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Planet Earth From Pole to Pole (2006) HD online

Planet Earth From Pole to Pole (2006) HD online
Language: English
Category: TV Episode / Documentary
Original Title: From Pole to Pole
Director: Alastair Fothergill
Writers: David Attenborough,Alastair Fothergill
Released: 2006
Duration: 49min
Video type: TV Episode
What would the earth be like without the sun? We'll never know, but the emperor penguins come the nearest to that experience, as they suffer through winter in Antarctica, where temperatures can drop to minus 70 degrees centigrade. Meanwhile, the sun brightens the far north and the polar bears come out of hibernation. Spring in northern Canada means the migration of three million caribou across the arctic tundra. Winter in the deciduous forests of eastern Russia makes hunting difficult for the Amur leopard, the rarest cat in the world. On the island of New Guinea, birds have plenty of food, giving them time for elaborate mating rituals. "The sun influences life in the oceans just as it does on land," explains the narrator. We watch where the seals go to breed -- and we see the Great White sharks that follow them. What would the Earth be like without water? "Planet Earth" shows us where water is abundant and where it is scarce. During the dry season in the Kalahari desert, elephants go ...
Episode credited cast:
David Attenborough David Attenborough - Himself - Narrator (voice)
Sigourney Weaver Sigourney Weaver - Narrator - US Version (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mike Holding Mike Holding - Himself
Tania Jenkins Tania Jenkins - Herself (as Tania 'TJ' Jenkins)
Michael Kelem Michael Kelem - Himself
Mark Linfield Mark Linfield - Himself
Peter Perlstein Peter Perlstein - Himself

Reviews: [6]

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    My goodness, there are many memorable scenes from this opening episode of an 11-part BBC series of "Planet Earth." It makes me anxious to see the other 10 parts of this project.

    This first part concentrates at the beginning more on life on the two poles, on the Arctic Region and the Antarctic. Anyone who has seen the amazing documentary, "March Of The Penguins," will be familiar with the opening segment here as it talks about those determined penguins.

    Elsewhere, on the other end of the globe, we soon enjoy seeing a female polar bear emerge from hibernation with her two little Cubs, and the problems the three of them have adapting to their new (for the cubs) above-ground life in the spring.

    We see migrations, such as the huge caribou one, complete with the ever-present predator, this time the wolf.

    To me, the most stunning parts of this opening episode were several sights photographed not at the poles but in the forests and warm water areas. Three that come to mind are (1) the incredible Birds Of Paradise; (2) underwater shots of big elephants swimming; and (2) a Great White Shark, which looked the size of a house, exploding out of the water to devour seals.
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    Perhaps the best nature photography I've seen. The theme here is to hop from place to place, from barren wastes to the oceans, from the plains of Africa to the ice of the Arctic and Antarctica. We are treated to the migrations of animals as they seek sustenance and the ability to mate and reproduce. We get to see elephants swimming from underwater footage. There are several predator versus prey scenes. The camera somehow manages to keep up with these intense moments. There is a scene where a great white shark shows its amazing power as it comes silently from the depths to nearly swallow a seal whole. Several views of birds of paradise as they go into their mating rituals. There's a sort of comic parade of baboons walking through water, trying to keep themselves as dry as possible. Suffice it to say, this series gained incredible respect from the critics. It deserved everything said about it. Great opening episode.
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    Absolutely adore 'Planet Earth', one of the best documentaries ever made and actually is more than that. Have remarked a few times that it and its recent follow up (every bit as good) did for nature and out planet as 'Walking with Dinosaurs' did with the dinosaurs. David Attenborough is wisely considered a national treasure for very good reason, no matter how much he himself dislikes the term.

    "From Pole to Pole" is an incredible start and couldn't have been a more ideal way of setting up what was to follow. A lot of series/shows have a finding-its-feet feel at their starts, not so 'Planet Earth' with "From Pole to Pole" where stylistically and tonally everything is found from the outset. Throughout it's an awe-inspiring, utterly transfixing experience where one forgets they're watching a documentary and instead feeling like they're watching art. This may sound like extreme hyperbole, but to me and many others 'Planet Earth' is completely deserving of its praise and even deserving of more. To me as well, it is easily one of the best the BBC has done in years.

    Where to start with the praises for "From Pole to Pole"? for starters looks amazing. It is gorgeously filmed, done in a completely fluid and natural, sometimes intimate (a great way of connecting even more with the animals), way and never looking static. In fact much of it is remarkably cinematic. The scenery and habitats are some of the most breath-taking personally seen anywhere, whether in visual media and real life and the rich colours positively leap out. The music is epic but has just as many quieter moments that speak just as much. The main theme is unforgettable.

