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  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00I116MUC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 133,247 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Katie Green on 31 July 2003
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"A Brief History of Time" is not just a fascinating look at both the biography of physicist Steven Hawking and at the development of his theories, but it is an example of British documentary film-making at its finest. The film cuts back and forth between the slow and deadly development of Steven's illness, and the magical universe that he has made more understandable than we ever thought possible. The deep humanity of the film, and the way it binds together Steven's theories of physics with the very essence of who he is, makes it both an academic and emotional experience. Once you've seen this movie, you'll never look at science or scientists in quite the same way again.
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3 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Scarfex 1 on 22 Aug. 2007
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A superb film. However, I must correct Katie Green's comment regarding the film being an example of British documentary making at its best; director Errol Morris is indeed a fine filmmaker, but he is American.
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3 of 10 people found the following review helpful By V. on 17 Aug. 2010
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This is a worst title with the name of Stephen Hawking on, Errol Morris just used this great name to abuse the buyer.
I have a collection of books and DVD by Stephen Hawking or related to him, the latest good DVD I bought here from Amazon.co.uk is "Genius of Britain". This DVD by Errol Morris has more than a half of the run time filled with rubbish from people who know Stephen Hawking like his mother, sister or other neighbors. If you already read the book like me, you'll find nothing interesting in this DVD, on the other hand, if you haven't read the book, be careful : while the book "A brief History of Time" is a major science work, this DVD with the same title directed by Errol Morris is only a piece of junk.
I suggest that Amazon should add some warning in the description about this DVD which has too few thing to do with the best seller.
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2 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Raoul Duke on 28 Feb. 2007
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This is a phainomenal documentary on the life and works of stephen hawking.

Absolutely worth it as it will make u a lot wiser than u were b4
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
I wish I could give it six stars... 21 Nov. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This is simply the finest documentary I've ever seen. Beautiful is not a word I use often, especially in such a context, but it certainly applies here. The cinematography, music and overall style is understated, yet excellent.
If you're looking for a mere visual depiction of Dr. Hawking's wonderful book, you are apt to be surprised. The video interweaves Dr. Hawking "reading" his book (with appropriate visuals) with interviews of his colleagues, friends and family. While much of the interview material discusses Hawking's disability, there is none of the maudlin pity or false heroics we see so often in the media. The viewer is left with a sense of tremendous awe, both from the material explored, and from the power of one man's genius.
Very highly recommended. I've watched it several times.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
The most thought provoking experience I can recall 14 Oct. 1999
By Terrence Boylan Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
I rented this video at our summer house and was so entranced by it, I watched it three times in a row until 4:00 AM. Stephen puts very complex, cutting edge theory into easy to understand models for the average guy. Even if you are above average in your understanding of the universe, you will still be provoked intellicutally. I can't say enough about this video. Get it for the kids and watch them astound you as to their ability to think in concepts and question accepted ideas. JUST BUY IT!!! - Terrence J. Boylan, Jr.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
A Legend in our own Space/Time 12 Oct. 1999
By James Richey - Published on Amazon.com
If you have any inkling of intelligence, and crave pondering the mechanisms of the Universe, then this is a must see vid for you. One day, the human species will catch up in our evolutionary process and be able to reach the itch that Hawkings scratches.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Enjoyable and thought provoking 2 Aug. 2003
By Martin Andrade - Published on Amazon.com
This delightful documentary gives a keen look at the intimate parts of Stephen Hawking's remarkable life. Interviews of friends, family members, and colleagues are artfully weaved with pictures of Hawking, computer graphic illustrations, and the commentary of Hawking himself. Along with the overview of Hawking's life we get fascinating bits of physics and philosophy that challenges his mind and everyone else's. If you have an interest in popular physics, then this would be a worthy purchase.
This isn't a spectacular documentary, it stays true to the accepted style that is both entertaining and at times predictable and plodding. It is humorous though, the opening scene involves a chicken and some stars, and much of Hawking's narration is filled with wry wit.
The First portion of the film is almost solely devoted to the early years of Professor Hawking's life. He wasn't good at school we learn surprisingly. He was never as attentive as he later wished he should have been. However, his genius was enough, and he got his degrees. However, it was being diagnosed with ALS that forced him to focus on what really interested him, the aftermath of which has been the cosmologist we know today.
Further into the movie there is a discussion of black holes, which is the subject of Hawking's first successes in physics. This segment alone I consider worth the price of admission, however an even stronger segment comes next; a discussion of the origin and outcome of the universe in which we live. It's all concluded by some whimsical observations by Hawking. This isn't a classic, but for those that don't have the time to jump into many works of cosmology and physics and philosophy, this provides entertainment and a fair dose of where physics stands today.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Interesting developments in science 1 Aug. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This short film is about a monumental cosmologist attempting to delve into the unknown in order to know it. It poses the question as to whether there is a God behind the universe or a self-contained boundless system running blindly by its own physical laws (or perhaps there is a God but one who is impersonal to the universe). Today there are two theories about the expansion of the universe. Some believe that it will continue to expand forever while others think it will slow down, contract, and collapse with the cycle continuing infinitely. Hawkings clearly thinks the latter is more plausible. This probably explains his agnostic stance on creationism, while many theologians would naturally be more inclined to reject the theory of a collapsing and expanding universe because it does seem to do away with the idea of a "beginning" and "end." As an ignoramus in the field of physics and cosmology, I found this film to be a good compliment to his book (which is a read somewhat difficult for a person without a background in physics). Hawking's idealism is vibrant as he sounds hopeful that scientists are close to developing a unified theory of the universe that will be explicable not only to philosophers and scientists, but to the average person as well. This films only flaw is that it doesn't have captions telling us who is being interviewed and what their relation is to Stephen, but that's only a minor one at most.
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