Directed by: Alastair Fothergill
Produced by: Alastair Fothergill
Narrated by: Sir David Attenborough
A truly world-class collectible! The best-selling documentary DVD of all time is now available as a numbered edition globe case you'll feel proud to display. Every time you watch, you'll be amazed by the stunning high-definition images that capture our vast natural world. Includes commentary and hours of intriguing extras. Narrated by Sir David Attenborough.
Item Number: 16360
• 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.
• 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
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! In this truly special, limited collector's edition, prepare to be overwhelmed again by the beauty and majesty of Planet Earth.
You'll be filled with awe and amazement every time you watch this stunning BBC series about our planet's best-loved, wildest and most elusive creatures, captured on breathtaking, high-definition film in the Earth's most extreme habitats. Forty cameramen and hundreds of producers, scientists and guides spent four years and $25 million to bring you this God's-eye-view of rare action and intimate moments in impossible locations. Zoom in on the elusive snow leopard hunting a mountain goat on a near-vertical cliff face in Pakistan's Hindu Kush. Swim with the blind angelfish that lives in one waterfall in one cave in Thailand. Squeeze through underground tunnels in New Mexico's recently-discovered Lechuguilla Cave, where crystals dangle like 18-foot chandeliers. Shot entirely in high-definition film, with revolutionary new aerial photography. From the team behind Blue Planet, including the esteemed and beloved Sir David Attenborough.
Pole to Pole - This episode looks at our planet as a whole and considers the key factors that have shaped its natural history. Without freshwater there is no life on land, while the sun dominates the lives of all animals and plants on Earth and defines their habitats.
Mountains - This program explains the geological and volcanic forces that shaped the land and its mountain chains. Humans like to think that once they've climbed a peak, they have somehow conquered it. But they can only ever be visitors to this hostile world.
Fresh Water - Just three percent of the Planet's water is fresh water and it is our most precious resource. Where it flows or falls it controls the distribution of all terrestrial life. This episode follows the descent of rivers from their mountain sources to the sea, and showcases the unique and dramatic wildlife found within its unexplored waters.
Caves - Caves are one of the only habitats not directly driven by sunlight, but this doesn't mean there is no wildlife. This episode probes the mysterious, perpetual darkness and reveals the unknown underground world of caves, caverns and tunnels.
Deserts - When astronauts peer down on Planet Earth, the one environment they all notice are the deserts, which make up a staggering 30 per cent of the land's surface. From space they look empty and lifeless. A closer look reveals a very different picture...
Ice Worlds - A journey to the polar extremes of our planet, where for most of the year the Arctic and Antarctic are locked in ice. As the sun abandons one pole and journeys to the other, these frozen worlds undergo the most extreme seasonal transformation on the planet...
Great Plains - The vast open wildernesses of African savannah, Asian steppe, Arctic tundra and North American prairie are the great plains of the planet. Together they cover more than a quarter of the land on Earth and one living thing is at their heart - grass.
Jungles - Beautiful floating aerial shots introduce the world's most spectacular forest vistas and high-definition cameras enable unprecedented views of the species that live on the dark jungle floor.
Shallow Seas - The newly discovered coral reefs in tropical Indonesia reveal that they are one of the richest in the world. They are home to fantasy-like creatures - such as the head-butting pygmy seahorse, the flashing 'electric' clam and bands of 30-strong sea snakes...
Seasonal Forests - From the evergreen forests of the frozen North to the deciduous dry forests of the Equator, Seasonal Forests reveals the greatest woodlands on earth.
"...jaw-dropping television from start to finish." -Sunday Express
"...sure to be the most dramatic and talked-about TV event of the year ... it might not be an overstatement to suggest that this series is so breathtaking that some viewers could find themselves at serious risk of respiratory failure." -Michael Holden, Mail On Sunday
"One programme towers head and shoulders above everything else tonight ... this is the most awesomely spectacular and wide-ranging natural history series to have hit our screens, the crowning achievement of the BBC's Natural History Unit ... Even on a non-HD screen, these images look very special. There's a clarity and depth that is closer to what we expect to see in a cinema ... With the right kind - and size - of HD TV screen, the effect is amazing." -Nigel Andrew, Daily Mail
"...it really isn't a show you can watch any less than twice. On the third viewing, I note, my boggling about the magnitude of Nature (Herds! Shoals! Teeth! Wing! Tundra!) had shifted, solipstically, to boggling about the magnitude of the humans. Dear God, but some effort has been put into this series. However amazing the creatures are that we witnessed, this is also a programme about how brilliant us guys - people - are." -Caitlin Moran, The Times
"Every few years we are treated to a series so compelling that it puts all other shows in the shade ... Every single second of these epic new films is a joy to behold ... mindblowing..." -Daily Mirror
"Planet Earth is the BBC's Natural History Unit at its biggest and boldest." -Sally Kinnes, Sunday Times
"This is the BBC doing what it does best - beautifully made, ambitious programmes fronted by a genuine, world-class expert. If I were looking forward to it any more, I would need a knife and fork for it." -Richard Hammond, Daily Mirror
"These programmes should be compulsory viewing for every school child, before they ... start to believe that it does not matter what happens to other species on this planet." -Philip Coggan, Financial Times
"...marvellous to look at ... breathtakingly beautiful photography..." -Peter Paterson, Daily Mail
"Stirring, hugely enjoyable and likely to be a deservedly massive hit ... almost every scene gained an instant place in television history." -James Walton, Daily Telegraph
"...sets a new benchmark in broadcasting ... an exquisite feast, from the opening sequence ... a natural history treat complimented expertly, as ever, by David Attenborough's polished commentary." -Robin McKie, Observer
"...filmed with such crispness and clarity that even my knackered old television, which I suspect once belonged to John Logie Baird himself, looked as if it had secretly been upgraded for high-definition broadcasts." -Thomas Sutcliffe, Independent
"...essential viewing ... crammed with grandeur ... and even humour." -Karl French, Financial Times
"Stunning footage ... it was like a snapshot of our planet in action, from its continental weather systems to its tiniest pond-life and, without trying, it instilled a deep sense of awe and respect. With a uniquely intelligent and cliché-free voiceover from David Attenborough, Planet Earth did exactly what good TV should. It showed us things we'd never get a chance to see otherwise, and left us feeling grateful for the experience. It also reminded us that the real world can be as amazing as anything conjured up by computer graphics ... a vivid reminder of why we all need to start caring, now." -Matt Baylis, Daily Express
"...the crowning glory of David Attenborough's extraordinary career." -David Chater, The Times
2007 - Best Original Television Music: George Fenton for Planet Earth
The Peabody Awards
2007 - Winner - The George Foster Peabody Awards recognize distinguished achievement and meritorious public service by TV and radio stations, networks, producing organizations, individuals and the World Wide Web.
International Emmy Awards ®
2007 - Outstanding Cinematography for Nonfiction Programming
2007 - Outstanding Music for a Series - George Fenton
2007 - Outstanding Nonfiction Series - Maureen Lemire, Alastair Fothergill, Mark Linfield
2007 - Outstanding sound Editing for Nonfiction Programming - Kate Hopkins
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