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Discovery Channel Planet Earth

Posted by lozenp on March 26, 2007

Last night the Discovery Channel kicked off an 11-part special called Planet Earth. It was produced with the BBC, and it was created to show off your HDTV. Those of you who don’t have an HDTV (what are you waiting for???) don’t worry, you can still see it, and it’s still sure to wow you.

But for those of you with a high-def set, wow. By now you should know that Discovery HD Theater was made to show off your fancy, big-screen set. They have very cool shows, and their content almost always looks better than other HD content.

This show is on a new level, though. It was shot over five years, all with high-def cameras, some that were developed specifically for this show. There were three episodes on last night, and they repeat throughout the week. I caught the firts one, called “From pole to pole”.

As with most nature shows, there’s some things you can expect. Cute baby animals, exciting chases between hunter and pray, and nature in action. What sets this show apart are the little things. The sound is really good. You’ll enjoy it even more if you have a surround setup. The sand-storm in “Pole” is especially cool.

The images are amazing. In the first episode you see a shark attack on a seal (note: nature is not G-rated so keep this in mind with the kiddies) that in real time takes about a second. They use a camera that is able to slow that down to 37 seconds, all in HD glory. It’s amazing. When they get to the rain forest, you’ll see creatures that you swear are made up. Have you ever seen elephants swim before. From an uderwater camera? In HD? I have now. I didn’t even know they could swim.

Upcoming episodes include a scene filmed at night, in complete darkness, of a pride of lions attacking an elephant. I can only imagine the vistas we’ll be treated to in the “Mountains” episode.

So, check it out, let me know what you think. The first three episodes are on again at 3, 4, and 5 a.m. and 11 a.m. , 12 and 1 p.m. on Sunday. The next three then follow Sunday night starting at 8 p.m. Get those DVRs ready.

Discovery Channel :: Planet Earth :: Portrait of the Planet

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One Response to “Discovery Channel Planet Earth”

  1. Jesse Wilson said

    Yeah, that was awesome, wasn’t it! I totally forgot you are into that kind of stuff too…my dad came over to watch it with me Sunday night after we got home from the Gesserts. Maybe we can catch it together next time…

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