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Frozen Planet Blu-ray

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The Original UK Series BBC | 2011 | Season 1 | 300 min | Rated TV-G | Apr 17, 2012

Frozen Planet (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080i
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.78:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
French: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
Music: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Subtitles
English SDH, French, Spanish

Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Three-disc set (3 BDs)

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Video 4.3 of 54.3
Audio 4.4 of 54.4
Extras 4.2 of 54.2
Based on 3 user reviews

Movie appeal

 
Documentary100%
Nature90%
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Frozen Planet

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Frozen Planet Blu-ray delivers great video and superb audio in this exceptional Blu-ray release

The seven-part series will focus on life in the Arctic and Antarctic. The production team were keen to film a comprehensive record of the natural history of the polar regions, because climate change is affecting landforms such as glaciers, ice shelves, and the extent of sea ice.

For more about Frozen Planet and the Frozen Planet Blu-ray release, see Frozen Planet Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.5 out of 5.

Narrator: David Attenborough

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Frozen Planet Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

Frozen Planet impresses on the whole with a 1080i/AVC MPEG-4 encode that's comparable to other 1080i BBC Earth Blu-ray presentations. Yes, the extreme conditions of the polar regions cause some trouble -- six months of darkness wreaks poorly lit havoc on some of the NHU photography, underground and underwater scenes present problems all their own, and several long-distance shots are relatively soft and noisy -- but the majority of the issues are inherited from the footage itself and very few can be traced back to the encode. That said, you won't spend much time wincing. Colors are bright and striking against the crisp, white snow; the spring and summer months are awash with vivid primaries, gorgeous blues and lush greens; black levels, though muted from time to time, are generally deep and earthy throughout; and contrast remains consistent and strong, even when the sun sets on the Arctic and Antarctic wildernesses. Detail wavers a bit, but ice crystals, pebbles, fur, feathers and fine skin textures are nicely resolved, edges are clean and natural (so long as you ignore the occasional ringing), and there aren't any severe instances of macroblocking or aliasing (as has sometimes been the case with BBC nature releases). Minor banding appears here and there (mainly when the cameras plunge beneath the seas) and noise spikes now and again, but I didn't see anything that was cause for serious alarm. Ultimately, while I wouldn't call the encode the best BBC Earth presentation on the planet, videophiles will be satisfied, nature enthusiasts will be ecstatic, and everyone in between will find their money has been well spent.


Frozen Planet Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

Like Human Planet before it, Frozen Planet boasts a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track, and the results are as engaging as the stunning photography it accompanies. David Attenborough's narration hovers over both the still and storms of the soundscape with affecting ease, remaining perfectly prioritized no matter the sound or the fury. The rear speakers, in turn, take advantage of his pauses to expand the natural world and allow the animals and environments to speak for themselves. Winds howl and swirl, wolves circle and snarl, penguins warble and waddle, waves surge and relent, birds squawk and chatter, sea lions huff and snort, blizzards thunder and ice crackles; all from every direction, all with with precision and finesse. The LFE channel makes its presence known too, conveying the full, terrifying force of the forces of nature on display. All the while, the series' music ebbs and flows beautifully, respecting the soundfield and the narration without sacrificing its own integrity. There are moments when the music fades too quickly and dramatically, but it's a negligible distraction, and the sort of thing you only notice when evaluating a scene for its sound design alone. Otherwise, I can't imagine Frozen Planet sounding much better than it does here.

(Note: the optional music-only track on each episode is presented with a DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 stereo mix. The fact that it's lossless is a definite plus; the fact that it's a flat, two-channel experience is most definitely not. As the music-only option is a special feature, though, I chose to deduct the set's extras score rather than its audio score.)



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