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

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  • Format: Box set, Color, Widescreen, Special Edition, NTSC
  • Language: 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
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : General Audience (G)
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: June 3 2008
  • Run Time: 392 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 62 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B001957A4E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,229 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Blue Planet:Seas of Life: Special Edition


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 --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase

“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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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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I love this DVD. The scenes offered to the viewer are beyond anything you could imagine. Truly breathtaking, beautiful, tragic... Will remain one of our faves.
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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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I got the Blue Planet for Christmas, and when I saw the blue whale (Ocean World), the footage was phenomanal, as was the killer whales hunting the gray whale calf! I enjoyed the slow-motion-view of the emperor penguins slipping onto the ice (Frozen Seas). I thought that everything was cool on Open Ocean (for example, a striped marlin hunting for fish). I wouldn't say "The Deep" was the best one, but I did like the hairy anglerfish (only seen 1 time) and the sperm whale rising for a last breath for over an hour to dive 1000 meters down into the deep ocean. The grey seals were cool in "Seasonal Seas", as was the 3-ton basking shark. A giant whale shark and singing humpback whales made "Coral Seas" #3 in the 4. "Tidal Seas" was 100% awesome seeing 500 fin whales opening their giant mouths to filter-feed krill. "Coasts" was my least favorite, because, you know, they were usually shore animals except for the killer whale at the very end. I have 13 other films by David (the 12-set "Trials of Life" and "Survival Island." I think David is the best documentist ever.
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