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Old 08-18-2010, 07:24 PM   #1
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United Kingdom Planet Earth : Special Edition ....... Whats different?

Just noticed this up for pre-order, does anybody know what the difference is between the original release and the new SE??

I'm guessing that it includes all the production diaries that aired when it was broadcast but not included on the original UK BD release. Any other ideas?
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Old 08-18-2010, 10:51 PM   #2
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Includes extra fifth 1080i60 bonus disc supplement: Desert Lions, Snow Leopards
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Old 08-18-2010, 11:32 PM   #3
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I think the only difference is that Blue Planet (another series) is included. This has 9 discs. Planet Earth's 5 + Blue Planets 4 = 9.

EDIT: Nah, that's another product. Then I don't know. New transfer w/ extras?
I bought the Planet Earth box just last week.

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Old 08-19-2010, 07:33 AM   #4
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Well whatever it is I hope the BBC is working on remastering the other parts of the Life series for Blu-Ray.
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Old 08-19-2010, 11:37 AM   #5
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A few things I can think of:

* Production diaries inserted at the end of the episodes
* Proper 25fps framerate
* BD50s
* Higher bitrate

I bought the Life/Planet Earth set when it came out but I might replace my copy of PE with this new edition if it has all of the above.
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Old 08-19-2010, 01:20 PM   #6
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REALLY HATE this sort of thing.

So called new technology...and they need to produce a better than better version. So sad i bought it in the first edition on bluray.

Just makes us all feel suckers..oh we are because we buy are films/documentry's instead of downloading them.
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Old 08-19-2010, 02:01 PM   #7
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REALLY HATE this sort of thing.

So called new technology...and they need to produce a better than better version. So sad i bought it in the first edition on bluray.

Just makes us all feel suckers..oh we are because we buy are films/documentry's instead of downloading them.
To be honest these companies don't do themselves much good. They complain that people are downloading instead of buying films. But then they make the consumer double-triple-or even quadruple dip into buying their films. Ok it's understandable if you change formats, but when you have 2 versions of a film like predator, words fail me. They should get it right first time! Not to mention they are charging stupid amounts for Blu Rays! 17.99 for Centurion? And in HMV yesterday 32 for Quantum of Solace? Yes that's right people 32
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Old 08-19-2010, 04:06 PM   #8
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And in HMV yesterday 32 for Quantum of Solace? Yes that's right people 32
I'd love to meet a person who walks out the door paying for that, and asking, "Pardon me, but why?"

I read somewhere that this release was to remaster the materials and produce them in the correct frame rate (whatever it may be), but I seriously can't remember where it was that I read it. It was recently though.....
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Old 08-19-2010, 09:32 PM   #9
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There's a new version of quantum of... unreal?

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Old 08-19-2010, 09:45 PM   #10
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I love the PE blu-ray and could be tempted to 'upgrade' depending on the differences. At least the price is a bit more reasonable (26) compared to PE & life when they were originally released.
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Old 09-14-2010, 02:36 PM   #11
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I wish films would just have 1 version of everything.

Especial on bluray I think it was a good oputournaty to get good quality movies on disc now.

but its going the DVD route with many many versions and releasees.
Some are coming out with no special features at all.
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Old 09-14-2010, 03:46 PM   #12
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A little disappointed by this news. But then again, companies like to double dip and make more money.
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I don't own any of the BBC documentaries (although I have seen them) apart from earth released by Lionsgate. Might check this out.

http://www.play.com/DVD/Blu-ray/4-/1...n/Product.html
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Old 09-14-2010, 06:18 PM   #14
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Well as there really no concrete details of what you actually get with this new set, there's no point getting annoyed over it. Its probably going to include the making of segments, and maybe cheaper packaging.
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Well as there really no concrete details of what you actually get with this new set, there's no point getting annoyed over it. Its probably going to include the making of segments, and maybe cheaper packaging.
This is what 2entertain said will be included in the new edition:

* The diaries
* Great Planet Earth Moments
* Natural World: Secrets of the Maya Underworld
* Natural World: Snow Leopard
* Natural World: Desert Lions
* Audio commentaries
* Music only episode play
* Booklet

It will also be presented in the proper 25fps (1080i50).
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Old 09-14-2010, 09:03 PM   #16
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I have all of the BBC documentaries so far and will definitely be picking this up, already sold my old version in anticipation. Only hope that the new 1080i50 encodes will eliminate some of the colour banding that was prevalent in the previous version.
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Old 09-29-2010, 05:37 PM   #17
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Aren't the region free American copies progressive?
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Old 09-29-2010, 05:40 PM   #18
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Planet Earth: Special Edition (6 Discs) (Blu-ray)




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I have received my copy of the new special edition today.

The set consists of 4 x BD50, 1 BD25 and 1 DVD.

* Each episode with new 1080i50 VC1 encodes (Disc 1-4)
* DTS HD HR 5.1 audio
* Production diary for each episode included as extra features on the discs (SD)
* Great Planet Earth Moments documentary (SD)
* Natural World: Secrets of the Maya Underworld (SD)
* Natural World: Snow Leopard
* Natural World: Desert Lions
* Audio commentaries
* HFH Subtitles
* Music only episode play (Dolby 2.0)
* 24 page colour booklet

I have done a quick comparison with some of the problems scenes from the previous release and the banding issues are look to be gone . The descriptions on the back mentions "all the episodes re-encoded to a standard not previously available".

The packaging seems very similar to the original release, and consists of two smaller digipacks each containing 3 discs held together by an outer slipcase.

Overall a very nice upgrade and recommended if you enjoyed the previous release.

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Old 10-08-2010, 11:53 AM   #20
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1080i because they are now at the correct 25fps speed instead of the slowed 24fps on the previous release.

The BD spec doesn't allow for 1080p25 video, so it has to encoded as 1080i50 instead, however when properly de-interlaced it will be exactly the same as the original progressive frame.
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