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Planet Earth: The Complete BBC Series

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A cinematic study of Earth's different ecologies

  • Jun 20, 2009
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There's not much more I can say - this is a beautiful documentary. Each episode follows a different ecosystem (forests, oceans, etc.). The producers have taken care to find interesting and new wildlife in each, not simply filming the familiar suspects from wildlife documentaries in blu-ray quality. There are some extraordinary memorable moments, such as a bunch of baby ducklings jumping out of a tree and bouncing in leaves.

My only complaint with the series is that each episode follows ecosystems rather than continents. This means the same episode ("Grasslands") covers wildebeest in East Africa, antelope in Central Asia, yak in the Himalayas, and caribou in North America. This means each episode jumps around the world and tends not to spend much time in any particular place. This can also become confusing if you don't pay attention to where the scene is at a particular moment. I personally prefer viewing an episode about a particular region and learning more about it.

Despite the geographic jumping around, the footage is incredible and well worth the price. I would also highly recommend Nature's Most Amazing Events [Blu-ray], made by the same team.

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review by . December 19, 2008
I'll keep this short and sweet since there are many other reviews that get into the details of the series.    This is what Blu-ray was made for. Stunning visuals that will grab you from the opening credits. If you have a Blu-ray player, you must get this! If you don't have a player, this makes it worth buying one!
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As of its release in early 2007,Planet Earthis quite simply the greatest nature/wildlife series ever produced. Following the similarly monumental achievement ofThe 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...
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Genre: Television, Educational, Documentary
Studio: BBC Warner
DVD Release Date: April 24, 2007

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