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Blue Planet : Complete BBC Series (Special Edition 4 Disc Box Set) [DVD]

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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Oct 2005
  • Run Time: 640 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (262 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 722 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



It’s hard to rain too many superlatives on The Blue Planet, surely one of the finest and most fascinating nature documentaries ever made. But nonetheless, we’re going to try.

Long in the making, the idea behind the show was to, using some cutting-edge technology, film previously unseen areas of the ocean, and to investigate life beneath the waves. And in doing so, it pretty much encompasses the full spectrum of creature size. From the staggering, gigantic whale of the first episode, through the miniscule life that’s documented as the programme progresses, it’s a jaw-dropping experience.

It’s also a very, very accessible one. Thanks to a diligent, warm narrative from Sir David Attenborough, there’s plenty of fact married up to the sheer spectacle of The Blue Planet, although in many ways the stunning photography almost needs no accompaniment. It’s timeless work, too, with immense rewatch value, uncovering both life that’s never been photographed previously while charting the habits of the more familiar. Icing The Blue Planet’s cake is a series of short pieces documenting just how some of the incredible pictures were captured, and these are almost as interesting as the main feature.

Enough of those superlatives, though. Because The Blue Planet simply demands to be seen and enjoyed. Prepare, like many before you, to be mesmerised. --Simon Brew

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The Blue Planet is the first ever comprehensive series on the natural history of the world’s oceans.

Narrated by David Attenborough, the extraordinary images of this marine epic reveal the sea at its most fearsome and alluring, exposing some of its best kept secrets. Enter a world of breathtaking beauty and discover new species, visit unseen habitats and witness stories of survival never caught on camera before.

Accompanied by a superb soundtrack from the award-winning composer George Fenton, this DVD is further enhanced by the technical brilliance of the film and sound quality.

The Abyss sends cameras to the last great frontier on our planet – the deep sea – to reveal an amazing world including rare footage of the most incredible sea-life.

Amazon Abyss searches the river’s hidden depths to find primitive dolphins, giant pink electric knifefish, giant black piranha and other astonishing creatures.

Dive to Shark Volcano ventures to Cocos Island, an underwater volcano whose waters are a haven for sharks.As cameras reach new depths, we witness shark behaviour from the heart of the action.

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351 of 357 people found the following review helpful
This special edition of The Blue Planet contains the following:

