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Rise of the Continents [DVD]

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  • Actors: Professor Iain Stewart
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: 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: 2
  • Classification: To be announced
  • Studio: 2Entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 1 July 2013
  • Run Time: 200 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,321 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


The earth’s continents are instantly recognisable. These iconic landmasses seem permanent and unchanging, yet they are merely the wreckage of a much larger long-lost supercontinent – Pangaea. In this stunning four part series Professor Iain Stewart uncovers the evidence for this ancient past. He reveals how the world around us is full of clues – in the rocks, the landscapes and even the animals that tell how the land we live on was created. He shows how the defining moments of their formation have fundamentally shaped each of our continents’ characters - transforming evolution, forging their incredible economic riches and changing the course of human history.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Prof Stewart Does It Again 29 July 2013
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Another fine documentary by the excellent Iain Stewart. This and all his previous documentaries are extremely interesting and informative and most importantly, in layman's terms. If ever you want a better understanding of your place in the universe and how you've got there, Iain's your man. Along with Sir David and Chris Packham (see his excellent series Secrets Of Our Living Planet), Iain Stewarts' love of his subject is obvious and infectious and all three should perhaps be made mandatory viewing in schools. There is something very slightly dodgy and unnecessary I find and its when he's about to go slightly more in depth into a particular subject. All of a sudden there's a mini dream like sequence where you can hear him mutter snippets of information. It's a bit odd and totally outside the feel of the programme. The producer has a new digital toy perhaps? That aside (and that's me being really picky) its another superb series.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD 1 July 2013
By Mister G TOP 100 REVIEWER
A superb series. The scenes of Stromboli explosively erupting as Stewart's face lights up like a kid make good TV. Sitting on Stromboli, observing red lava exploding vertically, Stewart says "You don't want to be any nearer than this....... actually, I do".

It's the sort of programme that makes you want to visit Stromboli, and climb a few volcanoes. (I have done so in Indonesia - I can recommend it).

The animations of tectonic plates moving are great. This may sound minor but all the programmes that I have seen to date have such animations stretching from the time of Pangea to the current day. This programme carries those animations on into the future. I had no idea that Australia will collide with China, for example. And where is Great Britain heading? Guess.


The Arctic. "Makes sense", quipped my wife.

My only gripe? That it isn't available on Blu Ray. I hope that they bring out a Blu Ray version in the future.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
I just saw the complete series on BBC, and I have found very illuminating the animations describing the drifts of the continents to be from the original Pangaea. I also found very interesting the episode about Africa and the explanation of its tormented relief. The enthusiasm of Stewart swimming on the brim of the Victoria Falls was infectious! Like your reviewer Mister G, I had the opportunity to travel to Indonesia and climb 6 volcanoes, among which the Rinjani in Lombok. This was around 1991, and the pictures I took at the time show landscapes that no longer exist... What is chilling, but not to happen for the near future (!), is how the continents will eventually move back together again and form a new sort of Pangaea.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hours of fun 27 Nov 2013
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Just started learning Geology. This video has helped enormously. So many questions answered. Iain Stewart isn't at all patronising but imparts his enthusiasm very well
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Geology Professor Iain Stewart has become a bit of a TV celebrity with several series on earth science and physical geography. This latest series, now released on DVD by the BBC is a four part affair. The episodes look at Africa, Australia, the Americas and Eurasia and broadly revolve around the origin of the continents and the central role of Pangaea and continental drift. Stewart makes links all the time to the human-cultural significance and integrates the geological story with the human one. He certainly gets around a bit - cuddling Koala bears in Australia, grappling with alligators in America, poking around in a building site in New York City, down a mine in Bolivia but it all works well. There is some useful new material on the origin (initiation) of subduction - how plate tectonics started. This is an interesting series for an informed layperson and particularity so for the teacher of earth science - there is some useful clips here to show students.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rise of the continents 19 Aug 2013
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I watched the series on TV. I wanted a permanent record of it as it was so fascinating.
The was so much information I know I would need to play it again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The interesting history the Earth's continents 4 Aug 2013
By K H
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I had seen TV-programs similar to the ones on this DVD before. Probably on NatGeoTV. But I thought Iain Stewart's account – a new face, as far as I am concerned – did a very good job of reviewing everything science has been able to find out so far, about continental drift and its history, that goes back to the time when the Earth had but one continent – that we've all agreed to call "Pangea". But Pangea split into several pieces, and over the centuries the pieces drifted apart, until the geography looked like it does today. But the continental drift continues, and millions of years from now, the Earth's map will look very different from what it does today.

In particular, I liked how Iain – from Scotland I presume – related the various phases of geological history to the evolution of plants and animals, and how we've became what we are and how we are, due to these various geological stages, that have all left their traces in our build, our faculties and our abilities. A great set of documentary programs, and a great update on the latest geological knowledge!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rise of the Continents 8 July 2014
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This was not only educational but a very enjoyable series to watch. Iain Stewart's easy going style of presentation made the subject very interesting. And the documentary brings into perspective the great passage of time over which the continents have formed and are still doing so today. Definitely recommended!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very interesting and informative DVD
Published 1 day ago by Mrs Rachel F Morrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent video
Published 1 month ago by Bentrider
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great stuff (but then anything Iain Stewart is in is brilliant as far as I'm concerned).
Published 1 month ago by Melly B
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it. I have others
As usual Iaian Stewart delivers. He is so precise and yet makes things simple enough for the layman to understand. I loved it. I have others
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Another gem from Iain Stewart and the BBC
One of the best, if not the best Geology program ever shown on TV. After watching it on BBC, I absolutely had to buy the DVD to watch it again and again to my heart's content. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tereza Amaral-Rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars Really informative DVD
Really informative DVD about the formation of the continents. Very well explained by Prof Ian Stewart
Published 2 months ago by grantm
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
as always in his presentations iain stewart is brilliant
Published 2 months ago by doug johnston
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I like the presenter and how he presents the information. Wonderful Our wonderful world.
Published 2 months ago by Sarah Moses
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully shot an informative
Beautifully shot an informative. Ian Stewart is an excellent communicator. This series is a pleasure to watch more than once.
Published 3 months ago by R. J. Hall
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