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post #31 of 79 Old 11-18-2007, 05:13 PM - Thread Starter
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Where is the cheapest place to get planet earth?

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Where is the cheapest place to get planet earth?

Amazon $66, local wall mart $64.99, HD DVD or Blue Ray. Thats the cheapest Ive seen it.
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Where is the cheapest place to get planet earth?

deepdiscountdvd.com until the 25th. Use coupon code "Supersale" for 20% off. It'll be about $54 shipped.
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deepdiscountdvd.com until the 25th. Use coupon code "Supersale" for 20% off. It'll be about $54 shipped.

thanks, I ended up getting 2 hddvd's.

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BBC Version - 1080p
US Version - 1080i

There are more reasons why the BBC is better, the US version is missing a few minutes of video that is in the BBC version. Anyway, read the hidefdigest review, it does a really good job of explaining the differences in the US Review.
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I believe I may be the only person alive who prefers sigourney weaver voicing this to attenbourough.

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Just to add to the confusion - there is now a UK BBC release via 2Entertain (who release most BBC Worldwide video releases in the UK) on both HD-DVD and BluRay, which has 1080i written on the back, in addition to the US BBC and Discovery releases.

Haven't yet been able to confirm whether it is 1080/50i (as broadcast) or not.
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Haven't yet been able to confirm whether it is 1080/50i (as broadcast) or not.

If the HD-DVD was 1080/50i the Toshiba players wouldn't be able to play it until they get their firmware upgrade in December 2007 and there could be problems with US HDTV compatibility too I think you said so they probably are the 25/50i->24 fps versions maybe (it's a bit confusing though - the 2entertain ones seem to be different number of discs & running times than the other ones)
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I prefer, and own, the BBC version. Seen the US version on discovery...the BBC narration is much more enjoyable IMO.
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the BBC narration is much more enjoyable

I agree; and the difference is so large, it's visible from space!
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Would it be right if you heard somebody elses voice when Darth Vader Spoke? HELL NO. Attenborough's voice commands respect because for some reason hearing that british accent makes it feel very intelectual and classy. Sigourney Weaver as far as I know is new to documentaries and we aren't used to it yet. Morgan Freeman was Perfect for March of the Penguins. David Attenborough, James Earl Jones and Morgan Freeman sounded like elders with much wisdom speaking so WE should and must listen.
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I believe I may be the only person alive who prefers sigourney weaver voicing this to attenbourough.

I actually do too....
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If the HD-DVD was 1080/50i the Toshiba players wouldn't be able to play it until they get their firmware upgrade in December 2007 and there could be problems with US HDTV compatibility too I think you said so they probably are the 25/50i->24 fps versions maybe (it's a bit confusing though - the 2entertain ones seem to be different number of discs & running times than the other ones)

US HDTV compatibility is irrelevant for a European release though isn't it - given that all European "HD Ready" TVs are compatible with US and European HD standards (i.e. 60Hz and 50Hz)? Though player incompatibility obviously isn't.
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BBC Version, I hate all these "americanized" things. almost always end up making it worse.
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Just to add to the confusion - there is now a UK BBC release via 2Entertain (who release most BBC Worldwide video releases in the UK) on both HD-DVD and BluRay, which has 1080i written on the back, in addition to the US BBC and Discovery releases.

Haven't yet been able to confirm whether it is 1080/50i (as broadcast) or not.

It was recorded as 1080/50i, so that version would actually be the closest to the source. No conversions going on.
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It was recorded as 1080/50i, so that version would actually be the closest to the source. No conversions going on.

That brings up an interesting question--was the original source material actually shot at 50fps? Remember that this was also a co-production with Discovery and NHK, both of which broadcast at 60fps.
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I saw posters that said Earth by Discovery Channel. Not Planet Earth. Does anybody know what this is? The E in earth is lighted the same way as in the Planet Earth Series, but this just said earth.
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Back to the original question.......

I've heard the US version is also more 'political' in nature. I believe I'll be picking up the BBC version based on this thread and what I've heard.
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i also prefer sigourney weaver (not that DA is bad, just personal preference). however given the disappointing commercial editing and inferior PQ of the discovery version i will be re-ordering BBC (gave my first set to a friend).
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BBC version. No offense to the lovely Ms. Weaver, but Sir David has a wonderful way of injecting just the right tone of menace into an otherwise peaceful scene (something like, "This young wildebeast calf enjoys a drink by the river (dramatic caesura). But there is no safety here." Croc surfaces and pulls animal to a hideous end). No one does it as well
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Agreed. For those of us who have been watching PBS/BBC nature documentaries like "Life of Birds", "Life of Mammals", "Life in the Undergrowth", etc., Sir David is THE MAN. He is absolutely the voice of this stuff, with just the right amount of gravitas, humor, and/or intensity depending on the situation. And Attenborough is a legendary naturalist, not just a famous voice. Do not accept anything less.

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I have the BBC version but recently watched two US episodes on Discovery and I have to say the BBC version is much better. Simply put, Sigourney Weaver can't nararate for *****. The spots with Morgan Freeman were better, but I had to mute Weaver and just enjoy the scenery.

So there you have it. If you don't mind just moving images buy the US version, but if you want to learn something and be guided on your journey, buy the BBC Attenborough version. (check eBay)

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Haven't yet been able to confirm whether it is 1080/50i (as broadcast) or not.

It's a noticeably bad conversion to 60i -- there's a horrid judder (worse than 2:3) to it... (I have the blurays.)

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It's a noticeably bad conversion to 60i -- there's a horrid judder (worse than 2:3) to it... (I have the blurays.)

Does this mean you guys in the UK are actually better off importing the US HD/BD pressings of the UK version? I haven't heard of bad judder problems with them, but I'm assuming it's not there (still awaiting my own).
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I actually got it on Amazon last week for $27.98 including shipping. That was through Amazon Marketplace, not actually Amazon - - - but it was in original packaging and in perfect condition.

Obviously I got the BBC version, and agree that the U.S. version does not have as much footage (at least what is shown on Discovery Channel). And with a British wife, I wanted the BBC version for the accent!

From what I understand, the HD version does not have the bonus DVD that the SD version does (or if it does, it is the SD version?)
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We exchanged presents yesterday since we will be in separate places, here is what she got me for X-Mas:

Planet Earth on HD-DVD, it's even the BBC version!

I hadn't asked for it or anything, and she's not an HD person (outside of my setup).

I'm a lucky guy!
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that was my first title when I joined the HDM revolution about a month ago. an absolutely amazing HD title.

I don't know what's better: the stunning PQ or the incredible subject matter and trying to figure out how they got the footage!!!
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Congrats! That is just awesome!

I want to pick this title up eventually, a friend just told me about the American version and BBC version. Will definitely get the BBC version. Lucky dog!

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I hope I get this title for christmas. I told my wife that is what I want. Heck I already got enough other **** for myself. LOL.
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