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Human Planet: The Complete Series [Blu-ray]

John Hurt    Unrated   Blu-ray
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The BBC's follow-up to their landmark Planet Earth is another astounding document of natural selection, focusing on the constantly shifting--and often remarkably harsh--relationship between human beings and their surroundings. Narrated by John Hurt, this eight-episode series explores the amazing lengths people must go to in order to survive in various unwelcoming habitats around the world, such as deserts, mountains, grasslands, and oceanic environments, all of which feature unique moments of terror and beauty. (The final episode, focusing on modern city life, suffers a bit by familiarity, although it does allow non-New York viewers a chance to glimpse rats the size of toaster ovens.) An overflowing chest of wonders, really, with such eye-popping sights as a diver who appears to have appropriated fish DNA, the most efficient way to catch giant bats, and a terrifying hunt for mussels within a rapidly submerging Artic crevasse. Amid the wealth of rewind-worthy moments, perhaps most impressive of all are the brief behind-the-scenes featurettes at the end of each episode, which show the amount of persistence, vision, good humor, and sheer luck it took to get these slices of life to the screen. Take a bow, folks. --Andrew Wright

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Following in the footsteps of Planet Earth and Life, this epic eight-part blockbuster is a breathtaking celebration of the amazing, complex, profound and sometimes challenging relationship between humankind and nature. Humans are the ultimate animals - the most successful species on the planet. From the frozen Arctic to steamy rainforests, from tiny islands in vast oceans to parched deserts, people have found remarkable ways to adapt and survive. We've done this by harnessing our immense courage and ingenuity; learning to live with and utilize the other creatures with which we share these wild places. Human Planet weaves together eighty inspiring stories, many never told before, set to a globally-influenced soundtrack by award-winning composer Nitin Sawhney. Each episode focuses on a particular habitat and reveals how its people have created astonishing solutions in the face of extreme adversity. Finally we visit the urban jungle, where most of us now live, and discover why the connection between humanity and nature here is the most vital of all.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nature's Most Amazing Exploits May 10 2011
By Gary Fuhrman TOP 50 REVIEWER
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The Planet Earth series set a new standard for the documentary art, communicating the excitement of scientific discovery while showing us the wonders of the natural world with spectacular state-of-the-art cinematography. But the BBC's film crews, writers, producers and vocal performers have continued to raise the standard ever since, and now the 8-hour Human Planet series does it again. Only this time the focus is on the most amazing species of them all.

As in Planet Earth, the organizing principle here is type of habitat (oceans, deserts, arctic, jungles, mountains, grasslands, rivers, cities), with each episode made up of several segments, each focussing on specific people doing amazing things for a living, mostly in exotic locations. The gripping and suspenseful qualities of each story are enhanced by John Hurt's excellent voice-over narrative, interwoven with superb location sound and effectively integrated music. Sometimes the drama is almost painfully intense, especially when the work we are seeing is highly dangerous -- for instance, the divers who have to spend hours maneuvering their nets deep underwater, sustained only by a barely-adequate boat with a diesel compressor pumping air to them through plastic tubes like garden hoses. The script does not neglect to tell you why these people are forced (or sometimes choose) to undergo these dangers, or how the film crew got these amazing shots: the 10-minute "Behind the Lens" segments at the end of each episode are essential to the whole experience because they illuminate the relationships between the filmmakers and their subjects. The contrast between traditional low-tech but high-performance skills and the sophisticated technology being used to document them becomes a vital part of the story.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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I have recently purchased the BR version of the Human Planet from one of the independent sellers listed in Amazon.ca. The version they have sent me turns out to be an "UK" version with format 1080i/50. The way to distinguish the version is by the cover, the UK version has a yellow "PG triangle" in the left bottom corner, while the US version doesn't. The problem with this UK Blu-ray is that due to its format, it's not playable to any North America machines (PS3, LG BR ROM, Samsung Blu-ray etc). In order to play, you actually need an all region player which I don't have. I ended up sending back to the seller and got my full refund. So if you're planning to buy the Blu-ray from any independent sellers from Amazon.ca, make sure you check with them whether they have the correct version and check the cover when you rec'd the package, b/c it turns out that my seller and its supplier weren't even aware of the region issue. See below links for more details. Hope you have a smooth purchase without going through the trouble like I did!

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Update - After rec'd refund from the independent seller, I finally got the correct North American Version. All I have to say is Wow, this has to be one of the best BBC Nature Series, right there at the top with Planet Earth. The picture quality from this series is superb, it content is amazing, plus the behind the scenes extra, this is must have for any BBC or Blu-ray collector. The series deals with human and our co-existence with Nature. A great educational documantary. Enough praise, go check it out yourself!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Eric Lawton TOP 500 REVIEWER
Yes, the photography is just as astounding as the other BBC collections in this genre - this is the best of what TV can be - but I found that, contrary to my expectations, this was even more compelling than the pure "nature" shows of Blue Planet and its other predecessors. It holds up a mirror to what it means to be human, and the many different ways there are of being human. It is not possible to retain any sense of superiority about our Western city ways when we learn to appreciate the skills involved in these ways of life which are as successful in their own environments as those we are in our own.
I did find the narration a bit "breathless" or over the top. Although it is mostly well articulated, I wish there were a few rivers which were not "mighty" or that nature didn't always have to be "angry" or "bountiful" or in some other such mood.
Otherwise, it would have been worth six stars, so it still gets 5 from me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's all personal Feb. 21 2013
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While the BBC's cinematography is fantastic as always, nothing beats the soothing voice of David Attenborough who is not the narrator of this series (although john Hurt is good). Also, while the series lives up to its name in terms of content, it turns out I prefer the nature series with no humans. So as a BBC series, it's top notch. It really is personal and I understand that eventually, David must be replaced.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another gem from BBC Earth Aug. 1 2012
By Iris
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I have recently purchased The Human Planet and several BBC Earth series (Planet Earth, Life, The Frozen Planet) and never once did BBC let me down. The scenes are spectacular and the narration captivating. If you watched Planet Earth, you would not want to miss this series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Amazing series
Published 26 days ago by K
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The BBC, what can I say!?
Published 1 month ago by Annmarie West
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Ton Van Haeren
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series
Very interesting and informative series.
Published 2 months ago by Maggie Evans
4.0 out of 5 stars Human Planet
So far, I have only watched 1 of 3 disks and the scenery and photography are amazing. I also own Wild China
which I highly recommend for someone who has never been to China,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by marcus welby
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
I've read some reviews where the writer did not like John Hurt as the narriator. Personally, I was happy with the narriation and with the quality of the photography and skript of... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Soma Hemingway
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and educational!
Our family is really enjoying this series! It has a lot of information presented in a very engaging and exciting manner.
Published 4 months ago by Julia Brubaker
5.0 out of 5 stars good series
Good package offered. The bundle comes with serveral disc which is offered at good price.
I don't need to watch low quality series from the web anymore.
Published 5 months ago by Edmond Wong
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunningly beautiful and informative.
Very well made documentary with breathtaking shots and absolutely stunning stories of people living in extraordinary ways across the globe. A must watch
Published 6 months ago by Julien Michalski
5.0 out of 5 stars Human Planet series
Bought this for my grandson's and they were over joyed and keep watching it again and again. I look forward to maybe another season of this.
Published 7 months ago by duke dog
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