Planet Earth. The Complete Series. [videorecording] / 2 entertain ; a BBC/Discovery Channel/NHK co-production ; series producer, Alastair Fothergill ; producers, Jonny Keeling, Huw Cordey, Mark Brownlow.
A stunning BBC 11-part nature series that captures rare action, impossible locations, and intimate moments with our planet's best-loved, wildest, and most elusive creatures. 40 camera teams were shooting at over 200 different locations all over the world for more than 5 years to get the pictures seen in the series. Each segment is followed by a sequence investigating the techniques and challenges of wildlife photography within that segment.
From pole to pole: This introduction to the BBC television series looks at the planet as a whole and considers the key factors that have shaped its natural history. Without fresh water there is no life on land, while the sun dominates the lives of all animals and plants on earth and defines their habitats.
Mountains: This tour of Earth's mightiest mountain ranges, starting with the birth of a mountain at one of the lowest places on Earth and ending at the summit of Everest, takes in some of the most reclusive creatures on the planet and reveals the secrets of their survival.
Fresh water: This third episode follows the descent of rivers from their mountain sources to the sea and showcases the unique and dramatic wildlife found within Earth's lakes, wetlands and great rivers.
Caves: Deep in an undiscovered world, including both poisonous and flooded caves, we find astonishing crystals; cave angel fish, the five million bats of Deer Cave in Borneo; and troglodytes, and weird creatures like the Texas cave salamander, that never sees daylight or sets foot on the surface.
Deserts: 30% of Earth's land surface is desert which can seem empty and lifeless, yet they are the most varied of our planet's ecosystems. With remarkable footage this documentary unravels the secrets behind desert survival and for the first time on such a scale, reveals the ephemeral nature of this dynamic environment.
Ice worlds: The advance and retreat of polar ice is the real challenge to life. As the sea freezes in Antarctica all animals flee, except for the Emperor Penguin. Meanwhile, in the Arctic, humpback whales are feeding and the polar bear swims vast distances, stalking a colony of walruses.
Great plains: On these immense wildernesses, from the baking savannahs of Africa to the frozen tundra of the Arctic, are found the greatest gatherings of wildlife on Earth: but close on the heels of gazelles, caribou or wildebeest come an array of plains predators --- eagles, wolves and lions.
Jungles: With little seasonality and a longer growing period, jungles are the most productive places on Earth, but surviving in the jungle is far from easy. Using state-of-the-art tracking shots and stunning aerials the film moves along the dark forest floor, up through the layers of vegetation and across the canopy.
Shallow seas: Follows a humpback whale mother and calf on an epic journey through the shallow seas of our planet. From tropical coral paradises, where the new-born calf takes his first breaths, to the storm-ravaged icy polar seas, the whales' great feeding grounds, are revealed as seas of great contrast and surprise.
Seasonal forests: From the evergreen forest of the frozen North to the deciduous dry forests of the tropics, these woodlands illustrate the intense seasonality of the Earth. The tallest, largest and oldest organisms on the planet, they are home to a fascinating range of wildlife.
Ocean deep: Feast or famine: It's the governing principle of ocean life. From the sailfish, three-meter-long rapier-billed predators, and the exquisitely shelled Nautilus to the threatened blue whale, this journey into the most unexplored part of the planet reveals the extraordinary survivors of this immense and barren realm.
Saving species: Many of the animals featured in the Planet Earth series are endangered so do we face an extinction crisis? Saving Species asks the experts if there really is a problem, looks at the reasons behind the declining numbers of particular animals and questions how we choose which species we want to conserve.
Into the wilderness: Pollution, climate change and a growing human population are all putting pressure on Earth's wildernesses including the Bialowieza forest, the Gobi Desert and the Arctic tundra. So how much of the planet is still wilderness? And why should we care? Into the Wilderness explores why these uninhabited expanses are important for our survival as well as that of all creatures on the planet.
Living together: This history of conservation throws up some interesting ideas as we look to the future of an ever more populated planet. How can conservation fit into this new world driven by economics and development? Living Together looks at the challenges facing conservation in the 21st century and looks at the role of religion in piloting a moral and ethical approach to the world we live in.
- ISBN: 1419849360 (set)
- ISBN: 9781419849367 (set)
- Physical Description: 5 videodisc (550 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
- Publisher: [S.l.] : BBC Video ; c2007.
Title from container and disc label.
Special features: 110 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage - one 10-minute behind the scenes program for each episode; "Planet Earth: the future" 3-part, 2 1/2 hour documentary.
|Formatted Contents Note:||
Disc 1: Living planet ; Mountains ; Fresh water -- Disc 2: Caves ; Deserts ; Frozen worlds -- Disc 3: The great plains ; Forests ; Jungles -- Disc 4: The shallow seas ; Ocean wide, ocean deep -- Disc 5: Planet Earth: the future.
Great plains (48 min) -- Planet earth diaries: Shot in the dark (11 min.) -- Jungles (48 min.) -- Planet earth diaries: Trouble in paradise (11 min.) -- Shallow seas (48 min.) -- Planet earth diaries: Shark quest (11 min.)
|Creation/Production Credits Note:||
Narrator, David Attenborough.
Photography, Richard Burton ... [et al.] ; editors, Tim Coope ... [et al.] ; original music, George Fenton ; performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra ; narrator, David Attenborough.
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|System Details Note:||
DVD, region 1, widescreen (16:9, enhanced) presentation; Dolby surround, dual-layer, DVD-9.
English dialogue with optional French or Spanish subtitles; English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing.
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