THE PLOT THUS FAR
EARTH A New Wild takes a stunning new look at our wild planet by turning the cameras around to show the world as it really is–with humans in the picture. Dr. M. Sanjayan journeys to the frontiers of where man and animal meet to discover how our relationship with the greatest natural history events on the planet can provide a key to preserving our present and enriching our future.
Home – Travel across five continents to take fresh look at how humans can live alongside big animals like pandas, chimps, and tigers.
Plains – Uncover a vital new link between humans, predators, and the spectacular herds that roam the world’s great plains, one of the most endangered places on Earth.
Forests – Reconsider the value of the world’s forests, from an uncharted area of the Amazon, to Canada, Sumatra, and the cork forests of Portugal.
Water – Sharing spectacular wildlife stories, Dr. Sanjayan discovers a key connection between Earth’s most important resource and the health of a nation.
Oceans – Dr. Sanjayan reveals a vibrant community of scientists, engineers, and fishermen who are providing astonishing solutions that can help avert a cataclysmic future.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Earth: A New World” is a look at how humanity and animals live alongside each other. We watch and learn about the importance of Earth’s biomes. If that weren’t enough, we also get to see how humanity benefits from the planet’s health. A lot of this is second nature, but the context for the material is deeply fascinating. The program runs for five hours, but it barely scratches the level of depth that “Planet Earth” achieved.
Humanity has been captured on film many times. However, film crews tend to stay away from the obligation of existence. People never have to explain why they exist, their needs in a global setting and how they impact their environment. It’s far too easy to get political about it and shift focus.
The Blu-Ray comes with a bonus interview with Dr. Sanjayan as the sole special features. The A/V Quality is pretty impressive for a PBS documentary. The 1080p transfer gets to pop at every moment. However, I found the 2.0 stereo track to be very lossy. Still, it’s worth a purchase to the curious.
RELEASE DATE: 02/10/2015