Planet Earth...

Posted by Brad Schelden, April 22, 2007 02:54pm | Post a Comment
The Discovery channel has recently been showing the nature documentary Planet Earth. I have become a bit obsessed with this show and have watched most of the episodes. For those of you who have missed it, or those without cable...the series will be released on DVD this tuesday 4/24.  This series was first broadcast on the BBC in the UK in March of last year. It was narrated by the great David Attenborough. This DVD release includes the original David Attenborough narration. For the Discovery channel U.S. broadcast the narration was replaced by Sigourney Weaver.  Some nature "Attenborough" purists are very upset about this change. I think Sigourney's voice is perfect and she does a great job. This series is absolutely amazing. The shots captured will seriously take your breath away. The show is also broadcast for High Definition. In addition, the DVD will be issued as a Blu-Ray and HD DVD. It is seriously making me consider get a High Definition TV and DVD player. But even for those of us that still have the basic set up, the show is worth investing in.

 These shows were the kind of shows broadcast on PBS in the 80s. My dad watched these  shows quite frequently and I was often forced to watch them as well. Although, I quickly became interested in the shows as I realized how awesome they were. This was a world you could not quite see at your local zoo. It was amazing to see these environments that I would never see up close and personal. The earth we live on is so vast and interesting. The animals on it so intricately connected. But most of all, what made me obsessed with these shows, was the narration by the great David Attenborough. There is something about his voice that draws you in to the world he is describing. He often was actually there in the shots interacting with the environment and animals. In this recent series, there is no interaction. It is simply beautiful shots on land and in water with perfect narration.

This DVD includes all the original 11 parts of the series. From Pole to Pole, Mountains, Fresh Water, Caves, Deserts, Ice Worlds, Great Plains, Jungles, Shallow Seas, Seasonal Forests, and Ocean Deep. This original U.K. broadcast hosted by David Attenborough includes 90 minutes not shown on the discovery channel broadcast. It also includes 110 minutes of behind the scenes footage and a 150 minute companion series "Planet Earth: the Future." The series features amazing shots of animals in their natural habitats. It includes plenty of shots of animals stalking their prey.

Another DVD box set worth checking out is "Living Planet." This is another BBC series narrated by David Attenborough. While the DVD was released a couple years ago, the series originally ran in 1984. This is a 12 part documentary that discusses the different eco-systems around the planet. The great thing about this series is that David Attenborough is actually at all the places being filmed. He actually interacts with the animals being filmed. He is a man that clearly loves what he does and know what he is talking about.  I grew up watching these shows. So this DVD is really nostalgic to watch. But it remains timeless. It is nice to actually watch something real every once in awhile. We have had an influence on many of these environments in this series. Much of this is discussed on the final part of this series "New Worlds." Hopefully people can watch these series and realize how what they do affects these environments.


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