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Planet Earth & Life Box Set [Blu-ray] [Region Free]

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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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Planet Earth & Life Box Set [Blu-ray] [Region Free] + BBC Natural History Collection Box Set [Blu-ray] [Region Free] + Human Planet [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
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Product details

  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 9
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Nov 2009
  • Run Time: 1250 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002KSA4GA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,706 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Review for Planet Earth [Blu-ray]
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 1080i 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

Review for Life [Blu-ray] 
This enthralling BBC series examines "the lengths living beings go to to stay alive," in the words of Sir David Attenborough. Aided by breathtaking high-definition cinematography, the makers of Planet Earth explore the more colourful strategies the world's creatures employ to procreate, evade predators, and obtain nourishment. Cameras travel though the air, under the water, and right into the faces of insects, like the alien visage of the stalk-eyed fly. Except for "Challenges of Life" and "Hunters and Hunted," each episode covers a different category, such as mammals and birds. Among the more memorable images: three cheetahs move with the relentless rhythm of mobsters, a school of flying fish glides through the air with the grace of ballerinas, and a Jesus Christ lizard skips across the water, like, well, you know. The strangest sights range from a pebble toad bouncing away from a spider like a rubber ball and brown-tufted capuchin monkeys pounding palm nuts with stone tools like the apes in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Witty writing and skilful editing, which distils thousands of hours of footage, make the learning go down easy (at one point, Sir David references Jurassic Park, which featured his brother, Richard). If the sound effects seem overamped, George Fenton's score is always on the money, adding humour and suspense at crucial moments (martial drums for the mud skippers, woozy brass for the Darwin's beetle). Nonetheless, delicate sensibilities may find some sequences disturbing, as when Komodo dragons feed on a water buffalo or when a leopard seal dines on a penguin (according to Attenborough, the Komodo siege caused the camera operators "emotional turmoil"). More often, the filmmakers capture the moment of impact before moving on. --Kathleen C. Fennessy, Amazon.com

Product Description

Life: This ten-part natural history blockbuster, shot in HD, is the definitive exploration of the diversity of life on Earth, revealing the most spectacular and fascinating behaviour driven by the endless struggle to survive. Life stars a cast of 'box-office' wildlife characters, filmed on every continent and in every habitat across the world, with each drama-filled episode entirely dedicated to one of the planet's ten most important wildlife groups. Planet Earth: Four years in production, over 2000 days in the field, using 71 cameramen filming across 204 locations in 62 countries, this is the ultimate portrait of our planet. A stunning television experience that combines rare action, unimaginable scale, impossible locations and intimate moments with our planet's best-loved, wildest and most elusive creatures.


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick Summary of Box Set Contents 30 Oct 2012
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This box set is basically a bundle of two Blu-Ray packages.

Life [Blu-ray][Region Free] - 4x BD50 Blu-Ray disks, approx 585 mins runtime. The disks and the packaging of Life in this box set are identical to the standalone product.

Planet Earth: Complete BBC Series [Blu-ray] - 5x BD25 Blu-Ray disks, approx 550 mins runtime. The disks are identical to the standalone product, but in boring blue packaging (as opposed to the beautiful fold-open packaging for the standalone product).

There are no DVD disks in this box set (despite the "DVD Video" logo printed on the bottom-right of the outer cardboard box).
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning double pack to leave you speachless 5 Jan 2010
It's likely you've seen at least some episodes of the BBC's groundbreaking documentaries; Life and Planet Earth on TV. However, watching them on Blu-Ray is a whole new experience and what a jaw-dropping spectacle it is. Both video and audio are outstanding, it's easily one of the best Blu-Ray transfers available, I'd put it up there with Blade Runner or Star Trek and consider it reference quality.

The natural world has never been filmed in such detail, from the vast panoramics of the Himalayas to the darkest depths of the ocean, viewing land marks from space to near microscopic invertebrates, these documentaries have got it all covered.

The score is a perfect complement to what's happening onscreen and always adds to the atmosphere, whether it's raising the pulse during an explosive chase or stiring emotions to convey many epic and virtigo-inducing panning shots.

It's worth noting I own Planet Earth on DVD and this Blu-Ray set is superior in every way bar one; you don't get the 'making of' documentaries at the end of each episode. They really should have included these, even if they were only standard definition but forget about them, the trade off is more than worth it. This set will entertain, enthral and educate you in equal measure - simply put - this deserves to be in everyone's collection.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Treasure 4 Oct 2012
By Fahim
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Every self respecting person should own a copy of this set. As more and more of the earth is developed, there may come a time when we have to resort to series such as these to appreciate how amazing the earth is/was. If we do come to such a time, thank the heavens that you have Sir David Attenborough narrating this to you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Value 15 Nov 2012
By soh677
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Fantastic purchase at a bargain price. It arrived quickley, and was exactly as described by the retailer. Will use this retailer again in the future.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When Blu ray shines 14 Mar 2012
By Graham
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This compilation shows the clear benefits of Blu ray. The whole series (both of them) are stunning in hi def. The cost of the two sets in this compilation represents great value for money. If you like Natural History and the eminent narration of David Attenborough then you won't be disappointed!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dribblingly good. 7 Jan 2011
Honestly: I bought these to show off a new telly/bluray combo. Perfect. The picture is what HD is all about. The series is really addictive. It still leaves my wide-mouthed and dribbling. This sets the benchmark for HD and nature. The only reason to pass is the risk it will show up everything else you watch as paler in comparison.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good information. 26 May 2014
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Good watch. The film quality could be better considering it is blu-ray. Still worth the price, however could have been better.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning 5 Mar 2014
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Well worth getting Blue-ray! If your thinking about getting this, just get it. Attenborough, legend. Full credit to the cameramen too!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
BBC and David Atteborough - a match made in heaven. What more can I say?!
Published 1 day ago by Ms. Tj Tucker
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality filming ...
We put these on now and again to watch, and every time they never cease to amaze, with the picture quality, the narrative and the in-depth knowledge each one exudes, pleased with... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Eddie
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best bluray's ever
Don't miss this, this is a good buy, Educational good for kids, parents, teachers, old people..any one...any age...any time...thanks Amazon
Published 10 months ago by Ishara
5.0 out of 5 stars much to like
I usually like DavId Attenborough's input and I was not disappointed with this I also liked planet earth and will get around to watching both again
Published 14 months ago by Brendon John Orr
5.0 out of 5 stars Good documentary
Since I bought Planet Earth I also added this to my collection. Very well documented which will be viewed time and again.
Published 15 months ago by robert gregson
5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL BOXSET.
WONDERFUL BOXSET. HOWEVER, THIS COMMENT ONLY COMES FROM ONES WHO REALLY ARE INTERESTED IN FILMS ABOUT NATURE AND ANIMALS, AND SEE THEM AS REALLY ENJOYFUL ELEMENTS. RECOMMENDED...
Published 16 months ago by HAN XIAO
5.0 out of 5 stars Planet earth one of the greatest documentaries ever made
One of the best blu-ray purchases you can make. Some of the most beautiful scenery and engaging narrative that has ever been seen. A must see.
Published 16 months ago by mark zurbruegg
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift idea
Amazing quality films and narrative. Worth the money and very pleasant to watch.
I recommend it fully to both personal users and for a gift.
Published 16 months ago by Stela Petrova
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