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Planet Earth DVD

BBC , 2006


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Film Details

Directed by BBC

Produced in 2006

Main Language - English

Countries & Regions - British Film

MovieMail's Review

The BBC and David Attenborough have created many memorable series on the natural world over the years, so what's so special about their latest, Planet Earth? Firstly, its style and ethos: conceived after the tremendous success of The Blue Planet, Planet Earth develops the style of the earlier series providing an emotional, epic and cinematic experience. Attenborough’s voiceover is an integral part of this, skilfully weaving narrative threads across the onscreen dramas, his love and respect for the wildlife shining through.

Secondly, due to its adoption of the latest filming technology this programme simply could not have been made before. Filmed in high-definition, the photography is absolutely stunning and crystal clear in this excellent transfer. But the achievement is not just cosmetic; new cameras have allowed the makers to film from greater distances, leaving animals undisturbed in their natural environment. In fact, many of the sequences and animals shown in Planet Earth have never been seen before on film - typically three per episode. This impressive coup is partly down to the new technology, but also thanks to good old-fashioned diligence and patience. Planet Earth is the culmination of four years’ work but frankly, given the results, this doesn't seem long at all – the footage is of such quality that is surprising that they ever managed to capture these scenes at all. A case in point – in the first episode we witness a huge great white shark hunting a sea lion. As the shark begins to break through the surface of the sea, the film enters 40x slow motion – we see in breathtaking clarity the predator leap fully out of the ocean with the sea lion in its teeth, the shark’s entire, massive body twisting in the air before crashing down into the ocean once more. It’s astonishing.

It's difficult not to gush in conveying the strength of the material here. Suffice to say, it’s the most accomplished nature series ever made, and a wonderful viewing experience.

on 6th November 2006
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Film Description

Planet Earth, David Attenborough's stunning nature documentary series, described as 'the definitive look at the diversity of our planet', set new landmarks for the already superlative levels of BBC wildlife programmes and was the first series of its kind to be shot in high-definition. While filming it, the crew caught several firsts, showing places and animals never before caught on camera. The fact that it was co-funded by Discovery Channel, BBC and Japan's NHK, took 5 years to make and was shot in over 200 locations is apparent and the series is everything you'd expect from Sir David Attenborough and his team, unconstrained by budget or practicality.

Features every episode from the series: From Pole To Pole, Mountains, Fresh Water, Caves, Deserts, Ice Worlds, Great Plains, Jungles, Shallow Seas, Seasonal Forests and Ocean Deep.

DVD Details

Certificate: E

Publisher: BBC

Length: 650 mins

Aspect ratio: Widescreen 16:9 Anamorphic

Format: DVD Colour

Region: 2

Released: 27th November 2006

Cat No: BBCDVD1883

DVD Extras

  • 5 discs. Planet Earth diaries - The Making Of
  • Planet Earth: The Future - 3 part documentary series.

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by Anon on 17th October 2007

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