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Human Planet [Blu-ray] [Region Free]

 Parental Guidance   Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
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  • Producers: Dale Templar
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Feb 2011
  • Run Time: 470 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,049 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Following in the footsteps of Planet Earth and Life, this epic eight-part blockbuster is a breathtaking celebration of the amazing, complex, profound and sometimes challenging relationship between humankind and nature. Humans are the ultimate animals – the most successful species on the planet. From the frozen Arctic to steamy rainforests, from tiny islands in vast oceans to parched deserts, people have found remarkable ways to adapt and survive in the harshest environments imaginable. We’ve done this by harnessing our immense courage and ingenuity; learning to live with and utilise the other creatures that share these wild places. Human Planet weaves together eighty inspiring stories, many never told before on television, set to a globally influenced soundtrack by award-winning composer Nitin Sawhney.

Each episode focuses on a particular habitat and reveals how its people have created astonishing solutions in the face of extreme adversity. Finally we visit the urban jungle, where most of us now live, and discover why the connection between humanity and nature in our cities is the most vital of all.

Human Planet is brought to you by BBC Earth, creator of 50 years of outstanding natural history content.

As an air-breathing animal, the human is not built to survive in water. But people have found ways to live an almost aquatic life so they can exploit the sea's riches. From a 'shark-whisperer' in the Pacific to Brazilian fishermen collaborating with dolphins to catch mullet, this journey into the blue reveals astonishing tales of ingenuity and bravery. Daredevil Galician barnacle-collectors defy death on the rocks for a catch worth 200 pounds per kilo. In Indonesia an epic whale-hunt, using traditional hand-made boats and harpoons, brings in a sperm whale. The Bajau 'sea gypsies' of the Sulu Sea spend so much time on water they get 'land sick' when they set foot on the land! We dive 40 metres down to the dangerous world of the Pa-aling fishermen, where dozens of young men, breathing air through a tangled web of pipes attached to a diesel engine, capture thousands of fish in a vast net. We see how surfing has its origins in the ancient beliefs of the ocean-loving Polynesians, and we join a Borneo free-diving spear-fisherman on a breath-taking journey 20 metres down in search of supper

Baked, barren, deadly – human life in the desert is ruled by the relentless quest for the most vital resource of all: water. Tubu women and children navigate the endless shifting dunes of the central Sahara trading dates. Their lives are dependent on them finding water from a single solitary oasis. Wodaabe men adorn themselves with exquisite make-up for the intoxicating courtship dance that will ensure their people’s future. Witness the spectacular fifteen-minute frenzy as thousands of men fish by hand in a desert lake. The arrival of the rains in Mali brings jubilation, but danger is never far away…

Sixty degrees below zero. The harshest environment on Earth. Yet four million people manage to survive ithe Arctic. This film follows a year in the human freezer – from the dark days of winter, when fishermen catch sharks through holes in the ice to feed their dog-sled teams, to the hazardous ventures of mussel-gatherers under the sea ice, escaping the incoming spring tide with seconds to spare, through to autumn and the most dangerous night for some children: Halloween. Can the ‘polar bear patrol’ in Churchill, Manitoba protect intrepid little trick-or-treaters from hungry predators?

Rainforests teem with more species than anywhere else on the planet, but for bipedal human apes they make an unforgiving home. To survive in the jungle demands an intimate and complex understanding of nature’s many secrets. In the Amazon the Matis tribe spike their darts with natural poison, shooting them through blowpipes with pinpoint accuracy. Thirty metres up in the canopy, balancing on a single branch, a Bayaka father collects honey surrounded by angry, stinging African ‘killer’ bees, while in West Papua people build incredible homes in the rainforest canopy.

From lush cloud forests at lower altitudes to bare summits that literally take your breath away, the higher you climb, the harder life becomes when you make your home on a mountain. Mongolia’s vast open plateaus make ambushing prey impossible, so hunters have forged an astonishing partnership with golden eagles, while on the precipitous cliff tops in Ethiopia, families are locked in a dramatic fight to protect their meagre harvest from fearsome crop-raiding baboons. In a never-before filmed ceremony, Buddhists in Nepal offer their dead up to the vultures in the ultimate reverence of nature.


Grasslands are the habitat that feed the world. Over thousands of years, we have learned to dominate and domesticate other creatures, as well as the grass itself, propelling our population to almost seven billion. But life in our Garden of Eden is not always easy. Men steal fresh kill from the jaws of lions in Kenya, Suri tribes stick-fight to prove they can take care of prized cattle and Mongolian horsemen lasso wild mares just to collect a pint of milk. In the perfect partnership, Maasai children literally talk to tiny birds to find hidden honeycombs, sharing the sweet reward.

