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CATASTROPHE - (Region 2/4 UK) - 5 part series presented by Tony Robinson

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  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Studio: Rocket Rights
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003270OAO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,165 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Presented by Tony Robinson and featuring scientific experts, this spectacular five-part series investigates the history of natural disasters, from the planet's beginnings to the present, putting a new perspective on our existence - that we are the product of Catastrophe. From planetary collisions to the Ordovician Silurian Ice Age, from massive volcanic eruptions to asteroid impacts, Catastrophe pieces together the extraordinary events that gave birth to our unique and beautiful planet. 99% of all the creatures that have ever lived, no longer exist. They were wiped-out in a series of global catastrophes. Each disaster changed the course of evolution on earth. Without them mankind, nor any of the life we see around us, would be here today. For out of catastrophe comes rebirth. Since the earth was created 4.5 billion years ago the planet has been struck by a series of catastrophes. Each one pushed life to the edge of extinction but from disaster comes new life. While the dominant species on the planet were wiped out hardier creatures survived and moved into the vacuum left by the extinction. These creatures then themselves took over the planet until they themselves fell to another mass extinction. Evolution is a savage, imperfect and violent process. It's survive or perish. The earth's history of catastrophes has both moulded the planet and determined evolution. For each disaster led to another leap forward on the evolutionary trail form single celled bacteria to humankind itself.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, jaw dropping and memorable 6 April 2011
By Andre
Absolutely brilliant documentary series with excellent special effects. It puts forward theories that will keep you thinking for days and weeks afterward. Thoroughly enjoyable and in some instances jaw dropping. If you're the kind of person who wants to know more about why we are here and how then you will not be disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Lucy
I watched this series on tv, and it is mind-blowing. Tony Robinson makes it so easy to understand. The only downside is the price of this item! 35!! Theres lots of other great universe dvd's/BluRays all around 10-18.
So as much as i really want to buy this, I'll keep watching the series I recorded off the TV until the price comes down 'A lot'

A book to accompany this will be a great..!
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5.0 out of 5 stars catastrophy 8 Mar 2011
when i bought this i had already seen it on channel 4. so i knew exactlly what i was getting. i found it very interesting and informative. well worth watching again and again
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5.0 out of 5 stars Catastrophe (Tony Robinson) 10 July 2013
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Caught one episode on TV, found it fascinating and wanted to see the rest. Expensive, but worth it. One to see over & over.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Catastrophe 16 July 2012
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Having seen this series on tv, I had been waiting for this to become available to buy for my husband.
It was very expensive - over 30 and the 2nd dvd does not work at all. Since there are only 5 in the series, it's fairly important!
Very disappointed.
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