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Earth : The Power of the Planet - Complete BBC Series [DVD]

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  • Actors: Iain Stewart
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Jan. 2008
  • Run Time: 295 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00105BO0Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,361 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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In this landmark BBC series, Dr Iain Stewart tells the story of how our planet works and how, over the course of 4.6 billion years, it came to be the remarkable planet it is today.

Examining the great forces that shape the earth - volcanoes, the ocean, the atmosphere and ice - the programme explores their central roles in our planet's story. How do these forces affect the earth's landscape, its climate, and its history? CGI gives the audience a ringside seat at these great events, while the final episode brings together all the themes of the series and argues that earth is an exceptionally rare kind of planet - giving us a special responsibility to look after our unique world.

This is a series that shows the earth in new and surprising ways. Extensive use of satellite imagery reveals new views of our planet, while time-lapse filmed over many months brings the planet to life.

Offering a balance between dramatic visuals and illuminating facts, specialized imaging and gripping narrative, this ground-breaking series makes global science truly compelling.

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168 of 173 people found the following review helpful By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 5 Dec. 2007
Format: DVD
This is a series of five hour-long documentaries, hosted by vigorous vulcanologist Dr Iain Stewart, who examines how the Earth works and how it has developed over 4.6 billion years.
Stewart starts with the effect that volcanos have had on the planet, then its atmosphere (storms and so on), then the effect of ice (which also covers the melting of the glaciers), then water (the action of the oceans and their all important currents), and finally the earth's place in the universe and how it's been shaped by extra terrestrial events.

Each programme is packed with dramatic filming, plenty of detailed geological / meteorological information, and masses of enthusiasm from Stewart who scampers across the landscape, doing his best to bring a sense of drama and majesty to these (literally) earth shattering (and forming) events. For instance, did you know that earth once had a twin planet, and the destruction of that planet went a long way towards making Earth inhabitable?
The series makes for enjoyable viewing, and explains in reasonable depth the forces at play and how they have affected human evolution and geography. The looming presence of the current world situation is inescapable -- which makes the episode about glaciers especially relevant. But each programme contains a few gems, like scuba diving between two continents, or going inside a glaciers to watch it grinding away at the bedrock, or exploring a six-foot tall pocket of salt crystals.
Stewart is one of the new breed of TV documentary presenter -- he's on screen almost all the time, and the action follows him exploring different scenarios. This can get a bit wearing so you might want to space out how you watch the episodes (especially as his accent slithers from Scottish to strangely mid-Atlantic now and then!).
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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful By A Sherratt on 16 Dec. 2007
Format: DVD
This is one of those now rare series of programmes that is actually worth watching. It packs in so much information on the world into a short five hours without making you feel totally inundated with it. It's nice to see new programmes as well, that have the presenter actually knowing what they're talking about rather than having a celebrity doing it and being totally clueless.

This series is basically about showing you what has shaped our planet and made it what it is today: volcanoes, atmosphere, ice and oceans. It also always gives examples rather than just saying it and then leaving it. The only slight problem I have with it is in some examples it will tell you what happened (ie. when Africa and Spain collided to shut down the Mediteranean Sea), but doesn't go into detail on how it got back on track. Minor problem though.

Dr Iain Stewart has seen some truly remarkable places around the world that very few others will ever see. He does occasionally delve into climate change and what we're doing to the planet whilst also jetting to all sorts of places (Greenland, Hawaii, Amazon, Ethiopia to name but a few). This, however, can be excused as someone's got to tell you about how the Earth works and wouldn't be nearly as interesting and captivating if there wasn't a 'hands-on' approach to it all.

In a nutshell...well worded, well presented, not patronising in the slightest, jam packed full of interesting information. The enthusiasm he shows to his work adds to it's watchability immensely. Brilliant! 5 stars!
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By K. I. Marussinszky on 20 Oct. 2009
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I primarily want this video for educational purposes. Unfortunately, teaching geology and plate tectonics does not inspire every student to try their utmost. Perhaps the concepts are just too obscure (entire continents moving because of convection currents tests the credulity of most teenagers) or perhaps there is a need to shy away from forces so vast that they make us look not only minuscule, but perhaps irrelevant.
There is a powerful need to show the processes visually. And to present them in an attractive manner.
"Earth: the Power of the Planet" succeeds in spades. Not only are the visuals imaginative, but the presenter is young and has an undeniably appealing Scottish accent.
I've only had the DVDs for a short time, and have not yet managed to screen all of them, but I've shown the first episode (Volcano) to two classes: the result was more than satisfying, with both classes paying close, and quiet, attention. I didn't even have to provide them with a worksheet to focus their attention.
So far, I rate this four and a half volcanic cones.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Cripps on 19 Dec. 2007
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Outlandishly fascinating investigation of how this little planet we live on is what it is today.
Some slightly speculative guesstimation on certain events but undoubtedly the best explanation for the way of the world and how it developed human has produced to date. Not sure about the earth twin theory and strangely offered no reason for putting it forward.
The water episode is the weakest but only because the other 4 are just so awe inspiring.
The format of ending on a dour note was a little tiresome but our western culture seems to like a bit of drama and frankly there's no bigger drama playing out than the one we're living out now. I wish I could live long enough to see how we fair.
If you want the story of the earth explained to you in a manner that'll leave you gob smacked then get this!
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