Available Quality: iPod, Hi Def, Hi Def
IMDB Rating: 9.7
A mother polar bear prepares her cubs for a long journey, to avoid becomingstranded on floating glaciers. Including a behind-the-scenes insight into thefilming of the documentary.The 11-part series shot entirely in high-definition From Pole to Pole, Mountains, Fresh Water, Caves, Deserts, Ice Worlds, Great Plains, Jungles, Shallow Seas, Seasonal Forests, Ocean Deep
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(17 May 2013)
I recently purchased the boxed-set, with the narration by David Attenborough, for my father, and myself. The series is fantastic, absolutely breathtaking. By the way, I recommend the version with the narration by David Attenborough.
(16 May 2013)
If you saw Planet Earth on the Discovery Channel, then you saw a badly watered down version of the original BBC series with David Attenborough. Why Discovery Channel butchered it so badly is hard to understand. They removed Attenborough's excellent and sometimes witty commentary and substituted a woman's voice with little real content. Harsh notes masquerading as "music" was dubbed in to hype the film, which often drowned out the commentary. Ads every few minutes further degraded the show. If you buy this series, be sure to buy the original BBC edition with David Attenborough. It is a superb documentary and astonishingly good photographny of scenes and wildlife around the world that you could never see on your own, no matter how much you travel.
(13 May 2013)
The quality is excellent, but I notice some unsmoothness of movement from one of the fly by filming. This was not noticable on standard resolution and only noticable when looking closely.Recommended for showing good quality HD film for guests without a story that needs all attention.
berndt65 (12 May 2013)
I'm just laughing at all these negative comments. I know it's hard foryou PETA freaks to believe but, in the circle of life your preciousanimals actually kill each other. This movie is not a statement, itjust shows the "Planet Earth". Kind of simple, don't you think? It'snot an Al Gore "made up" movie. It just show images of our planet andwhat happens in the animal world. It's not a "made up" Micheal Moorefilm. It's just shows beautiful images of our planet. I mean mygoodness, just watch it for what it is instead of making a big deal outof everything. I definitely recommend this film to anyone who isinterested to see what goes on in nature.
(12 May 2013)
As D. Vance already stated before, the US Discovery Channle version has the lady from Alien, instead of David Attenborough. I guess they needed to go patriotic with an American. She's a great actress, but unfortunately, she isn't a narrator. Her voice really doesn't belong. In fact, when she speaks, your mind expects Aliens 3 to begin.Regardless of my opinion of the narrator, this documentary is the best ever produced. My wife and I have been watching it on Discovery HD Theater and I feel sorry for those without HD. If you don't have HD, get it. YOU ARE MISSING OUT! I tried watching a SD broadcast and I couldn't. It was like playing Circus Maximus on Atari 2600 with a joystick. I can't wait for HD-DVD or BR-DVD to become standard. I will definitely get this series on either format then and hold out on buying the SD-DVD version... I doubt even 480p (progressive scan) will do this justice. Luckily, I have HD PVR from Time Warner and will likely hold onto these for a very long time.So far, the best two series is the Deep Oceans and Ice Worlds episodes. My wife was crying watching the emperor penguins struggle to keep their chick alive.
(11 May 2013)
This review is from: Planet Earth: The Complete BBC Series (DVD) Planet Earth, the planet, is an amazing place we occupy yet know so little about. Planet Earth, the documentary covering the aforementioned planet, is an amazing piece of film making, which covers our planet in a manner not often seen by people. For people with an interest in channels like Discovery, National Geographic, or PBS, this dvd should seriously be considered buying since it is the ultimate nature video, both content and packaging wise.Aside from the vivid picture that is painted by the various locales and animals covered, it is presented in picture and audio clarity that will stimulate the senses to boot.
(10 May 2013)
This review is from: Planet Earth: The Complete BBC Series (DVD) My wife and I watched "Planet Earth" on the Discovery channel recently. I am astounded at the professionism in making this documentation. I always admired the photography of "National Geographics", and in comparison, this is just as good if not better.My only regret, is that I am buying this DVD set for my grandchildren ages 6 and 4, and I am afraid that some scenes will leave a certain amount of sadness when they see some of the anamils eating others, i.e., a pack of lions eating an elephant. This is nature for sure, but I think children at the young age will have difficulty comprehending this sort of scene. It would have been nice if there was a separate set available that does not depict scenes as mentioned above. Perhaps I can warn the parents to view the scenes before showing them to the children.All in all, great work and a whole lot of kudo's to the members of the crew that went to great lengths to bring this type of documentation to us.
(10 May 2013)
This review is from: Planet Earth: The Complete BBC Series (DVD) This amazing series couldn't be more timely. We are inundated with messages about global warming and the "inconvenient truths". If I hadn't seen this amazing series, I would probably be depressed and think it's the end of the world as we know it. This beautiful, breathtaking, well crafted documentary shows us all the beauty alive and well on our planet! It reminds us that there is so much awesome beauty that we MUST save. The cinematography is stunning to say the least. Every home should have this set, to experience nature and our world as never before. All the extras in the DVD are great. I have already given one as a gift, and plan on giving more of them.
(10 May 2013)
Wonderfully filmed and very engaging. This is cinematography at its best--at the service of learning. I prefer the British narration.
