Planet Earth (2006)
A documentary miniseries described by its makers as "the definitive look at the diversity of our planet". Each 50 minute episode features a global overview of a different biome or habitat on Earth (Polar, Mountain, Cave, Desert, Plains, Fresh Water, Seas, Ocean, Forest), followed by a ten-minute featurette which takes a behind-the-scenes look at the challenges of filming the episode.
An unexpected masterpiece
How wonderful it is to see this fine actress carry a film and carry it so beautifully.
The film's masterful storytelling did its job. The message was clear. No need to overdo.
The whole thing is remarkable. It is by far one of the best documentarie I have ever seen. The big question is: is it all real? Did they use CGI in any of that? They were able to shoot amazing things which are very unlikely to happen in front of a camera. A lizard running above the water? A spider inside a plant in the equatorial forest? An electrical creature at more than 300atm down below? I wish it is all true and we are actually experiencing miracles of nature. Is that so? I ask my friends of BBC to tell me the extent of greatness which is actually provided by facts and what is the fruit of our imagination (regardless of its beauty). In any way, it's a must see. Beauty is universal. Alfeu
I am not a wildlife documentary fan, but this series was so astonishingly amazing that it had me in awe. Everything about this series, from the visuals to the music, is better than almost anything I have seen before. 'Planet Earth' had everything perfectly done, managing to keep anyone watching glued to the screen, listening to David Attenborough's voice, the tense music and taking in the most amazing television visuals there have ever been.The directing and the camera work of the documentary are too amazing to describe. The crew have been all around the world, filming things I would consider impossible in the perfect lighting and angles in the amazing span of a mere five years. And they was filmed high definition too. No wonder this is the most expensive documentary ever commissioned by the BBC. I can't even imagine the hard work the director, Alastair Fothergill, and the rest of the crew had to go through to create such a perfect looking documentary.The writing is obviously needed. Gary Parker and David Attenborough have contributed the most. Without their writing, Attenborough's narrating wouldn't be even close to how interesting and appropriate it is. Attenborough, as always, is the perfect voice to use in 'Planet Earth'. He creates the calm but majestic feel the documentary needs. His informative voice makes everything seem ten times more interesting. The tone he uses is simply perfect, raising his voice in the appropriate scenes and sounding constantly genuinely interested in what he is describing.The music creates the needed atmosphere for the series. It is constantly there in the background, unnoticeable but necessary. It is usually calm and peaceful, suiting both the visuals and Attenborough's voice. When needed, the music will change to entirely different, but equally as good, pieces. It grows loud and exciting when there is a hunt or battle between creatures, and becomes beautiful and majestic with landscape visuals and scenes of plants growing. I believe that George Fenton's music is the most under-appreciated thing about this documentary. It is a truly brilliant composition.The above mentioned cast and crew would still be nothing without the rest. Every single one of the crew is needed. They all hugely contributed to this documentary. Surely this is the most worked on series of all time? I mean, it's perfect in basically every way it needs to be. It creates the perfect atmosphere, visuals and general feeling for the series. It couldn't be better. This series has looked into almost every corner of the Earth and has discussed some of its most interesting subjects. It has left documentaries afterwards with huge shoes to fill and satisfy.Overall, this is simply the most amazing documentary ever made. This is the only series where I have rated every episode as 10/10. If it weren't for all of the more stubborn and obnoxious Breaking Bad fans giving this series 1/10s after it had finished just to raise it to the number one spot, this'd be number one, and rightfully so. As much as I love Breaking Bad, this show deserves the number one spot. The 1/10s for this series shot up after Breaking Bad. But that doesn't matter because we all know just how good this documentary is. I have never been so in awe in my life before this series. Astonishing.
This is a feedback on the blu-ray version of Planet Earth: In an age when 'free downloads' are preferred mode for owning movies and documentaries, I shelled out three times more money to buy a blu-ray version of the DVD version I possess just to appreciate the hard work undertaken, to contribute one's mite to fund such beautiful projects and to have an even more spectacular view of the documentary. But 'Planet Earth Diaries' (12 such episodes) part of the 'complete series' in the DVD version has been culled out in the blu-ray version. Although the blu-ray experience is breathtaking, I feel shortchanged by this culled version of Planet Earth. One of the reasons why I bought the blu-ray version was to watch the 'diary' on the snow leopard. It would be an understatement to say I am thoroughly disappointed that this is not there in the blu-ray version. The blu-ray should ideally have the warning, 'the incomplete version'
Planet Earth is one of the best nature documentaries ever filmed for the combination of the mesmerizing images of life all around the world and David Attenboroughs calming narration that fits the subject matter perfectly. The film presents the world with creatures that we have never seen before and the odd rituals the partake in. By watching this film one can begin to appreciate the wonders our mysterious world has to offer. The slow motion shots of the terrifying Great White ambushing its prey by catapulting out of the water combined with the dramatic background music created an image of powerful elegance. My favorite episode of the series was Jungles. One of the most fascinating shots was the Bird of Paradise, in their mating rituals they flaunt their wings back while dancing back and forth, the low angle shots that were used made the bird look even more elegant. The scene characterizes the film as a whole; it is informative by presenting the behavior of animals we would have otherwise never been able to witness while also providing some humor through the narration. Unlike many nature documentaries, this does not have a spoken environmental message, but the amazing world that was shown speaks for itself. If we do not take care of our world, all of the beauty that was seen in this film will be lost forever.