Release List Reviews Shop Join News DVD Giveaways Video Games Advertise
DVD Reviews | Theatrical Reviews | Adult DVD Reviews | Video Game Reviews | Price Search Buy Stuff Here
DVD Talk
DVD Reviews DVD Talk Headlines HD Reviews


Add to My Yahoo! - RSS 2.0 - RSS 2.0 - DVD Talk Podcast RSS -


Go Back   DVD Talk Forum > DVD Discussions > DVD Reviews and Recommendations

DVD Reviews and Recommendations Read, Post and Request DVD Reviews.

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 06-12-07, 06:21 PM   #1
darkside
DVD Talk Legend
 
darkside's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: San Antonio
Posts: 19,839
DVD Talk review of 'Planet Earth - The Complete BBC Series'

I read John Sinnott's DVD review of Planet Earth - The Complete BBC Series at http://www.dvdtalk.com/reviews/read.php?ID=28555 and...
I really have to disagree with the 5 star review for video quality. I will agree it looks better than the SD broadcast versions, but I was not blown away at all by the video quality of this series. I found it very uneven throughout probably because of the filming conditions and many scenes seemed very flat with little of the HD pop I am used to.

To give this the same rating at as other HD discs like Pirates or Batman is very misleading as the HD quality of this series doesn't come close to that.
__________________
DVDAF/DVD Profiler/Games
Wii Code: 6061 0636 6661 8088
PSN & XBL: aagstn
  Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-07, 07:04 PM   #2
John Sinnott
Review Editor
 
John Sinnott's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Gainesville, FL
Posts: 5,302
I have to admit I'm a little surprised that you didn't see that HD pop that we all love from high-def sources Darkside. Though low light scenes did have that (naturally) I thought the rest of the series did. I've reviewed over 50 Blu-ray discs and I think this series compares favorably with any of them. While I haven't seen Batman or Pirates on HD, I think that this series does deserve a five star video rating.

You're comments made me curious, and so I did a quick search for other reviews. I couldn't find many, but Peter Bracke over at Highdef Digest also gave it five stars and summed up his video comments with this statement: "If you're looking for the best shot-on-HD Blu-ray release available today, 'Planet Earth' should be your five-star first choice."
__________________
John Sinnott, Review Editor
Silent DVD - the latest information and reviews of silent classics
Anime Talk - DVD Talk's biweekly look at anime
My other Reviews
  Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-07, 09:45 AM   #3
dkny75
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: NYC
Posts: 707
Personally I'm gonna have to agree w/John. It is by far the best looking HD DVD on my system. I only wish they included the special features and the opening montage from the U.S. version.
__________________
DVD Spot
DVD Aficionado
DVD Profiler
Wii number: 8635 5577 9502 4722
  Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-07, 11:07 AM   #4
Shannon Nutt
DVD Talk Legend
 
Shannon Nutt's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Posts: 12,340
Some of the scenes in Planet Earth didn't look great in HD because a percentage (albeit a SMALL percentage) were NOT shot with HD cameras.

However, it remains one of the best looking HD DVDs I own. I can't argue with the 5/5 stars for video.
  Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-07, 11:16 AM   #5
darkside
DVD Talk Legend
 
darkside's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: San Antonio
Posts: 19,839
Its a small quibble and its great for what it is, but giving something 5/5 to me means perfection and this series was not perfect by any means in HD. The conditions shot under and sections not shot in HD to me mean this can not be a perfect 5 star presentation.

I think everyone is so caught up in the hype of this show they are heavily overrating how good it looks and how good it is.

