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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 19 July 2012
The front cover of this disc proudly displays a quote from a review that says : "The most fetching use of 3D technology since Avatar". But this is not an idle boast or exaggeration. There are some truly stunning images here and although there is some occasional use of computer-generated animation, these images are drawn from the real world.

We know from previous nature documentaries that time-lapse photography can produce some incredible, unexpected images; as we see plants sped up until we see them moving almost like insects or animals. But what about time-lapse photography in incredibly high definition and in 3D. Does it get any better than this?

Well apart from that, this film pioneers new techniques in 3D Macro Photography, to show unbelievable detail in close-up of plants. We also see images from electron microscopes,of pollen grains magnified seven thousand times, in 3D. Further than that, special camera techniques are used to show how insects see plants in the ultra violet spectrum.

There is such extraordinary variety on show here, that you forget that the vast majority of this was shot in one place in England - the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. But this also gives a serious scientific focus to the films. For example, we see how a species of water lily was saved from extinction by the work done at Kew.

Of course we know that anything David Attenborough puts his name to, will have the utmost integrity in terms of scientific rigour and this is no different. It is not the BBC, but it is the same team who made Flying Monsters (Blu-ray 3D)[Region Free] and we have the same spectacular photography and attention to detail. Attenborough is keen to enthuse new generations with the miracles of evolution and conservation of life. He is also a big advocate of using 3D photography to give us new perspectives.

But even if you are not that interested in the subject and thought you didn't want another nature documentary, you cannot fail to be amazed at some of the images presented here - it is a visual spectacle of the highest order. It is also good value in that you get three and a half hours of material in this 2-disc package. Admittedly, 50 minutes is a "making of" documentary in 2D only. But considering some Blu Rays only last about 40-50 minutes in total, there is a huge amount more here, on which to feast your eyes.

It's also worth mentioning that the soundtrack is superb. The music is light and never gets in the way of the commentary - it sounds mostly like a chamber orchestra and adds to the atmosphere immensely in 5.1 Dolby surround. This is undoubtedly up there with the best that 3D TV has to offer - maybe the best so far and it is certainly a must-have purchase for anybody with a 3D TV. I cannot recommend this highly enough.
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on 16 May 2013
This is the best 3D BluRay I own. The quality of video clips and time lapses is stunning. I made many 3D pictures and videos in the last 8 years and was often disappointed by the quality (e.g. 3D window violation, vertical misalignment, exaggerated parallax) of some professional 3D BluRay products. However, "Kingdom of Plants in 3D" is one of the best product so far. Not only due to almost perfect 3D, but also due to extremely interesting subject. I never imagined that plants can be so interesting. :-)
Thank you, David Attenborough!
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on 30 November 2013
David Attenborough's nature programmes are always worth watching. This one has some truly spectacular 3D qualities and surprising images of plants. You can actually learn something from "Kingdom of Plants". I think this disc would be a good example to show to your friends to convince them that a 3D TV is worth buying. I am sure that I will watch these programmes again and again.
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on 8 January 2015
I've been watching this since 2012, but some how forgot to write the review. It is an amazing use of 3D technology. Highly captivating, highly entertaining and highly educative. The quality of the production was just awesome!
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on 22 October 2012
I got this to test out my new passive 3d tv. All the hyperbole in the other reviews is justified. It is an astounding piece of work, whether you like plants or not.
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on 4 February 2013
Attenborough's latest series on the plant kingdom is another of this distinguished naturalist's fascinating documentaries. The 3D photography, with much micro and time-lapse photography, is almost unbelievable. In answers to many questions I've seen, yes, the disc will play in all regions AND it plays in 2D on conventional BR players and in 3D on 3D BR players.
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on 14 October 2014
Well, it's David Attenborough at his ever excellent standard, but it is enhanced by being in 3D which shows off the beauty of the buildings at Kew as well as the detail of the plants and beasties magnificently.
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on 19 August 2012
David Attenborough is fantastic as always and if you have a 3D screen and want to experience a next generation documentary, this is the one.

The pictures are absolutely beautiful and stunning and so are the 3D effects. Also the content was very enticing, I can't wait for another David Attenborough 3D documentary.

Highly recommended!
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on 4 November 2012
Super 3d... It is stunning... Never seen as good as this...super ,super ,super,super,super,really fantastick....l love it.. It is sugar for the flat screen....
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on 16 August 2012
When it comes to trying to capture the aesthetic glories of nature, 3D technology really is in a league of its own. You are essentially experiencing the world as you would in person here, only now that world and its beauty are expanded in size and altered in time. In this way you can witness familiar natural wonders in totally new ways, coming to better understand the lives of the amazing entities we call plants and finding much joy in so doing.

This really is a fantastic and enriching (full screen!) 3D bluray. If you have the kit then it's a vital purchase, absolutely one of the best.
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