8/15/2007

Attention Netflixers...

For those of you that may have missed it on the Discovery Channel, I highly recommend checking out the "Planet Earth" series produced by the BBC. I just finished the first of the five discs and it is amazing. The photography will leave you awe-struck and you'll be introduced to a number of creatures you never knew existed, like the Red Panda above or the Giant Salamanders of Japan. It really captures the complexity of what is happening on the planet at any given time. It is beautifully narrated by David Attenborough. Even if you're not into nature documentaries, I think this one will appeal to you.

10 comments:

Clare said...

I'd like to see that version. I saw the US version on TV, which was narrated by Sigourney Weaver. Nothing against Ms Weaver, but I thought her diction left a lot to be desired, and the script they gave her had a lot of inappropriate anthropomorphism and sentimentality, e.g. always rooting for the herbivore in any predator/prey sequence. Crocodiles need food too! Give me Attenborough any day.

slinger said...

The Cave episode was pretty damn cool. The glowing worms and the huge pile of bat dung. Good stuff.

This series reminded me of what the Discovery channel USED to be like, before all of the "reality" shows came on. It was just video footage of Lions chasing gazelles and shit. But it was great.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

I saw this when it aired orginally and I watch it when they show it in reruns. It is simply astounding. Wait until you see the Tibetan foxes, they are amazing.

Oh, and I agree with Slinger, Discovery used to rock the dance floor but not so much any more. Except for Discovery Science on digital cable.

vikkitikkitavi said...

I tried TiVoing this show but kept ending up with some series that was clearly from the 70s narrated by Richard Kiley. I got so frustrated I gave up. But I will Netflix, thank you.

Marni said...

I knew there were red pandas - we have a couple in the Atlanta Zoo... pffft!

I still need to watch this show. Sounds awesome!

Skylers Dad said...

I watched the US version that was on Discovery here, I would love to have heard Attenborough though. Nothing against Weaver, I actually liked her. She had one wonderful line during the sequence where they showed the Bluebird of happiness. The male spends a long time clearing out an area for his dance to attract a female, then the female flies in and watches a few seconds and was gone.

Sigourney Weaver's line was "And she is unimpressed".

SushiBoy said...

I saw the US version on DHD as well. I would love to check it out as the Brits did it originally. Thx for the tip Chris.

Big Orange said...

Attenborough is now synonomous with "nature documentaries". I want him to be a professional reader for Recorded Books.

GETkristiLOVE said...

I recorded them all from the start. Simply spectacular, and Sigourney always talks in double entendres when the animals are mating, which I love, of course.

Tenacious S said...

We have the ocean series and it is amazing as well. Freaky stuff down there.