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Planet Earth Miniseries: Just ... Wow

I watched the first three installments of the Discovery Channel's 11-part Planet Earth miniseries on a friend's 42-inch high-definition TV last week, and I can say hands down that it is one of the most incredible things I have ever seen on TV.

No, seriously. It's amazing.

Alternating between sublime panoramas and unbelievably intimate animal moments, Planet Earth uses high-tech photography to capture images you never imagined you'd see. In one scene, aerial cameras follow hundreds of elephants as they migrate across Ethiopia, then zoom in so closely that you can see one baby elephant, temporarily blinded by the dust, run smack dab into a tree. Honestly, it's one of the cutest things I've ever seen.

But this nature documentary on steroids — five years in the making — is more than just cute, and Discovery is airing five hours of it this weekend, so

In the BBC/Discovery production, we see sandstorms moving across deserts, great whites leaping from the ocean, and a monkey mincing across a river like he hates to get his fur wet. I found my jaw dropping every few minutes, so it's no surprise that it's kicking ass in the ratings.

Discovery is rebroadcasting the first three installments on Sunday, starting with Pole to Pole — my favorite so far — at 11 a.m. EDT, then continuing with Mountains and Deep Oceans. Two new installments, Deserts and Ice Worlds, will air tomorrow night at 8 p.m. EDT. Planet Earth continues on consecutive Sundays through April 22, so check the full schedule online.

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designergirl designergirl 10 years
I usually hate nature docuentaries-my father is obsessed with them-and I love this series. I highly recommend it to people who normally aren't interested.
Lindsb Lindsb 10 years
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
Thanks for the posting, Buzz. I missed last week's episodes, but will be watching tonight--and catching the repeats later. So glad we just sprung for that 42" HD TV!
Maggie-Mae Maggie-Mae 10 years
look at all the penguins!!! it's gotta be worth it just for that
Classy-Amelia Classy-Amelia 10 years
Planet Earth is just amazing. It is incredible on what they find and film. I am always in awe. I can't wait till it comes on again.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 10 years
Wow, I love really ambitious and eye-cathing nature documentaries. I'm gonna have to find this on TV!
asco00 asco00 10 years
I watched the first three episodes last sunday on my 42' HD TV, and I would have to agree it is truly an amazing series. I can't wait to watch more of them. I'm curious as to what will be included in the feature film.
miss-britt miss-britt 10 years
i've been dying to see this. I'm glad they are playing reruns of it because i had no clue when it was going to air. ****"Everything in life is only for now."-Avenue Q****
NyingNying NyingNying 10 years
I'm so excited. I caught a clip on Oprah's rerun last night (insomnia :/ ) anyway.. i'm glad.. going to watch it! thanks for the reminder
susanec susanec 10 years
We watched it on high def and it was amazing. The series is on sale on Discovery and will be delivered next month (they're replaying it as well). Truly incredible cinematography and each show was closed with fun little interviews with the camera people and showed bits of how they filmed it.
kscincotta kscincotta 10 years
I think this looks awesome, and I would love to watch it on a big, high def TV.
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