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Richard Hammond's Invisible Worlds [DVD]

Richard Hammond    Universal, suitable for all   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Richard Hammond
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: 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: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 3 May 2010
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00395ATPE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,533 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Using state-of-the-art imaging technologies, Richard discovers that t'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

Product Description

Richard Hammond journeys into the parallel universe that lies beyond the limits of the naked eye, in Richard Hammond's Invisible World, part of BBC One's Science & Nature programming. 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 - the hidden aerodynamics of bats - and our own technological achievements such as the awe-inspiring aerial work conducted on high-voltage power lines, Richard explores the hidden secrets of the invisible world around us. Episode 1 - Episode one explores the world of 'invisible light' that surrounds us at all times. Episode 2 - In episode two, delve into the invisible world too quick for the human eye, with advances in imaging technology that can enhance human visual perception as never before. Episode 3 - Finally, in episode three, explore the invisible world unfolding on too small a scale, or at too remote a distance, to be seen by the naked eye; an entirely microscopic realm - and a miniature world.


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66 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tapping into the worlds outside normal perception 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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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Overrated 19 Oct 2011
By Peter
Format:Blu-ray
First off, this is in 1080i not p. But most of the imagery is stunning, so if you buy it for that alone you won't be too disappointed...

What is a disappointment, however, is Hammond's presence and narration. He is constantly 'in the picture' (of course I could've guessed that from the title). But while I like him in Top Gear, I do find him very annoying here. You get to hear him say invisible world every ten seconds with a tone of voice which is just so overdone... it gets on my nerves, but again hence the title...

While I also think the subjects were a little underwhelming, in all it was an interesting series, just probably not worth the buy on Blu-ray. I honestly was expecting more after all the great comments and wanted to let people know that it really isn't all it's cracked up to be...
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
By Ra Tera
Format:DVD
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HD Rocks 16 April 2011
By Tommie
Format:Blu-ray
If your a fan of Time Warp, this is for you!!!. Video and Audio is excellent, Worth every pound.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A HDTV Showcase 23 Nov 2010
By Harald
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Richard Hammond's Invisible Worlds [DVD 6 Jan 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I saw this programme the BBC and loved it, so I had to have the video for watching it again and showing it to my childern and families and friends. This was an excellent programme and I highly recommend it to anyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth watching 5 Sep 2011
By chez198
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
liked it but would only watch the once
Published 1 month ago by wolf bain
5.0 out of 5 stars Great and educational
Discovered this great little series when I was getting Journey to the Centre of the Planet. It's got three episodes and shows in various ways things we can't see, wither because... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars worst documentary i have ever seen
not suggested at all. a highly irritating and very redundant. Even the dialogues were redundant. save your money by not spending on this.
Published 4 months ago by Mohan Babu
5.0 out of 5 stars Superlative!
Richard Hammond is charming and the material is fascinating, CGI incredible. Incredible from start to finish.
Wish it was available in a format for the U.S.
Published 5 months ago by Julee Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film
Excellent film to approach natural phenomenom without complicate scientific explanations.
Recommended for people interested in nature / science
As usual BBC video offers... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Robert Longchamp
4.0 out of 5 stars amazing
amazing. well presented good educational knowledge with hints of humour that is characteristic of Richard Hammond. i enjoyed watching it
Published 11 months ago by Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars So interesting
I love science and this is such an interesting show for anyone who is a fellow lover of the science world. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Katherine543
5.0 out of 5 stars things microscopic
I am currently investigating some botany with a microscope I purchased and this DVD seemed to fit in with where I'm at
Published 14 months ago by Brendon John Orr
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!!
Amazing facts and very entertaining. Thoroughly enjoyed by the whole family. Very well presented. A great journey into invisible worlds.
Published 16 months ago by Dr. S. Rahil
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent - just excellent.
I find the opportunity to "see" beyond our normal limits to be almost magical in the way that
it enhances my appreciation of the world at large. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Frank Bell
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