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Feature 9.0
Video 9.0
Audio 8.5
Total 9.0

Distributor: Roadshow
Running Time: 514 Minutes
Reviewer: Paul Morrison
Classification
: PG

9.0


The Human Planet

After viewing this eight part series narrated by John Hurt, I found each one hour episode highly entertaining and very well produced (John Hurt’s narration and diction has that peculiar BBC documentary feel). The situations they document are real and for a number of them, the viewer would probably have no idea they existed. There are images of children capturing giant tarantula’s in the rainforest to then cook them barbecue style before gorging in to them with big smiles on their faces.

Another interesting segment are tribes in the Brazilian rainforest who have not yet come in to contact with modern civilization staring in amazement at the propeller driven plane photographing them. And there are images of painted New Guinea tribesmen resplendent in all their tribal regalia dancing in unison to the beat of drums. Numerous camera angles and stunning slow motion footage enhance the high definition visuals.

Each episode of this fabulous documentary covers a different region of the world from forests to deserts and open grasslands to cities. The focus is on human groups around the world who have incredibly unique relationships with nature. The images generally tell the story of diverse ‘fringe dwelling’ peoples that most viewers with a high definition televisions in their living room would rarely come in contact with. It is like the documentary makers time travelled in to the past with state of the art camera equipment to bring us crystal clear images of a time gone by.

The eight situations covered are;

  • 01 OCEANS - Into the Blue

  • 02 MOUNTAINS - Life in Thin air

  • 03 DESERTS - Life in the Furnace

  • 04 ARCTIC - Life in the Deep Freeze 

  • 05 GRASSLANDS - The Roots of Power 

  • 06 JUNGLES - People of the Trees 

  • 07 RIVERS - Friend and Foe

  • 08 CITIES - Surviving the Urban Jungle

This is another classic BBC documentary series which is both entertaining and educational and if you have the full high definition technology in your living room, this is a visual feast.  






 
 



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