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

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Extraordinary footage and eloquent narration by David Attenborough highlight the BBC's remarkable wildlife series The Blue Planet: Seas of Life. "Ocean World" begins with astonishing views of a gigantic blue whale--the elusive Holy Grail of undersea photography--and the marvels continue to demonstrate the power, diversity, and profound ecological influence of Earth's oceans. "Frozen Seas" examines whales, walruses, penguins, and other creatures under the extreme conditions of the Arctic and Antarctic Circles. The next two episodes are even better. "Open Ocean" travels thousands of miles into the vast "liquid desert," where currents determine how the ocean's diverse life forms will assume their places in the food chain. More amazing, "The Deep" descends with a state-of-the-art submersible to the ocean's abyssal plain and beyond, filming such bizarre creatures as the fangtooth, bioluminescent jellies, transparent squid, the giant-mouthed gulper eel, and the never-before-seen hairy angler fish.

"Seasonal Seas" focuses on the explosion of life that accompanies every annual blooming of plankton, numbering in the countless billions and captured here with brilliant microphotography. In "Coral Seas," miles-long reefs of living coral are explored, from deep within (requiring brief computer animation) to the surrounding environs, where you'll see white-tipped sharks in a feeding frenzy while beautiful harlequin shrimp wrestle with a starfish. "Tidal Seas" explores the myriad life forms that thrive when lunar gravity pulls the oceans offshore. "Coasts" is easily the most brutal episode, but no less mesmerizing. The most unexpected, and horrifying, sequence is the orca, earning its "killer whale" nickname by capturing, killing, and tail-tossing a seal pup--a sequence so mysteriously primal that even the most seasoned marine biologist will be utterly amazed. One of the finest wildlife programs you're ever likely to see, The Blue Planet: Seas of Life provides the privilege of visiting a truly alien world teeming with the rarest wonders of nature. --Jeff Shannon


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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
By Dr. Joseph Lee #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars BBC Earth's First Homerun Feb. 24 2011
Format:DVD
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
2.0 out of 5 stars Blu-ray a disappointment. April 10 2013
By ht TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
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
5.0 out of 5 stars The blue planet: Seas of life March 11 2012
By Buddy
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Transfixing. May 8 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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5.0 out of 5 stars This series is visually stunning, highly informative, and ...
This series is visually stunning, highly informative, and well presented. This is also a keeper and something you will want to share with your children and their children.
Published 3 days ago by Justin Hanekom
5.0 out of 5 stars Great BBC Earth Addition
Take's the viewer deeper into the complexities of the sea's life. Not necessarily a bright visual display as some of BBC's discs offer, as it's mainly all underwater and 400... Read more
Published 3 months ago by mark nusca
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Awesome show's. Great quality on a good tv. BBC is the top dog when it comes to filming the world and all it's wonders.
Published 3 months ago by Jeff Hamm
5.0 out of 5 stars BEAUTIFUL
i can watch these DVD's over and over again and they lift my spirits every time
Magnificent photography as usual for BBC Documentaries
Published 5 months ago by Susan Acton
4.0 out of 5 stars Great shape, on time, great service
I would highly recommend this seller to anyone. Product came on time and in great shape. This series of documentaries is unique and one of a kind that only BBC could pull off.
Published 5 months ago by Don Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars The Blue Planet: Seas of Life
An excellent series full of new information and spectacular underwater scenes and of interest to all age groups including children.
Published 8 months ago by Robb Stanway
5.0 out of 5 stars great series
I Highly recommend this series for adults and Kids as well.
Must have for any collection, Blu ray would be best.
Published 15 months ago by Glenn Ross
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice coverage
I saw it on Netflix, so the picture was badly compressed, as usual. Nonetheless, the whole set is very interesting, without going too much in depth, giving a lot of exemples on... Read more
Published 15 months ago by tornitons
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE!
I absolutely love these movies. If David Attenborough could narrate my life, it would be so much more awesome, and of course as a student of marine biology, it's just a great... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Viridis
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, as always
What can I say? David Attenborough's charming narration compliments the beautifully captured imagery of some of the most fascinating underwater seascapes on our planet. Read more
Published 21 months ago by JC
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