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Richard Hammond's Invisible Worlds [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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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Another cracker of a series from Hamster.. Reminded me a little of something that professor Brian Cox would do!Published 10 months ago by Jimmy Taylor
i love this .. informative enveloping interesting and best of all in HDPublished 12 months ago by mr mj austin