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  • Actors: Sir David Attenborough
  • Producers: Richard Brock
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: 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: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Sept. 2012
  • Run Time: 654 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00977MM0I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,136 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The entire 12 programmes of this nature series presented by David Attenborough and looking at the planet from the sub-zero temperatures of the polar ice-caps to baking heat of the deserts, from the ash-strewn sides of the volcano to the dense vegetation of a tropical forest, Among the many creatures featured are Snow Leopards, Gliding Squirrels, Emperor Penguins and Giant Armadillos.

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Originally broadcast in 1984 The Living Planet followed five years after David Attenborough's first wildlife blockbuster series, Life on Earth. This was an equally ambitious 12-part documentary that spanned the globe with portraits of each of the major geographical regions that offer a home to life. Attenborough demonstrates how even in the most hostile of environments, from the volcanic "Furnaces of the Earth" to "The Frozen World" of mountains and tundra, the Arctic and Antarctic, live maintains a foothold. He takes us to "The Northern Forests", the "Jungle", "Seas of Grass" and "The Baking Deserts" and ever the genial host, details how in all its endless diversity, life is ingeniously suited to its surroundings.

With breathtaking imagery we meet our fellow inhabitants, from penguins to polar bears, lions to scorpions, oaks to eagles, and journey on to "The Open Ocean" and the "New Worlds", which mankind itself is rapidly fashioning through ever more radical technological change. The series ends with an impassioned environmental plea which rings even more urgent now than in 1984. The Trials of Life (1990) and The Private Life of Plants (1994) further detail the Living Planet.

On the DVD: The Living Planet is presented complete in this DVD box set, with a total running time of 660 minutes (12 x 55 minutes). --Gary S Dalkin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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87 of 89 people found the following review helpful By Sally-Anne on 19 Feb. 2006
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In almost every type of environment on this planet, no matter how seemingly hostile to life, some sort of life can be found. David Attenborough visits some of the coldest, hottest and roughest parts of The Earth - areas that have the appearance of paradise and others that are more like our idea of hell. In this series of 12 programmes (55 minutes each) he shows us the astounding variety of plants and animals that have adapted perfectly to all kinds of conditions. The final programme of the series is followed by an excellent "Making of The Living Planet" 40 minute documentary. The 12 programmes are:
1) "The Furnaces of the Earth" takes us on a tour of the hot-spots where you wouldn't think life would dare to venture: deep in the oceans where hot gases and minerals gush through cracks in the sea floor; on land where hot, toxic springs bubble up; volcanoes that kill everything in their path when they erupt.
2) "The Frozen World" looks at life in the polar regions and high up on mountains. A surprising number of animals have managed to adapt to the harsh conditions and thrive in the freezer. They use a variety of strategies, such as thick fur, feathers, blubber, antifreeze in the blood and hibernation.
3) "The Northern Forests" that used to cover vast areas of land in the Northern Hemisphere, now somewhat reduced, support some hardy populations. There are hordes of busy, breeding and feeding animals in the summer months. When winter comes some migrate to areas of gentler climate, some hibernate and others continue to scratch a living as best they can.
4) "Jungle" - girdling the planet is an area of steaming jungle, fabulously diverse, teaming with life from the floor to the canopy.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sebastian Palmer TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 May 2011
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I'll try and keep this relatively brief, as there are plenty of other reviews here already, some, like Sally Anne's, being very detailed. I'd just like to add my own little tribute to this truly great series. One of Attenborough's 'sledgehammer' documentaries, this is factual television at it's very best.

The range and scope of the series is astonishing. The first 10-15 minutes of the first episode alone justify the price of purchase: travelling up through the strata of the Himalayas, Attenborough gives a wonderfully subtle, understated, and yet awe-inspiringly powerful illustration of what Darwin, Wallace and others, had observed, regarding animal and vegetable adaptations to changing habitats, covering tropical lushness to quasi-polar conditions in a rich ascent. What a way to start the series!

It was of course such observations that lead to the formulation of evolutionary theory, the evidence for which continues to mount up, more prodigiously than even the 'eternal hills' of the Himalayas themselves. And, as Attenborough points out, it turns out the Himalayas are 'far from eternal'. And what's so great is that, within only a few minutes, he's made - and substantiated - some extraordinary claims (some of which, for example plate tectonics, were still not generally understood as recently as when Attenborough was at university in Cambridge*), which are now what many of us understand to be 'common knowledge', and all thanks to advances in scientific understanding made in very recent times.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By James E. B. on 17 Sept. 2008
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This series is takes you on a fantastic adventure around our planet. Its subtitle "A Portrait of Planet Earth" really says it all. This series not only gives a fascinating overview of natural history but also delves into subjects as diverse as geology and environmental physics to name but two.

David Attenborough is at his finest. This series is every bit ground breaking as Life On Earth and The Trials of Life. The camera work is stunning and takes you into the heart of some of the most inhospitable environments on the planet.

A fascinating and highly entertaining documentary series!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By RR Waller TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Dec. 2011
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Once again, Sally-Anne "mynameissally" from Leicestershire, United Kingdom has written a very full review and, combined with the product details, she makes another one unnecessary. Thank you.

Davud Attenborough and the BBC are a guarantee of high quality and this series was just that. High quality.

Recommended
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Adam Teluk on 23 Dec. 2010
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Truly one of the greatest documents on the staggering vastness of life on earth. It reveals mechanisms of evolution in the crisp, beautiful and eloquent way. Covers all of the main ecosystems on our planet including these created by homo sapiens.

As far as the technical side is concerned. There's of course a lot of grain and the sharpness is by no means HD. But in my opinion ot does not have any meaning. The true value lies in brillinat screenplay, great scenes themselves and gripping storylines. Thus it makes no sense to watch contemporary documents created in HD, but lacking the proper film-making craftsmaship. Not to mention today's MTV-based editing, which turns great natural events into annoying pop-clips.
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