“Planet Earth” is one of the landmark natural history series produced by BBC (London). Overseen by ace narrator, David Attenborough, this production served to consolidate BBC`s reputation as a producer of some of the world`s finest and most engaging documentaries.
This remarkable travelogue transverse every continent of the world in its quest to leave no one in doubt: with regards to the beauty and the bio-dynamics of our grand ecosystem. Places, events, and occurrences, which have never been captured on video before are chewed and digested in this epic illustrations.
Consisting of five action-packed DVD discs, whose total sequence spanned eleven hours, it embraced every imaginable plant and animal habitat in its quest to bring the weirdest and the most intriguing behaviors to the comfort of our living-rooms. Over two hundred locations were explored in this episode, bringing various viewpoints into perspective. This effort yielded tons of never-seen-before occurrences and behaviors in both animal and plant kingdoms. For example, it harbored close-up views of snow leopards hunting in stealth and then at full-speed bursts, right on the slopes of the Himalayas. There are also several clips of marine dwellers like those titanic blue whales and the great white sharks exhibiting the sort of behaviors, which had previously eluded both photo and video cameras.
The producers of this series (including tireless cameramen, location drivers, and many others who are often `forgotten`), deserve commendations for job well-done. Watching this series will (almost certainly) invoke some changes in the way we perceive and appreciate our mother earth. It will also tend to suggest to anyone who cares: that all the essentials necessary to keep man satisfied and amused are within our grasp. It`s just that we are either too busy to seek them or too occupied to even take notice.
Indeed, the crew that captured all the clips, which make-up “Planet Earth” literally ran into hell and back—in their quest to bring home something unique, and something that would remain fascinating for many years to come. These hardworking men and women also endured some the harshest situations and environments in order to render this unabridged piece. Their temporary abodes—in the course of this production included some of the world’s most hostile environments. For example, most of the fascinating undersea revelations in this series indicated that the camera crew that shot them must have endured harshly pressurized underwater punishments just to track and follow potentially dangerous creatures.
The same goes for those that brought home the hitherto unknown secrets of the hottest deserts and the hottest springs all around the globe. And, no words could describe what it must have felt like to spend hours in stench-filled and vermin-infested bat caves, waiting for their nocturnal occupiers to arise and reveal parts of their own secrets (at night). Some of the other locations visited (in the course of this series) are snake and python-infested tropical jungles, savannahs, both the highest mountains and the deepest valleys (including the Himalayas range); as well as those chilling Arctic and Antarctic domains. All the important inland waters (rivers, streams, lake, canyons, etc.) were given generous coverage.
This complete series of “Planet Earth” is a real delight to behold. And, both Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk are currently (i.e. June/July 2009) offering substantial discounts on its recommended retail price. The documentary is also available in Blu-ray discs. However, I must add that if you already own either “The Living Planet” series or “Life On Earth” series, then, you are as good as already owning the 40% of “Planet Earth”. Any of these BBC series has the capacity to brighten-up anybody`s weekend. Happy viewing!
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