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Old 02-25-16, 06:59 PM
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Planet Earth II (BBC)

Shot in full 4k. Hopefully it'll be as good as the first. And if we're lucky, Snoop Dog will narrate. Actually, David Attenborough will do it again.

http://variety.com/2016/tv/global/da...ii-1201711576/

David Attenborough to Narrate BBC Documentary Series ‘Planet Earth II’

LONDON — David Attenborough has come on board to narrate natural history series “Planet Earth II,” which is being presented to international buyers at a BBC Worldwide sales event in Liverpool, England, tomorrow.

BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the U.K. broadcaster, has inked its first sales on the six-part show, ahead of BBC Worldwide Showcase, which draws 700 international buyers.

The series, a co-production of the BBC, BBC America, ZDF in Germany and France Televisions in France, has just been picked up by Sweden’s SVT, Denmark’s DR and Italy’s Mediaset. Its launch comes a decade on from the critically acclaimed “Planet Earth,” which sold to more than 230 territories.

Attenborough will be in Liverpool for an event on Tuesday to launch the series. He will be interviewed on stage by documentary filmmaker Louis Theroux, and will be joined by the show’s executive producer, Mike Gunton, and the series producer, Tom Hugh-Jones.

“Planet Earth II,” previously known by its working title “One Planet,” explores “the characteristics of Earth’s most iconic habitats and the extraordinary ways animals survive within them.”

Gunton said: “Ten years after ‘Planet Earth’ first brought the wonders of the natural world to viewers in HD, ‘Planet Earth II’ is another game-changer. Shot in UHD, the epic scale and ambition of this series is second to none. It will be a truly immersive experience, providing audiences with a unique perspective on the most extraordinary places and animals on our planet.”

BBC Worldwide Showcase runs Feb. 22-24.
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Re: Planet Earth II (BBC)

Shot in 4k, but will it be broadcast in 4k?

I'm hoping Netflix picks it up. Seems like it's a lock for the new UHD-Blu-Ray format.
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Re: Planet Earth II (BBC)

I hope Oprah does not do the narration when it airs in the U.S.
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Originally Posted by JeffTheAlpaca View Post
I hope Oprah does not do the narration when it airs in the U.S.
Unlike the original Planet Earth, Discovery Channel is not involved in new this production, so I don't expect David Attenborough's narration to be replaced when this airs on BBC America.
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It still wouldn't shock me if they get a popular American personality to narrate an American version. Attenborough's name simply doesn't move units with mainstream American customers. Morgan Freeman seems to be the go-to choice for these science specials.
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Re: Planet Earth II (BBC)

Looking forward to it, but..

Originally Posted by Eric F View Post
Shot in 4k, but will it be broadcast in 4k?
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this is a pretty important detail. I don't have a 4k tv yet, but seems odd to pimp the 4k if no one can view it that way.

Also, only 6 episodes? Bummer.
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Re: Planet Earth II (BBC)

Looks like the premier date is Saturday, February 18 according to Cinema Blend.

Also via that link, the show should be easier to watch as it will be airing on multiple networks: BBC America, AMC and Sundance TV.

Lastly, the list of Episodes:

01. Islands
02. Mountains
03. Jungles
04. Deserts
05. Grasslands
06. Cities
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Originally Posted by Michael Corvin View Post
Also via that link, the show should be easier to watch as it will be airing on multiple networks: BBC America, AMC and Sundance TV.
Note that, according to the Cinema Blend article, the three-network simulcast appears to be only for the first episode, since "BBC America says that subsequent episodes will only be able to be caught on BBC America on the Saturday nights subsequent to the premiere."
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this is a pretty important detail. I don't have a 4k tv yet, but seems odd to pimp the 4k if no one can view it that way.
They eventually offered it streaming in UHD HDR in the UK:
http://www.techradar.com/how-to/how-...h-ii-in-4k-hdr

Amazon has a listing for a UHD Blu-ray of the series. They tend to be released after the last episode airs.
https://smile.amazon.com/Planet-Eart...dp/B01LTHYICS/

