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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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DAJJBEE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,116 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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250 million years ago, the Earth looked like something from another solar system. The continents we know today were concentrated into a single giant landmass - Pangaea - surrounded by Panthalassa - an immense ocean. But about 200 million years ago, this supercontinent started to break apart: new ocean basins were forming, mountains rocketed skywards and over millions of years, seven new landmasses were created from the remnants of the old, each one unique - our continents. 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.Please note, this title is unavailable for purchase Australia and New Zealand as it has yet to be televised.


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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD 1 July 2013
By Mister G TOP 100 REVIEWER
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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.

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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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6 of 6 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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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Gary White TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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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
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
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Another Geological History of the earth 2 Jun 2014
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Professor Iain Stewart knows his stuff and certainly gets around the planet.
I had some geological study 50 years ago and some geological knowledge has not changed all that much.
For some unknown reason Amazon sent me 2 copies. Instead of returning one I passed it along to a grandson aged 10. He liked it more than I. I was disappointed with some of the graphics. Simple spot-on diagrams would have been more useful.
I think a real experienced teacher, rather than a university lecturer would have done a better job.
Nevertheless, I think I am being a bit harsh. The professor is popular in TV land.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Rise of the Continents
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. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Andrew Fontenelle
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful! Brillant!
Published 9 days ago by Wendy King
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great series from Iain Stewart
I enjoyed studying geomorphology for A level but this series really brought it to life. You can always really on Iain Stewart for a good series - just wish the BBC would release... Read more
Published 2 months ago by S. Finch
5.0 out of 5 stars Geology
I am delighted with 'Rise of the Continents' which is fascinating. All so well explained with great photography which makes the narrative even more enjoyable.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Continental drift
I happen to interested in type of subject.....grew up where the first common fossils confirming the Wagner theory were found.
Published 4 months ago by Alistair H. Rickards
1.0 out of 5 stars Out of sync out of sync out of sync!
The sound (speech) is out of sync with the picture. Not enjoyable out of sync out of sync out of sync
Published 5 months ago by Dave Ellis
3.0 out of 5 stars Too much of Iain's face and some scenes of talking over others.
I prefer the 95% scenes and information as in 'LIFE' and there was too much of repeating the scene of the shifting continents otherwise very interesting.
Published 5 months ago by Terry Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I chose the 5 star rating because it was just as I had imagined, educational, thrilling, entertaining, was just great.
Published 6 months ago by Wolf
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Rise of the Continents
Brilliantly written, filmed and presented. Iain Stewart obviously loves his subject and puts it over well and in a way that we can all follow. Highly recommended
Published 7 months ago by Cheshireman
4.0 out of 5 stars Rise od continents
I thought that Dr Ian Stewart did not give any serious coverage to the continents od Asia and Europe. Otherwise the programmes were very good.
Published 7 months ago by W D Toulman
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