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Frozen Planet DVD Review

Title: Frozen Planet: The Complete Series (David Attenborough-Narrated Version)

About the Series:

From the Emmy-winning team behind Planet Earth and The Blue Planet, this is the original 7-part BBC series, Frozen Planet, narrated by world-renowned naturalist David Attenborough.

The Arctic and Antarctic remain the greatest wildernesses on Earth. The scale and beauty of the scenery and the sheer power of the elements are unmatched anywhere else on our planet. Using he latest camera technology, Frozen Planet captures unimaginable imagery above and below the ice, including previously unfilmed animal behavior, and follows the extraordinary fluctuations that accompany the changes of seasons. Frozen Planet paints a portrait that will take your breath away, at a moment when these otherworldly regions of our planet may soon be changed forever.

Bonus Features:

  • Science at the End of the Earth: A look at scientific exploration at the South Pole
  • Freeze Frame: Seven “making of” featurettes, one at the end of each episode
  • Production Video Diaries: A set of 47 revelatory video shorts
  • Frozen Planet: The Epic Journey: The greatest moments of Frozen Planets

My Review:

Watching Frozen Planet was a thrilling experience. I was captivated by the stark beauty of the landscape of the Poles and its inhabitants. This is one of the best documentary series I’ve ever had the pleasure to watch. I came away with a new understanding and appreciation of Mother Nature.

The collection consists of three discs with the following features:

  • The Ends of the Earth
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter
  • The Last Frontier
  • On Thin Ice

The focus jumped back and forth seamlessly from the Arctic to the Antarctic. Since I’m Canadian, I do have some knowledge of the Arctic tundra and the animals that live there from what I learned in school. I’ve never been there though! It’s bleak and barren landscape is actually full of life!  The polar bears live there year round as well as many other animals, birds, etc. The information that has stayed with me however, is mainly the polar bears. I witnessed a male courting a female polar bear and then the male polar fighting with another male over the female. There was blood shed and one of them was pretty beaten up. I learned that polar bears are solitary creatures and spend most of their time alone.

The Antarctic was even more interesting to me because its like the unknown. It has the harshest weather on the planet and animals are extremely resilient to survive in those brutal conditions. In one of the bonus features, I witnessed a huge winter storm that the crew was caught in. It had hurricane force winds and I couldn’t even imagine being there in that kind of weather. It must have been terrifying for them.

I absolutely loved the penguins! They did an aerial shot of a valley where the penguins were together for mating and it was covered in black and you could barely see any of the snow because there were so many of them! I also learned how the male and female penguins worked together with their young. The male’s job is to protect the egg and make a long journey with the precious egg tucked inside its body.  They are fascinating and I could have probably sat and watched a whole series like this one just on the penguins!

This is a wonderful collection that even my 7 year old daughter enjoyed. Definitely a keeper!

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.

Stacie Vaughan

Stacie is the mom of two girls and lives in Ontario, Canada. She enjoys cooking/baking, photography, reading, DIY and is fueled by lots of coffee!

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