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A documentary miniseries described by its makers as "the definitive look at the diversity of our planet". Each 50 minute episode features a global overview of a different biome or habitat on Earth (Polar, Mountain, Cave, Desert, Plains, Fresh Water, Seas, Ocean, Forest), followed by a ten-minute featurette which takes a behind-the-scenes look at the challenges of filming the episode.
|Studio :||BBC, Discovery Channel, NHK,|
|Crew :||Executive Music Producer, Director,|
|Cast :||David Attenborough|
Surprisingly incoherent and boring
If you don't like this, we can't be friends.
Absolutely the worst movie.
This movie was so-so. It had it's moments, but wasn't the greatest.
What do I consider when I rate an episode of "Planet Earth"? The narration (David Attenborough may as well be God), the quality of the cinematography or scenery captured (11/10), the musical composition that gives John Williams a run for his money, or the truly intriguing glimpses into the lives of other animals? If so, "Planet Earth" is pure magic on all fronts. I'm pretty sure I cried during the first episode. I love watching "Planet Earth". I've seen the series maybe half a dozen times from start to finish. I especially love watching it in a library when everyone else is supposed to be studying because at least then people consider it to be entertainment, when otherwise they might ask me why I watch a nature documentary series in my free time (certainly not the sentiment in the United Kingdom, where we religiously watch Attenborough's nature shows, but elsewhere I have encountered inquisition over my watching of documentary programs). Anyway, the show is amazing. Truly. I have only great things to say about the show as a whole, so watch it.
The original TV show consists of 11 hour long episodes of some of the most stunning nature cinematography and harrowing real life-and-death struggles. One should definitely get the British version with David Attenborough narrating to get that old nature documentary feel. The scope is global and the visuals are cinematic. It is a thing of utter beauty. There are 3 additional episodes called Planet Earth: The Future and it's best to avoid those. It's a lot of talking heads saying the same thing from slightly different angles. I understand the motive to push for nature conservation but pushing too hard comes off as being preachy. There is greater power to show the beauty of nature. One can always insert the ugliness of human destruction without having talking heads drone on about it. The original 11 episodes are as close to perfection as TV nature documentaries can get.
This is a great series. First, the bad part... the narration can get a bit annoying. An American version would be great so measurements were in Fahrenheit, inches and miles rather than metric. Other annoyances such as the constant and incorrect use of the word "literally" which after a while is comical could also be corrected. Finally, a narrator that doesn't sound like he is talking with food in his mouth would be a big improvement. That's the bad part, but the good outweighs the bad which is why I rated this a 6. Great care and expense was obviously taken with the filming which includes everything from closeups to aerial imagery. This is the type of video that makes your HDTV really pay off.
Yes, there are beautiful wide-angle views of our PLANET EARTH. But they form ONLY about 15% of this documentary. The majority, about 80% of this movie, is about animals eating one another.Photographing animals is relatively easy and cheap, while photographing truly beautiful, wide-angle views of our Earth is very expensive and time-consuming. And obvious they knew it, which is why this movie is given the misleading title of "PLANET EARTH", instead of the correct title "ANIMALS ON PLANET EARTH". I don't want to call this cheating .As I said, yes, there are some great photos showing the beauty of the Earth. But even these are beginning to show signs of age. The blu-ray version of this movie is in VC-1, an old, not that HD format, now abandoned by everyone.One thing I dislike most is seeing a narrator jumping into your view and start talking nonsense, while I was in the middle of enjoying the beauty of a scene. This guy seemed to do this in many of the BBC nature documentaries. Luckily, he refrained from do it in this movie. Maybe they have spent too much money on this documentary and don't want it ruined BTW, if you are interested in the beauty of the Earth, rather than in animals eating one another, Frozen Planet might be a better choice, although it unfortunately covers only the poles.