Frozen Planet on Discovery Channel (Giveaway)

April 20, 2012 by  
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If you’re looking for an educational video that is not only captivating but informative as well, you owe it to yourself and your family to check out Frozen Planet ($39.98) – currently available on DVD.

A BBC/Discovery Channel co-production four years in the making, Frozen Planet is ambitious and epic in scale and provides the ultimate portrait of our earth’s Polar Regions, capturing the power of natural elements and the fragile, jaw-dropping beauty of scenery unlike anywhere else in the world. This landmark high definition series brings to the screen the frozen wilderness of the polar region for what could be the last time before they change forever.

courtesy of BBC

We received Frozen Planet to review and we found that we were glued to the television from the very beginning. The breathtaking images, special effects, and natural environmental beauty are things that I know I’ll never see in person in my lifetime but it’s okay. Frozen Planet brings these images into my home . . . and in HD fashion.

We chose a night to view Frozen Planet . . .

Made sure we were stocked with snacks . . .

And snuggled in.

DISC 1 – The Ends of the Earth, Spring, Summer

It begins at the North Pole located in the Arctic Ocean where there is only one sunrise and one sunset per year. In between that, there is approximately 6 months of harsh coldness known as the Polar Winter. During the Polar Spring, the sun starts to rise and the wildlife come out to breed. We see a male polar bear looking for a mate then fending off other competitors. It’s pretty amazing that they’re actually able to find each other in what seems to be such a vast land mass. Polar Summer is when the frozen ocean starts to melt and the sea birds show up in mass. So do the humpback whales as they feed off the trill and herring. Then Polar Autumn arrives and the sun starts to set again and the water begins to freeze over. Now the creatures depart to seek shelter.

What I found to be interesting is the way the inland starts to melt and create lakes which eventually overflow and make their way through the land of ice. These rivers carve paths until it finally loosens a giant plane of ice which then separates from the land and becomes a glacier. The glacier makes it way to the ocean it where it eventually collapse and creates an iceberg.

However, my favorite part was the segment on snowflakes. I had no idea that snowflakes are crystals that are formed around a single particle of dust. They all have a 6 part symmetry yet no two snowflakes are alike.

We then head to the Tundra where we see a pack of wolves on the hunt. They come across a herd of bison and the fight begins. This part was a little hard for the kids to watch since they’re such animal lovers. However, I took this opportunity to explain to them about the circle of life and that all animals have to eat to survive. Still, it was a little traumatic to see a single young bison being attacked.

Next is Antarctica which is surrounded by a sea of ice. Here we see a sea lion trying to catch a penguin and killer whales dancing in the ocean. Once the ocean starts to melt they show how a herd of killer whales plot to catch a seal trapped on a floating piece of ice. They use their tails to create waves in the ocean which in turn knocks the seal off his perch. Once the seal is in the ocean, the whales create strong underwater currents to tire out the seal until they’re able to catch it. It was pretty amazing to see them all work together.

We also go under the sea of ice where we find amazing lifeforms like giant jellyfishes, spiders with legs that measure half a meter, and bug-looking creatures that are the size of a dinner plate.

DISC 2 – Autumn, Winter, The Last Frontier

This DVD begins with Autumn in the Arctic with an unusual sight . . . polar bears rolling and lying in a meadow of grass. I didn’t even know they could survive without snow.

Belugas (white whales) are drawn to the Canadian Arctic where they swim into shallow waters and scrub their bodies against the rocks and pebbles to get rid of loose and dead skin. It was so cool to see hundreds of white whales in the clear water just kind of rolling around.

They also show baby birds learning how to fly. It was actually kind of funny to see the baby tumble head-over-heels when it hit the ground . . . that is, until the fox at him.

There’s also a hilarious segment on 2 penguins trying to make their nests. While one penguin goes off to find rocks the other one keeps going to the first one’s nest and taking hers. When the second one comes back you can see her looking around for the missing rock. You can almost hear her saying, “WTH?” I couldn’t stop laughing!

As Winter approaches, the penguins know that they have to raise their chicks who currently do not have water-proof fur. The sad thing is that for those penguins who have multiple chicks they usually find that only one will end up surviving. And as the edge of the sea ice advances up to 2 miles a day, the penguins know that the great white wilderness is coming.

DISC 3 – On Thin Ice, Bonus Features

The Arctic and Antarctic are changing and it’s going to effect the entire planet. Studies show that the Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of Earth. Since 1980, there’s been a 30% drop in the area covered by ice. This effects the way that animals hunt and the availability of their food supply. The melting ice also affect the people who live in the surrounding areas and need to travel on the ice every day. Cracks in the ice can prevent them from crossing over the frozen sea.

There are also some great special features included:

  • Science at the Ends of the Earth – An examination of the remarkable scientific work being performed at the South Pole
  • Freeze Frame – A series of 6 10-minute “making of” featurettes, one for each episode. This is a cool way to get a behind-the-scenes look at how the video was made. Seeing the video crews at work was just as interesting as the video itself.
  • Production Video Diaries – A set of 47 video shorts made by the Frozen Planet producers, directors, camera crew and more giving personal insights into this remarkable series. It was eye-opening to see things from their point of view.
  • Frozen Planet: The Epic Journey – The best moments from this remarkable series compiled into one 60-minute highlights special. This is especially good for classroom who do not have the time to watch the entire DVD set.