    Regarding the narrative aspects, "From Pole to Pole" can't be faulted there either. The narration has a great well-balanced mix of facts that will be familiar to the viewer and others that will induce the right amount of surprise. In short, it's just fascinating, informative and thoughtful. Everything is intriguing and illuminating, with as much for children to be inspired by as well as adults, and there is just enough freshness to avoid it from becoming stale. Attenborough delivers it beautifully, there's a soft-spoken enthusiasm and precision about his delivery and he never preaches.

    The animals themselves are a wonderful mix of the adorable, like the penguins and the seals, and the dangerous, especially the White Shark. One actually finds they're rooting for them in exactly the same way they would a human character. What also stands out is "From Pole to Pole's" sense of awe and emotional impact, the birds, penguins and elephant scenes have been justifiably praised and are gorgeously shot but the standout is the White Shark and seal part, one of the most suspenseful and emotionally devastating scenes personally seen for anything on television (am being serious about this).

    Nothing episodic or repetitive here in "From Pole to Pole" either. Despite covering a lot of animals and habitats, there is a real sense of the episode having its own individual story with real, complex emotions and conflicts and animal characters developed in a way a human character would in a film but does it better than several.

    Overall, incredible start to one of the best programmes the BBC has ever produced. 10/10 Bethany Cox
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    This is the pilot of the famous BBC documentary series ''Planet Earth'', and some scenes were also reused in the other episodes of the show!

    Here we visit various habitats of our planet: from the poles to the New Guinea forests, from the Kalahari desert to the Okavango delta, and also visiting briefly the South African sea shores and the Siberian woodlands.

    There are many memorable scenes of animals that try to survive, and I'll recall some of them:

    1) A mother polar bear exits out of her den for the first time with her 6-week old cubs, and makes them discover their icy world. My favorite part of the episode

    2) Some great white sharks catch (in slow motion) south African sea lions jumping out of water

    3) An elephant herd in the Kalahari desert migrates towards the Okavango delta, and we see these elephants swimming underwater

    4) Some birds of paradise try to attract and impress females, but unsuccessfully

    5) Emperor penguins at the beginning try to survive the total darkness, and they all stay close for escape the cold. But in the end the sun returns and they all have newborn babies

    6) In the Okavango delta part we see a comic bit of baboons trying to move in the flooded grasslands

    In the ten minute featurette we see the behind-the-scenes work of the camera crew in the Okavango delta trying to film a pack of wild dogs that try to kill a river antelope, and in the end they eat an already dead antelope!

    I recommend it to all persons that love nature and animals, because it's full of stunning footage from our planet, and let me say it: IT COULDN'T HAVE STARTED BETTER!
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    This series has long been on my must watch list so I decided to pull the trigger by calling on my local library. I'll be reviewing each chapter individually starting here, and as a life long enthusiast of animals and nature, I expect the chapters to be every bit as compelling as this first one. The only thing I would offer in the way of critique would be to narrow the focus of each segment. The first installment, 'From Pole to Pole' managed to gloss over such quick entries as penguins at the North Pole, a rare Asian Amur leopard, a massive great white shark feeding on seals, and an underwater view of elephants swimming in the flooded Okavango Delta. All of these offerings were truly compelling, but their vast breadth seemed to lack cohesion, except for the over-arching theme of life on Planet Earth dependent on the sun and the way the Earth is positioned to be influenced by it. I would prefer a more focused approach to these chapters, and perhaps we'll have that in the ones to come next, as I'm not previewing them before hand. With all of that said, I did manage to gasp a couple of times, particularly when the great white heaved out of the water to catch an unlucky seal. One is easily mesmerized by the force of nature's fury, as well as the playfulness of newborn polar bear cubs emerging from their dens for the first time. I would have rated this first chapter a perfect score if it didn't seem like the film crew was rooting for the African hunting dogs in their pursuit of the impala.
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    This program CLAIMS to be a documentary on wildlife, nothing could be further from the truth! 80% to 90% of the program is nothing but hunting scenes that focus in on the killing. Each scene shows about a minute of the animal which teaches you nothing about its life or habits. If it is a prey animal, the hunter shows up within a minute or so, then hunting and killing begin. If it is a predator, it begins hunting and killing within the first minute of the scene.

    I suppose they do this to attract the bloodthirsty, violence loving younger generation we have generated, but the show is worthless as a documentary on animal life! After seeing this episode, I stopped watching the series, so I don't know if the carnage continues, but my gut feeling is that it does.

    Do yourself a favor and watch the National Geographic documentaries on wildlife, unless you love watching killing, then this is the show for you.

    I only wis hi could give it a rating of -10.