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Planet
Earth - The Complete Collection
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Item Specifics - DVDs
Format:
DVD
Rating:
NR
Leading Role:
David Attenborough
Release Date:
Apr 24, 2007
Region Code:
Region 1: US, CA
UPC:
794051293824
Genre:
Educational
Display Format:
Widescreen
Sub-Genre:
RARE WILDLIFE
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New
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BRAND NEW SEALED BOXED SET
NARRATOR: David Attenborough
Format: Anamorphic, Box set, Closed-captioned,
DVD-Video, NTSC
Language: English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada Only)
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Number of discs: 5
Studio: BBC Warner
DVD Release Date: April 24, 2007

DVD Features:
Available Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
The 11-part series shot entirely in high-definition
Pole to Pole, Mountains,
Fresh Water, Caves, Deserts, Ice Worlds, Great Plains, Jungles,
Shallow Seas, Seasonal Forests, Ocean Deep
Original U.K. broadcast version narrated by David
Attenborough,
including 90 minutes not shown on the Discovery Channel
110 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage
(included on standard-definition DVD release
only)
Planet Earth: The Future: 150-minute companion
series
(included on standard-definition DVD release
only)
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 (
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.)
Additional Information
about Planet Earth - The Complete Collection
Portions of this page Copyright 1981 - 2007 Muze
Inc. All rights reserved.
Movie description
PLANET EARTH is
one of the most ambitious televisual attempts at documenting the
story of how life on Earth developed. The program took five years
to assemble, was shot on razor-sharp high definition cameras, and
is one of the most costly productions of its type. Narrator David
Attenborough covers a vast amount of ground as computer graphics
help illustrate the birth of the planet, with stunning photography
capturing the evolution of the world and its inhabitants. This
release includes all five episodes from the original BBC
production, as well as an extra 90 minutes of footage not seen in
the original show.
Credits
Cast:
David
Attenborough
Details
Edition:
5-Disc
Set
Editorial reviews
"[T]he often
gasp-inducing footage takes on a startling vividness and depth." --
Grade: A
Entertainment Weekly - Wook KimÂ
(04/27/2007)
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