* Amazon Sales Rank: #2 in DVD
* Released on: 2007-11-12
* Rating: Exempt
* Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
* Format: Widescreen
* Original language: English
* Number of discs: 5
* Running time: 550 minutes
Not only is Planet Earth one of the most jaw-dropping, ambitious, nature documentaries the BBC has ever produced, it’s now taken on another role: as a superb demonstration disc for the strength of and Blu-ray.
Spread over a good ten hours, the series charts life and nature in dozens upon dozens of differing locations around the earth. Diligently and warmly narrated by Sir David Attenborough, Planet Earth calmly goes close in on its subject matter when required, and then pulls out some stunning perspective shots that are simply breathtaking. It’s hard to come up with the right superlatives to do the photography on the programme any kind of justice, and that it’s married to such fascinating subject matter is all the better.
And if you think the original broadcast of Planet Earth was something special, or you were gobsmacked by the picture quality on DVD, just wait until you see it in 1080p HD glory. Particularly some of the broader shots here are all but without parallel, and it’s a real reward for those who have invested ahead of the crowd in high definition technology.
Presented over five discs, and matching wonderful content to spot-on visual presentation, Planet Earth is now not just a landmark in nature documentary film making. It’s also a chartermark of quality for just what HD DVD and Blu-ray can offer. A stunning release, in more than one sense. --Jon Foster
From the team behind the multi-winning Blue Planet comes this epic series celebrating the Earth as never before. Embracing the world’s incredible landscapes and fascinating wildlife, Planet Earth takes the definitive look at the diversity of our planet.
Four years in the making, with a budget of unprecedented proportions, Planet Earth has stretched the boundaries of natural history television. High definition photography, revolutionary ultra-high speed cameras and detailed images from the air enabled the series to capture the most amazing footage ever seen.
This stunning television experience combines rare action, unimaginable scale, impossible locations and intimate moments with our planet’s best-loved, wildest and most elusive creatures. From the highest mountains to the deepest rivers, this blockbuster series takes you on an unforgettable journey through the challenging seasons and the daily struggle for survival in Earths most extreme habitats. Prepare to be overwhelmed by the beauty of Planet Earth.
Including: Natural World: Desert Lions & Snow Leopards
The BBC’s flagship natural history series Natural World has consistently produced amazing wildlife stories with breathtaking imagery. These two gems from the series feature incredible footage of these rare, beautiful and magnificent big cats.
"Expect everything from underwater elephants to mountains of guano and a snow leopard in attack mode… Pure Class"-- The Guardian
Emmy award winning series which explores the evolution of the Earth, and the life which it supports.
A Blu-Ray Must buy5
This a stunning programme, which even in standard definition is a must buy. The quality of programming is amazing and this has to be the finest Attenborough documentaries to date. This is another documentary series from the BBC that is simply outstanding, with fantastic photography unseen in other productions of this sort. Combined with the stories of fascinating struggles that are endured by some species, some illusive, some unknown by many, this is a series not to be missed.
Planet Earth what more can you say. The pictures on Blue Ray is just breathtaking!!!!! What's even more impressive was shipping to sunny California from UK took only 5 days. Order it on 12-17-08 and got it on 12-22-08. Amazon is the best!!!!
I have ordered this product on 7 Aug 2007, even before the blu-ray version was released and can't descibe how hard was to wait until I've received the package from amazon.co.uk. On 13 Nov 2008 I have ordered for one of my friends the DVD version of this extraordinary documentary pack about our beautiful planet. Even thow I searched for the special features on the BD version thinking I am the one who doesn't know what is doing, I accepted the pack as it was with great footage like nothing ever seen before and was really amazed. After purchasing the DVD pack for this friend of mine I said "let's watch the DVD a little bit for the image comparison" and guess what: at the end of each episode there is a diary of that episode; there are the special features! They are not mentioned on the DVD pack, but they are there! They are mentioned on the back of BD pack and they are NOT there! Why? The problem is at BBC not at amazon. I came with the BD pack at the computer intending to scan the back of the package and attach the image to this review, but I can't find where. I have read the other reviews on amazon.co.uk and found the difference on disc 5. Now I am disappointed even more. I checked both packages and the review that I've read was correct. Why would BBC create such an amazing documentary with this difference between DVD and BD versions. The diaries are great. I've watched only two of them. I couldn't keep myself to watch the other three episodes that doesn't appear on the BD version at all. I just came to write this review and feel like will explode if I won't send back the BD version. But is not amazon's fault and they wouldn't accept the item anyway. In conclusion: the BD version image is great even thow is 1080i only, but the special features on the DVD are priceless. What I would recommend: somebody contact BBC (I am from Romania and don't think BBC will listen to what I have to say) and ask if they are going to release a new BD version with all the materials included and wait for that one. The second option is to purchase both BD and DVD packs. Check the running time on both packages: BD 550 minutes; DVD 643 minutes. Almost two hours more material on DVD. Didn't BBC found enough space on the BD?