Human Planet – DVD Review

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Human Planet DVD cover
 

Following in the footsteps of Planet Earth and Life, Human Planet is an epic eight-part blockbuster celebration of the amazing, complex, profound and sometimes challenging relationship between humankind and nature. Filmed with precision and utmost care, Human Planet is an HD television experience like none other. It’s a beautiful masterpiece of colour, style and subject.

Humans are the ultimate animals – the most successful species on the planet. From the frozen Arctic to steamy rainforests, from tiny islands in vast oceans to parched deserts, people have found remarkable ways to adapt and survive. We've done this by harnessing our immense courage and ingenuity; learning to live with and utilize the other creatures with which we share these wild places.

Human Planet weaves together eighty inspiring stories, many never told before, set to a globally-influenced soundtrack by award-winning composer Nitin Sawhney. Each episode focuses on a particular habitat and reveals how its people have created astonishing solutions in the face of extreme adversity. Finally we visit the urban jungle, where most of us now live, and discover why the connection between humanity and nature here is the most vital of all.

This series is a true testament to the human being. It shows the ways some people are surviving in unique and challenging conditions. By putting the audience right in the heart of the story, it’s not hard to grasp the feelings of waiting for that opportunity to strike. From a once-a-year dessert fishing extravaganza, to the oceans of the world, after experiencing this collection, you will have traveled the world and spent some time with some truly unique individuals.

Human Planet has set a new standard for the field of documentaries. By keeping the viewer interested, they are able to communicate their message in an interesting and compelling manner. Communicating the excitement of scientific discovery while showing us the wonders of the natural world with spectacular state-of-the-art cinematography, BBC Earth has continued to raise the standard to which all documentaries must strive for.

BBC Earth has yet to disappoint, but this Blu-ray pushes the envelope even further with a solid presentation and stunning 3D image on the cover and a remarkable HD experience like none other.

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Dan Savoie
Dan has written and photographed for nearly every major newspaper across Canada, as well magazines like Rolling Stone, Rock Scene and Metal Hammer. He has interviewed nearly 1,000 celebrities, including his favourite bands like KISS, Motley Crue, Metallica and Bon Jovi.