They provide the essentials for human life: fresh water, food and even natural highways, but rivers are also often capricious and unpredictable, treacherous and demanding. A fisherman balances on a home-made high wire strung above the raging Mekong River rapids on an extraordinary commute to work. When the drought hits northern Kenya the rivers dry out, yet by working together, wild elephants and the Samburu are able to find water to drink. High in the Himalayas, a father and his two children make the most epic and dangerous school run on Earth, a heart-thumping 100 kilometre trek upon a semi-frozen river.


Cities are our greatest success story, made by humans for humans. Over half the world’s population now lives in urban environments. They may have been built to keep wild nature out, but nature cannot be pushed away – from bed bugs sucking our blood at night, to gangs of monkey muggers and rampant elks rutting in downtown USA. In fact, cities are actually the places where we demand and need most from nature, making our ability to look after it more vital than ever.

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84 of 89 people found the following review helpful
It was Mark Twain who is usually credited with originating the maxim that "the only two certainties in life are death and taxes" He was wrong since Twain never had the benefit of the wonders of the BBC Natural History Unit whose certainty appears to be the complete inability to construct a bad programme. Time after time they have achieved the consistant feat of producing the most wonderful and lavish programmes which throughly inform and educate. This latest series is a variant on a theme since the "Human Planet" looks at us as a species particularly our behaviour in subsistence and fundamentally dangerous environments (with the exception of the last episode "Cities") where humans are most challenged by nature, eco systems or competition with other mammals and animals.

The Human Planet is a series packed with what television producers describe as the "gawp factor". It is beautifully filmed and the intriguing "Behind the Lens" segments to every programme show the scale of the logistical challenge for the BBC film crews and the lengths they go to for the perfect shot. The background to the technical filming of the Loatian fisherman Sam Nang in the episode River is as fascinating as Nangs own precarious shuffle on a old blue pair of flip flops across the raging torrent of the Mekong River below suspended on self strung wire. Likewise throughout the warm narration of actor John Hurt is excellent (although the dulcet tones of Sir David Attenborough are missed) while the dramatic music provided by Nitin Sawhney adds considerably to all the drama. But obviously the main stars are the eight programmes human subjects with massive highlights screaming out of every episode.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Human Planet 29 Mar 2011
I cannot think of words good enough to describe this series - it was utterly amazing, fascinating, informative and always stunning! The BBC always does good natural history programmes, but this one was, without a doubt, one of its best. The Madagascar one was also stunning, but the Human Planet showed how we, as humans, adapt to the different environments in which we live. I loved the one about the Tibetan family who had to walk for six days along a frozen river for the children to get to school! How many children in this country would even think about doing this - if they can't be taken a mile or so by car, they moan!! This series should be compulsory watching in ALL schools, both primary and secondary, so that all children can see how other people live and survive in sometimes very hostile environments.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and educational 6 Sep 2012
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My kids loved this when watched on BBC i-player, so after 18 months I agreed to get the DVD set - which had fallen considerably in price. It's a fantastic series that I'd thoroughly recommend. It 'looks' like a beautiful BBC natural history series but is also great for showing children just how different people's lives can be in other parts of the world. After watching the bit about the children who had a five-day journey to school down a dangerous frozen river my children vowed never to complain about the school run again. They lied, of course.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully, relaxing movie 4 Jun 2011
When times are stressful and we need a space to relax, watching a segment of these series creates a sense of relaxation and wonder. The filming is magnificent and makes us feel that we are part of something far greater than man ... a magnificent, godly world. Watching Human Planet is special gift.
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48 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Natural History Program I've Ever Seen 12 Feb 2011
Human Planet sets a new standard for natural history film making in my opinion. The HD photography is breath taking with superb choreographing making it seem like you are actually there. Add to this the wonderful touching human stories and you have the making of a masterpiece. Well done BBC and those involved, you've raised the bar once again. Wish I could give it more than 5 stars
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars truly amazing 21 Jun 2011
By Gabs
One of the best documentaries I ever saw in my life ...because it is telling human stories, which are totally original.
The pictures are truly amazing. The wow factor appears in each of the 8 themes covered. There is a "behind the scene" feature explaining how they took some of the mind blowing shots and that is very entertaining too. I bought several for my family and friends.
A great gift!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful planet 17 Aug 2011
By jojo
Beautifully filmed and fascinating documentary. I enjoyed it very much and watched it several times. A testimony of human activities that in some cases are quickly disappearing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great Documentary with a new perspective to regions visited ever so often before but never with this particular point of view.
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