BBC America streams video via its website and apps, but hasn't offered 4K UHD video on it before.
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I'm considering getting the British blu-ray, rather than waiting on the American release.
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I'm considering getting the British blu-ray, rather than waiting on the American release.
It looks like the North America release will be March 14:
http://tvshowsondvd.com/news/Planet-...ase-Date/22969

The UK Blu-ray is apparently 1080i50, so it may have playback issues on US Blu-ray players and TVs
http://forum.blu-ray.com/showthread.php?t=283783&page=4
http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Planet.../#RegionCoding
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Okay, cool. Amazon didn't have a date, so I thought it was gonna be far off.
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Originally Posted by Jay G. View Post
It looks like the North America release will be March 14:
http://tvshowsondvd.com/news/Planet-...ase-Date/22969

The UK Blu-ray is apparently 1080i50, so it may have playback issues on US Blu-ray players and TVs
http://forum.blu-ray.com/showthread.php?t=283783&page=4
http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Planet.../#RegionCoding
It is confirmed to work on the PlayStation 4, but not the PlayStation 3.
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So the US Blu-ray and UHD Blu-ray release date is now March 28th.


Best Buy has the UHD Blu-ray on sale for $39.99. It looks like they have the list price wrong, which is why it's $20 cheaper than on Amazon:
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/planet-e...?skuId=5721109
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Awesome, thanks for the heads up. Beats the Amazon $59.99 price.
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This started airing on BBCA this past Saturday.

If you missed it, the first episode is currently free in HD on Vudo, Amazon Video, and iTunes.


Vudu link:
http://www.vudu.com/movies/#!content...rth-II-Islands

Amazon Video:
https://smile.amazon.com/Trailer/dp/B01N35YDO6/

iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/tv-seaso...i/id1185028441
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Re: Planet Earth II (BBC)

Aparently the UHD Blu-Ray might not be standard HDR. BBC is trying to push their own version of it. There might be a standard HDR version coming out later.
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Aparently the UHD Blu-Ray might not be standard HDR. BBC is trying to push their own version of it. There might be a standard HDR version coming out later.
The BBC used Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) for streaming Planet Earth II in 4K on iPlayer, because it works for live content, vs. HDR10 and Dolby Vision, where the metadata has to be calculated in advance.
http://www.trustedreviews.com/opinio...mma-what-is-it
But both [HDR10 and Dolby Vision] still rely on metadata, and that doesn’t work for TV transmissions and, in particular, live broadcasts. It only suits pre-produced content. For example, HDR 10 contains Maximum Content Light Level and Maximum Frame Average Light Level as part of the mastering metadata information, neither of which exist in a live context, as there isn’t any, because, well, it’s live.

Another problem with a metadata-based HDR broadcast solution happens when content gets re-distributed around a network or supplied to affiliate broadcasters who may need to top-and-tail. The metadata HDR info in the signal could simply vanish in an editing suite.

The attraction of Hybrid Log-Gamma is that there are no such metadata complications.

To reiterate, streaming services – Netflix, Amazon, etc – don’t need to worry about errant metadata, as they only deal in pre-produced and encoded HDR content, streaming from their own servers to a TV or other device. Streaming services control the entire chain. Broadcast TV with live programming just doesn’t have that luxury.
I feel it's doubtful that they'll use HLG for the UHD BD though, since HDR10 is the accepted standard with DV an option for the format.
https://recombu.com/digital/article/...the-difference
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I found an article that says that, for the UHD BDs, they took the HLG master and converted it to HDR10:
http://www.whathifi.com/features/5-t...tra-hd-blu-ray
As PE II was shot in Hybrid Log-Gamma – the BBC and Japanese national broadcaster NHK's form of HDR, which can, unlike alternative HDR formats, be decoded by both HDR and non-HDR receivers – it had to be re-encoded into HDR10, the HDR format suitable for physical media, for the Ultra HD Blu-ray.
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Best Buy and Amazon both have the UHD pre-order on sale for $39.99:
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/planet-e...?skuId=5721109
https://smile.amazon.com/Planet-Eart...dp/B01LTHYICS/

The regular Blu-ray is $34.99.

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