You’ll soon be able to put that new 4K TV of yours through a workout, BBC Home Entertainment will be releasing “Planet Earth II” on 4K UHD and Blu-ray later this month. The special event was narrated by the Sir David Attenborough, and will be available on 4K UHD, Blu-ray, and DVD on March 28, 2017 in the U.S. and Canada. The film is already available to pre-order through sites like Amazon.com.
The home-release will include some bonus content as well, including the Planet Earth Diaries. This BTS collection offers a look at the exhausting production from the point-of-view of each episode’s production team. The BTS look highlights the challenges that team encountered, and their overall experiences while filming the series. The show itself was a fantastic success for BBC America, “Planet Earth II” was the highest-rated U.S. nature show among adults 25-54 in five years. “Planet Earth II” was also the most watched unscripted telecast, ever, in total viewers on the network. The show was shot in 4K resolution, and offers High Dynamic Range (HDR) and a wider color spectrum. Audiophiles will be happy to know that the series also offers 5.1 DTS-HD master audio.
“Planet Earth II” is a follow-up to the original “Planet Earth,” which took home an Emmy Award ten years ago. The original Blu-Ray release of Planet Earth is still the number one selling non-theatrical home video release to date, with over five million copies sold worldwide. In total, “Planet Earth II” took over three years to create and was filmed in 40 different countries, on 117 filming trips, and took a total of 2,089 shooting days.
“This DVD is the one to get…I thought PLANET EARTH II looked pretty amazing on my HD TV but on this 4K Ultra HD our series looks so good its almost otherworldly! And for us to be the first out of the blocks with a 4K DVD is really icing on the cake!” said series Executive Producer, Mike Gunton.
The special-event offered an immersive exploration of the islands, mountains, jungles, grasslands, deserts, and cities of the world. Viewers can journey to the four corners of the globe to discover the extreme forces that shape life in each of these iconic landscapes, and the remarkable ways animals manage to overcome the challenges of surviving in the wildest places on Earth.