State of the Planet-Complete Series (2000)

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Released 2-Feb-2006

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Documentary Main Menu Audio
Web Links
Rating Rated E
Year Of Production 2000
Running Time 147:27
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Kate Broome
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring David Attenborough
Case Amaray-Transparent-Secure Clip
RPI $24.95 Music Sarah Class


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.75:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    I have reviewed quite a few David Attenborough series recently and this one is quite different to any I have seen before. In other series Attenborough tends not to focus too much on the negative effects of humans on the earth, preferring to show people the wonders and beauties of nature. In this series from 2000 he focuses on the crisis due to the reduction of biodiversity which is currently facing the world. The series is made up of three episodes and as usual is well produced. Despite the obvious importance of this subject I am not sure about its marketability as a DVD purchase to the broader community. It would probably be of more interest to universities, schools and libraries. The series includes visits to specific endangered habitats and interviews with eminent scientists in the field.

    The three episodes, each of about 50 minutes, are as follows:

  1. Is There a Crisis? - Addresses the question of whether or not there really is a problem if some species die out. Examines keystone species which have huge effects if they die out, the rate of extinction currently compared to the past and other similar issues.
  2. Why is There a Crisis? - Examines the five human behaviours which have the biggest impacts on biodiversity, which are:
  3. The Future of Life - Examines how our actions over the next 100 years will determine the future of the planet

    An interesting and thought provoking documentary series.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video quality is good.

    The feature is presented in a 1.75:1 aspect ratio 16x9 enhanced which is probably the original aspect ratio.

    The picture was quite clear and sharp throughout, with no evidence of low level noise. Shadow detail was fine. There was light grain throughout which was heavier on some sequences.

    The colour was bright and vibrant although there was some light colour bleeding to be seen.

    The artefacts to be seen were aliasing which was occasional on buildings and roads, some minor macro-blocking such as at 0:50 in Episode 2 and a few black or yellow splodges.

    There are subtitles in English for the hearing impaired. The English subtitles were clear and easy to read.

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Audio

    The audio quality is good.

    This DVD contains an English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo soundtrack encoded at 192 Kb/s.

    Dialogue was clear and easy to understand and there was no problem with audio sync.

    The score of this film by Sarah Class featuring a performance by Mark Knopfler is quite good although I can't say I noticed the Mark Knopfler bit specifically..

    The surround speakers and subwoofer were not used.

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Extras

    None.

Menu

    The menu included episode selection and a weblink.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    This series is available in the same format in Region 1 and Region 2.

Summary

    An interesting and thought provoking documentary series.

    The video quality is good.

    The audio quality is good.

    No extras.

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Saturday, May 06, 2006
Review Equipment
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Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Video Essentials.
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SpeakersMonitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Yamaha YST SW90 subwoofer

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