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Fry's Planet Word [DVD]

Stephen Fry    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Stephen Fry
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Feb 2012
  • Run Time: 291 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005EWPG9E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,519 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Language is what defines humans from other species, and with our planet home to around 7,000 different languages, words have played a crucial role in our evolution. Renowned wordsmith Stephen Fry is the perfect guide for this fascinating exploration of language in all its forms: from cutting edge linguistic research to the glories of world literature.

The series travels the globe as Fry takes viewers on a journey through the thousands of years since man first mastered speech to the cyber world of today with its html, codes and texting. Revealing how language is used, abused and continues to evolve, Fry's Planet Word looks at whether we are any closer to understanding the most complex activity of the human brain.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2.4 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: 2-DVD Set, Anamorphic Widescreen, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Language is what defines humans from other species, and with our planet home to around 7,000 different languages, words have played a crucial role in our evolution. Renowned wordsmith Stephen Fry is the perfect guide for this fascinating exploration of language in all its forms: from cutting edge linguistic research to the glories of world literature. The series travels the globe as Fry takes viewers on a journey through the thousands of years since man first mastered speech to the cyber world of today with its html, codes and texting. Revealing how language is used, abused and continues to evolve, Fry's Planet Word looks at whether we are any closer to understanding the most complex activity of the human brain. ...Fry's Planet Word - 2-DVD Set


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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unspeakably good 22 Feb 2012
By Kiyone
Format:DVD
This was always going to be a match made in heaven; Stephen Fry is the king of language and having him take you on a tour of its amazing complexities is fascinating.

This disc consists of the 5 part series that originally aired on the BBC, comprising of the following episodes:

Babel. In this first episode, Stephen seeks to uncover the origins of human language and how and why we are the only species on the planet to have this gift. From attempts to teach chimps to speak to the so-called singing mice who have been given the human language gene, Stephen uncovers to what extent our brain is uniquely hard-wired for language.

Identity. What is it that defines us? Stephen argues that above all, it is the way we speak. Be it a national language, a regional dialect or even class variation - we interpret and define ourselves through our language. From markets in Kenya to call centers in Newcastle, Stephen charts the shifting patterns of lingua franca and the inexorable spread of Globish (Global English).

Uses and Abuses. This programme looks at the ways language is used and abused. While not everyone approves of bad language, Stephen learns that swearing plays an important part in human communication the world over. He undergoes an MRI scan and discovers the parts of the brain associated with swearing - and meets a sufferer of Tourette's and a stroke patient who swear they can't help using the f-word.

Spreading the Word. In this programme, Stephen Fry explores the written word. Writing is a great invention - making it possible to communicate across space and time. Without writing we would have no history and very little technology.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm completely biased 6 Jan 2013
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Becasuwe I love Stephen Fry and I love language. As an academic working in linguistics and with a particular interest in taboo, slang, and odd language in all its forms, this series is fascinating and really fun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful documentary 25 Aug 2013
By Wesley
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I watched it when it was on TV and thought it was excellent. The huge range of topics that Fry covers is phenomenal and fascinating, and it is all done in his distinctive, presentable style. The combination of 'Stephen Fry' and 'exploring language' is pretty much a winning formula, and Planet Word is brilliant for anyone with any level of curiosity about language.

My only criticism would be that the DVD isn't packaged very clearly: the whole five episodes are on two discs, but it isn't made clear which episodes are on which disc. The only other negative I have about Planet Word is that there isn't more of it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Interesting and informative 13 July 2014
By Jane J
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Excellent! Interesting and informative, enjoyable to watch and you learn something along the way.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 10 July 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stephen Fry's Planet Word DVD 22 Nov 2013
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Stephen Fry is always superb no matter what he does.I can recommed this DVD to anyone who is interested in languages and the phenomenon of human speech.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting 10 May 2013
By Eva
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Very interesting series. Watch all episodes in quote a short period. Really keeps you interested and learns you new things. Heard some teachers actually used in English class here (Holland) so!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fry Fry Fry 29 April 2013
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The man is a delight.
Some really unusual and fascinating insights into language.
I would've given 5 but for the rather excessive amount of time given to Ulysses at the end.
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