Human Planet: The Complete Series (Blu-ray Disc)

From Greenland to Mongolia, Cambodia to Kenya, people are living by their wits, braving the elements, seizing opportunities, and overcoming huge obstacles to survive and thrive. Whether it's a line of woman and children who use star and sand dune patterns to traverse the Sahara in order to trade their wares, or dozens of young Pa-aling fishermen who breathe air through a tangled web of pipes attached to a diesel engine, humans find a way to endure.

BBC Earth has quite a pedigree with hit documentaries such as Life, Planet Earth, and Blue Planet. They've taken us all around the globe and given us a better understanding of what a marvelous place we live. In Human Planet, they weave 80 different stories over eight episodes (Oceans, Deserts, Arctic, Jungles, Mountains, Grasslands, Rivers, and Cities) to show humanity's uncanny ability to adapt and live in every corner of our diverse world.

Video Highlights

  • VC-1/1080i encode on a BD-50 disc
  • Stunning detail
  • Outstanding color saturation
  • Occasional banding in some underwater sequences
  • Fabulous fine object detail

Audio Highlights

  • DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack
  • Front-loaded presentation
  • Occasionally strong LFE
  • Credible environmental ambience

Other than the occasional banding in underwater sequences during the "Oceans" episode, this is an outstanding video presentation. Color saturation is phenomenal, and the image features amazing fine detail. The audio track is serviceable and will surprise you on a few occasions with some strong LFE and environmental noise.

Bonus Materials

  • Three Featurettes
    • Behind the Lens
    • Fez
    • Volcano
  • BD-Live Streaming Featurette

If you're a fan of documentaries, BBC delivers another fantastic look at the world we live in, and it deserves a place in your collection. Unless you're well-healed enough to travel 52 weeks a year, this is a great way to experience other cultures. Highly recommended.

Release Date: April 26, 2011
Studio: BBC

Movie: 9/10
Picture: 9/10
Sound: 8/10

Review System

Oppo BDP-93 Blu-ray player

JVC DLA-RS40 projector
Stewart FireHawk screen (76.5" wide, 16:9)

Integra DTC-80.2 pre/pro
Anthem PVA-7 power amplifier
Belkin PVA-PF60 power conditioner

M&K S-150s (L, C, R)
M&K SS-150s (LS, RS, SBL, SBR)
SVS PC-Ultra subwoofer

Monoprice HDMI cables (source to pre/pro)
Best Deal analog-audio cables
PureLink HDC Fiber Optic HDMI Cable System (15 meters) from pre/pro to projector

Acoustical treatments from GIK Acoustics