Blu-ray, DVD Release: Frozen Planet Complete Series

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: April 17, 2012
Price: DVD $39.98, Blu-ray $54.98
Studio: BBC/Warner Home Video

Frozen PlanetBBC. Nature documentary. Sir David Attenborough. We don’t really need to say anything more to show this DVD and Blu-ray is worth a look … but we will, of course.

Frozen Planet has excellent pedigree. It’s a BBC/Discovery Channel co-production by Alastair Fothergill, executive producer of the awesome Planet Earth and The Blue Planet: Seas of Life.

In Frozen Planet, Fothergill tackles two disappearing wildernesses: the Arctic and the Antarctic. Featuring shots of the icy landscape and the wildlife that makes the areas home, the documentary was filmed using the same camera techniques as Planet Earth and Life, getting footage above and below the ice.

Frozen Planet DVD boxAmong those shown in the series are the wandering albatross, the adelie penguin and the polar bear. And their stories are told by the awesome David Attenborough.

Frozen Planet airs on Discovery in the U.S. starting March 18, 2012.

The 300-minute series has six episodes:

  • To the Ends of the Earth
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Winter
  • The Last Frontier

The three-DVD and three-Blu-ray comes with these special features:

  • 47 production video diaries made by the producers, directors, camera crew and others working on Frozen Planet
  • “Freeze Frame” series of seven 10-minute making-of featurettes, one for each episode
  • “Science at the Ends of the Earth” about the scientific work being performed at the South Pole
  • Frozen Planet: The Epic Journey” showing the best moments from the series compiled into a 60-minute highlights special
  • music only viewing options

In support of the DVD and Blu-ray, BBC has partnered with natural history travel company Tauck for a Polar Bear Adventure Sweepstakes. One pair of winners in the U.S. and one pair in Canada will get the chance to observe the endangered animals up close in Manitoba, Canada, in a six-day trip. As well as roundtrip airfare, the winners have local sightseeing, two full-day excursions into polar bear country, a private cocktail party, dinner at the Manitoba Museum, a storytelling session with a First Nation resident, a dog sledding demonstration and more.

Check out the stunning trailer:


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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.