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The Blue Planet: Seas of Life (5-Disc Special Edition)


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The Blue Planet: Seas of Life (5-Disc Special Edition) + Planet Earth: The Comp Collection (Special Edition) [6-Disc DVD] + Frozen Planet: The Complete Series
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  • Format: Box set, Color, Widescreen, Special Edition, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 5
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: June 3 2008
  • Run Time: 392 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001957A4E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,264 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)


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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Joseph Lee #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on April 10 2013
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“Blue Planet – Seas Of Life” arrives at blu ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 1.78:1 encode. In my review of the fabulous “Africa”, I mentioned at the end of the review that “Blue Planet – Seas Of Life” was available on DVD since 2002. My question then was whether this latest blu ray release was originally filmed in HD. Alas, my worst fear came true. There is a tiny print on the back cover, lower right side that stated "The main feature has been upconverted from standard definition source material." The much too small warning, of course, begs the question: why release “The Blue Planet” on Blu-ray at all? The answer, it seems, is simply (besides making money) that the resulting 1080p/AVC-encoded presentation exhibits less compression artifacting than its DVD counterpart due to the extra space its two BD-50s afford. The underwater sequences are murky and muddy, with dull colours, occasionally muted blacks, less than serviceable primaries and at-times listless contrast leveling. There are very little details. I used to be able to identify every water droplets from the ocean waves, and now, sadly, it simply just looks like a white splash. Contrast is sadly lacking. There is absolutely no pop in the pictures at all, with absolutely no jaw-dropping video, like the other series mentioned above. So there isn't much in the way of a saving grace. All told, the ensuing eight-episode series suffers a painful high definition drowning. It doesn't look terrible per se -- if it were a DVD, I'd say it was backed by a dated but decently mastered presentation -- but it can't touch the various high definition BBC series available on Blu-ray, like Planet Earth, Life, Frozen Planet and Africa. (2.0/5)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By John Woodward on Feb. 24 2011
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Five years before Planet Earth there was The Blue Planet: Seas of Life. Few would deny that the latter series is the better, but that doesn't make this one any less fascinating. The footage is as spectacular as it is unique and many of the episodes, particularly 'The Deep,' capture creatures and behavior never before seen on film. 'Limiting' the series to the water in no way diminishes the scope or variety of this series as it takes us on a fascinating journey across 71% of our planet's surface.

This series is obviously less refined than Planet Earth and Life, and that doesn't just refer to the quality of the filming. The music isn't quite as good and there are a number of sequences meant to be funny that don't do much more than push you out of the experience. Attenborough's narration is still top drawer, but the stories being told don't pull you in as much as this team's later work does.

Extras
There's a making of featurette for each episode and they're almost as fascinating as the episodes themselves as they take you through how this amazing footage was captured. The crew interviews are also excellent. Then there's a selection of five other documentaries that really have nothing to do with Blue Planet beyond their subject matter and certainly pale in comparison. How much you get out of them really depends on how hungry you are for more nature documentaries. The rest of the extras (photo galleries, fact files, music video) are also pretty much filler, but I can forgive the excess quantity when there's already so much quality included.

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This set will determine whether or not you're an HD snob.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ht TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 10 2013
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I have the "Planet Earth" Blu-ray set and the quality of the images is impressive. I recall that when Blu-ray first came out all the electronics stores used this series to demonstrate their monitors and I was hoping for similar quality here.

The "Blue Planet" Blu-rays just aren't of this technical calibre. The image quality ranges from okay to poor, often with jagged edges on swimming fish and "halos" around them (I imagine from sharpening artefacts) and washed out colours (and paradoxically, gaudy cartoonish colours). Even the best "Blue Planet" sequences can't match the average (or even poorer) quality "Planet Earth" sequences.

I can't see any reason to replace the DVDs (which I also own) with the Blu-rays and regret doing so, especially since I bought a second set for my daughter. We watched it together in dismay. She said it reminded her of watching "Magnum PI". I didn't ask for enlightenment, but she wasn't being complimentary.

They don't appear to be HD at all. I have hundreds of Blu-ray discs and, while I haven't watched them all yet, this set is the poorest quality I have seen. If this is the best that the BBC could do with the source material that they had, they shouldn't have issued it on Blu-ray.

The show itself is excellent. 5 out of 5 for the DVDs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Buddy on March 11 2012
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The photography is spectacular! The information and presentation by David Attenborough is wonderful. These will be watched over and over again.Highly recommended to watch it.
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These shows must have taken hours, no years, to complete. They are absolutely beautiful. Our planet is absolutely beautiful. I cannot see the next chapter. Our children, grandchildren and their children and grandchildren to come will have to be our eyes and ears to see and know what will happen next. When I look at these shows I think of the future and think what our childrens will face and be able to accomplish. They will face many challenges but also be able to reap many rewards as well as accomplish much. I would reccomend these shows for anyone and everyone.
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