The First Ever Natural History Television Series Released on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
In the U.S. and Canada on March 28, 2017
Narrated by Sir David Attenborough
“…[Planet EarthII] is and will be must see television… So visually stunning… It is so important for people to sit down and take that all in so they understand a little better…”
– Matt Lauer, Today
“Nature photography has rarely been as spectacular as it is in Planet Earth II…” – The New York Times
“…Planet Earth II is on another level. The BBC Natural History Unit has really outdone itself. This documentary is a truly sublime accomplishment, an epic achievement that everyone should watch.” – The Hollywood Reporter
“It’s a uniquely dichotomous achievement, one that combines our expanding technologies and cinematic skills with the remote wildness of habitats without humans.” – Variety
Street Date: March 28, 2017
Suggested Retail Price: UHD $59.99 ($74.98 in Canada) / DVD $35.99 ($44.98 in Canada) /
Blu-ray $44.95 ($55.98 in Canada)
Length: Approx. 360 mins + bonus content / 3-disc set (UHD) / 2-disc set (DVD/BD)
For the first time ever, BBC Home Entertainment is making a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray natural history television series available to fans of BBC AMERCA’s landmark series, PLANET EARTH II. Experience the beauty, wonder, and extraordinary magic of animal behaviors – so elusive that they were considered almost impossible to capture. This special collector’s item, narrated by the legendary Sir David Attenborough, will be available on 4K UHD, Blu-ray, and DVD on March 28, 2017 in the U.S. and Canada.
Bonus content includes Planet Earth Diaries, a look behind the scenes with each episode’s production team, revealing the astounding challenges they encountered and their incredible experiences while filming PLANET EARTH II. For DVD and Blu-ray, these are 10-minute bonus clips at the end of each episode and for the 4K UHD, it will be a 54 minute disc accompanying the series.
The highest-rated U.S. nature show among adults 25-54 in five years and the most watched unscripted telecast ever in total viewers on BBC AMERICA, PLANET EARTH II showcases 4K resolution with High Dynamic Range (HDR) and a wider color spectrum, offering brighter, deeper, and more lifelike colors, plus 5.1 DTS-HD master audio for a home viewing experience like never before.
A decade after the groundbreaking, Emmy Award®-winning natural history series PLANET EARTH Blu-ray was released – which is still the number one selling non-theatrical home video release to date with over five million copies sold worldwide – PLANET EARTH II goes further, gets closer, and captures behavior and places that would have been impossible 10 years ago. Over three years in the making, filmed in 40 different countries on 117 filming trips and a total of 2,089 shooting days, PLANET EARTH II delivers a whole new view of our planet.
“This DVD is the one to get…I thought PLANET EARTH II looked pretty amazing on my HD TV but on this 4K Ultra HD our series looks so good its almost otherworldly! And for us to be the first out of the blocks with a 4K DVD is really icing on the cake!” said series Executive Producer, Mike Gunton.
Captured in stunning 4K Ultra HD detail, PLANET EARTH II is an immersive exploration of the islands, mountains, jungles, grasslands, deserts, and cities of the world. Journey to the four corners of the globe to discover the extreme forces that shape life in each of these iconic landscapes, and the remarkable ways animals manage to overcome the challenges of surviving in the wildest places on Earth. From eye-to-eye encounters with incredible creatures, to epic journeys through breathtaking wildernesses, experience the wonder of the natural world as never before.
Breaking filming boundaries, PLANET EARTH II had 17 filming firsts. * See Addendum A
PLANET EARTH II premiered Saturday, February 18, 2017 simultaneously on BBC AMERICA in the U.S. and on BBC Earth in Canada. PLANET EARTH II is a BBC Studios Natural History Unit production, co-produced with BBC AMERICA, ZDF, Tencent and France Télévisions.
* Addendum A:
· Hyperlapse – Within the “Cities” episode the crew used hyperlapse technique to immerse the audience in the urban environment. Rob Whitworth is the most accomplished hyperlapse cameraman of our day. He collaborated with the “Cities” team to create jaw-dropping seamless journeys through some of the most iconic cities of the world.
· Peregrines hunting in New York – New York City has the highest concentration of nesting peregrines in the world. This is the first time that the wild behavior of these urban birds has been filmed, capturing aerials of the fastest bird in the world dropping from a height at speeds of up to 200 mph.