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Discovery Atlas Comp Series [Blu-ray]


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88 of 88 people found the following review helpful
Episodes are cut Nov. 10 2009
By Gord L - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray
I'm a big fan of this series, and I own the previous Blu-ray releases of the first 4 episodes. While this is called "The Complete Collection," it's far from it. The original discs I have are all around 100 mins, while the episodes on this set are all 43:35. More than half the original episodes are gone in these new trimmed versions (please note that some of these episodes were originally 2 hours, and some were 1 hour, so not all are drastically trimmed). I'm so disappointed in Discovery.
53 of 54 people found the following review helpful
I thought this was the complete collection Nov. 14 2009
By William - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I could not be more disappointed with this "collection". Then again, it shouldn't surprise me - previous DVD releases I have bought from Discovery are also trimmed from the original episodes. There are 11 episodes here, with a running time of just under 8 hours. China, Brazil, Italy and Austrailia were previously released on HD-DVD and Blu-Ray, and were 100 minutes a piece. You do not get those here - rather, these episodes are all trimmed down to 43 minutes, throwing out more than half the length of the original 4. I recommend purchasing them in addition to this "collection".

I am thrilled to see some of the other episodes - the only other two I had seen were Japan and Mexico, and these were previously unavailable.

Having 8 episodes on two discs does have its problem. I currently have it paused on a single frame to write this review of a sunrise over Africa. There are compression artifacts and color banding and macroblocking. Its sad - the previous Discovery Atlas releases were demo discs - this release leaves a lot to be desired.

The audio is not as dynamic on the Italy and China releases as the previous releases. Not sure what is up, but sounds like DVD audio as opposed to Blu-Ray. Quite disappointing. Also, unless I am mistaken, both of those episodes also have different narrators. I have not checked out the second disc yet.

I am quite disappointed with this set. The Discovery Atlas series is one of the greatest series ever produced, and to see them mutilated in this form is sad. I think Discovery should give everyone who purchased this copies of the full episodes free-of-charge. I would not be so upset, as it was only $30, except that this was advertised as the "Complete Collection".This is sad, sad, sad, and certainly false advertising.
55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
NOT The Complete Collection! Nov. 12 2009
By Timothy K. Bryant - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I agree with others. This is NOT the complete collection. Certain episodes have been trimmed dramatically in length. The standalone episodes that were released were much more involving and had way more material! Buyers BEWARE!!! Shame on you Discovery Channel!! Shame!!
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
The not "complete" collection Nov. 27 2009
By Carmen Fuster - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Don't buy this version is not really complete! I watch the France, China and Italy documentary and there are not complete. The original versions of these documentaries are more than 100 min long. On this version they only last like 40 min!! I suggest buying each individually. Is not fair that they sell us a documentary that says "complete collection" on the cover when is not true.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful, stunning series in HD; but the edits are deeply disappointing.... Nov. 15 2009
By H. Kobler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
To those complaining that this edition features edited versions of the shows, you're absolutely right! At least four episodes (Italy, Australia, Brazil and China) are heavily edited. I own the original disks for those, and they each clock in at over 100 minutes. But in this new compilation of all the episodes, they are only about 44 minutes long. I'm not sure if the second season episodes (Japan, Mexico, Egypt, etc.) were also edited down to 44 minutes, or if they originally aired at that length.

At any rate, it's horrible that Discovery is peddling half-episodes. The beauty of the Discovery Atlas series (beyond its stunning looks) is that it would really explore the lives of the country's inhabitants. You miss a lot of that depth when four or five storylines get truncated into 44 minutes...

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