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Frozen Planet: The Complete Series [Blu-ray]
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on April 19, 2012
In recent years BBC Earth has brought us many spectacular high-definition visions of the natural world, and they've pulled out all the stops with this one: near-microscopic shots of krill feeding, extreme close-ups of polar bears, satellite shots of sea ice retreating, aerial views of enormous ice sheets, slow-motion shots of an ice dam breaking up in spring, time-lapse revelations of glaciers flowing to the sea.

The polar regions are among the strangest on earth simply because they are so unfamiliar, and even when we've seen them before (for instance in the first episode of Planet Earth, or Life in the Freezer), there are plenty of surprises here. Hunting sequences and battles between males in rut are always exciting and many are included, but often the hunts don't turn out as you might expect. Besides, even the melting of icicles in the spring is dramatic when you see it in gorgeous high-def slow-motion, as is the formation of ice crystals and snowflakes in high-def time-lapse. There's plenty of humour too, and George Fenton's musical score, reprising his role in Planet Earth, also adds to the sheer entertainment value. Besides, the sound is as amazing as the pictures, from the deep rumbling as a giant iceberg is born to the intimate crackling as of delicate hoarfrost forming.

Astonishingly beautiful as it is, this series is also packed with information, including some new discoveries, and David Attenborough's narration has never been better. Of the six episodes on the first two discs, one introduces us to the Arctic and Antarctic regions, one is devoted to each of the four seasons (at both poles), and one covers the human presence in this "Last Frontier". This final part would have fit just as well in the "Human Planet" series. With the excellent 10-minute "Freeze Frame" segment that documents the highlights of shooting, each episode is an hour long.

The third disc includes the final episode, "On Thin Ice", which shows graphically and explains how (and why) the global warming trend is changing the polar regions much more rapidly than the rest of the planet ... and how this is likely to affect all of us in the present century. This episode uses a lot of footage from the first six, but Attenborough's cogent narration puts it all in a different context. The "extras" on this third disc include:
a 20-minute featurette on the scientific work going on at the poles;
an hour-long condensed version of the first six episodes, containing the most spectacular and dramatic parts of the series;
and a host of brief pieces called "production video diaries" but not limited to peeks behind the scenes of how the series was shot. These don't have the high-def video or audio of the rest, but those i've sampled are interesting for the background information they provide.

In his introduction to the whole series, Attenborough remarks that "This is our planet's last true wilderness, and one that is changing just as we are beginning to understand it." He invites us "to witness its wonders, perhaps for the last time ... " It's hard to refuse an invitation like that, and the promise of wonders is amply fulfilled in every episode. Highly recommended!
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Although it features some footage from the ground breaking BBC: PLANET EARTH series, it is nearly impossible to go wrong with any of the extraordinary BBC produced documentary films. The exposure to unknown facts and breath taking footage make these films some of the closest many of us will every get to the precious life and beauty of this planet and with any luck, will make people more keenly aware of the damage being done to much of it, as well as the urgent need to preserve that which we are seeing within these films that so many of us have come to love.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars only because PLANET EARTH set the bar and nothing has matched it yet - IMO.
This installment, clearly focuses on the more frigid environments than the other films do and is every bit as entertaining and awe inspiring as the rest of them. Make it a part of your library, it is perfect for the whole family.
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on July 19, 2014
Wow! I thought this series was great. I have always had a fascination with the polar regions and this BBC series certainly showed them at their best. It is amazing to see what different animals do in order to survive in these harsh environments. Some of the photography, especially the time lapse and slow motion work, is simply amazing as they show the seasons changing from one to another. The sound is also excellent. As the wind howled across the Arctic in the winter all five speakers, and my subwoofer, were given a good workout. If you have any interest in nature shows, the Arctic, or Antarctica, then you will not be disappointed. After watching this I am seriously considering buying Planet Earth.
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on January 7, 2017
Penguins as you have never known can be a hard life for them and harder for the chicks once their parents leave them to fend on their own. Gives you a new appreciation for animal life, trials and tribulations. Great photography as only BBC Earth knows how.
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on October 26, 2013
What an incredible scenery and photography,and who can describe it better than David Attenborough.

From Spring to Summer with Polar bears through Autumn with the penguins.From Arctic to Antarctic. the colors,scenery ,and narration are just wonderful all three of the discs are gripping, or just listen to the background music with out the narration and relax while you watch the Polar Bear Cubs , playing,and the Penguins cleverly out witting there predators, great as an educational tool as well,A great Christmas present.
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on January 11, 2013
My wife and I love to watch these series. We have Planet Earth, Life and now add this one to our collection. The video is just amazing... and it a great learning experience.

It is admirable to see that some people go to such lengths to get such fantastic shots of wild life and nature. If it were not for these brave people we would not learn to appreciate this beautiful planet we live on.

Totally worth the money.... Of-course I grabbed it when it was on sale :-)

Amazon as always delivers packages very well and in time.
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on July 3, 2016
I recommend this book to young and old alike. It is written extremely well in that it is easily understood when describing how the various animals in it live and what dangers they must deal with. I especially liked that it does not speak up or down to the reader, the author's voice relates his experiences with the various species is such a way that you can relate to the prey and its adversary equally.
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on October 22, 2016
exploring the frozen part of the planet was interesting
some scary nature vs nature scene
very worthwhile to have

will recommend
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on December 25, 2017
Multiregion Blu-ray played fine on my North American Sony BDP-s1200 player. It MAY be an issue for some hardware.The content was great, over 10 hours of BBC material with the bonus files. Good purchase.
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on February 20, 2018
Beautiful, love watching these, I can watch them over and over, SO RELAXING!!!!
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