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Hubble: 15 Years Of Discovery [DVD] [2005]

Lars Lindberg Christensen    Exempt   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Lars Lindberg Christensen
  • Format: Box set, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: English, German, Greek
  • Subtitles: German, English, Danish, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Polish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Finnish, Swedish, French, Russian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Spv
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Dec 2008
  • Run Time: 133 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009HL7GU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,692 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Robert Fosbury presents this documentary about the Hubble Space Telescope made 15 years after its launch. The programme takes a look back at some of the many wonders that have been discovered by the telescope and explores the obstacles that it has encountered along the way.


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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sadly this is mostly just a puff piece 10 April 2007
By Dennis Littrell TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
I was more than a little disappointed with this considering the fact that the Hubble telescope is one of humankind's most spectacular technological and scientific achievements. Instead of giving the viewer specific detail about what Hubble has achieved we get instead a kind of generalized, gee whiz hype about what a wonderful instrument it is. More--much more--information about how it was built and how it works and what its features are and what it has discovered and taught us could have been including in the narrative.

In fact, the narrative is dumbed down to an annoying degree. For example we are told that Hubble has discovered the most distant object ever seen, but we are not told how distant that object is. It's as though the narrative were written for people who just want to trip out on the images without being burdened with any specific knowledge.

Also annoying is the way the magnificent photos of the heavens are just displayed on the screen usually too quickly for any real contemplation and without detailed information about what is being shown or why it was photographed in the first place. ESA and NASA should have hired somebody knowledgeable to write an image-coordinated script for this that would inform and really entertain, and they should also have hired a professional to read the script, somebody with more enthusiasm and skill than Bob Fosbury displays. The images need to be explained so that we can understand what we are seeing. The clouds and nebulae, the points of light, the halos and the shapes are not self-explanatory. And when the images have been augmented or enhanced in some way, that needs to be explained as well. Some side by side contrasts between what is seen in the visual spectrum and, say, the infrared would be nice.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
By Ged
Format:DVD
I was skeptical about buying this at first as I'd never heard of it. I only wish I'd bought it sooner. After watching it I was very impressed by the amount of history and background information on the Hubble telescope. It goes into detail about how the telescope works, its initial teething problems and what they did to fix it. It then goes on to demonstrate the results achieved over the past 15 years showing 100s of the best and most interesting images as well as exploring the details behind the subject matter. As well as going into detail about the history, the documentary also presents information on the future of the telescope and it's eventual replacement in 2012 by the new Webb Telescope.. The production is very well presented in a professional and appropriate way by a British presenter and makes a refreshing change to some of the cheap, shallow efforts produced by the USA with grating American narration. Hubble 15 Years of Discovery would not be out of place among great productions such as the BBC Planets series. Among the extras are a screensaver / gallery featuring countless full screen images taken from Hubble.
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33 of 43 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars European Space Agency Lays A Shiny Egg 18 July 2006
Format:DVD
Watched the first 30 mintues and NO PICTURES TAKEN BY THE HUBBLE! Just flashy computer animation, dramatic sythesizer music, talky British hosts and flying typefaces. I didn't rent this to learn the basics about the universe, sun and planets, I wanted to see photos taken by the Hubble and get a little backstory. The ESA really blew it on this one!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By yla
Format:DVD
This dvd shows some fascinating facts and amazing images of outer space taken by Hubble. Not sure what Mr Young (above) is on about. It helped me to realise the extraordinary part Hubble has played in educating us all about the wonder of where we live. It's certainly worth viewing.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hubble - 15 Years Of Discovery [DVD] [2005] 23 April 2010
Format:DVD
It's a wonderful video. The Amazon's Postal Service was excellent, effective.
(É um maravilhoso video. O Serviço Postal da Amazon foi excelente, efetivo.)

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Carlos Helder

Brazil
(Brasil)
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