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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: None
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: None
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: History Channel
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Nov. 2009
  • Run Time: 846 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002QVOSFO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,990 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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We once considered ourselves to be at the center of the universe now we know that we are just a small spec in a giant cosmos. This season, HISTORY® ventures outsides of our solar system in another epic exploration of the universe and its mysteries. With strikingly realistic computer re-creations, you ll feel like you ve traveled to the edge of the unknown: visit strange and unfamiliar worlds in Exoplanets, prepare for the worst in Cosmic Collisions, and uncover the secrets of our own galaxy, the Milky Way. And that s just the beginning... learn exactly what Dark Matter is and how it takes up 95% of the universe; take a front-row seat for the ultimate light show with Supernovas; and while most people have heard of black holes (which swallow all matter that they come in contact with), find out more about White Holes which actually create matter.

Episodes Include:
Alien Planets
Cosmic Holes
Mysteries of the Moon
The Milky Way
Alien Moons
Dark Matter
Astrobiology
Space Travel
Supernovas
Constellations
Unexplained Mysteries
Cosmic Collisions
Colonizing Space

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With the DVD release of this, the complete second season of The Universe, the History Channel has now devoted a combined total of more than 25 hours, not including bonus material, to its documentary study of that combination of time, space, and matter that we call our universe. That’s a lot. But then you consider the mind-boggling age and size of the universe itself: 13.7 billion years old, and big beyond our comprehension; infinite, in fact, and expanding rapidly. By those measures, it’s apparent that this fascinating series could probably air for longer than The Simpsons and Gunsmoke (the two longest running shows in TV history) put together and still not run out of things to talk about.

The 18 episodes from Season Two cover an appropriately wide range of topics, from "Cosmic Holes" to "Cosmic Collisions," from supernovas to gravity. There are episodes about the weather in space, the largest objects in space (hint: they’re really, really big, like the so-called "cosmic web" of galaxies, which is a hundred million billion times bigger than Earth), and travelling to and colonizing space. The amount of information and data provided is enormous. Jargon abounds, including terms like "lunar transient phenomena," "pulsar planets," "hot Jupiters," "dark matter" and "dark energy," "collisional families," the "heavy bombardment period," and many, many more. And the numbers are mind-boggling: for instance, it’s estimated that the impact of the asteroid that landed on the Yucatan Peninsula some 65 million years ago, wiping out the dinosaurs, was equal to that of dropping a Hiroshima-sized atomic bomb every second for 140 years! Still, some may find the episodes that involve informed speculation more interesting than those that deal in facts. We know that the Moon affects ocean tides, but does it also have an effect on human behaviour? If the Big Bang was the beginning of the universe, what came before it? Instead of using rockets to go to space, can scientists actually build a "space elevator" that will reach from an orbiting satellite some 60 thousand miles down to Earth? All of this is delivered by way of very convincing computer-generated imagery and other effects, along with dozens of interviews with astronomers and other experts, photos, film footage, and so on. Best of all, while it can get a bit dense, technically speaking, by and large The Universe will be readily accessible to most viewers. --Sam Graham

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Diziet on 26 Feb. 2010
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O.k. - let's start with the contents:

Disc 1 - Alien Planets, Cosmic Holes, Mysteries of the Moon, The Milky Way, Alien Moons.
Disc 2 - Dark Matter, Astrobiology, Space Travel, Supernovas.
Disc 3 - Constellations, Unexplained Mysteries, Cosmic Collisions, Colonizing Space, Nebulas.
Disc 4 - Wildest Weather in the Cosmos, Biggest Things in Space, Gravity, Cosmic Apocalypse, Bonus: Backyard Astronomers.
Soundtrack - stereo English. Options for English sub-titles.

The menu system makes it easy to navigate between each episode and within each episode to particular chapters. The format of the chapters changes a bit about half way through, becoming rather less obtrusive.

Each episode is about 45 minutes long so, with the bonus material, that is over 14 hours of programmes.

What's it like? Well, there's a bit near the beginning of The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy where the Book is telling us about Space:

"Space," it says, "is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly hugely mindbogglingly big it is. I mean you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space, LISTEN!" and so on..."