Again, just my opinion on things. After seeing a real 5 star transfer from Pirates though I have to laugh at this series getting the same rating. If I had it to do again I would have bought this in standard def to pay less, get more extras and get only a minor downgrade in video quality.
__________________
DVDAF/DVD Profiler/Games
Wii Code: 6061 0636 6661 8088
PSN & XBL: aagstn
  Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-07, 11:22 AM   #6
Josh Z
DVD Talk Legend
 
Josh Z's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Boston
Posts: 10,304
Quote:
Originally Posted by darkside
Its a small quibble and its great for what it is, but giving something 5/5 to me means perfection and this series was not perfect by any means in HD. The conditions shot under and sections not shot in HD to me mean this can not be a perfect 5 star presentation.
I guess that depends on whether you think the star rating scale should be a measure of eye candy, or whether it should be a measure of the transfer's accuracy to its source.
__________________
Josh Z
Wrtier/Editor, High-Def Digest (Blog updated daily!)
Curator, Laserdisc Forever
My opinions are my own, and do not necessarily reflect those of my employers.
  Reply With Quote
Old 06-13-07, 11:31 AM   #7
darkside
DVD Talk Legend
 
darkside's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: San Antonio
Posts: 19,839
Quote:
Originally Posted by Josh Z
I guess that depends on whether you think the star rating scale should be a measure of eye candy, or whether it should be a measure of the transfer's accuracy to its source.
Good point. I guess it does look as good as it could and in that criterion it is 5 star.
__________________
DVDAF/DVD Profiler/Games
Wii Code: 6061 0636 6661 8088
PSN & XBL: aagstn
  Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-07, 04:02 PM   #8
Josh H
Retired
 
Join Date: May 1999
Posts: 27,449
I've not seen the HD-DVD or Bluray version of this, but have caught some of it on Discover HD and the pic quality was easily the most impressive thing I've watched on my new set so far.
  Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-07, 04:13 PM   #9
ASAPadam
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2000
Posts: 351
I agree that the HD DVD video is not jaw-dropping. But what the cameras have captured is.
At some point in every episode I find myself laughing in disbelief or stunned by some animal's looks or its behavior. And I swear you start to think about g/God, the universe, intelligent design, a higher power, the purpose of life, whatever you want to call it, even if you're not sure you believe in such things. Now how many other TV shows do that?
  Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-07, 05:43 PM   #10
Josh Z
DVD Talk Legend
 
Josh Z's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Boston
Posts: 10,304
Quote:
Originally Posted by ASAPadam
And I swear you start to think about g/God, the universe, intelligent design, a higher power, the purpose of life, whatever you want to call it, even if you're not sure you believe in such things. Now how many other TV shows do that?
America's Next Top Model, mostly.
__________________
Josh Z
Wrtier/Editor, High-Def Digest (Blog updated daily!)
Curator, Laserdisc Forever
My opinions are my own, and do not necessarily reflect those of my employers.
  Reply With Quote
Old 12-24-07, 08:00 PM   #11
notabadname
New Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 4
I agree with John's review. I own this set on Blu-ray, and absolutely love it. I throw in disc one as a demo. One of the early scenes, migrating birds, amazes as the camera continues to pull back and reveals more and more birds, thousands eventually. Countless flapping wings, a sea of motion - and no blocking or noise. I had seen the same series on HD Net on Direct TV, with very different results. What a demo of bandwith/data rates. If you want to dazzle animal lovers (and who isn't) with the splendor of HD, and make them feel like they can reach out and pluck the individual hairs off their favorite wildlife, buy this set.
  Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-08, 06:03 PM   #12
JTp8ntball
Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: St. Paul, MN
Posts: 138
Planet Earth?

Should I buy it? Is it worth the price tag? I need opinions.
__________________
Life is just a big dream..Then you wake up.


My DVDs
  Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-08, 06:48 PM   #13
Mr. Salty
DVD Talk Legend
 
Join Date: Nov 2000
Location: Lower Beaver, Iowa
Posts: 10,101
This has been out for months, so there are lots of threads if you run a search. Here's the main one from the TV Talk area:

http://forum.dvdtalk.com/tv-talk/496239-planet-earth-tonight.html

To answer your questions, yes to both, assuming you like nature-type shows. And go for one of the HD formats if you're so equipped.
__________________
Mr. Salty's Massive Media Empire
This sig is under construction. Please pardon our mess.
  Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:29 AM.

Rules - DVD Talk - Archive - Privacy Statement - Top

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.2
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.2.0
Copyright 2011 DVDTalk.com All Rights Reserved. Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.