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Planet Earth II [DVD] [2016]

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    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1740 out of 1755)

    Special Features


    • Planet Earth Diaries - one 10-minute feature at the end of each episode showing how this astonishing footage was captured.

    Synopsis


    Planet Earth II
    This follow-up to the groundbreaking Planet Earth uses new technology to explore our natural world. From jungles to mountains to urban cities, this series provides a dramatic, up-close portrait of life on our planet., Rovi



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    Rating 4.9 out of 5 stars with 1755 reviews

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Problematic UHD (4K) Blu-Ray set

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      Mike
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      Let me start by saying that I was a huge fan of Planet Earth. Easy 5 stars all day. The Planet Earth II set was viewed on an OPPO UDP-203 Ultra HD Blu-Ray Player and 65" LG OLED TV (2016 model) With Planet Earth II, I had high expectations but was unfortunately left stunned in some areas and overly disappointed in others. There are currently 2 sets in the US: Blu-Ray (1080p) and UHD Blu-Ray (4k). I'll be reviewing the 4K set. The 4K set includes 3 discs; Disc 1 & 2 have 3 episodes each (6 total) while Disc 3 is a normal blu-ray disc holding the extra features (a bit under an hour of content). Each episode runs about 45 minutes, so you're getting roughly 6 hours of content across the 6 episodes + bonus feature. First disappointment: All 3 discs are included in a 2-disc case. The 2nd disc is stacked on top of the 3rd, causing scratching. Audio is presented in DTS-HD MA 5.1. Picture is 16:9 ("Fullscreen" on a widescreen TV). The 4K set requires a 4K TV and 4K UHD Blu-Ray player. It will not play on a normal blu-ray player. No 1080p disc (besides the bonus features) is included on the 4K set; no digital copy is included. So why the 4 stars? Some of the content here is stunning. Insanely detailed, sharp and exciting (especially in HDR!). Some of the content is OK (still good, but not 4K) and some is downright awful. We're talking slightly above DVD Quality. There is no consistency and this happens in all episodes. This appears to be due to the mix of different cameras; while some are filmed with high-end equipment, some other shots appear to be shot with a gopro stuck in the forest or the desert (and I'm not exaggerating here). I didn't notice any shots like this during Planet Earth (1) so it was a surprise to see here. This may be the best that the gopro footage has ever been seen.. but it's still gopro footage. Shots will quickly go from high-end to low-end, making the problems much more obvious. Lastly, while the content during Planet Earth 1 was entertaining and captivating throughout, I felt Planet Earth 2 was good but had some slower moments that were unlike the first. Overall, I don't regret it. More Planet Earth content is always great! Unfortunately, it's not up to par with how it SHOULD have looked. Or how good the content itself should have been.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      No Better Way To Feed Your 4K TV Raw 4K Veggies!

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      whysoblu
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      Like it or not I’m going to start this 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray review of Planet Earth II off by admitting I’m not generally a fan of documentaries. Unless the subject matter really interests me I tend to find them boring and rather uninteresting. I’m sorry. I’m just wired ignorantly like that. However, if you’re and A//V enthusiast like us all here there’s no denying the special place Planet Earth holds in all our Blu-ray hearts. Back in 2006 it was one of the first television series to grace the format with its HD beauty. It showcased the possibilities of how grand HD video looked in the home front and basically gave Blu-ray (and HD-DVD at the time) a reason to exist. Now fast forward ten years and we have a new home format competing for our living rooms, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. Coincidentally we have a new season of Planet Earth to properly display too. So in essence there’s really no better way to celebrate the first television series on the new 4K home format than by bringing BBC’s Planet Earth II onto the scene once again. Read the rest of my full review writeup here: http://whysoblu.com/planet-earth-ii-4k-uhd-blu-ray-review/

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The most breathtaking documentary I've ever seen