(09 May 2013)
This review is from: Planet Earth: The Complete Series [HD DVD] (HD DVD) This is a great dvd, and you can vatch it uncompressed in hd-dvd. I will be using this as reference material....the video and sound is that good. No reason to discuss the content...it is the series that ran on the discovery. I speaks for itself.Enjoy
(08 May 2013)
This review is from: Planet Earth: The Complete BBC Series [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray) Trully stunning cinematography. Watching on my 36" Sony CRT in 1080i with a PS3 and the picture and colors are amazing. I agree with someones earlier post that some of the fresh water episode was not as stunning but from what Iv'e seen the detail is amazing and the shots are superb. I was even amazed wathing the avalance on the mountain episode. I could see fine details in the rampaging snow. And when they had it coming down the valley towards and envoping the cammera it was startling at the detail. One of those moments you stop and say WOW. As far as captuing animal behavior in their natural surroundings they do an exellent job. I tried recording some of the episodes I missed on my DVR in standard definition and could not watch them after seeing how good it looked in HD. It was like watching a color program in B & W. So I erased them from my DVR and immediately preordered this set. In my opinion I really like the case. Relieved not to have a huge box set to have to make room for on my shelf. It is the size more or less of a standard blu ray disk case. And I have no problems with the discs falling out.
(07 May 2013)
Planet Earth is breath taking in content and picture. Almost all is rendered in smooth high def 1080P. I would have wished though, that they had put a little more effort in creating a more fulfilled sound track to accompany the spectacular settings.
(07 May 2013)
I need some help with this. I currently do not have an HDTV. Which DVD should I buy? Should I buy the HD-DVD so in the future when I have an HDTV it will be a better picture, but will that play okay on a non HDTV???Or just buy a regular DVD. This is an amazing series!!!
(07 May 2013)
This review is from: Planet Earth: The Complete BBC Series (DVD) This series deserves 6 stars, it's so amazing! With new film technology and innovative, unafraid approaches to dangerous and unusual areas, the BBC really packs a punch with this breath-taking set of DVDs. See the world like you've never seen it before! See animals do things we never would've thought possible! Fish that live in acidic water strong enough to melt metal, snakes that can snatch bats out of the air mid-flight, octopi that 'walk' on the ocean floor... there's just so much to see, you can watch it again and again.
(06 May 2013)
This review is from: Planet Earth: The Complete BBC Series [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray) A must-have if you own a Blu-ray player. About 70% of it is really great stuff. The first disk is one of the most impressive. Some of the other disks use a lot more general film stock, cropped heavily to show close-ups of animals, but it's still very good. You can tell when the footage is cropped stuff. The best footage in it is the stuff shot on HD Video, by far.Be sure to get the one that has David's voice, and not Sigourney Weaver. Even though I'm American, I still like his voice much more for this type of thing.
(05 May 2013)
This review is from: Planet Earth: The Complete BBC Series (DVD) The Planet Earth series is incredible audio visual survey of the beauty and majesty of our planet. Technical innovations were utilized to film our planet and some of it's more elusive occupants in a way that has heretofore been impossible. The effort put forth by the BBC's Planet Earth team of producers, directors, photographers, etc. is remarkable in and of itself. Their final product is a work of art worth archiving and revisiting from time-to-time. This documentary has raised the bar for future such projects. It would be nice if everyone could see this series, because I believe this will influence us to take better care of our beautiful planet and all its creatures.
(05 May 2013)
I have absolutely no problem viewing this gem on my XBOX 360 HD DVD player. Do not miss this one. It is perfect. 6 Stars out of 5.
(04 May 2013)
this series was one of the best i have ever seen.the pictures and film was outstanding.i would highly recommend this series.
(04 May 2013)
I bought this when its came out a week ago and when I got it, I watched it with my wife, and my in-law family... they all enjoyed this show very much, we watch it on XBOX 360 add-on HD-DVD player and Optoma HD70 projector and it was flawless but a very few parts in the show which wasn't filmed in HD, but 90% of it is in HD but still amazing and worth buying it, I played it about 25 feet wide on the living room wall, in widescreen size and it was amazing and so detail... very ALIVE and feel like I'm THERE! 5 STARS, I'm looking forward for Blue Planet HD-DVD from Warner Bros. including a bonus IMAX Space show, which will be friggin' awesome!
(03 May 2013)
There are many documentaries out there especially nature ones but this is up there with the best of them such as March of the Penguins (Full Screen Edition). The viewer is shown footage while learning from narration through the legendary David Attenborough (the voice you think of when someone suggests making a wildlife documentary) about life existing in the most remote or harshest environments on earth. Note a shortened version of this series was shown on the Discovery Channel with actress Sigourney Weaver replacing Attenborough reading the rewritten script (probably to cater to US audiences although if you read the other reviews on this site you'll see most of them prefer Attenborough too) but this DVD package is the original BBC version hour plus long chapters, with lifelong wildlife commentator David Attenborough.In some cases years of planning were needed to get permission to film in some areas and with the case of some of the footage in the chapter Caves, no more footage will ever be allowed to be filmed due to the fragile nature of the ecosystem within.As well as the general wildlife and plant information the best parts of the DVDs are the ten minute "making of" documentaries at the end of each chapter where you get to see the whole wider picture of the animal in relation to man today other than just the edited part which was in the documentary pretending no cameras were there.Anyone who enjoys good documentaries, the Discovery Channel or is interested in the natural world will love these DVDs.
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