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Planet Earth: As You’ve Never Seen It Before

Planet Earth: As You’ve Never Seen It Before



  • Alastair Fothergill
  • David Attenborough (Foreword) 


  • Hardcover: 312 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; 1 edition (March 25, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520250540
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520250543
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 10 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds


Book Description

A visual odyssey that will change the way we see our planet, this remarkable book, companion to the acclaimed Discovery Channel/ BBC series, is an enduring and awe-inspiring record of one of the most ambitious natural history projects ever undertaken. Using the latest aerial surveillance, state-of-the-art cameras, and high definition technology, the creators of Planet Earth have assembled more than 400 stunning photographs of wondrous natural landscapes from around the globe, including incredible footage of the rarely spotted, almost mythical creatures that live in these habitats. Many of the images reveal inaccessible places that few have seen and record animal behavior that has never been filmed or photographed before. With the help of this highly advanced technology and the world’s premier wildlife photographers, the book takes us on a spectacular journey from the world’s greatest rivers and impressive gorges, to its mightiest mountains, hidden caves and caverns, and vast deserts. Planet Earth captures breathtaking sequences of predators and their prey, lush vistas of forests viewed from the tops of towering trees, the oceans and their mysterious creatures viewed from beneath the surface, and much more–in a magnificent adventure that brings unknown wonders of the natural world into our living rooms.
Copub: BBC Worldwide Americas

From the Inside Flap

"Planet Earth is more astonishing and compelling than anything that can be brought from a computer as special effects. . . . An example of how marvelous program-making can be."–A. A. Gill, Sunday Times

"It has some of the most stunning photography ever seen."–Hermione Eyre, Independent on Sunday

"These programs should be compulsory viewing for every school child, before they start to believe that it does not matter what happens to other species on this planet."–Philip Coggan, Financial Times

About the Author

Alastair Fothergill is the series producer of Planet Earth and the director of Earth, the associated feature film. He studied zoology at the University of Durham and made his first film, on the Okavango, while still a student. Fothergill joined BBC Natural History United in 1983, working on The Really Wild Show, Wildlife on One, and the series The Trials of Life. He was appointed head of the unit in 1992, and during his tenure he produced the award-winning series Life in the Freezer. In 1998, he produced the hugely successful series The Blue Planet. He has also presented several television programs, including The Abyss, and is the author of three books.  



Only one complaint, May 20, 2007

Most of the books images have been poorly resized upwards. Almost every image is marred by pixelization — Zebra stripes have jagged stairsteps. While original digital footage was shot with enough resolution for HD DVD, those screen captures do not have enough detail for good prints.  

Excellent accompaniment to the DVD set, or alone., April 12, 2007

Its Loaded with pictures from the series on DVD set. At first I found the DVD set to be terribly expensive for my pocketbook (limited income), and while looking for this DVD set, I came across this book and ordered it INSTEAD, thinking it would be the only thing I could afford. I love it!! Worth the money! BUT after having seen some of the series on TV and hearing what they had to go thru and the years it took to get this series made for us, I thought WOW, it is TOTALLY worth the price and More even!!! I am so grateful to the makers of this series for bringing us a message of the earth and its occupants and how fragile and strong it is at the same time.. Brings a new appreciation of it all !! I highly recommend the book for those who maybe cannot afford the DVD set, but I hope all who can will consider getting both!!! I DID!!