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Old 03-19-2008, 10:14 AM
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Default Planet Earth BBC, and Discovery whats the dif?

Anyone one in a nut shell can tell me the diffrence between the BBC version of Planet Earth and the Discovery Channel's version? I have the BBC's version on HD DVD and was looking to get it for blu-ray now but it seams there is 2 versions eek!
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Old 03-19-2008, 10:20 AM
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The BBC version is narrated by David Attenborough, the Discovery version by Sigourney Weaver. Since the versions are identical otherwise, it just depends on who's voice you like better.
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Old 03-19-2008, 10:34 AM
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the discovery one is in 1080i.
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Default discovery is shorter too

it fades to black where commercials were, and footage is deleted..not so with the bbc, which plays through,no fades to black, and extra footage shown
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Old 03-19-2008, 10:38 AM
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I'm pretty sure there's extra footage on the BBC version as well. The Discovery version were cut a bit to allow for more commercial time.

So BBC is:

David Attenborough narated
1080p
more footage

Disovery is:

Sigourney Weaver narated
1080i
slightly less footage
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Old 03-19-2008, 10:41 AM
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Anyone one in a nut shell can tell me the diffrence between the BBC version of Planet Earth and the Discovery Channel's version? .......
It is more than just the narrator. The BBC version is 550
minutes long. The Discovery Channel version is 480 minutes
long. About 10 minutes cut from each hourly block to allow
for Commercial breaks when shown on an American television
channel, plus some minor edits of content.
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Old 03-19-2008, 10:43 AM
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Are you still able to purchse the BBC version then? If so, is it more because of the differences from Discovery?
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Default you can read the reviews here

the bbc version was very highly rated..and the discovery version was given a much lower rating and was clearly a disappointment when compared to the bbc version

http://hddvd.highdefdigest.com/984/planetearth_us.html

http://bluray.highdefdigest.com/668/planetearth.html

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Old 03-19-2008, 04:50 PM
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The BBC version is full of win, because of this phenomenon:

British naturalist = instant credibility

David Attenborough could tell me that redwood trees are made of swiss cheese and I would believe him. The guy is great.

Sigourny did a good job but just doesn't have the same presence.
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Old 03-19-2008, 04:52 PM
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So thats how they get swiss cheese!
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