And so on. Yes, well...this series is pretty much in the same vein. Which is not necessarily a criticism. It's just that I found it a bit exhausting after a while.

The series relies pretty heavily on computer graphics, which makes me wonder why they released it on blu-ray. Blu-ray is wonderful for nature shots, cityscapes, people, but computer graphics are relatively straight forward and so don't, to my mind, really benefit from the added definition of blu-ray.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By R. Stevens on 16 Mar. 2010
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I had thought that I would be the ideal audience for this series; I enjoy scientific documentaries in general and in particular those covering astrophysics. The Universe Season 2 is not all that fresh, originally airing in 2007-2008, but I had hoped to learn something new in watching it, or at least be entertained by some nice visuals.

Sadly, things didn't go as well as I'd hoped. The writers appear to think that their subject matter is inherently boring for most people, so they have tried to dress it up and make everything seem spectacular so that people will watch it. The result is a mishmash of sound bites and dramatic phrases loosely relevant to each of the selected subjects. If you love adjectives like "huge", "monstrous", "destructive", "terrifying" and so forth, then this is a series for you (the script must contain as many exclamation points as some letters). These are usually combined with chains of animations of things exploding or zooming or otherwise generally flashing and zipping around. And just to make sure, everything is accompanied by loud, dramatic music, just to make sure that you get the message that this is captivating stuff.

The annoying thing is that some of the subjects are genuinely interesting, but these are rarely pursued in enough depth. We're usually fed banal analogies that cover the generalities but little more. The producers obviously consider the details beyond the intellectual capacity or interest threshold of the audience and rush on to the next thing that can potentially explode or destroy things.

Being released on Blu-Ray disc and boasting "strikingly realistic computer re-creations", I had also expected a lot more of the visuals.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Mj Plevin on 25 Nov. 2009
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This is a brilliant series, you will learn so much about the forces out there and you will develop an appreciation for the true neighbourhood our tiny little speck of a world is living in with the spectacular visuals, fascinating analysis and illuminating experts interviewed. I don't think there's ever been such a complete series about the Universe that analyses all sorts of fascinating subjects about it in such complete depth, but there is one small gripe with this DVD release. I began watching this series on the History Channel UK and the narrator is localised for the UK, and he does an excellent job. Unfortunately even though this is the Region 2 edition and therefore released for Europe you don't get him, instead you get the original US narrator, it just doesn't feel the same, it feels a bit more sensational and not as authoritative a narration because of this. So I would ask them on any subsequent releases to include the UK narration version at least as a separate audio track then the set would be perfect.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mr. B. R. Good VINE VOICE on 18 Mar. 2010
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This exciting looking 4 disk Blu-Ray `festival of the Universe' may appear promising but soon becomes tiresome. Clearly it could (and should) have been crammed onto 1 disk.
With quality computer graphics and excellent 3D sound quality it is a shame the subject matter is presented in the style of one of those rotating videos you find in the darkened corner of a museum. You know, the one you watch because you want a seat for a few minutes.

Whether it's Cosmic Holes, Constellations or Space Travel - this production manages to remove any 'atmosphere' of excitement or fascination and instead we are treated to endless "wow, big, amazing, look here". One Amazon reviewer, G. Monshaw (USA) accurately describes this as: repetitive, childish and padded.

To be fair, there are some truly interesting elements, such as the search for new planets and the pioneering work of Astronomers. However these odds and ends are hidden amongst computer graphics showing that the sun is `very big'.

Clearly this is made for the American commercial market, literally non-stop "coming up next"...."stay seated for x,y,z". Most bizarre is the fact that even the so-called experts appeared to be talking to an audience of ten year olds.

The final straw was the footage of `men on Mars' (earth desert research stations). There seemed to be a desire to maintain the idea that we were watching scientists at work...on Mars. Please.

I purchased a new Blu-Ray player primarily to watch this. A sort of `test piece'. I sat down with a few family members and even dimmed the lights in excitement. Nobody commented, not a word was spoken in praise. The BBC do this kind of subject matter in a far superior way was the only comment.
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