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This review is from: Planet Earth : Complete BBC Series (5 Disc Box Set)  [DVD] (DVD)I have never in my life seen anything like this series. I had thought that the Blue Planet, also by the BBC, was the pinnacle of achievement of wildlife television. The deep sea episode had left me breathless, but that proved nothing compared to Planet Earth. The effort that went into this series is obvious. Only at the end of each show when we spend time with each of the crews do we really get a sense of what they had to do to bring such beauty before us. This is not self-serving "let's pat ourselves on the back" television. It only adds to the sense of wonder, and to the sense of how privileged we have been to see some of the rarest sights in nature. The camerawork is sensational. The killer whale rising out of the sea with the seal in its mouth, the diving hawks making their mid-air kill, the snow leopard bounding down sheer cliffs, the chandelier cave. All incredible. This is unlike most other "animal" tv shows, where the audience is patronised into listening to an ill-thought out anthropomorphic commentary which is little more than "ooohhh...isn't that cute" or "whoooah...isn't that dangerous". Attenborough is wonderful. He has the humility to understand that the show is not about him, and he is prepared to say nothing whilst our senses drink in "that shot" of Angel Falls or the intense colours of the Okavanga Delta. The behaviour of the Gobi desert camels left me speechless; you don't need some idiot telling you how amazing it is. I can recommend this serious without hesitation. This is public television at its best. It cannot be financially prudent to spend 40 days in the Gobi desert chasing Bactrian camels, but it takes real corporate bravery to say that natural beauty cannot be captured on the cheap. The camera techniques (remember the African dogs chase?) are priceless. You must watch this series. People at my office were discussing each episode for days afterward. Friends' children were having the same discussions - "oh my god - did you see that?" If 8 year old children and 60 year old lawyers have the same base sense of wonder, nobody will watch this and think, "it's just another documentary". This is nothing like you will have seen before. I thought I was a cynic, but this really has re-opened my eyes to the raw power of nature.
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Initial post: 28 Apr 2010 22:30:30 BDT
Eric W. Mak says:
I heard there was a special bonus disc with behind the scenes footage, does this set include that?
Posted on 17 Sep 2010 14:52:28 BDT
Miss Jn Lane says:
hi there, is this a blu-ray version???
Posted on 8 Oct 2010 13:42:44 BDT
PSR Cairns says:
Posted on 2 Nov 2010 15:34:31 GMT
Queen Maeve says:
Thank you for your wonderful review. it really whetted my appetite for buying this box set, although I have seen some of the programmes live. I alos liked your book review and on the strength of it Ihtink I will buy the trilogy, even though I had never heard of it. I do love a good historical novel.
Posted on 11 Feb 2011 20:46:52 GMT
Brilliant review, thank you.
In reply to an earlier post on 19 Feb 2011 20:55:34 GMT
I'd also like to say thanks for a fine and considered review. God help us when the BBC eventually falls victim to market forces and commercial TV.
Posted on 3 Aug 2011 09:33:47 BDT
L J Slater says:
Yes, I too would like to thank you for an excellent review - you have convinced me to buy this set!
Posted on 9 Oct 2011 12:32:10 BDT
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