, the DVDs do not stay in place within the case. I fear that the DVDs will be scratched or dropped when the case is openned....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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Wow!
    Sold as used but got it new.....nice! Well priced, received on time and wrapped as new. Great Job!!!...more info
  • 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
  • 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
  • Perfect gift
    I bought these dvd's for my 14 year old sons birthday and he couldn't get enough of them. The information is compelling and well presented. I highly recommend it....more info
  • Great
    This came really fast and it fit the description. I would recommend buying from this company....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