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Planet Earth, Series 1Closed Captioning

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This jaw-dropping, award-winning, landmark series from the BBC’s Natural History Unit presents the epic story of life on Earth. Four years in production, over 2000 days in the field, using 71 cameramen filming across 204 locations in 62 countries, this is the ultimate portrait of our planet. A stunning television experience that combines rare action, unimaginable scale, impossible locations and intimate moments with our planet's best-loved, wildest and most elusive creatures. From the highest mountains to the deepest rivers, this blockbuster series takes you on an unforgettable journey through the challenging seasons and the daily struggle for survival in Earth's most extreme habitats. Using a budget of unprecedented proportions, HD photography and unique, specially developed filming techniques, Planet Earth takes you to places you have never seen before, to experience sights and sounds you may never experience again.

Customer Reviews

Excellent... on Blu-ray

Having just bought an Apple TV I thought I'd test this against the Blu-ray version. Unfortunately what iTunes describes as 'HD' is absolutely nowhere near the real thing! The video might be 720p in 'size', but the encoding is so poor it looks like a YouTube video. I only bought one episode, 'Jungles', which should look absolutely stunning with deep rich colours, and razor sharp visuals. It's such a shame that the HD version on iTunes was such a let down. Here's hoping that the quality improves soon. I understand that it's never going to be 'just like' Blu-ray until we all have crazy-fast broadband, but until then I really don't see how iTunes can claim to offer HD when it's so below par. It just misleads people. 5 stars for such an excellent programme. 1 star for the misleading claim of HD, hence my 3 star rating.

is it really HD? i think not...

but is it really HD? I mean, is it really 1080 HD? Save your money and buy it in the shops on BluRay. You wont look back, i promise. These so-called HD downloads from i-tunes are nothing of the sort! How can they get away with putting HD next to something that is blatantly not HD? I really dont understand.....As for the documentary itself, You can never go wrong with Attenborough, The Man is a god.

I know I'll be kicking myself if I buy this now

First of all, there is no way that this is anything other than a 5 star programme, my rating, however, relates to the package as a whole. It's inevitable that eventually this will appear on the store in High Definition, and I know I'll be kicking myself if I buy it in the current sub-PAL resolution before then. For old archive TV programmes, the current resolution is fine, but for a televisual feast like Planet Earth, something better is needed. It's near impossible to buy a new television set these days that is designed for standard definition, so Apple really need to get their act together and start selling programmes and films in an HD format. I'm reluctant to go down the Blu-ray route, as I much prefer the ease of use offered by the iTunes Store/Apple TV combination, but until they start selling in HD (and sort their prices out) there are certain programmes that I am going to do my damnedest to resist buying.

Planet Earth, Series 1
View in iTunes £10.99
  • SD Version
  • Genre: Non-Fiction
  • Released: 04 August 2008
  • CCin English

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