February 06, 2008 by Arlen Schweiger
Have you been itching to show off the amazing picture from your high-def DVD player (note: that means either format for video quality) to your friends and family?
Maybe you’ve used “Cars” or “Ratatouille” or one of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” flicks to make jaws drop. If you want more wow factor material, now’s a good time to pick up Discovery Channel/BBC’s incredible “Planet Earth: The Complete Series” on Blu-ray or HD DVD.
At least a couple of places we looked have the four-disc high-def DVD sets available during online sales for $54.99, well below the regular $99.98 retail price.
Best Buy has both Blu-ray and HD DVD for $54.99. Amazon also has the Blu-ray version for $54.99, and the HD DVD for slightly more at $59.95 (still a pretty nice 40 percent discount).
Note that these are for new copies of the disc sets, not any used set prices. Sorry, no word on when the sale goes to, but if anyone finds out and wants to post, please do so.
Both formats feature the great nature footage—pretty much the pinnacle of high-def video, considering the remoteness and rarity of some of the shots—in 1.78:1 widescreen aspect ratio. No Sigourney Weaver on the commentary, though, as they use the original David Attenborough narration from the BBC.
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