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How Earth Made Us (DVD)

Iain Stewart , Geoffrey Boulton , Peter Chinn    Exempt   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Iain Stewart, Geoffrey Boulton, Gary Stevens, Dan Durda, Martin Van Kranendonk
  • Directors: Peter Chinn
  • Writers: Peter Chinn
  • Producers: Kirstie McLure, Lucy Haken, Stuart Carter, Susan Werbe
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Feb 2010
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002SZQC9S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,253 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The incredible story of the natural forces that have shaped our history

Presented by Professor Iain Stewart

The untold story of history
Our planet has amazing power, and yet that's rarely mentioned in our history books. This series tells the story of how the Earth has influenced human history, from the dawn of civilisation to the modern industrial age. It reveals for the first time on television how geology, geography and climate have been a far more powerful influence on the human story than has previously been acknowledged. A combination of epic story telling, visually stunning camerawork, extraordinary locations and passionate presenting combine to form a highly original version of human history.

Discover why societies have succeeded or failed, and how the environment has influenced every aspect of our history from art to industry, religion to war, world domination or collapse. Visiting some of the most iconic places on Earth, How Earth Made Us overturns preconceptions about our civilisations and our cultures to offer a new perspective on who we are today.

Special feature: Filming in Extremes – An interview with Iain Stewart

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2.4 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: 2-DVD Set, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Our planet has amazing power, and yet that's rarely mentioned in our history books. This series tells the story of how the Earth has influenced human history, from the dawn of civilisation to the modern industrial age. It reveals for the first time on television how geology, geography and climate have been a far more powerful influence on the human story than has previously been acknowledged. A combination of epic story telling, visually stunning camerawork, extraordinary locations and passionate presenting combine to form a highly original version of human history. Discover why societies have succeeded or failed, and how the environment has influenced every aspect of our history from art to industry, religion to war, world domination or collapse. Visiting some of the most iconic places on Earth, How Earth Made Us overturns preconceptions about our civilisations and our cultures to offer a new perspective on who we are today. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: BAFTA Awards, ...How Earth Made Us ( How the Earth Changed History )

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70 of 74 people found the following review helpful
By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
The BBC's science dept has out-done itself recently, and this series is one of the most lively and engaging they've produced. It looks at how the geology of our planet has shaped human development and society, and uses stunning photography from around the globe to illustrate each episode.
I enjoyed Professor Iain Stewart's previous series Earth : The Power of the Planet - Complete BBC Series [DVD], and he's a very likeable, down to earth and knowledgeable presenter. That's just as well because he's on screen for most of each hour-long episode he and provides the narration, too; there may well be a team of researchers working in the background but few other experts or talking heads play a part in this series.

Instead, Prof Stewart travels to iconic, beautiful locations like the Sahara desert, the West African coast, a crystal cave in Mexico, holes in the Iranian desert, frozen Iceland, the Indian monsoon and a salt glacier (an extraordinary sight indeed), while examining how geological forces have played a part in the rise and fall of various human civilisations.
Different episodes look at volcanoes and earthquakes; the forces of the wind and how it affects weather and trade, water and our use of it in irrigation, and fire; oil, and the industrial revolution. Some of the snapshots are obvious and familiar, and an explanation of why fault lines cause earthquakes was extremely timely. But some of the segments are utterly unexpected and wonderful, like the astonishing crystal cave (which will look wonderful in high-definition) and the amazing living bridge in the Himalayas which withstands the rushing floodwaters every year.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Invigorating Earth 11 Jun 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I think this is one of the best geographical documentaries I have ever seen. Spectacularly filmed and awesome scenery!

Iain Stewart is a great presenter, always on the go, touching, tasting, feeling the elements of the Earth. It's a lesson in Geography but certainly not boring.

