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Planet Earth: The Complete Series
Genre: Documentary

Reviewed In Issue 122 (Jul/Aug 2007) Of Widescreen Review®

Narrated by David Attenborough & Simon Poland

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 4
DTS Sound Rating: NR
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Special features include behind-the-scenes/making-of featurettes following each of the 11 segments. And Disc Five (which is not found on the hi-def versions) is considered a bonus feature and includes three featurettes: Saving Species, Into The Wilderness, and Living Together, all which run at approximately 59 minutes.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): BBC Video
(Catalog Number): E2938
(MPAA Rating): Not Rated
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(Retail Price): $79.98
(DVD Type): Five-Disc Set: DVD-9
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 821
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2006
(Theatrical Release): No
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 04/24/07
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
From the Mountains to the Shallow Seas. From the Jungles to the Great Plains. From the Caves to the Ocean Deep. Quite literally from Pole To Pole, join David Attenborough and Simon Poland as they narrate your journey across and in Planet Earth. Shot in high-definition video, each frame is filled with bold colors

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.78:1 DVD can look good, with decent detail, well-balanced contrast and natural colors. The imagery can look too digital, however, with compression artifacts often visible. And, while resolution can be good, fine detail sharpness can be wanting. Black levels are deep, but the images do not have that three-dimensional appearance that the best releases can have. Edge enhancement is visible, but not overly distracting. (Danny Richelieu)

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