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Discovery HD Theater Premieres Exclusive Mini-series

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-- Series Produced By The National Film Board of Canada --

-- ARCTIC MISSION Premieres February 24 at 9 PM (ET); Airs For Five Consecutive Tuesdays --

LAS VEGAS ¡V Discovery HD Theater announced today that it will be the exclusive U.S. broadcaster of the National Film Board of Canada¡¦s breathtaking high-definition (HD) mini-series, ARCTIC MISSION. Premiering on Tuesday, February 24 at 9 PM (ET) and airing for five consecutive Tuesdays, ARCTIC MISSION takes viewers through the legendary Northwest Passage aboard the ship Sedna IV, to explore this beautiful, vastly unexplored region of the world.

Filmed entirely in HD by some of the world¡¦s finest documentary producers, ARCTIC MISSION captures amazing stories of the Arctic while taking an in-depth look at the climatology, the Arctic wildlife, the indigenous people, and the social and geopolitical landscape of the region. The Sedna IV is a 51-meter, three-masted, steel-hulled sailing vessel. Constructed in 1957 as a North Sea trawler, Sedna IV was rebuilt in 1992 in Germany¡¦s top shipyards to meet the needs of a private owner. Acquired in June 2001 by a group of Canadian shareholders, Sedna IV spent the winter undergoing a major refit in preparation for the ARCTIC MISSION adventure.

¡§The footage in this film is stunning ¡V this is the type of documentary that was made for the high-definition format,¡¨ said Clint Stinchcomb, senior vice president and general manager, Discovery HD Theater. ¡§If you were waiting for the ultimate viewing experience in HD, it has arrived. ARCTIC MISSION promises to justify why you bought your HD set.¡¨

The series ARCTIC MISSION includes the following five episodes:

VOYAGE OF THE SEDNA ¡V U.S. Premiere: Tuesday, February 24, 9-10 PM (ET)

As the Sedna IV departs Montreal on a grand voyage of the Arctic, viewers ride along through the unforeseen technical difficulties accompanied by the challenges of the Arctic climate. Directed by Jean Lemiere and Thierry Piantanida, ARCTIC MISSION: Voyage of the Sedna offers viewers a unique cinematographic adventure, all brought to life with the latest in HD technology.

CLIMATE OF CHANGE ¡V U.S. Premiere: Tuesday, March 2, 9-10 PM (ET)

Presenting the ¡§climate machine¡¨ in a global and historical context and showing that the planet has experienced climate variations throughout its history, ARCTIC MISSION: Climate of Change presents viewers with explanations to the widely debated issue of global warming. Through interviews with climatologists, glaciologists, astrophysicists and oceanographers, as well as dynamic animation sequences, director Alain Belhumeur offers viewers a high-definition view of how the climate affects globally integrated issues.

LORDS OF THE ARCTIC ¡V U.S. Premiere: Tuesday, March 9, 9-10 PM (ET)

ARCTIC MISSION: Lords of the Arctic focuses on Northern wildlife and its close relation to climate change. Viewers will enjoy amazing HD images of polar bears swimming and jumping about ice flows, harp seals playing in their natural environment, and whales showcasing their power before the camera. This episode also investigates how the Arctic wildlife is the first victim of a system in flux. Caroline Underwood directs this episode which questions: Are the lords of the Arctic teetering on the edge of loosing their reign over the kingdom of ice and snow?

EYES OF THE INUIT ¡V U.S. Premiere: Tuesday, March 16, 9-10 PM (ET)

Director Carlos Ferrand wants to see through the eyes of the indigenous people of the region, the Inuits ¡V the people who grapple with environmental, social and cultural upheaval. Their fascinating culture is central in ARCTIC MISSION: Eyes of the Inuit, allowing viewers to get a rare glimpse through their eyes into this unique lifestyle.

WASHED AWAY ¡V U.S. Premiere: Tuesday, March 23, 9-10 PM (ET)

The last episode, ARCTIC MISSION: Washed Away takes a critical, humanist approach to examining the anticipated social and geopolitical consequences of global warming. Viewers will get a glimpse into the future as scientists provide their long-term projections of the earth¡¦s future. Directed by Patricio Henriquez, this episode will encourage reflection and give each and every viewer pause to question daily actions.

ARCTIC MISSION was acquired by Discovery HD Theater from the National Film Board of Canada. The series is a co-production of the National Film Board of Canada, Glacialis Productions (Canada) and Gédéon Programmes (France).
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This sounds great I can't wait to watch this. This is what HDTV is all about
It's on my calendar. Love finding announcements like this in AVS. Keep 'em coming David.
Sounds great, can't wait to watch.
Discovery has great HD programming! Lots of variety. Watch it all the time. Now if they could only find new material for their short subjects. :)
Did anyone see the Mars Rover update they showed over the weekend? It was pretty short but they said they were going to be bringing more updates as the mission goes along.
I've been waiting a month now for the local Dish Network installer to have the HD box for me. Discovery is the channel I want it for most.
Originally posted by ongopt
Now if they could only find new material for their short subjects. :)
God yes. I've seen "Chicago" enough times to make me wish there were commercials instead.
The constant rerunning of their short subjects is almost as bad as CBS's redundant to ad nausium HDTV promo!
Anybody have any good news about Comcast adding DiscoveryHD. It's been quite a dry spell here lately. Comcast hasn't added any new content in a while. I don't consider CinemaxHD or StarzHD as new since they already had agreements with them. With the DirecTV announcement of tripling their content and providing local HD channels and the HD Tivo my days with Comcast may be drawing to an end.
Is there anyone recording HD Discovery contents with

Hipix , MyHd cards ??? Some sharing can be talked.

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Originally posted by Darin
God yes. I've seen "Chicago" enough times to make me wish there were commercials instead.
lol... at least that one is semi-new. I've seen the Napoleon one a lot of times.
"Over Chicago" semi-new?! You must not have had DHDT for very long! That short (and the long) has been around forever.
Sorry... I was thinking Boston. Which first aired I think around 2 weeks ago.
Do any other viewers of the Arctic Mission series detect a subtle, understated preachiness about "global warming"?
David Suzuki has never been accused of being subtle about his enviro-wacko views. The instant I recognized his voice, I started tuning out what he was saying.
I thought the same.... I've not heard about Suzuki, but it'd be nice to have a bit of balance to the presentation. As much as you'd like for the habitat of the north to not be affected, the debate on global warming is not a done deal, IMHO.
Do any other viewers of the Arctic Mission series detect a subtle, understated preachiness about "global warming"?
I sure do. I am not what the folks onscreen dismissively call a "skeptic."

I pride myself on being open-minded and listening to and reading both sides of important issues like this one.

Too bad the series didn't try to do likewise. I'm concerned about what's happening in the western Arctic. I'd also like an explanation, or even a hypothesis for why, as the show tells us, the central Arctic is, if anything, cooling down.

The unalloyed certitude of the presentation almost forces me to balance the presentation by turning to books like Bjorn Lomborg's The Skeptical Environmentalist. I guess that's, on balance, a good thing but it shouldn't be necessary. :(
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