The Blue Planet: Seas of Life - Special Edition DVD
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- Additional Details
- Format: DVD
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 5
- Run Time: 392 Minutes
- Region: 1
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
- Studio: BBC Home Video
- DVD Release Date: October 2, 2007
- Genre: Documentary
- Color: Color
Behind The Scenes Footage
Interviews With Producer Alastair Fotherfill, Cameraman Doug Allan and Researcher Penny Allen
Deep Trouble - A Compelling Exploration of the Impact of Civilization on the Oceans
- Release Date: 2001
Before creating the monumental Planet Earth, producer Alastair Fothergill and his team from the BBC put together one of the most breathtaking explorations of the world's oceans ever assembled, The Blue Planet: Seas of Life. The winner of two Emmy Awards (Outstanding Cinematography- Non-Fiction and Outstanding Music Composition for George Fenton's score), The Blue Planet: Seas of Life is the definitive exploration of the marine world, chronicling the mysteries of the deep in ways never before imagined.
This groundbreaking series is now being re-released in a special edition with an added 5th disc of bonus programming not included in the original DVD release.
See it again, like never before!
Experience the power of the Blue Whale – the largest mammal ever to grace our planet, as the body of water that mystifies humans is now conquered by cameras. Learn how the sun and moon help control and tame the ocean. Travel far and wide – from the Eastern Pacific to Alaska, from the Bering Sea to the shores of Southern California – and begin to understand the complexity and power of our oceans.
An environment where only the toughest survive, the Arctic and Antarctic are unrelenting habitats. Only in the spring does life begin again. Plankton blooms and feeds vast hordes of migrating fish, walruses rake the seabed for clams, and minke and humpback whales gorge themselves on gigantic swarms of krill. But it is a brief spring feast – the ice soon returns and pushes life back into the ocean
In the immense space of the open ocean, the sea bed is a staggering five miles below the surface, and the nearest island is over 300 miles away. Yet here live many of the most spectacular predators in the ocean. Marvel as you experience ruthless and beautiful battles between hunter and prey.
A place of mountain ranges, perpetual night, pressure extremes and cold… and the weirdest life forms on our planet. Dive to the depths of the ocean, an eerie world where predators with teeth so large they can’t even close their mouths, chase bioluminescent creatures of the deep. Discover the spectacular smoking chimneys of the hydrothermal vents. Go deeper down than you have ever been…
As the days grow longer, billions of microscopic plankton bloom under the blazing sun. Here in the temperate seas, three-ton sharks graze among forests of giant kelp – the fastest-growing plant in the world. The forests harbor thousands of other animals, including sea otters, brilliantly-colored anemones, squid, and exquisite leafy dragons. But as the year wears on, storms rage in the icy sea, a desperate challenge for the animals that remain.
Bathed in bright sunlight and warm, clear water, the coral reef is a rich oasis of life – the rainforest of the sea. Bizarrely adorned harlequin shrimp carry off a starfish several times their size, while haunting songs reverberate around the reef, heralding the arrival of humpback whales. Shimmering schools of brightly colored fish battle for territory in this competitive world where you have to stand out to survive.
The sun and moon move billions of tons of water around the world with every turn of the tide. The strongest tides empty entire bays, smash trees on riverbanks, and strand sea creatures on suddenly dry land. Weaker tides control the movements of huge numbers of fish, coaxing schools of giant stingrays through astounding underwater arches. And as the water recedes, the tide can create unbelievable landscapes like a sparkling world of salt crystals inhabited only by tiny shrimp and bright pink flamingos.
From rocky cliffs to gentle dunes, the coasts are always changing. Day in and day out, they are battered by crashing waves. Seabirds come here by the thousands to nest, while baby turtles hatch and race to the sea, pursued by hungry predators. Young sea lion pups are born and play on the sand until a killer whale attacks, crashing in on the surf. But when breeding season is over, life returns to the sea and the shores are empty once again.