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Narrated by Sir David Attenborough and from the award-winning team behind Planet Earth & Blue Planet comes the ultimate portrait of the earth's Polar regions.
The Arctic and Antarctic remain the greatest wildernesses on Earth. The scale and beauty of the scenery and the sheer power of the elements – the weather, the ocean and the ice – is unmatched anywhere else on our planet. Yet these harsh environments are teeming with life: home to iconic animals from polar bears to emperor penguins and from killer whales to wandering albatrosses.
Using the latest camera technology to film on land, from the air, underwater and below the ice caps, Frozen Planet follows their fascinating lives throughout the seasons as they struggle to survive. With spectacular polar landscapes and amazing animal behaviour, often filmed for the first time, it captures the drama of an extreme natural world.
With both Poles under grave threat from climate change, this extraordinary series may be the last chance to witness these great wildernesses before they change forever.
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The Blu-ray DVDs are breathtakingly stunning. The division between the episode titles are no more than artificial to the overall concept. The frozen conditions are almost touchable and felt and the existence of life there almost unbelievable. Filmed in real life -time terms.
'To The Ends Of The Earth' hits us with six months of darkness, courting polar bears, ravenous wolves preying on bisons. Killer whales jump out of the ice. All in front of the camera crew.
'Spring' finds elephant seals fighting against a gaunt background.
'Summer 'graphically documents the activities of the polar bear community (huge animals - deadly cuddly) along with the ever present antics of the King Penguin colonies.
'Autumn' brings us back to the polar bears gatherings, the fights and play between the Caribou reindeer antler tustling for male dominance,the whales swarming in hordes, the male penguins demonstrative (always left to look after the eggs after the females have gone).
'Winter' revolves around the wolf and bison theme. Dramatic. Nature captivated however disturbing.
'The Last Frontier' shows by aerial sequences the amazing challenges by Scott and Amundsen in trying to reach the south pole. The sequences of filming the volcano and the underlying ice caves are truly unique and brazenly filmed with the heroic cave divers. The astonishing filming of the nomadic human inhabitants of this region are almost unbelievable if not filmed. Walrus hunting, human-defying death climbs to obtain birds' eggs. Absolutely stunning.
'On Thin Ice' is Sir David Attenborough's prospective expert view on the effects of global problems from rising temperatures within the polar regions. The effects on environmental wildlife. The threat of melting ice that could turn the north pole into an open ocean expanse. The suggested antarctic meltdown. Rising sea levels and possible results on island and coastal landmarks are discussed as are potential access to energy sources and commercial competition.
The 'freeze frame' 10 minute features of each episode show the technical, gravity, hardship, dedication and bravery of the crew who spent years producing this document. The advances in technology are well-illustrated. The underwater scenes are as spectacular as the on land and filming from the skies.
The accompanying book is superb. After watching the DVDs I have spent more time picking up the coffee table accompanying manual to read the words between the pictures. The book alone is worth the price of the accomplishments of this superb team. If this is truly Sir David Attenborough's farewell to broadcasting he has left a magnificent tribute along with his other works of art.
This is merely a sketch of the magnificence of achievements of all involved whether crew, narrator,director, producer, or animal and natural scenery. It needs to be seen and also read to be fully appreciated. The best buy for years. A wonderful complementary combination.In Sir David's words "what a wonderful world".
The book is exceptional and the disk has a tv series as good as the BBC and discovery channel can make. Anyone would be happy receiving this as a gift; or buy it to treat your own coffee table.
Bought this as a gift for my wife as we had not had the opportunity to see the series on TV. I thought we would have the blu-ray version to gain the extra quality. It was my first ever purchase of a blu ray disc. NEVER AGAIN. We still have not seen the program as the menu system is so complicated we took ages trying to find out how to eliminate the "audio for partially sighted" and the subtitles. We eventually stumbled on a way of doing this, then realized we would have to do the same for every disc each time we wanted to view. No thankyou, I do not want that sort of problem, we just want to play a disc. I will wait for the standard def discs to appear in the local shop and buy a set. Anybody want an unplayed set of blu-ray discs?
The book is excellent, but be warned, if you struggle with complex menu systems opt for the SD version. Why could they not make these so that you have to "opt in" to these extra facilities, instead? I realize the importance of these extras for those that need them, but......
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