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'Planet Earth' Spins Lots of Green

7 Jun, 2007 By: Thomas K. Arnold

A British TV documentary has overtaken The Departed to become the biggest high-definition disc moneymaker yet.

Planet Earth: The Complete Series, from BBC Video, has generated $3.2 million in consumer spending since its April 24 release on both Blu-ray Disc and HD DVD, according to figures provided by Warner Home Video.

With an average sales price of about $70, that translates to around 42,000 units. Sales of The Departed recently topped the 100,000-unit mark (both formats combined), but at an average street price of $25, the total amount of money generated was less than Planet Earth. To date, The Departed has sold 102,000 units and generated about $2.8 million in consumer spending.

“The consumer response to Planet Earth: The Complete Series on both high-definition formats has been absolutely incredible, and we are truly proud to be a part of it,” said Ron Sanders, president of Warner Home Video. “This landmark series was made for high-definition, and Planet Earth will be an iconic staple in our natural history documentary library for a very long time.”

Planet Earth contains the original, unedited British version of the celebrated series, narrated by Sir David Attenborough. Five years in the making, the series cost $25 million to produce and was filmed by 71 cinematographers in 62 countries.

The next dual-format high-definition disc releases from BBC Video will be the Oscar-winning A Room With a View: Special Edition and the Peabody Award-winning natural history documentary Galapágos. Both titles will be out in the fall.

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