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  • Actors: Sam Neill
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: BBC Worldwide
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Dec. 2001
  • Run Time: 174 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005OCTZ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,079 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

DVD Special Features:

Photo Gallery
On Location film
Space Facts Encyclopaedia
Behind the Graphics

Subtitles: English SDH
Dolby Digital 5.1
16x9

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Space is a visually impressive six-part popular science series from the BBC that follows their runaway successes Walking with Dinosaurs and The Planets into the realm of lavish computer animation. In a stroke of inspired casting Jurassic Park's Sam Neill (no stranger to acting alongside CGI effects) is our earthbound anchor, and he takes the viewer on journeys across the universe in each half-hour segment, thanks to some nifty special effects. Like Carl Sagan's pioneering Cosmos from 1980, Space delves in to the mysteries of how stars and planets were created; but unlike Sagan's visionary and optimistic view of cosmic wonders, Space is astronomy for the Age of Anxiety, revealing with terrifying clarity and in graphic detail how fortunate we are to exist at all, and how it could all end at any moment as a result of space-bound monsters like rogue comets and asteroids that might crash into our planet; or, the worst horror of the universe, wandering black holes that could tear our sun apart. Even if we survive these implacable cosmic forces bent on our destruction, viewers will not be reassured to be told that the sun is doomed anyway, and its inevitable death will swallow our planet whole (but not before burning it to a crisp first). Finally, the series finds cause for faint optimism with Star Trek-style speculations on the development of Ion-drive and solar-powered spaceships, terraforming new worlds and wormhole technology that might, just might, allow humanity to escape from a doomed Earth and seek refuge somewhere else in the galaxy. A series that sheds light on both the secrets of the universe and, implicitly, the anxious state of our new millennial society, Space is a compelling combination of popular astronomy and really, really scary cosmology. The handsomely illustrated companion book is lucidly written by astronomer John Gribbin. --Mark Walker

Customer Reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mr. F. Ledwidge VINE VOICE on 5 May 2005
Format: DVD
I suppose this series, with its extensive CGI effects lays itself open to the possible charge of 'dumbing down'. However, it escapes this by involving the viewer closely in the science that is being explained. Having said that, some of the science is rather shallow. For example, we are told about 'worm holes' and that they theoretically exist, and efforts are being made to make one but are given not the slightest hint about how this can be done. We are only told that it will involve black holes.
That said, this is a really interesting series, well worth buying and watching more than once.
Avoid the 'Special features' though. I had a look at them expecting more interviews with the fine line-up of scientists in the main programmes. What you actually get are some bizarre clips which look like in-jokes for the production crew. Funny for them maybe, not for anyone else. I would have given 4 stars without the 'extras'.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By U. Ugalde Martinez on 14 Oct. 2001
Format: VHS Tape
The Space series is an extremely innovative and suggestive presentation of the most important questions and some answers which now arise to humans about the universe.
The state of the art technique used surrenders itself more to science fiction than to the true spirit of search invoked by researchers. This dramatisation is further angled towards a gloomy and hopeless end to humanity. Something that is neither here nor there to the viewer, since it will probably not affect him or her in his or her lifetime.
Nevertheless, the relentless search of scientists is well portrayed, and this provides perhaps the most positive and cheerful spirit to this series.
I highly recommend it,especially over a good drink.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By C. Crossley on 6 Jan. 2003
Format: DVD
'For every grain of sand on Earth there are a million stars in the universe'.
Judging from the reviews below one would think SPACE is either a 'love it' or 'hate it' type of product. Personally I fall into the 'love it' catergory. I own both this title and the BBC's excellent 'The Planets' title and would say definately that SPACE exceeds Planets in terms of the very clear and accurate way it uses to explain many of the topics covered by the series. The concept behind the series is clearly to educate viewers about just how amazing the universe we live in actually is, and as such it uses lots of very nice looking computer animations and visual effects to achieve this aim. The result is a very slick, entertaining and well thought out series which will educate and entertain for many veiwings (I have watched mine about 5 times so far and still enjoy it). If you enjoy learning about space and the universe then this is a must have title.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Aug. 2001
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
I enjoy quite weighty astronomy and space products and have seen other reviews that mark this video down in comparison to the very professional BBC The Planets. This is a lighter documentary and has more of the exciting popular science topics such as asteroids and black holes. However, the computer simulations used are the best I've seen on television documentaries of this sort(and I've seen a few, being an amateur astronomer for over 20 years). They include uptodate imaging from Hubble, etc. Sam Neill also gives an excellent performance. It would not be ridiculous to say that he puts across the same child-like wonder yet confident story-telling that made Carl Sagan so entertaining. If you like space or popular astronomy at any level, you'll love this: three hours of visual wonder for young or old.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nicola Jane Gibson on 19 May 2003
Format: DVD
well, for a start the graphical representation of space is awesome and give a supremely good view of what space is like. Sam Neil is the perfect host for this documentary. Although the format of presentation is very different to normal documentaries, this stands out as special. I dont see what the problem is about this programme. People mention that the program features the various threats posed for humanity and that this is frightening. Its supposed to make you think, its subject to interpretation . Only something that is dramatic very influencial and is presented in a specific way has the power to fill a human with fear, and that is what makes this dvd one of the best
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Format: DVD
I was very impressed with this series, and was surprised to find that a good number of people didn't like it. There are six episodes: Star Stuff, Staying Alive, Black Holes, Are We Alone, New Worlds, and Boldly Go. I found all of them to be very informative, and I saw things a bit differently after watching, despite being an amateur astronomer myself. If you have a deep knowledge and interest in astronomy, then you will probably not find much that is new here, but I would certainly say that it is worth watching.

"Star Stuff" deals with early star formation and discusses the basics of the fusion process that takes place. "Staying Alive" is an analysis of the potential threats to Earth, such as meteorites etc. "Black Holes" covers the annals of the hunt for these elusive objects, and the latest understanding of them. "Are We Alone" follows the search for extra terrestrial life, and shows the current efforts being made to make contact (this was probably my favourite episode). "New Worlds" is about the potential new habitats that could be sought by humanity, should the time come when Earth becomes uninhabitable. And "Boldly Go" features theorised methods of propulsion that may one day take humans to the stars.

Some critics have said that there is no real science here, but of course there is; it just needs to be remembered that this series was not made for scientists, it was made for the general public who don't really know anything about astronomy.

The graphics and imagery are excellent, and I often thought the sounds in the series offer a little bit of evening escapism. Sam Neill is a great presenter and is easy to listen to when dealing with complex subjects such as this. It's a great series and I highly recommended it, in spite of it being ten years old now.
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