Synopsis ~ The best-selling factual series of all time is now even better! Planet Earth took the world by storm when it originally aired. It garnered uniformly glowing reviews, won four Emmy Awards, including Best Nonfiction Series and Best Cinematography, and its longevity on the best-seller list is legend. Now, with the addition of all new commentary and new bonus programs, you can relive this incredible experience all over again!
From the highest mountains to the deepest oceans, Planet Earth illuminates the wonders of our astonishing world like never before. It’s a celebration of the spectacular diversity of our planet, revealing the vast as well as the intimate as only high definition cinematography can. In this truly special edition, prepare to be overwhelmed again by the beauty and majesty of Planet Earth.
Studio: BBC | Warner Bros.
Running Time: 550 minutes
Number of Disks: 6
All New Special Features on both Blu-ray and DVD:
– Commentary on select episodes
– Great Planet Earth Moments: Relive the greatest moments of this revolutionary series and discover how these scenes were captured on film!
– Snow Leopard: Beyond the Myth: The BBC Natural History Unit explores a secret cave deep in the mountains of Pakistan where generations of snow leopards return each year to raise their young.
Secrets of the Maya Underworld – The freshwater pools that dot Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula were believed by the Mayans to be portals to the underworld. For the first time ever, the BBC Natural History Unit explores this incredible, labyrinthine system of underground rivers.
– Elephant Nomads of the Namib Desert: Follow the struggle for survival of two female elephants trying to raise their young in one of the harshest climates on Earth.
– “Music Only” viewing option
– Special Sneak Peek at Executive Producer Alastair Fothergill’s next blockbuster project: Frozen Planet (TBC)
*Original DVD Special Features now also on Blu-ray:
– 110 minutes of behind the scenes footage – one 10-minute behind the scenes program for each episode
– Planet Earth – The Future: This 3-part series looks at what the future may hold for endangered animals, habitats and – ultimately – ourselves. Following the environmental issues raised by Planet Earth, it asks why so many species are threatened and how they can be protected in future.
From Pole to Pole
Who would have thought the BBC would have ever been able to improve the breathtaking eye candy and sweeping grandeur of Planet Earth’s 2007 complete series release?… well, OK to be fair probably everyone given the way technology moves like a ravenous cheetah these days. But with the updated offerings of DTS-HD High Resolution 5.1 surround sound and a staggering 13 plus hours of extended features and documentary segments, Planet Earth: Special Edition brings in even more beauty and sound for nature lovers and planet huggers to behold.
Destined to be one of the quintessential series in all of natural history programming, the Planet Earth series offers peerless cinematography, fascinating topics and some of the most elusive and wondrous creatures ever to be painstakingly captured by the camera’s lens.
A flock of extras charge viewers as segments teaming with Behind-The-Scenes footage rival the amazing feature presentations as secondary units capture the perfection and problems with filming these astounding stories.
If you love commentaries, the set offers five – From Pole to Pole, Mountains, Caves, Great Plains, and an overall impression commentary by producer Mark Brownlow – all of which provide an even further understanding of both the filmmaking process in general as well as specific information on attractive topics like the dangers and delights of cave trekking, getting the perfect shot, and things to remember when dealing with animals and the elements.
The new bonuses bonanza continues with “Great Planet Earth Moments” which is very similar to the previous 2007 supplement “Planet Earth Diaries”; also on board, giving yet even more Behind-The-Scenes glimpses as well as adding another wing to the already mammoth knowledge base.
Three smaller scale documentaries round out the additions; if you can call over 45 minutes a film small, with the three dealing with journalist Nisar Malik’s journey to elaborate on the extraordinary snow leopards of Pakistan, visiting the Yucatan peninsula in search of enlightenment about the intriguing Mayan culture, and braving the dangers of the Namib Desert alongside two courageous mother elephants determined to protect their calves. There is also an optional “music only” feature which allows for a more serene and soothing viewing experience.
So with its added abundance of extras sure to tempt any reluctant 2007 purchaser, Planet Earth: Special Edition is the perfect guide-map to all things flora, fauna, fluid and fantastic.
*Purchase this title and other recent releases locally HERE
Narrator: Sigourney Weaver
Central Cinematographers: Michael Kelem | Doug Anderson | Andrew Shillabeer | Peter Kragh
Series Television Premiere: February 27, 2006 (United Kingdom)
Blu-Ray/DVD Release: October 4, 2011
Supporting Cast and more Writers found HERE