I don't know why but love the scene with the bubbling oil - it is like boiling treacle and really strange. In fact there are quite a few strange and wonderful things in the series. Like the Arctic Underground Svalbard Seed Vault where they are gathering samples of all the earth's known seeds and grains, like human squirrels. And the Great Pacific Garbage Patch where a 100 million tons of plastic bottles and waste drift across the ocean and cover an area twice the size of the USA. And the Naica Cave which is 50 degrees C , 100% humidity and filled with gigantic, weird but amazing rod-shaped crystals. And Iain Stewart isn't scared to get stuck in - when he visits places like the Naica Cave that are too hostile for humans, he just gets kitted up in protective clothing and breathing gear and wades on in!

All in all the Series is great. Not only is it really interesting and exciting but also it is a beautifully filmed and edited documentary. Great stuff!
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
Some documentaries are wasted on Blu-Ray, but the visual images on this series are so strong that it's really worth seeing it in high definition.
The BBC's science dept has out-done itself recently, and this series is one of the most lively and engaging they've produced. It looks at how the geology of our planet has shaped human development and society, and uses stunning photography from around the globe to illustrate each episode.
I enjoyed Professor Iain Stewart's previous series Earth : The Power of the Planet - Complete BBC Series [DVD], and he's a very likeable, down to earth and knowledgeable presenter. That's just as well because he's on screen for most of each hour-long episode he and provides the narration, too; there may well be a team of researchers working in the background but few other experts or talking heads play a part in this series.

Instead, Prof Stewart travels to iconic, beautiful locations like the Sahara desert, the West African coast, a crystal cave in Mexico, holes in the Iranian desert, frozen Iceland, the Indian monsoon and a salt glacier while examining how geological forces have played a part in the rise and fall of various human civilisations.
Different episodes look at volcanoes and earthquakes; the forces of the wind and how it affects weather and trade, water and our use of it in irrigation, and fire; oil, and the industrial revolution. Some of the snapshots are obvious and familiar, and an explanation of why fault lines cause earthquakes was extremely timely.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ian Stewart is the best, a great video 25 Nov 2010
By scardan
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Ian Stewart is the best. Buy his other video too ("Earth the power of the planet"). Great, adventurous, enthusiast, and yet precise, informative and clear.
I don't want to tell too much about these 2 DVDs, you won't regret watching them yourself.
Like in "Earth", numerous locations around the planet are explored. Makes you understand how history and geology are intertwined, and that history is NOT a list of stupid dates but an interconnection of events where nature plays a significant role.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful
I do not know how many times i've watched this but I never tire of the wonder of it all.
Published 2 months ago by w p brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Another review on behalf of my son
Just what he wanted, 100% appreciated in every respect...
Well produced and mos informative.

Jeremy is a science teacher so i think I have covered all points that... Read more
Published 5 months ago by TREVOR F. MINNS
4.0 out of 5 stars How Earth Made Us
Interesting how the human race has changed the face of the world. I hope that the damage done in the name of progress doesn't jump up and bite us.
Published 9 months ago by Langy bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars Education and Entertainment
A brilliant exposition of how the geological processes have formed us and our ecosystem. Must see for all concerned people.
Published 10 months ago by Errol
4.0 out of 5 stars Geography and History
If this were a book, it would be a "coffee table book" & a very good one too. The filming in exotic locations is beautiful, the narration is good and, thinking as a... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Nico
5.0 out of 5 stars How Earth Made Us
Excellent documentary. Dr Iain Stewart is a very good and keeps it interesting. If you are a fan of Sir David Attenborough, watch this I don't think you will be disappointed.
Published 16 months ago by Scotty
5.0 out of 5 stars super
good in ti me, very int eres ting, mo re than pl ease d tha t th is item was so much in time
Published 17 months ago by Herman Bulkens
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD
I found this really interesting and would have no hesitation in recommeding it to anyone with an interest in this area.
Published 17 months ago by kduck
5.0 out of 5 stars I do love it
An astonishing documentary about the Earth and human being evolution. I think it perfectly mixes science and entertainment and I guess we can think of Iain Stewart as the “David... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Sergio Chozas Vinuesa
5.0 out of 5 stars how earth made us
An excellent production of the BBC and a superb explanation by prof Ian Stewart of how we have been moulded by the Earth
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