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  • Actors: Richard Hammond
  • Directors: Speed Limits: Gavin Maxwell, Out of Sight: Dan Clifton, Off the Scale: Matthew Wortman
  • Producers: Anne Laking, Gary Hunter, Simon Finch
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 3 May 2010
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003ICWBBS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,387 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Richard Hammond journeys into the parallel universe that lies beyond the limits of the naked eye. Using state-of-the-art imaging technologies, Richard discovers that it's as much the things we cannot see as those we can that shape our lives.

From spectacular natural phenomena such as vast, superfast lightning clusters, to one of the wonders of the living world and our own technological achievements, such as the awe inspiring aerial work conducted on high-voltage power lines, Richard explores the hidden secrets of three distinct invisible realms that lie beyond the limits of human vision, helping us to unravel some of the mysteries of our world.

Episode 1: Speed Limits
Episode 2: Out of Sight
Episode 3: Off the Scale

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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67 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Mr Entropy on 7 April 2010
Format: DVD
This short BBC series of only 3 one hour long episodes show as the title suggests, the things we cant see with the human eye. This is presented in some wonderful graphics and real films with Richard Hammond of the Top Gear fame narrating along the way. It helps that he is enthusiastic about the material, the narration emphasises what you are about to see as opposed to you being dragged through the program with a boring guide.

The first episode comprises of things we cannot really observe well with the human mind because of the differences in time scales in which the event occurs, either super fast or super slow. Using hi-speed cameras catching hundreds of frames a second we are treated to some wonderful slow motion presentation of natural phenomena, from insects, to the fastest thing in the natural world, a fungal spore! We also get to see extremely slow things sped up to more observable speeds just as the Attenborough Life Documentary showed things like coral grow from start to finish using faster frame rates.

In the second episode the focus is on the light spectrum, and while we only perceive the visible spectrum through our eyes, there are several other spectrums to consider to gain a more holistic view of what is happening around us, ultraviolet and infrared are the two most prominently discussed here but attention is also given to the outer spectrums such as for space telescopes. The highlight here was learning about one of the weird effects experienced post cataract removal surgery concerning UV light filtering.

The final episode centred around the very small that we could only see with microscopes and other even more precise imaging devices.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Hartley on 28 July 2010
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
The footage in this series when you watch it for the first time is truly amazing.

Well worth buying it on Blu-ray over DVD.

Well presented by Richard Hammond, and the set out of the 3 episodes is very good. Each episode has a number of different areas covered that link into each other seamlessly.

Yet another top quality production from the Beeb!

Episode 1 - Speed Limits: Shows high speed events that happen too fast for the human eye, they are slowed down so you can see what happens in split seconds.

Episode 2 - Out of Sight: Shows what lies beyond our visual cability, X-ray, infared...

Episode 3 - Off the Scale: Shows what is to small for the human eye to see.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By RaTa on 12 July 2010
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This is an excellent series. Unlike other educational projects that present the usual subjects like nature and wildlife or astronomy, dinosaurs, etc., Hammond takes you on a tour of a brand new area of discovery. The world of time-lapse photography. The world of the very fast, now slowed down, and the world of the very slow, speeded up, so we can understand different realities existing with us side by side. Absolutely, well done, bravo. You will want to watch it more than once, and well worth adding to your library. Highly recommend.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Harald on 23 Nov. 2010
Format: Blu-ray
Don't expect much science content on this Blu-Ray, and let's just ignore the repeated claims of something being filmed for the first time ever. What's left is an entertaining sequence of stunning clips filmed using all kinds of special cameras - be it high-speed, infra-red or x-ray. There isn't much of a story being told, but the scenes are all brilliant and amazing to watch, definitely worth to be seen in HD.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John Colman on 18 Mar. 2011
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Richard 'the Hamster' Hammond (he's not even a real hamster) presents three interesting shows each dedicated to an aspect of the invisible to humans.

Hammond presents many of the pieces in a very similar manner to the way he presents on Top Gear.

On a couple of occasions he perceptively misjudges the separation of sentences creating apparent non-sequiturs but all is forgiven as generally his narration is soothing and ostensibly interested in what he is talking about.

Being able to purchase these programmes in high-definition is fantastic and I hope that more shows begin to follow suit. The images are regularly stunning although a few scenes appear blurry at the edges (this may be done for artistic effect).

The best thing about this show is that, even though I didn't find it even a bit dumbed-down or patronising, it still managed to hold the attention of my young children who watched it with me. That's no mean feat.

I would like to see Richard presenting more shows like this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By chez198 on 5 Sept. 2011
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If you are a Top Gear fan, or have enjoyed other series presented by Richard Hammond, then despite the flaws with the series you will like his presenting style, very simple.

The series makes a lot of claims, around being 'the first' or 'the best' at something, and the science is not all that sound. Having said that, if you do not care to much about science then you will find this a very interesting educational series.

The Blu-Ray itself is good(unlike some other BBC BDs), the picture quality is fantastic, particularly on close-up and high-speed photography shots. HD really makes a difference with this.
The audio quality does let it down though, being an okay stereo soundtrack. This series was produced with 5.1 surround so why don't the BBC use this soundtrack?

Good generally, though!
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