There have been quite a few BBC/PBS shows and DVD's in the past
few years about the earth, with breathtaking photography, nice narration, and
beautiful music. One was "Life" and another was "Planet Earth". They are like
the nature shows you used to watch in high school, only with a much bigger
budget. They are interesting and fun to watch, especially if you are into the
environment or like watching animals and sea creatures. They are also
This latest one, "Human Planet" is all about how human beings
adapt in the various environments of Earth such as land, sea, and air. It is
divided up into 8 episodes: Oceans, Deserts, Arctic, Jungle, Mountains,
Grasslands, Rivers, and Cities.
The DVD also has some extras that are behind-the-scenes looks at
filming some of the segments when they were dangerous or difficult. Both look at
the filming from the point of view of how the cameramen and director had to work
to set it all up, despite noxious gases or crashing surf, among other things.
I think anyone would enjoy this set. It really is good to watch,
even if you are not into the earth so much. I don't usually like non-fiction
shows, but this one is interesting enough that I didn't fall asleep watching it
(unlike the ones in high school). They showed parts of it on The Discovery
Channel, heavily edited.
There are great
reviews of the DVD at Amazon, too.
Of course the Blu-ray version is even more spectacular visually
than the regular version! A great reason to finally get that blu-ray player...
Human Planet is an incredible new series and is nothing like you've
ever seen before. From the makers of Planet Earth, Life and Blue
Planet, Human Planet focuses on humanities amazing, complex and
profound relationship with nature. It weaves together 80 stories,
many never told before, to illuminate humanity's uncanny ability to
adapt and live in every corner of our diverse world. Each episode
centers on a particular habitat, and by using innovative and cutting
edge filming techniques, reveals how its people have created
astonishing solutions in the face of extreme adversity.
The series ran on the Discovery Channel April 10, 17, and 24th
followed by its DVD/Blu-ray release April 26th. It truly is an
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