Get 'Planet Earth' and 'Life' on Blu-ray for $50

This is a one-day deal on two of the most incredible nature documentaries ever produced. You can even sneak free shipping if you know how. (I'll tell you.)

If you don't mind waiting until June 1, this is by far the best price you'll find on these must-have Blu-ray titles. The Discovery Channel Store

What better way to celebrate Earth Day than with two of the best documentaries ever made about Earth?

Today only, the Discovery Channel Store is offering an outstanding bundle: the BBC series "Planet Earth" and "Life" on Blu-ray for $50.

Shipping will run you another $4 (choose "7-14 days" at checkout), but here's an added bonus: if you sign up to be on the store's mailing list (enter your e-mail address in the upper-right corner of the page and click Sign Up), you'll immediately get a code for $5 off your next order. That should get you out the door for $49.

I've said this before and I'll say it again, if you've never seen "Planet Earth," do your eyes, brain, and sense of wonder a huge favor: watch it.

As for "Life," the new nature documentary that's been airing on The Discovery Channel this month, it's equally dazzling, jaw-dropping, and awe-inspiring--if not more so. I've been watching it with my family, and my kids have actually requested it ahead of other favorites like "Chuck" and "The Middle." That says a lot.

Just one wrinkle: "Life" is actually a preorder at this point, meaning your bundle won't ship until June 1. (So much for making this a Mother's Day gift. But it should work out for Father's Day, hint hint.)

If you're interested, the store has two other bundles worth considering: the DVD editions of "Planet Earth" and "Blue Planet" for $40, and the DVD editions of "Life" and "Nature's Most Amazing Events" for $40. The former ships in 24 to 48 hours, but the latter: June 1.

Although I already own "Planet Earth," I may just scoop up the first bundle and save the extra copy for my next gift-giving occasion. Because, frankly, I was all set to order "Life" anyway, and this is too big a discount to pass up.

Happy Earth Day! Go hug a tree. Actually, pick up a few pieces of litter. That's much more constructive.

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