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Monday, April 19, 2010

Review: Planet Earth

Planet Earth is the BBC HD documentary series covering all the various landscapes and wildlife of the planet. It also seems to be the Blu-Ray used to show off people who've bought new entertainment systems.

The cinematography is just amazing. I can't watch even half an episode without thinking to myself that the cinematographers must have spent weeks sitting in blinds trying to capture the images and shots in the series. The sound is perfect, and the narration by David Attenborough brings back days of sitting in classrooms getting to watch a documentary instead of listening to another boring lecture.

I do have complaints, and it's that the series as a whole seem shallow. In nearly every episode, the narration raises more questions than it answers, and you wish it occasionally would stop to explain something rather than just barrel along to the next wonder of nature. Of course, you could watch the series with a laptop so you can Google questions as they come up, but to take your eyes off screen after screen of beautiful shots would be silly.

If you own a Blu-Ray player and a home entertainment system capable of showing it off, buy Baraka. After you're done watching that, then get a copy of Planet Earth (there're so many floating around, I'm sure you could just borrow it from someone) and view it. Don't take my word for it, Amazon's released Episode 1: Pole to Pole in HD for free. So go watch it already.

1 comment:

Unknown said...

Hi Piaw,
I agree, Plant Earth (PE) is great! Interestingly, PE was shown on the Discovery channel in HD. However, the American version was narrated by Sigourney Weaver. In the American version, or at least what was on the Discovery channel, there were small segments about the making of PE. As you astutely noted, the filmmakers talked about sitting in place for days, if not weeks, to capture that one moment. Truly remarkable!

Discovery channel is now showing its latest feature - Life, narrated by Oprah Winfrey. Not as long as PE, but still good stuff about nature.

Btw, you're right, PE is available in DVD, Blu-Ray and in the old Toshiba HD-DVD format. I have the a Toshiba HD DVD player and PE is fantastic. Good Luck!