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  • Format: PAL, Colour, HiFi Sound
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 10
  • Classification: To be announced
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Sept. 2003
  • Run Time: 1632 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AZVE0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,925 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Life on Earth
First broadcast in 1979, Life on Earth began a new era in television, looking at the incredible variety of the world’s wildlife and its evolution. David Attenborough and his talented team of cameramen, producers and scientific advisers bring to the screen some quite remarkable images, which have a lasting impact on any audience. This series was the biggest ever undertaken by the Natural History Unit at the time, using over a million feet of film and 100 locations. It traces the dramatic history of life on earth from its very beginnings, some 3.5 billion years ago, to the final emergence of man and the array of animals that share the world with us today. Life on Earth established David Attenborough and the award-winning Natural History Unit at the forefront of wildlife documentary filmmaking.

The Living Planet
Filmed on five continents The Living Planet examines one by one each of the earth’s environments, seeing how living organisms survive and thrive in conditions ranging from the Arctic to the tropical. Also revealed is how creatures in similar habitats thousands of miles apart, have adopted intriguingly similar solutions to their common problems. The series begins at the beginning… how huge forces formed the earth, how continents move and how the planet has become so varied. The next 10 episodes concentrate on different environments: the frozen Poles, the northern forests, jungles, grasslands, deserts, skies, rivers and lakes, tidal shores, islands and oceans. Finally The Living Planet looks at how human beings have changed the earth’s habitats, destroying but also creating new ones and also looks at what the future may hold for the whole community on our amazing planet.

The Private Life of Plants
Crawling, flying, exploding, thieving, fighting, killing… David Attenborough reveals plants as you have never seen them before- on the move and dangerously devious! Filmed in various locations around the globe, the multi-award winning The Private Life of Plants was three years in the making and was enormously popular- attracting in excess of 7 million viewers when first transmitted in 1985. Using computer animations, fibre-optics and unique high-speed and time-lapse photography, we discover how plants have managed to colonise every part of the globe. They can live longer, grow bigger and even come back from the dead.

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This second David Attenborough DVD Box Set contains three of his natural history series, all presented complete:
Life on Earth
The Living Planet
The Private Life of Plants

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62 of 63 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Dec. 2003
With this box set not only do you have some of the most important natural history documentaries ever made but I am quite sure that anyone who watches these programmes will feel fascinated and awed with such diversity and the long and amazing history of this planet.
The Private Life of Plants is by far the best quality disk, in a technical sense. The depth of colour and image brightness and sharpness, not to mention the camera work of the programmes gives you a very impressive sense of detail and intricacies of plant life, and all forms of life that rely upon them.
Life on Earth and The Living Planet are also joys to watch because of the sheer breadth of species (and geography) that they cover, and there is so much to learn and understand! They both convey a sense of wonder at just how much life there is and with Life on Earth you also get a very good grasp of the basics of evolutionary processes.
Unfortunately, there are a couple of downsides with these three discs being together. The prints of Life on Earth and The Living Planet are not really a match in quality to The Private Life of Plants. Hardly a surprise you might think when they were shown in 1979 (Life on Earth), 1984 (The Living Planet) to 1995 (The Private Life of Plants). Still, it is a slight disappointment that two such important documentaries have not been given a bit of a digital brush and polish before release onto DVD.
In comparison with major box set releases it does appear a bit light on the extras front. Each set of disks comes with one or two extras, but only on The Living Planet and The Private Life of Plants is there any "Making Of/ Behind the Scenes" footage and they are not lengthy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Biff TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 July 2012
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Over time the disks deteroriate to the extent that they wont play.

The first two disks developed a flowery pattern - possibly the result of a defect in the manufacturing process.

I have also had this problem on several other BBC Attenborough DVD's
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 27 Aug. 2003
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This boxed set has yet to be released ... but it is easily worthy of five, if not fifty, gold stars!
All of David Attenborough's naturalistic adventures are of varying levels of brilliance but the Private Life of Plants was a TV series of unsurpassed excellence. To date this must be the only in depth exploration of the world of plants to be viewed by the masses. Plants are the most varied and abundant form of life on earth and this dvd is going to show you their bizarre and wonderful world.
My fiance is a plant biologist and has dreamed of having this on dvd since the format's invention - Needless to say, I have been searching for it ever since. I have been e-mailing the BBC, requesting this series for what seems like forever, and now my prayers have been answered (she doesn't know it exists yet but I'm sure that she'll enjoy the surprise when it gets delivered on the 2nd September!)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By karen on 13 Jun. 2013
Top marks for the series themselves but 0 for the disks. After only a couple of years most of the disks are now unwatchable. As as happened to other buyers, the disks have deteriorated and can no longer play properly. Such a shame .. I would hope that they have sorted this problem and newer BBC titles don't suffer from the same issue. These were not cheap dvds (at the time) so it's very disappointing.

Edited to add that I've now has a complete replacement set from BBC Worldwide. They said this batch suffered from a manufacturing fault and replaced them for free. Thanks to the BBC for replacing them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susan Appleby on 29 Jan. 2013
I thought it was just my dvd's that wouldnt play after a while. i am extremely careful with my dvd's, like i am unreal when it comes to this. so for these dvd's to form this cloud stuff on it is extremely annoying. they simply wont play. I would give them to charity and upgrade but they cannot be watched. very annoying.

besides that the series in this box set are amazing. just dont get this box set, better to get the new upgraded packed sets to be safe.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By DT on 23 Dec. 2008
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Purchased this set in 2004 and within 2 years first 2 discs of both Life on Earth and Living Planet deteriorated and will not play. From AVForums thread845332 found this is not an unknown problem.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James on 22 Jan. 2013
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Warning - There is an issue with the first 2 DVDs of the series 'Life on Earth' and 'The Living Planet' in this boxset which degrade over time and become unplayable. The coating on the first 2 discs (of 4) has broken down, resulting in a swirling pattern leaving them in an unplayable condition. Discs 3 and 4 for both series are unaffected and the 'Private Life of Plants' is also unaffected. This must be the result of manufacturing defect as other customers have experienced the same issue with the same discs purchased in 2004/2005.
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