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Partially constructed from the groundbreaking BBC and Discovery Channel television series PLANET EARTH, EARTH is a ravishing and often gut-wrenching tale of natural survival and beauty. Five years in the making (including 250 days of aerial footage shot from planes, helicopters, and two-man balloons) and narrated by actor James Earl Jones, EARTH follows the trials of three families of polar bears, elephants, and whales. Though separated by seasons and continents, each family will cross great lengths and confront numerous hardships: for the Arctic polar bears, it is an increasingly warming planet that melts the ice they need for a hunting platform; for the African elephants, hot desert conditions and hungry predators will stand in the way of reaching a lush delta; and for the Pacific humpback whales, their Antarctic migration will be fraught with rough waters and great white sharks. Along the way, EARTH takes us on a global tour of nature in all its colorful splendor and harrowing moments--from windswept tundra to teeming rainforests, from cheetahs running down their prey to ducklings taking first flight. And as each family struggles towards their much-needed feeding grounds, directors Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield ultimately show us that nature can be equally giving and unforgiving. Educational but never preachy, EARTH is an unprecedented invitation for adults and children alike to experience the everyday natural wonders that deserve our awe and safeguarding.
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 10072800
"[F]ocused on the trials of three animal families....Though these three family groupings get star billing, EARTH has room for other animals as well, including several kinds of birds, baboons for comic relief and all those caribou."
Los Angeles Times
"[T]he visual results are spectacular....Well worth seeing. Its depiction of the natural world is breathtaking and the animals and their behavior compelling."
3 stars out of 4 -- "What we see is astonishing....EARTH is filled with unexpected facts....Beautiful and worthwhile..."
3.5 stars out of 5 -- "To watch the majesty of a shark snapping up a seal, or a panoramic time lapse of a field of trees blooming in spring and crumbling in winter, is to be struck by the fragility of life."
"EARTH's main virtue is its consistently spectacular cinematography. From the opening shots of white snow against a crisp blue sky, the images are rendered with dazzling, crystalline clarity."
"[A] gigantic collage of energy -- animals ceaselessly on the move in a planetary evolution that proceeds apace....The spectacle is stirring."
Wall Street Journal
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