"In 200.000 years on Earth, humanity has upset the balance of the planet, estabilished by nearly four billion years of evolution. The price to pay is high, but it's too late to be a pessimist: humanity has barely ten years to reverse the trend, become aware of the full extent of its spoliation of the Earth's riches and change its patterns of consumption.
By bringing us unique footage from over fifty countries, all seen from the air, by sharing with us his wonder and his concern, with this film Yann Arthus-Bertrand lays a foundation stone for the edifice that, together, we must rebuild."
The movie features beautiful cinematography. If for no other reason, then watch it just because it's a masterpiece in showing off the beauties of Earth.
The film was released world-wide on the 5th June 2009 on all media (cinemas, TV, DVD, internet) and in all countries on 5 contintents. It's completely free to download, to watch, to copy, to screen, etc. This is a first of its kind and hopefully will be followed by many others.
From the movie's IMDb page
you can find out that the narrator of the English version is Glenn Close. The film has its own unique webpage at YouTube
, but you can go directly to the movie's standard YouTube link
too. Clicking on the HD button on the video player will switch to a high resolution version. You'll need some decent internet access since the HD version is 1.3GB and you'll need a fast computer if you're about to watch the high-res version full-screen.
There were a couple of press conferences prior to the public release of the movie where Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Luc Besson and a representative of the sponsoring company (PPR) explained why and how the movie was made:
- 2008.06.05: Luc Besson (one of the producers of the movie) revealed that the budget will be somewhere between 10 and 15 million euros. So it was anything, but cheap to make and yet they still managed to release it for free.