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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Demand DVD
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Jun. 2013
  • Run Time: 174 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0038KT7O4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,711 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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All six episodes of the Discovery Channel series presented by scientist Stephen Hawking. The series explores issues surrounding all the greatest mysteries of the cosmos including the Big Bang, the origins of the universe, antimatter, black holes, Einstein's theory of relativity and the search for extraterrestrial life.

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109 of 111 people found the following review helpful By A customer VINE VOICE on 8 April 2010
Format: DVD
Stephen Hawking's Universe is a 2010 science documentary TV mini-series written by British physicist Stephen Hawking. The series was created for Discovery Channel by Darlow Smithson Productions and features computer generated imagery of the universe created by Red Vision (not to be confused with the 1997 PBS series by the same name and slightly different content )

An original soundtrack was composed for the series by television and film composer Sheridan Tongue, combining symphonic orchestral recordings with electronic and sampled elements. The score was recorded and mixed in 5.1 surround sound for HD broadcast and DVD and Blu-ray release. It is narrated by the British actor Benedict Cumberbatch ( Hawkins in the BBC series , Atonement and Starter for 10 ) and Professor Hawking .Of note is his superb sense of humor that add a light touch to the series ( aka Brian Cox and his Rock and roll image ) .

Episode 1 - Aliens: In "Are We Alone?"

This is the weakest episode of the series ,by trying to produce clever graphics to illustrate possible life forms in the universe the series looks more appealing to the American market with strong visual effects . Hawking considers one of the most important mysteries facing humankind - the possibility of alien, intelligent life. He leads us on a journey from the moons of Jupiter to a galaxy maybe not so far, far away. We will meet possible aliens and wonder at their form, we will delve into the very principles of what it is to call something alive, and we will calculate the likelihood of 'contact' being made.

Episode 2 - Time Travel: "Is Time Travel Possible?"

A more enjoyable episode with a great explanation of all we know about time travel .
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Flyboy_madman on 24 Nov. 2010
Format: Blu-ray
I thoroughly enjoyed this and even more on blu-ray. I've watched other documentaries on the exact same subjects that are described in this feature but Stephen Hawking's Universe has that extra little something. When watching other documentaries about how gravity works in the universe or how we can manipulate time, I can't help but get lost and over confused ( I might add that I am a bit of a simpleton ). However, the way that Stephen Hawking illustrates his theories really makes it easy and simple to take in, in other words 'Perfect mind candy'.

Also, you really get a feel for Stephen's personality as every word said in this stunning documentary is his own. He comes across as very down to earth ( I know, ironic isn't it? ) yet quite open minded to extreme ideas and my favourite trait he has is his humour.

Overall, I really felt this documentary reached out to me and answered lots of those questions I'd been asking myself whenever looking up at the stars. It's a great educational buy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Zyx on 2 Jun. 2012
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We found this really interesting. So much so that I bought a second copy straight away and sent it to my brother!

Well written by Stephen Hawking and very well narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, and very good graphics to go with it.

There's a two 43-minute episodes and one 86 minute episode (174 minutes total time) on alien life, time-travel, space-time and universe.

I've also seen a similar BBC series called "Wonders of the Universe" with Brian Cox, and it wasn't anywhere near as good. So I would definitely recommend Stephen Hawking's Universe instead.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Greg on 25 Aug. 2013
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Well presented and entertaining, good CG to make it more interesting to the noddy like me, very thought provoking - enjoyed it.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Clock EnD on 10 Nov. 2010
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Time travel is possible! Scientific genius Stephen Hawking makes the history of the universe both intelligible and fascinating to the layman. Benedict Cumberbatch's narration is also an appropriate guide on this breathtaking visual journey. I'm new to this reviewing caper so I can't think of anything more.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By The Old Grey Witch's Test VINE VOICE on 30 July 2010
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I think the previous reviewer has covered the contents pretty well, so I'll just add that I bought this DVD for my A-level studies students who have to study 'science and society'. They are going to love it---all the wonderful use of colour and graphics to explain such difficult concepts. And no maths! Even those students who think they loathe science will be fascinated. So, I'd recommend it for teachers.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By geoffrey d on 11 Mar. 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
There is no book guide ,no guide on the disc frustrating ,badly put together its a pity it spoils what otherwise is a good production
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Robert Watkins on 27 Mar. 2011
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Every School should show this to the Children, it's simply wonderful and very well put together by Prof Hawkins. I found it completely engaging and will be buying a blu ray copy to watch again.

It explains so much about the universe and I feel it's better than Wonders Of The Universe by Prof Cox.
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