BBC Home Entertainment America said this week that it is distributing “Planet Earth II” on Ultra HD Blu-ray disc, making it “the first ever natural history television series” to be released in 4K resolution with HDR. The title will be available in various format packages in the United States and Canada on March 28, 2017.
Like the acclaimed first series of the natural history classic that helped to launch the Blu-ray Disc format a decade earlier, Planet Earth II is narrated by Sir David Attenborough
The 3-disc Ultra HD Blu-ray Edition will be available for a $59.99 suggested retail price, the 2-disc Ultra HD Blu-ray Standard Edition will be available for $39.99, The DVD edition will be priced at $29.96 and the standard Blu-ray version will run $34.95.
Read more about Planet Earth II on Ultra HD Blu-ray after the jump:
The main feature runs 360 minutes, plus bonus content that includes Planet Earth Diaries, a look behind the scenes with each episode’s production team revealing the challenges and experiences while filming the series.
For DVD and Blu-ray versions these are presented as 10-minute bonus clips at the end of each episode. In the Ultra HD Blu-ray edition, the bonus material will run 54 minutes and offered on a separate disc accompanying the series.
Having already run on BBC America’s cable channel, the series is the highest-rated U.S. nature show among adults 25-54 in five years and the most watched unscripted telecast ever on BBC America, the company said.
The Ultra HD Blu-ray edition showcases the series in 4K resolution with HDR and a wide color spectrum, offering brighter, deeper, and more lifelike colors, plus 5.1 DTS-HD master audio surround sound, the network said.
The original Planet Earth series on Blu-ray is still the No.1 selling non-theatrical home video release to date with over 5 million copies sold worldwide.
Planet Earth II is said to “go further, gets closer, and captures behavior and places that would have been impossible 10 years ago.” According to BBC America, it took more than three years to produce the series, shooting in 40 different countries on 117 trips.
By Greg Tarr
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