4 discs, running time 10 hours and 40 minutes. The first 2 discs have the 8 episodes of The Blue Planet. Disc 3 has a couple of very interesting and worth-while documentaries, "Making Waves" which is about the making of The Blue Planet, and "Deep Trouble" which shows and warns of the consequences of plundering our oceans for food and the fish that are caught for pet shops. Disc 4 has 3 separate documentary programmes that are not really connected with David Attenborough's Blue Planet series. They are "The Abyss" that takes us down for a look at the deep sea creatures and geology (including volcanic activity) of the deepest parts of the Atlantic, Caribbean and the Bay of Monterey, "Amazon Abyss" that takes us to meet some of the extraordinary creatures that live in the deeps (and shallows) of the River Amazon, and "Dive to Shark Volcano" where we can admire the sharks around Cocos Island, 300 miles from Costa Rica.
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281 of 290 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic television 19 Oct 2005
Having by now written over six hundred reviews on Amazon, I finally find myself struggling for words. 'Awesome', 'inspiring', 'breathtaking', and a thousand others in the same vein sound trite compared to the emotional impact of this series and the extraordinary package which makes up the 'Special Edition'. 'Special Edition', indeed, is a term frequently used as marketing hype to mean a fancy box and little more. Here, you get a very special package indeed.
I can't swim. I love being beside the sea, I love sailing on it, but nothing could ever persuade me to stick my head beneath its surface ... except, perhaps, this BBC series. 'The Blue Planet' is your chance to explore the sea by proxy. I grew up watching Jacques Cousteau on black and white television and thought his exploration of the sea could hardly be equaled. Technological advances and the audacious vision of the BBC have scaled new heights or, in the nicest possible sense, thrown light into greater depths.
I've seen this set described as the definitive study of the world's oceans and seas: given our still limited knowledge of these, that is probably a highly exaggerated claim. Nevertheless, 'The Blue Planet' is as comprehensive a package as you'll find, a state of the art investigation of both the deep and the surface.
The science is communicated with authority and without pretension, but the series is, undoubtedly, art. I've rarely seen more beautiful or more inspiring images. If Cousteau inspired thousands to take up scuba diving or oceanography or whatever, there's no telling what influence this production will have. Buy it for yourself and sit, hour after hour in wonder, in sheer wonder. But make your children watch it - it should be an obligatory birthday or Christmas present for young and old alike.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly amazing 4 Dec 2007
By Iain S. Palin TOP 1000 REVIEWER
It is difficult to praise this series too highly. The photography, whether at the ocean's surface or in its depths, is stunning. The presentation is straightforward and free from glitz and gimmicks - no loud music or zoom shots, no endless repetition of the best bits. The presenter himself is as professional as ever, combining authority with friendliness, and without those annoying "we're now flying to our next location, here is some footgae of me in the plane to fill in time and let you know how important I am, and that we're spending money going to various places" scenes that characterise all too many documentaries. When David Attenborough is facing the camera he has somehting worthwhile to say. We learn from this series, as well as being entertained and inspired, not least because of the use made of new technology to push back the frontiers of what can be filmed.
So is there anything to complain about? Just one thing - once it has hooked you there just isn't enough of it. Oh to have had another episode or two......
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars our own blue planet 14 Jan 2006
there is not much that is needed to be said about this dvd. it is an awe inspiring feast for the senses that will just blow you away, whether you are watching a whale and her cub desperately trying to escape a pod of killer whales, or just watching the strange creatures of the deep, you will find yourself stunned by the images and cinematography, absolutely marvelous!!!!!
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A HUGE achievement. I simply LOVE IT!!!! 26 Feb 2007
By Shy
I find it dificult to write reviews, due to the fact that other reviewers have already said what I already believe this documentary to be (hope that made sense). This has got to be one of the most awe-inspiring and an eye-opening documentary I've ever seen!!!! And I really mean that. This documentary, made me realize what we are doing to our planet. As MR. Attenborough (hat's off to him ladies and gentlemen!!!) stated, we know more about outer-space than we do about our oceans (which covers over 70 per cent of our planet, hence "Blue Planet"), and we are destroying it. Anyway, I'm digressing, the camera work is exceptional(in fact, everything is exceptional), I was enthralled just by watching it. Everyone should watch this, even youngsters (they could learn a lot from this, instead of watching too much cartoons). There are however some scenes which could upset the very young, like the baby whale being hunted. But other than that it is an exceptional, and as I already stated an AWE-INSPIRING documentary. Thank you David Attenborough, and thank you BBC for giving us this gift.

p.s the price in which is selling it at, is a give-away.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This is a highly informative nature documentary by the great David Attenborough. I just love all his series and "The Blue Planet" is juts as good as the rest, the crew... Read more
Published 5 hours ago by John Picard
5.0 out of 5 stars interesting facts
Bought these for my son as he is into the blue planet series he particularly liked the sea life and the sharks. Great for everyone
Published 3 days ago by dawny1
5.0 out of 5 stars great
enjoyed watching this great entertainment, thouroughly enjoyed it will be watching again and again family loved watching it, would recommend
Published 5 days ago by gel
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Another amazing documentary narrated by David Attenborough. I really enjoyed this. A lot of episodes on this set for a very reasonable price
Published 29 days ago by Susan Hanson
5.0 out of 5 stars How can you go wrong!!
I just love anything like this and with David Attenborough at the helm it is certain to be a winner. This always hold my interest and facination at the world beneath the sea. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Raymond O'Neill
5.0 out of 5 stars outstanding
Yet another outstanding DVD from sir David Attenborough .I am always amazed by the camera work and the narrative they are a perfect example of how to convey passion for the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Simon G
5.0 out of 5 stars Blue Planet
Awesome. You can't go wrong with the BBC and Attenborough can you? Some of the photography is mind blowing and its a perfect companion on those cold days on the sofa.
Published 1 month ago by Josh
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
I love it. Fantastic series. It arrived on time and it is as good as expected. Get it and don't think more about it.
Published 1 month ago by maria j. martinez llanos
5.0 out of 5 stars great love it
so happy that i got these, ok they are on repeat on sky nearly every few months but don't care the quality great, its the full set plus bonus stuff and i'll have them for as long... Read more
Published 1 month ago by mark
5.0 out of 5 stars blue planet
I got this for my daughter birthday as she loves this sort for stuff she will spend hours watching it
Published 1 month ago by debbie
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