Top positive review
A great educational series that is truly entertaining.
on 5 June 2017
Fantastic, a real bargain.
This set of four DVDs contains the whole Blue Planet original series, a documentary about how the series was made, plus some separate interviews with various people involved in making it. There are also some separate programmes that are not part of the original series and don't feature David Attenborough.
The Blue Planet series is superb, with great camera work, superb narration and the music is also well above the standard usually found in such documentaries. Some of the creatures featured in the deep sea episode had ever been seen before the camera crew filmed them for this series, so it really was ground-breaking work. Even some of the creatures that had been seen were never shot better than in this series. The images are beautiful and inspiring, the explanations clear, informative and interesting. One of the best wildlife documentary series ever, as you might expect with any David Attenborough effort.
The documentary about making the series is also interesting, and I liked some of the interviews with the people involved. David Attenborough would tell you it is team work that makes these programs and being one of the best writers and presenters he works with the best cameramen, researchers and producers. It's great to see them credited and interviewed too, and to see a little of their personalities which are normally hidden from us when we watch their work.
The other programs are inevitably less well made but still interesting, though I found the American presenter on one of them a poor choice. Many American wildlife documentaries are excellent and there are American presenters who are superb, but I didn't think this guy was one of them. I couldn't fault him for enthusiasm but he was noisy and didn't explain himself nearly as well as others I have seen. When selecting a documentary to go on a disk with Britain's best wildlife documentary presenter it would have been nice to see a better example of what America can do, and I know they can do better than this.
Still the set as a whole is superb and I wholeheartedly recommend it. I will watch this set many times over the coming years.