Blue Planet II (DVD)

David Attenborough

Blue Planet II (DVD)
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Blue Planet II (DVD)

David Attenborough

Untold stories from a magical world.

This bold cinematic experience takes viewers on a magical adventure across the greatest, yet least known parts of our planet our oceans. Since Blue Planet aired in 2001, our understanding of life beneath the waves has completely changed.

Travelling from the icy polar seas to the vibrant blues of the coral atolls, Blue Planet II shares these astonishing new discoveries. Meet the strange octopuses lurking in the depths of the Antarctic ocean. Watch giant trevally fish leap to catch birds in mid-air. And ride on the back of a hammerhead shark as it attacks.

Inspiring awe and wonder, this series reveals surprising new places, charismatic new characters and extraordinary new behaviours.

Review

Seventeen years have passed since the BBC released the original Blue Planet nature documentary. Described as the first-ever comprehensive series on the natural history of the world’s oceans, it was both a critical and commercial success, and expectation for the sequel, which was announced in February of last year, has been immense. Viewers will not be disappointed.

Blue Planet II is a visual feast, and a heart-stopping, deeply affecting work of reportage. More of a second voyage than a sequel, this series demonstrates how much our knowledge of the ocean has expanded over the years. Advances in science and technology allow for further discovery and insight, and every episode brims with wonder and adventure. As with the original, the narration is provided by Sir David Attenborough (truly, is there anything more soothing than this man’s voice?) and the richly evocative score that accompanies his words comes from Hans Zimmer, along with Jacob Shea and David Fleming for Bleeding Fingers Music.

Blue Planet II will delight and thrill viewers of all ages. Meet strange and astonishing creatures, and discover landscapes that look like they exist on other planet. The stunning imagery is even more impressive when you consider the painstaking work that went on behind the scenes. In crafting this seven-part series, the crew from the BBC Natural History Unit travelled to 39 countries and captured more than 6,000 hours of footage.

The impact of human existence on the ocean is a recurring theme throughout the series and the final episode, ‘Our Blue Planet’, tackles it head on by directly examining factors such as plastic pollution and climate change. After the enchantment of the earlier episodes, this episode feels like an awakening of sorts. Blue Planet II is the kind of art that can change minds and lives, and I hope it does.


Bronte Coates is the digital content coordinator and the Readings Prizes manager.

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