Discovery Channel Goes All-American with 'Sunrise Earth' Blu-ray, HD DVD

Posted Mon Oct 15, 2007 at 11:30 AM PDT by
Sunrise Earth: American Sunrise [DVD Box Art]

Following its high-def release of the US edition of 'Planet Earth,' the Discovery Channel is back with American-themed Blu-ray and HD DVD box set editions of its popular series 'Sunrise Earth' this December.

As we've previously reported, back in April, the BBC released next-gen versions of its phenomenally successful documentary series 'Planet Earth,' which went on to [post 686]shatter high-def sales records for a box set release. The Discovery Channel later began selling its own re-edited and re-scored version of the show, releasing new next-gen editions exclusively via its online store this past July to further strong sales.

Apparently hoping lightning will strike twice, Discovery Channel is now taking a similar approach with its next high-def release. 'Sunrise Earth: American Sunrise' compiles thirteen US-specific episodes from the popular series, which features breathtaking footage of sunrises across the world, all captured completely in high-definition.

As with 'Planet Earth,' The Discovery Channel's distribution rights to 'Sunrise Earth' appear to be limited to direct sales. As such, the channel recently listed three separate box set editions of the series at Discovery Channel Store. The standard DVD version ($49.95), and both next-gen editions ($59.95 for the Blu-ray and the HD DVD) all show an announced release date of December 4, 2007.

Exact tech specs for 'American Sunrise' were not yet available at press time, but supplements on the Blu-ray and HD DVD versions are set to include the bonus program "Secrets of the Sun," which takes a look at the history of the sun and some of its most recently-discovered secrets. We'll keep you posted as final tech specs are confirmed.

In the meantime, you'll find the latest disc details for 'Sunrise Earth: American Sunrise' linked rom our Blu-ray Release Schedule and HD DVD Release Schedule, where it is indexed under December 4.

We've also set up a dedicated thread for Discovery Channel's latest in our Forums area -- click the following links to discuss the 'Sunrise Earth' Blu-ray release and the 'Sunrise Earth' HD DVD release.

Discs mentioned in this article: (Click for specs and reviews)
Sunrise Earth: American Sunrises Vol 1 (Blu-ray)
Sunrise Earth: American Sunrises Vol 1 (HD DVD)
Planet Earth (US Version) (Blu-ray)
Planet Earth (US Version) (HD DVD)
Tags: Discovery Channel, TV on High-Def, Disc Announcements (all tags)