Plenty to Like, Plenty to Dislike
Excellent but underrated film
Each character in this movie — down to the smallest one — is an individual rather than a type, prone to spontaneous changes of mood and sometimes amusing outbursts of pettiness or ill humor.
Through painfully honest and emotional moments, the movie becomes irresistibly relatable
The original TV show consists of 11 hour long episodes of some of the most stunning nature cinematography and harrowing real life-and-death struggles. One should definitely get the British version with David Attenborough narrating to get that old nature documentary feel. The scope is global and the visuals are cinematic. It is a thing of utter beauty. There are 3 additional episodes called Planet Earth: The Future and it's best to avoid those. It's a lot of talking heads saying the same thing from slightly different angles. I understand the motive to push for nature conservation but pushing too hard comes off as being preachy. There is greater power to show the beauty of nature. One can always insert the ugliness of human destruction without having talking heads drone on about it. The original 11 episodes are as close to perfection as TV nature documentaries can get.
This series is probably one of the best series I have ever watched. This fascinating documentary drags me in every time I watch it. David Attenborough's way of explaining of how creatures breed, eat etc is like no other before, he's the best wildlife narrator that will ever live. They spent five years on this wildlife, and I think that it was definitely worth it. It is the most expensive nature documentary series ever commissioned by the BBC, and it was the first ever in high definition. So really, it set the bar for high picture quality. The BBC did it perfectly in the way of organising it for the episodes, it just flowed perfectly. There won't be another nature documentary like this one.So if you don't watch it, you're missing out massively.
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'
A magnificent documentary about Earth,its landscapes and large biodiversity of this very planet which is gonna make you think how little we all know about this planet. The documentary is enriched with flawless narration, extraordinary photography, and breath taking descriptions of some strangest places of our planet( i found 'caves' the most interesting). You can clearly understand 'struggle for existence' has never stopped,now a days the struggle is more intense because there are so many threats(global worming, deforestation etc). Food chain is an important thing in ecosystem. There are various food chains present in different parts of earth. It depends upon various factors like sunlight,food etc. In the 'Planet Earth' almost all possible food chains are described with equal and proper information. In 11 episodes they detailed almost every part of the Earth from North pole to South pole. Watch it and feel the heartbeats of Earth. This documentary is worthy of its punch line 'AS YOU'VE NEVER SEEN IT BEFORE'.