Throughout the video we were in just awe of what we saw. The way everything was filmed was just so amazing and so real that you almost feel like you’re right there. The scenes are something we’ll never see in real life and it’s so wonderful to be able to experience the majestic beauty of the polar regions for ourselves. I mean, you can read about it in books and look at sharp images but video is the way to go if you want the full effect. And with the narration of David Attenborough, you’ll get never get lost in what’s happening on the screen.

There’s also a behind-the-scenes segment where they show you how some of the video clips were filmed. What really impressed me was the extra care the film crew took to preserve the nature around them. You can tell that they have the ultimate respect for nature and the environment around them.

Frozen Planet is an amazing educational video for kids. In fact, Kacie said they’ve already watched Planet Earth (another BBC Home Entertainment release) in school. She’s going to be taking this DVD to show to her class and I know the students will get such a great view of the frozen world around them and the importance of taking care of our environment.

Frozen Planet airs every Sunday night at 8 pm on Discovery. Enter to win a Manitoba vacation for 2 featuring the polar bears of Churchill!

This post was written for BBC Home Entertainment who provided the complimentary copy as well as some Frozen Planet swag and a gift card in exchange for my honest review.


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150 Responses to “Frozen Planet on Discovery Channel (Giveaway)”
  1. 101
    Debra Hall says:

    i like watching and learning about nature

  2. 102
    loni says:

    I want to win because this is an amazing show…really highlights nature in a unique way!

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  3. 103
    gala says:

    i’d love to win it because I love BBC documentaries

  4. 104
    Kelly Britton says:

    I’ve seen this advertised and have been wanting to see it.

  5. 105
    Molly K says:

    I would love to win because I have heard great things about it and would love to see it for myself.

  6. 106
    Belinda Shaw says:

    I’d like to share this with my grandkids!

  7. 107
    Nicole C. says:

    I would like to win this because it looks really interesting!

  8. 108

    I’d love to win because I think this is a fun way to get kids to learn about our planet!

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  9. 109
    Ross Hassel says:

    My son and I loved watching it.

  10. 110
    Patrice says:

    I’d like to win because my kids would enjoy watching this!

  11. 111
    Ed Nemmers says:

    I love the BBC Productions!

  12. 112
    Lyndsey R. says:

    I would like to win so I can watch it at home. I’ve heard some great things about it too.

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  13. 113
    Robby Rob says:

    missed most of this when it was on TV. would love to see it

  14. 114

    I’d like to win because we homeschool and this is educational!

  15. 115
    Miz Vickik says:

    The photography looks gorgeous! Thanks!

  16. 116
    James Coyne says:

    I like the shows on discovery

  17. 117
    Gina P says:

    i’d like to win because i love penguins!!!

  18. 118
    Brittney House says:

    My family really loves watching movies about nature and wildlife.

  19. 119
    Erica C. says:

    These would be really neat to watch!

  20. 120
    Gianna says:

    They sound interesting.

  21. 121
    Melanie says:

    I’d love to win this, cause i think it would just be perfect for my little niece.

  22. 122
    Natalie says:

    We homeschool, and, I think this would make a great addition to our learning dvds! =)

  23. 123
    Kat Emerick says:

    My grandkids love animals and sea life and this would be great for them.

  24. 124
    casey hart says:

    my sons are 24/7 animal planet watchers when they are not outside or asleep animal planet is always on.

  25. 125
    Tim Moss says:

    I’d like it because I don’t own it.

  26. 126
    Ann Council says:

    The Frozen Planet has great reviews and I would like to watch it.

  27. 127
    JoAnn F. says:

    I love Frozen Planet, it’s wonderful!
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  28. 128
    Joseph N. says:

    We’ve been watching this as a family and LOVE it!

  29. 129
    Beth Stephens says:

    My boys would like this!

  30. 130
    lacie says:

    i love nature sooo much :D

  31. 131
    Charlene Kuser says:

    I would like to win this because it would be so educational for the children

  32. 132
    Vicki D. says:

    I really like any educational movie.

  33. 133
    Jane says:

    I would love to see this with my kids!

  34. 134
    Tegan says:

    I would like to win b/c I love these BBC tv Shows.

  35. 135
    AEKZ2 says:

    I’d love to win because my children would enjoy this and learn a lot

  36. 136
    Laurie Emerson says:

    I would like to win as this is a great way for the whole family to learn about our planet.

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  38. 138
    meme says:

    my 3 kids are very interested in see this movie. they love to watch movies about animals and the planet

  39. 139
    NGS says:

    I would love to curl up on the couch and watch it!

  40. 140
    Buddy Garrett says:

    I would like to win because my daughter loves these nature shows.

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  42. 142
    Christie Kammerer says:

    I think this would be a great show for the whole family and everyone would enjoy it.

  43. 143
    Lisa says:

    My boyfriend would love this!

  44. 144
    DanV says:

    I’d like this for the great scenery

  45. 145
    Noreen says:

    My girl love penguins and narwhals

  46. 146
    Terra Heck says:

    I’d like to win because it sounds like it’s information and educational. I think my family would enjoy watching and learning from it. Thanks.

  47. 147
    Liz W says:

    Would love to win this so we could watch it again. We loved it!

  48. 148
    Betty Curran says:

    I’d like to win this because I’ve seen the commercials for the program and I’m fascinated by it.

  49. 149
    Michelle Tucker says:

    We love nature shows and this would be great to add to our collection.

  50. 150
    ReggieMann says:

    I would like to win this for myself it looks like a great nature documentary

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