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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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“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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5.0 out of 5 stars BBC Earth's First Homerun Feb. 24 2011
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.

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.

This set will determine whether or not you're an HD snob.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Flawed Masterpiece Oct. 27 2003
Seas of Life contains some of the most astonishing cinematography of the ocean that has yet been captured. The original orchestral score is powerful and uplifting, and represents a good fraction of the production's emotional impact. Attenborough's narration is lucid and engaging. It is only in the post-production stage that Seas of Life starts to reveal its flaws.
"Ocean World", the first installment, is a stunning overview of the series. If you decide to purcahse only one of these discs, this is the one to choose. There are images herein that will haunt you long after you've put the disc away. The production team's gift seems to be to be able to find massive numbers of one kind of creature gathered in one place. Many such scenes are presented, and each is stunning. New images from the deep ocean are shown in "The Deep", and this is the series at its mosts awesome. "Coral Seas" is probably the low point, since, while beautiful, it suffers from the worst of the series' flaws (see below).
Of note to parents: there are two very frightening scenes in the first episode (one of which is repeated in "Coastal Seas"), and I recommend you watch before letting any sensitive youngsters join in.
And now to the flaws. The producers made some strange choices which detract from the series' power. Each segment, and some more than others, have been augmented with oddly chosen and jarring sound effects, trick photography and computer-generated animations.
These techniques are used to great effect in many of the sequences, but in others are markedly deleterious. We see deep-sea bioluminescent creatures that are given "beep" noises when they display.
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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 1 month ago by Justin Hanekom
5.0 out of 5 stars Transfixing.
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. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Solomon David Dyson
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 4 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 5 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 6 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 6 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 10 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 16 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 16 months ago by tornitons
2.0 out of 5 stars Blu-ray a disappointment.
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... Read more
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