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Human Planet: The Complete Series
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Human Planet (DVD) (2010)
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 WrightSee all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
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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!
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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Amazing story telling! It shows you life from the most exotic places in the world.Published 3 days ago by Dumpsome