When it comes to natural history, nobody beats the BBC. With pioneering technology and a crack team of slightly crazy naturalists, the BBC has been able to capture some of the most intense and gorgeous footage the world has ever seen. Now with The BBC Natural History Collection DVD box set, the best of this footage is available in one gargantuan anthology.
With over 33 hours of programming spread out over 17 discs, there is no question that this collection is a substantial enterprise. The set features four documentary series, each hosted by David Attenborough. There are also hours of special features, making The BBC Natural History Collection one of the most exciting box sets to be had.
The keystone of this compilation is the epic series Planet Earth. Applauded by Oprah Winfrey and many others, Planet Earth is currently the top-selling documentary boxed set on Amazon and has been since its first release one year ago. This five-disc series runs the gamut of our vast planet, taking us to the highest peaks and the lowest valleys with astonishing photography and incredible detail.
Planet Earth features the most impressive footage I’ve ever seen. Each episode runs about 50 minutes and is themed by a geographical region rather than a generalized location. Episode titles include “Caves,” “Mountains,” “Fresh Water,” and so on. The episodes feature each environmental locale with footage from various parts of the world, showcasing the variances of wildlife found in those locations.
At the end of each episode, “The Diaries” describe the tactics used by the photographers and producers to gather the footage. One highlight is the capturing of extremely rare footage of the snow leopard, as the team stakes out the location for several days before even capturing a glimpse of the rare animal.
Planet Earth uses the latest technology and contains some of the most stunning visuals ever seen on screen. Its eleven episodes are enchanting from start to finish. The series discusses the need for change in the world, but the narrative is never domineering. Instead, Planet Earth focuses on the splendour of the planet and hopes that by displaying the magnificence of nature, more people will be compelled to learn more about the wonderful world.