- Actors: Various
- Directors: Various
- Format: AC-3, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English
- Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
- Number of discs: 3
- Canadian Home Video Rating : General Audience (G)
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- Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
- Release Date: April 26 2011
- Run Time: 480 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 123 customer reviews
- ASIN: B004PQM814
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #9,434 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
Human Planet: The Complete Series
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Following in the footsteps of Planet Earth and Life, this epic eight-part blockbuster is a breathtaking celebration of the amazing, complex, profound and sometimes challenging relationship between humankind and nature. Humans are the ultimate animals - the most successful species on the planet. From the frozen Arctic to steamy rainforests, from tiny islands in vast oceans to parched deserts, people have found remarkable ways to adapt and survive. We've done this by harnessing our immense courage and ingenuity; learning to live with and utilize the other creatures with which we share these wild places. Human Planet weaves together eighty inspiring stories, many never told before, set to a globally-influenced soundtrack by award-winning composer Nitin Sawhney. Each episode focuses on a particular habitat and reveals how its people have created astonishing solutions in the face of extreme adversity. Finally we visit the urban jungle, where most of us now live, and discover why the connection between humanity and nature here is the most vital of all.
The BBC's follow-up to their landmark Planet Earth is another astounding document of natural selection, focusing on the constantly shifting--and often remarkably harsh--relationship between human beings and their surroundings. Narrated by John Hurt, this eight-episode series explores the amazing lengths people must go to in order to survive in various unwelcoming habitats around the world, such as deserts, mountains, grasslands, and oceanic environments, all of which feature unique moments of terror and beauty. (The final episode, focusing on modern city life, suffers a bit by familiarity, although it does allow non-New York viewers a chance to glimpse rats the size of toaster ovens.) An overflowing chest of wonders, really, with such eye-popping sights as a diver who appears to have appropriated fish DNA, the most efficient way to catch giant bats, and a terrifying hunt for mussels within a rapidly submerging Artic crevasse. Other highlights include a father teaching his son how best to harvest water snakes, the symbiotic search for honey between African bird and human, and the leaders of a starving dog-sled team desperately ice-fishing for giant sharks. Memorable as the byplay between people and various critters is, however, some of the most arresting scenes focus solely on human relationships, such as an ultra-competitive tribal courtship ritual, a family carrying on the tradition of creating a living bridge, and a walk to school that involves scaling a glacier. Amid the wealth of rewind-worthy moments, perhaps most impressive of all are the brief behind-the-scenes featurettes at the end of each episode, which show the amount of persistence, vision, good humor, and sheer luck it took to bring these slices of life successfully to the screen. Take a bow, folks. --Andrew WrightSee all Product description
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As in Planet Earth, the organizing principle here is type of habitat (oceans, deserts, arctic, jungles, mountains, grasslands, rivers, cities), with each episode made up of several segments, each focussing on specific people doing amazing things for a living, mostly in exotic locations. The gripping and suspenseful qualities of each story are enhanced by John Hurt's excellent voice-over narrative, interwoven with superb location sound and effectively integrated music. Sometimes the drama is almost painfully intense, especially when the work we are seeing is highly dangerous -- for instance, the divers who have to spend hours maneuvering their nets deep underwater, sustained only by a barely-adequate boat with a diesel compressor pumping air to them through plastic tubes like garden hoses. The script does not neglect to tell you why these people are forced (or sometimes choose) to undergo these dangers, or how the film crew got these amazing shots: the 10-minute "Behind the Lens" segments at the end of each episode are essential to the whole experience because they illuminate the relationships between the filmmakers and their subjects. The contrast between traditional low-tech but high-performance skills and the sophisticated technology being used to document them becomes a vital part of the story. So does the circumstance that many of these traditional skills -- like those of three African tribesmen who face down a whole pride of lions to steal part of their kill -- are on the verge of disappearing.
Despite the tremendous range and variety of locations covered in this series, it doesn't come across as miscellaneous (or even as "humanity's greatest hits"), but rather as an exploration of the human relationship with the natural world. As we all know, that complex relationship is extremely and increasingly troubled these days, and this series makes that very clear, and does it without preaching or scolding -- it shows you in the most intimate way what's happening to people, and leaves it to your conscience to consider the implications. This pattern culminates in the final episode, which (like the series as a whole) celebrates the breadth and depth of human ingenuity and determination without neglecting the challenges we face on a global scale. It shows graphically that the stresses inflicted on the biosphere by our consumptive habits have their impact on ordinary people all over the planet -- but also that some of us are finding ways to shift our habits toward restoring and sustaining the health of our deep connection with nature. It's fitting therefore that after all the far-flung exploits featured in this series, the last word goes to the renaissance of beekeeping in New York City.
BBC Earth hasn't disappointed me yet, but this Blu-ray pushes the envelope even further. Even the packaging is perfect. Thanks also to Amazon's Earth Day sale -- long may that tradition continue as well!
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Update - After rec'd refund from the independent seller, I finally got the correct North American Version. All I have to say is Wow, this has to be one of the best BBC Nature Series, right there at the top with Planet Earth. The picture quality from this series is superb, it content is amazing, plus the behind the scenes extra, this is must have for any BBC or Blu-ray collector. The series deals with human and our co-existence with Nature. A great educational documantary. Enough praise, go check it out yourself!
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