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Space [DVD]

Sam Neill    Exempt   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
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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: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005OCTZ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,577 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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

Product Description

DVD Special Features:

Photo Gallery
On Location film
Space Facts Encyclopaedia
Behind the Graphics

Subtitles: English SDH
Dolby Digital 5.1

Customer Reviews

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good series ... but forget about DVD extras. 5 May 2005
By Mr. F. Ledwidge VINE VOICE
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ignore the knockers - this title is brilliant 6 Jan 2003
'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
4.0 out of 5 stars Exciting Astro Stuff 31 Aug 2001
By A Customer
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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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Glossy, Glitzy, Disappointing 15 Oct 2003
Format:VHS Tape
This is a very average documentary. Sam Neil gives it a Hollywood feel, but the subject matter should be enough to excite without this being necessary. The graphics are good but that is all it has got in it's favour. I strongly recommend ignoring this and investing in Channel Four's awesome Universe narrated by John Hurt. It is far superior in every way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars astronomical 19 May 2003
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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Visually Magnificant 20 Aug 2002
This DVD is great. The CG effects they use to show the sun, planets and universe are nothing short of spectacular and the topics they have chosen for each show in the series is well thought out and well scripted. If you have kids and you want them to learn about the solar system and stars we live amongst then this is an excellent way to teach them. The show is enjoying and interesting to watch, as well as being as good as any Sci-fi program to keep you entertained and interested.
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35 of 44 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not really good science 8 Dec 2001
This programme was a bit of a disappointment. I am a science teacher and wanted something contemporary for my 16 year old physics students to enjoy. Some of the graphics are impressive, but the whole thing is far too unscientific. It presents a paranoid view of the future of the universe. There is not much that will increase your quality of life or enjoyment of the wonder of the universe, I'm afraid. It's not bad for someone who holds a placard up saying 'the end is nigh', but if you want decent science, try the absolutely magnificent series 'the Planets'.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
A true gift of our current understanding...even limited as it is...the CGI/SFX are wonderful.. the facts are interesting . Well done and thank you.
Published 2 months ago by Dr. Nigel D. Miles
5.0 out of 5 stars Space DVD
What an excellent dvd this is. A great insight to the Planets around us and beyond.
I now have a much greater understanding of our universe. Mind blowing stuff !
Published 4 months ago by phil pearman
I love documentaries (the only real good thing left on TV these days) and I purchased this TV series way back in 2001 when it was only available on VHS for something like eighteen... Read more
Published 11 months ago by FAMOUS NAME
5.0 out of 5 stars again xmas present
this a xmas present for my partner i know he will love it as he is well into this kind of thing
Published 16 months ago by sue
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting dvd
I watched this when it was on tv a good ten or more years ago, I then purchased it when it came out on video and now Ive brought it on DVD. Read more
Published 19 months ago by stargazer 1984
5.0 out of 5 stars good dvd
I bought this as a Christmas present and they thoughly enjoy it. It was a good price for a brand new sealed dvd. Read more
Published on 14 Jan 2012 by Libitina
4.0 out of 5 stars Space some answers
Sam Neil's Space is a very interesting series of 6 episodes. Written and Explained clearly and interesting to watch. Read more
Published on 5 Aug 2011 by Master1
5.0 out of 5 stars Space the final frontier ???
Brought this for my 25 yr old daughtet and she loves it and you will too if you like anything to do with space and the planets. Read more
Published on 28 Mar 2011 by Mrs. Jv Vooght
5.0 out of 5 stars A guided tour of the galaxy
I was very impressed with this series, and was surprised to find that a good number of people didn't like it. Read more
Published on 26 Jan 2011 by S. Davidson
5.0 out of 5 stars Space
This is a great series which gives you an insight to the great universe that surrounds us.Space [DVD] [2001]
Published on 23 April 2010 by N. Pedersen
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