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The Human Body [DVD] [1998]

Beatrice , Hannelorre , Christopher Spencer    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Beatrice, Hannelorre, Herbie, Jeff, Phillippa
  • Directors: Christopher Spencer
  • Producers: Lorraine Heggessey, Richard Dale, Sandra Gregory
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: 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: PG
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 2 July 2001
  • Run Time: 48 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JHYO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,638 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

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The Human Body documentary is the sort of televisual undertaking that continues to justify the BBC licence fee. Presented by Robert Winston, it takes us on a journey from birth to death using time-lapse photography, computer graphics and various state-of-the-art imaging techniques to explore every aspect, every nook and crevice of the human body in its various stages of growth, maturity and eventual decay. Conception, toddlerhood, the awkward growing pains of adolescence, the incredibly complex workings of the brain (which burns up more energy than any other part of the human body, viewers of daytime TV included, apparently) and finally death are vividly depicted and explained. Winston's lucid, avuncular tones make The Human Body accessible to an intelligent 10-year-old and ages upward, though the more squeamish viewer might baulk at scenes of food being digested, or childbirth in all its inevitable messiness. Statistics abound--the average human will eat for three-and-a-half years during his or her lifetime, eat 160kg of chocolate and spend six months on the toilet. Though heart-warming in that it shows the commonality of human experience, The Human Body is also a potentially depressing reminder of our frail physicality and mortality. However, the most moving programme here features Herbie, a cancer victim who, in agreeing to have his last moments filmed as he lies dying in a hospice, has perhaps achieved a deserved immortality through this programme.

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The Human Body documentary is the sort of televisual undertaking that continues to justify the BBC licence fee. Presented by Robert Winston, it takes us on a journey from birth to death using time-lapse photography, computer graphics and various state-of-the-art imaging techniques to explore every aspect, every nook and crevice of the human body in its various stages of growth, maturity and eventual decay. Conception, toddlerhood, the awkward growing pains of adolescence, the incredibly complex workings of the brain (which burns up more energy than any other part of the human body, viewers of daytime TV included, apparently) and finally death are vividly depicted and explained. Winstons lucid, avuncular tones make The Human Body accessible to an intelligent 10-year-old and ages upward, though the more squeamish viewer might baulk at scenes of food being digested, or childbirth in all its inevitable messiness. Statistics abound--the average human will eat for three-and-a-half years during his or her lifetime, eat 160kg of chocolate and spend six months on the toilet. Though heart-warming in that it shows the commonality of human experience, The Human Body is also a potentially depressing reminder of our frail physicality and mortality. However, the most moving programme here features Herbie, a cancer victim who, in agreeing to have his last moments filmed as he lies dying in a hospice, has perhaps achieved a deserved immortality through this programme. On the DVD:


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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This BBC series shows the complexity and beauty of the human body and mind in an imaginative and innovative way that explains difficult concepts in an instant. Sir Robert Winston is also an engaging presenter, who manages to pass on his enthusiasm for the subject matter without effort. The first episode is somewhat general, but necessary to explain the approach. This is followed by an episode on pregnancy, which is arguably the best, and a must-see for any parents-to-be. It explains not only what is happening to the baby, but also the effects on the mother. The following episodes may also lay to rest the fears of many parents by showing what happens through childhood and puberty, and why such things as the 'terrible twos' and 'teenage tantrums' occur. Aging and death are also sympathetically treated, and the whole series acts as a wonderful learning aid for people of any age. Tools used include case studies, experiments (such as what happens to Sir Winston when he drinks alcohol) and uses forms of computer imagery never seen before this series.
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:DVD
This BBC series shows the complexity and beauty of the human body and mind in an imaginative and innovative way that explains all the difficult concepts in an instant.Sir Robert Winston has put all of his faith and trust on this project,and he has done done his narrative part like any other BBC presenter has done it before,to perfection. This BBC documentary programe clearly illustrates the seven ages of man,and the structure that we inhabbit.The best part of the series is the second episode,which is on pregnancy and is arguably the best,it explains not only what is happening to the baby,but also the effects on the mother,this is a must see for any parents wanting to have a baby,or the ones who are awaiting a baby.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb and avid viewing 24 Mar 2003
Format:DVD
A superb series which I watched with total interest on TV. When I became pregnant for the second time I just needed to watch it all over so bought the DVD set and haven't regretted it. There is something of interest for all ages from 3 - 100. My three year old found it fascinating watching the foetus growing inside the ladies tummy and this saved time on explanations from me! My husband just seemed to utter the sentence "It's amazing isn't it".
This is a learning experience for the whole family about the body, it's felings and most importantly how the brain works. You think you know most things and then you watch this!!!!
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Human Body 3 Aug 2006
By Graham
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Simpy excellent television. Robert Winston is a fine presenter and makes this series enjoyable and informative for all but the youngest family members.

