Wednesday, April 10 2013, 05:36 PM MDT
Blu-ray Review: The Blue Planet - Seas of Life
The Blue Planet: Seas of Life
Rated: Not Rated
Street Date: April 9, 2013
Available On: Blu-ray
The Film: BBC Earth’s “The Blue Planet: Seas of Life” explores the vast underwater world of our planet. From the Great Barrier Reef to the Artic and back down through the Atlantic narrator David Attenborough leads us through the deep in high definition for the very first time.
The Extras: Five Bonus Programs, Interviews with the filmmakers and Behind-the-Scenes Footage.
Recommendation: “The Blue Planet” could be viewed as the prequel to producer Alastair Fothergill’s masterpiece “Planet Earth,” but to do so would be doing “The Blue Planet” a great injustice. “The Blue Planet” is as fine of a documentary on the ocean and its many inhabitants that I’ve ever seen (and in the past few years I’ve sat through quite a few). It features gorgeous visuals and an informative and concise narration from David Attenborough and a wonderful score from George Fenton. Clocking in at 389 minutes the series can be a little daunting, but I assure you that it is well worth it. It’s also the sort of series that you can and will watch more than once.
After all that hyperbole you might find it hard to believe that there is a downside to this release, but there is. The Blu-ray release “The Blue Planet” has been on many wish lists since the HD format was announced and now that it’s finally here I’m not so sure that it’s what we’ve all been clamoring for. This Blu-ray release is simply a upconversion from the standard definition source material. This means that the picture quality won’t be as stunning as you might expect. It looks better than it did on DVD, but only just so. I suspect that the series wasn’t shot in high definition and this is the best the series will ever look.
-Ryan Michael Painter