Planet Earth [Special Edition Gift Set] [6 Discs] [Blu-ray]

  • SKU: 3521346
  • Release Date: 10/04/2011
$61.99
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Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (473 out of 477)

Special Features


  • Four new bonus programs
  • Frozen planet sneak peek
  • Producer commentary
  • Eleven production video diaries
  • Planet Earth: the future


Overall customer rating

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding Achievement

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    ncduncan60
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    Absolutely a must have for any serious Bluray collector. While it no longer is the must see demo disc and the video has been surpassed, the original Planet Earth release was the gold standard in Bluray's infancy, but was somewhat of a flawed release in that it left out so much material. This newer Special Edition remedies most of those flaws and adds back the Behind the Scenes Diaries, extra commentaries, much improved audio tracks, several great episodes of "Natural World" including the truly spectacular full hour version of the Snow Leopards of which Planet Earth only excerpted. The bonus material just goes on forever it seems. David Attenborough never fails to impress with his entertaining narration, but he never stomps on the material like so many of his imitators. The man earned his stripes and he obviously loves his job. The only possible minor flaw in this release was the the decision to go back to 1080i video as it was originally produced rather than the somewhat flawed fake-1080p of the original release. While there are times where the overall detail is a bit less than the original, this versions improved color saturation, reduced banding, and improved image stability make it overall similar to the 2007 release. The other issue isn't a flaw, but more of a source limitation. This documentary was started in the early days of HD cameras and was pushing the limits of what was available 10 years ago. With extreme environmental light/dark, hot/cold, underwater, and near black cave scenes this strained the limits of what was possible in the early 2000's. Advances in HD technology make this source material ancient in a sense and no doubt could easily be bested with 2013 equipment, but the years and effort that it took to make this series is unlikely to be ever be re-created in any way to improve the overall heart of this material.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Ultimate compliment for Life/Blue Planet

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    jpetrucci07
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    This IS my reference documentary for all biology and evolution along with Life/Blue Planet also from BBC. BBC covers everything except outter space (astronomy documentaries elsewhere). It presents some of the coolest, most dangerous to capture ever camera shots in amazing 1080p [ how on Earth do you film hi def cameras in the Antarctic UNDERWATER?!?!? BTW it tells you in special features ;) ]. If you have a regular small TV or a giant setup like me with Marantz receivers and 7.1 Axiom speakers you won't be let down. The DTS Hi Res track is to my audiophile ears, indistinguishable from the lossless DTS HD MA. The entire gamut of animals is covered too, with none of the boring African Safari ONLY animals countless of other documentaries covered. Whether you're a Biology major like me or just a neophyte and curious about animals, this IS the piece for you. Oh, and David Attenborough''s narration is dead on, his voice is calming and clear like a Morgan Freeman...the perfect British compliment for this educational video. All in all 5/5 presentation, and I am picky when it comes to my blu ray reviews. Best purchase of the year from BestBuy for this price!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Still a Great Series, Years Later

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    Inanition
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    Full disclosure - I waited eagerly for each new episode of Planet Earth when it was first broadcast in the US on Discovery 10 years ago. And when it came out on DVD, I picked it up right away. And now I've finally gotten around to upgrading to the blu-ray version. But do I still think it's absolutely worth owning? You bet - read on to see why. When Planet Earth first came out, it was a visual tour de force - the best way to show off your shiny new HDTV. That piece has aged just "ok" - it's still a pretty picture and sharp enough but certainly not something to awe us in the era of streaming 4K. The piece that hasn't changed a bit though is the masterful coverage of places, plants and animals that most of us would never otherwise see, certainly not in their native environments. And with these environments disappearing every day, it becomes even that much more important to preserve them in any way possible - including film. So I will buy Planet Earth in the best format I can, not to showcase my TV's prowess, but to save to show those in the future the awe of the natural world.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Brilliant

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    f451
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    The sights and sounds are brilliant! The image and audio quality of this 6-disc Blu-ray set are exemplary. The 1080i image is flicker free and everything looks great. the DTS 5.1 is stellar. The content is jaw-dropping great. The set contains a plethora of extras. This title has been released several times. My favorite is the globe packaging. This physical package is pretty good *except* for the cardboard sleeves for the individual discs. Cardboard sleeves are *not* a good idea as they can scratch the surface of the disc which in turn can result in play disruption. That happened on one of the discs on first play. Cardboard sleeve (and staggered hub) packaging should be banned. Big mistake. That being said, "Planet Earth" on Blu-ray is, again, brilliant and I'm delighted to have it in my collection.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful videos

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    Loves3D
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    My only criticism about this series is that it leaves the viewer feeling that there are a lot of pristine places left on Earth. The truth is that some of the films are made near areas where humans have devastated the ecosystem. That is not a fault of the films producer and director, just a concern that gives me an uneasy feeling when I watch these windows into nature as it once was all over the globe. The answer would be for them to include a larger view to show where these little areas fit into the bigger picture, including proximity to human communities, and how humans are putting pressure on these fairly pristine areas.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Interesting documentary in need of restoration

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    rbg08
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    These documentaries are fascinating and entertaining at the same time. While younger kids may be better served with Disney's shorter 2-hour version entitled "Earth", this BBC series is a must-see. Unfortunately, this series was released originally on Blu-ray shortly after the format's creation and has never been updated since. The video resolution is only 1080i (instead of the standard 1080p) and the audio is a lossy format as well. Don't get me wrong, it still looks and sounds great, but I can only wonder how much better it might be with a higher resolution video and lossless audio track.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent

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    Rainy
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    Just an amazing, amazing series. The visuals alone are gorgeous, often mesmerizing, and sometimes hard to believe. Planet Earth deserves all the acclaim it's gotten. I still haven't watched even half of it yet! This blu-ray package seems to have everything anybody could want, with the original narrator, the super cool making-of features, and an option to play it without the narration if you just want to watch (and listen to the excellent soundtrack).

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    After years, still breath taking.

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    matt
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    I remember purchasing this years ago when Blu-ray was first adopted, and my jaw was left on the ground. Nothing has changed, and with this Special Edition you get a ton of bonus content. Now, having said that....the bonus content is on DVD and I'm not sure of the resolution but it isn't HD, so that's a negative. Doubly so since this may be a re-buy or double dip for a lot of people. Keep that in mind. If you have NEVER watched or owned this...please buy this. It is on sale for $14.99 and worth every penny.

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