A lot of other reviewers have commented on his lttle over-zealous pro Darwinian stance but I have a feeling these people are letting their religious dogma interfere with rational thinking and just enjoying the program for what it is i.e. a great piece of television which is informative and enjoyable for everyone including those of us in the medical profession. Once again the BBC at its best.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Informative 4 Sep 2009
Format:DVD
The fist time I saw this series, the narrator participated in the documentary as a host (his image... talking to the spectator). This DVD eliminated the host. There is just a background voice of him... I don't know why this version is like that... probably copyright problems. Too bad.
Still, it's a very informative doc.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant 26 Oct 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I first saw this series on BBC and, now that I am about to become a grandmother for the first time, have bought this video for my daughter.
The series is presented by Prof Robert Winston who brings such quality to the production. It is factual, mesmerising and humourous. The episode on pregnancy was amazing. A throughly wonderful double video that will interest viewers for years to come.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Review DVD Human Body 16 Feb 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Easy to order on-line. Prompt delivery.
Some sections of contents more pleasing and more convincing than others, but altogether an excellent series of documentaries.
CPL- Rome Italy 16.2.14
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Human Body 27 Oct 2013
By Shirley
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Bought this as I remembered it as being good from seeing it on tv first time round. Very well made series and quite riveting. Thoroughly enjoyable.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD
I use this to help teach my Year 7s about reproduction etc. The birthing scene and nudity always embarrasses them slightly, but a very informative DVD.
Published 17 months ago by Joanna Tang
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb introduction to the workings of the human body
With my elder daughter, I found this DVD a useful guide to the human body and the stages of life.
Published 21 months ago by Jim the Met Man
4.0 out of 5 stars i was agog!!!!!
this is science, biology and us [humans] at their most enthralling and captivating. i was agog, spellbound by this phenomenon. Read more
Published on 2 Oct 2008 by Tarquin Danvers-Saviours
3.0 out of 5 stars -
1. strangetailor, the presenter is Robert Winston. Ray Winstone is an actor. He often plays East End types. Remember?

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Published on 23 April 2006 by Freddy
2.0 out of 5 stars More about Evolution than The Human Body
I was disappointed after watching this series. I was hoping to get a further insight into the functioning of the Human Body, and how the various components work together. Read more
Published on 24 Feb 2005
1.0 out of 5 stars Fancy-looking entertainment
This series is most certainly not for adults with any more than a very rudimentary interest in the human body - its scope, despite the other reviewers' gushing, is extremely... Read more
Published on 25 Feb 2004 by A. Clarke
3.0 out of 5 stars The Human Body
First shown in 1998 on BBC, at the time it was considered "ground breaking" with its fancy computer graphics, but like everything with digital technology it does not stood the test... Read more
Published on 15 Mar 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good BUT!
The documentary is very good and very informative, however it has one drawback, the presenter was trying to invoke his believes about the evolution theory from time to time. Read more
Published on 12 Aug 2002
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