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      PhilipM
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      This is without a doubt the most stunningly produced documentary I've ever seen. The series of six episodes beautifully captures details of life in various ecosystems including islands, deserts, mountains, and forests. The presentation follows various animals through discussions of how they eat, live, and mate and the ecological challenges they face and overcome. People of all ages should be able to relate to their stories and will marvel at the variety, versatility, and ingenuity of life on our planet. The superb narration by Sir David Attenborough is the cherry on top of this already perfect blend of beauty, education, and enthralling stories.Very young children may be stressed about the plights of some of the animals, but generally the circle of life is handled with sensitivity to all viewers. If you have a 4K TV and UHD Blu-Ray player, this is also one of the best showcases you will find for the improved detail and color capabilities of these devices.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Fantastic Visuals

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      rtylerdavis
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      I bought this and a new Xbox One S to watch it on our new M70-D3, 4K, HDR TV. I was a little bit skeptical since I hadn't really experienced 4K before, but I bought this knowing how much I loved the first Planet Earth, and I was not disappointed. As usual, BBC kills it. David Attenborough's narrating is intense and stimulating. The score is perfectly matched with the scenes, keeping you engaged, and on the edge of your seat throughout every episode. Finally, the visuals. BBC must have dumped quite a bit of money into this one because I was blown away. Some scenes aren't QUITE as good as others, I've read complaints about the jungle segment, stating that it looks like it was filmed on Go Pro's. It is definitely not as good as the normal scenes, but it's still excellent quality picture. There were lots of scenes where I was just left wondering how they even filmed them. Would recommend!

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Another reference set from BBC for a new format

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      M992
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      My wife was sold on buying a 1080p TV when she watched Planet Earth. 10 years later, Planet Earth II (in six episodes on two 4K UHD discs) is my bait for the 4K UHD TV we bought from Best Buy. The aerial shots especially show off the clarity and sharpness of the images. HDR not only produces eye-popping color, but also enhances individual pigmentation to bring out a sharper picture. The red crabs on Christmas Island are a good example. Moreover, the program is not just a bunch of breathtaking images. Attenborough's narration puts everything in perspective. A third 1080p disc contains Planet Earth II Diaries, behind-the-scenes footage for the six episodes, which provides further context. All told, this is a must-own set to show off your new 4K UHD TV. I bought this set straight from my local Best Buy store and the buying experience was, as usual, quick and smooth.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The best way to see the benefits of 4K UHD

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      C3nMe
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      When I purchased a HD system back in the day, I used Planet Earth as the test for seeing the benefits of the experience. It was impressive. Now that I have a 4K setup, Planet Earth II was my first choice to see the impact of the upgraded system. It was incredible! The detail of the image was immersive and felt like we were seeing it in person. The photography is breathtaking and Sir David Attenborough make it a familiar and unique experience. Only wish there was more episodes to enjoy. Notes: I did not use the default settings on the TV; basically never do that since they're configured for display purposes. I used Cinema Pro on my Sony TV. Make sure you have a HDMI 2.0 cable, or you won't get the full benefit. Also considered buying Deadpool to watch in UHD ...may still pick that up :)

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Gorgeous Picture!

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      dwoods
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      I purchased an LG OLED 65 inch curved screen...I have an xbox one s...there is a lot of user generated 4k even with hdr that has amazed me. To say that I was blown away..words can not begin to explain. There are 2 sequences that come to mind. One involving a pack of lions chasing down a giraffe which is as amazing for the camera angles as the 4k HDR presentation...but the one that really blew my mind involved close ups on some Golden Eagles battling over a carcass. The 4k image along with the brilliant colors and lighting of HDR..the close ups and slow motion of the battle..the details and colors of the eagles themselves that no human eye could ever pick up on its own..for that scene alone..as amazing and beautiful and powerful as the greatest action scene in the greatest action film..that alone made 4k worth it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Time to show off your 4k tv

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      f1tommy808
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      If you want to show someone why you bought a 4k set-up, show them this. It just looks ridiculous (in a good way). As far as the series itself goes, I was brought up in the UK so Attenborough is what we got as nature programmes, all the way from the original Life On Earth. Everything he does, is done properly and in my opinion is the gold standard for nature documentary work. My only reservations with this particular piece is that it's relatively short compared to the original. That leave the whole thing feeling a little thin. Again, this is only in comparison to his other works, most of which I have already on various formats. This still has the power to grip an audience. Looking forward to what he does next with Blue Planet 2. Already imagining all the underwater stuff in full 4k HDR.

      I would recommend this to a friend


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