Planet Earth II Ships in 4K HDR Blu-Ray on March 28th. Here’s Why It’s Important
Stephan Jukic – March 19, 2017
For fans of nature documentaries and consumers who just want to really show off the best possible content mastering on their shiny new full-blown HDR 4K TVs, Planet Earth II, the recently 4K-released BBC documentary about the natural world on a global scale almost can’t be beaten. You’ll be hard pressed to find any other content like this particular series available today for really letting you and your friends/family be awed by just how good HDR-mastered ultra HD entertainment can look on a high quality HDR TV.
For this reason more than any other, owners of such TVs should take note of the upcoming March 28th release date of this huge and deeply immersive nature documentary series to its 4K UHD HDR Blu-ray version across the U.S and Canadian markets.
The BBC made Planet Earth II as a much more grandiose sequel to the award winning 2006 documentary “The Planet Earth” and the result has been truly stunning, with richly captured explorations of animal and plant life as well as breathtaking ecosystems across the whole range of our Earth’s different land and seascapes, from islands to oceans to mountains to dark wet jungles and everything in between. Planet Earth II also includes plenty of urban exploration which should look positively wonderful on any high-end HDR TV with local dimming and top-shelf peak brightness.
This isn’t to say that particularly good mid-range 4K TVs won’t also deliver the new 4K UHD Blu-ray documentary in beautiful vibrant color, brightness and contrast but the HDR-mastered documentary series was absolutely made with these technologies to be deliver its breathtaking recordings on the best TVs sold today.
And since the Planet Earth Sequel is after all a full-blown narrated documentary (with Sir David Attenborough’s rich voice doing the speaking) we can’t understate the simple educational entertainment value of the new BBC mini-series, 4K HDR or not.
The Planet Earth II documentary was filmed over several years by a huge crew of videographers, filmmakers and professional scientific explorers to capture the diverse flora and fauna found across 40 different countries around the world. All of the footage was shot in native 4K resolution (no upscaling nonsense here) and mastered right from the beginning with high dynamic range wide color gamut and other specs as well as with 5.1 DTS-HD master audio. BBC even made sure to make the documentary compatible with multiple HDR standards like HDR10 and the new BBC-created broadcast HLG standard that’s garnering so much attention in 2017 from TV manufacturers and the media.
The full PEII 4K HDR Blu-ray documentary series offers up 360 stunning minutes of video from the original 6 episodes and both the Blu-ray and DVD releases will include additional “Planet Earth Diaries” behind-the-scenes footage for a unique and educative look at each episode’s production process and the team that developed it. These fascinating extra clips were also shot in 4K ultra HD.
Like we said, Planet Earth II starts shipping on March 28th and BBC Home Entertainment was originally offering the full three-disc 4K UHD HDR set for $59.99, an HD Blu-ray two-disc version for $44.95 and a DVD release of Planet Earth II for $35.99. Now, on pre-order at Amazon.com. the 4K UHD HDR three-disc set is already selling at a discount for $39.99, the HD Blu-ray set for $34.99 and the DVD set for $29.99. Trust us though, if you have a 4K TV of any kind and especially a 4K HDR TV, along with any kind of ultra HD Blu-ray media player, go for the 4K UHD release of this documentary series. It will almost certainly entertain you and the sheer visual quality of it will at the very least absolutely impress whoever watches it.
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