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BBC - In the Land of the Northern Lights (2008)

An amazing journey in Norway's Far North as Joanna Lumley pursues a lifelong dream to track down the elusive, stunningly beautiful Northern Lights - 'the true wonder of the world,' as she puts it.

Joanna grew up in tropical Malaysia, and as a little girl never saw snow or felt cold. Inspired by fairytales and picture books, she always longed to make the journey north. At last she travels north across the Arctic Circle, up through Norway to Svalbard, the most northerly permanently inhabited place on Earth, where she has to cope with temperatures approaching minus 30 deg C.

With a box of crayons in hand, her journey takes her from train to boat, to husky-sled, to snowmobile, as she is pulled ever northwards by what she calls 'the strongest point of the compass'. She explores the romantic fjords of Lofoten and learns to ride a snowmobile, speeding across endless expanses of Lapland tundra with a Sami herdsman in search of his reindeer. As she reaches the Arctic Ocean, she prepares for bed in a hotel made entirely of ice. Everywhere she goes, she asks about the mysterious Northern Lights.

Technical Specs
Source: BBC HD h264 1080p @ ~ 15mbps
Video Codec: x264 (2-pass)
Video bitrate: ~ 4862 kbps (avg)
Resolution: 1280x720 [mod16]
Video profile: Level @ 4.1
Custom matrix: Prestige
Avg Quants: I = 18.21, P = 19.96, B = 21.51

Audio Codec: Dolby AC3
Audio Bitrate: 384 kbps
No of ch: 6

Subtitles: English (mixed in) | also separately available for translator(s) later
Duration: ~ 59 mins 27 secs

Release Notes
These 720p x264 files will require a relatively powerful machine. If you have a dual core then it shouldn't be a problem. Be warned that the bitrate can up to 6-7 mbps in some sequences.! I've used CABAC as well.
o This x264 encoded files is not compatible with many standalone players. No flaming about x264 medai files here in this release thread. No one is forcing you to download, let alone the fact that they're free.