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Running Time:
1 hour, 36 minutes

Rating: G General Audiences.

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
A stunningly photographed view of graceful, frightening, funny and excruciatingly cute baby animals.

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Exclusive To Disney Blu-ray - Filmmaker Annotations; ; Earth Diaries: The Making o Earth The Movie

This is a stunningly photographed view of graceful, frightening, funny and excruciatingly cute baby animals and their families in their natural habitats, from directors Alastair Fothergill and Mark Linfield, who took their cameras from the frozen Arctic to the scorching Kalahari Desert, from the tropical rain forests of New Guinea and back to the Arctic.

Earth is roughly based on the events of a year on Earth, with seasonal changes, cycles of reproduction and plunder, on land, in the water or in the air. It's got polar bears, humpback whales, elephants, plants, and, most importantly for a nature film today, penguins. When a male polar bear gets out for some Arctic air after hibernating for six months, hes pretty hungry and searches for some fresh walrus meat. He climbs on the back of a large walrus as the herd backs cowardly away. After a long pursuit, he makes his final plunge into the water, finally rolling over exhausted, and destined to starve to death. A wolf has better luck with a youthful member of the antelope family that gets separated from the pack. While narrator James Earl Jones notes that these speedy runners can usually outpace the wolves, this one must have been the exception.  But the camera turns away rather than showing the blood.

A wide variety of subjects are featured in magnificent time-lapse photography, from flowering forests to the Antarctic's Aurora Australis. Slow motion shows us the steps of the hunt, fleet cheetahs, sharks swallowing seals; and low light technology illustrates the advantages lions have over elephants.
One of the more spectacular sequences features countless birds rising from the African plains leaving only a tiny patch of sky in the top corner. This gorgeously photographed distillation of the BBC/Discovery television series "Planet Earth," features many  memorable images that cried out on TV for the full moviegoing experience. If you haven't seen it before, it is well worth seeing, but to enjoy it best, see it on a large screen.

Earth with James Earl Jones: Blu-ray Cover

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