Planet Earth

I caught a few of the Discovery Channel’s premiere of Planet Earth, an eleven part documentary mini-series that looks at the many wonders of nature around our globe. Originally produced and shown on the BBC, it made its way across the Atlantic to provide some amazing views of our planet. Both the BBC and the Discovery Channel versions are available on DVD (the only difference that I can see are the narrators: David Attenborough (BBC) and Sigourney Weaver (DSC), there may be more differences, but I am not positive).

I was really impressed by the cinematography and quality of the shots. The combinations of gorgeous vistas, interesting animals, and technology that allowed for some great aerial filming made for a great viewing experience. I would love to see the series in HD (which is available), that should be incredible! Here is the list of the episodes and the various landscapes they cover. Be sure to check out for some great interactive features to go along with the series. One of the cooler things there is that you can download a Google Earth - Planet Earth KML file that will allow you to see where many of the episodes were filmed along with additional information and video clips. So if you have Google Earth, check that out! (See some images at the bottom of this post.)

One of the (many) cool scenes was of a shark breaching as it attacked a seal. How freaking awesome and terrifying is this?

Incredible! If you have the chance, check the series out! And if anyone wants to get me an HDtv to watch it, I would be greatly appreciative! ;)

Opening the Planet Earth KML file in Google Earth will mark shooting locations.

Clicking on the place marker will open up additional information.

Clicking on those links will take you to a Discovery Channel website with even more information, images, and video clips!

Categories: Around the World, Science
  1. March 27th, 2007 at 19:00 | #1

    I saw the Deep Ocean episode. I was amazed by the filmography! I can’t wait to see the Cave episode.

  2. tjwood
    April 7th, 2007 at 15:44 | #2

    We are inerested in buying the 11 episodes of planet earth ane wonder how can we buy them.

  3. H. Dodson
    April 8th, 2007 at 20:21 | #3

    Just plain wonderful. Thank you

  4. Leah
    April 11th, 2007 at 04:55 | #4

    I was wondering what the website is to enter the contest…i saw it on there once and then forgot it…it is something like know?

  5. April 11th, 2007 at 16:23 | #5

    @ tjwood: there are links in the post for both the BBC and Discovery channel versions.

    @ Leah: I don’t know anything about a contest so I can’t help, sorry!

  6. Coral Kerr
    April 15th, 2007 at 19:19 | #6

    The new Planet Earth series is visually awe inspiring, but the orchestration overpowers the narration. Why superimpose music over the bird calls and water falls, the wind and rain and animal refrains? Turning down the volume lost the voice-over which was pronouncing new names too softly. The orchestra drowned out the roar of the world’s largest waterfall as well as its name. Otherwise, the series is worth the investment of viewing time.

  7. April 22nd, 2007 at 18:23 | #7

    I don’t know, I didn’t find the scoring to be too over-powering. Anyone else?

  8. Anonymous
    April 25th, 2007 at 09:08 | #8

    there are no words to explain how good your show is

  1. August 12th, 2007 at 22:32 | #1

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