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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: None
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: None
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: History Channel
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Nov. 2009
  • Run Time: 600 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002TREOJ0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,188 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This documentary miniseries combines astronomy and history as it presents man's continual quest to explore the outermost reaches of the universe. Satisfyingly realistic computer reconstructions allow viewers to go inside our sun, skirt the event horizon of a black hole, and travel to the deepest reaches of space, all while giving considered attention to the age-old question: are we alone in the universe, or is there life on other planets?

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The sky and outer space have fascinated man for centuries and the History Channel's series The Universe is the story of man's study of the cosmos from his earliest attempts to map and understand the heavens through modern day scientific studies, advances, and theories. A mix of historical footage, modern space imaging, and conceptual computer graphics presented in high-definition, the visual component of this production is absolutely breathtaking. Each of the thirteen 44-minute episodes begins with a general introduction of subjects ranging from the sun to individual planets, alien galaxies, the search for extra-terrestrial life, and scientific theories like the Big Bang. Each topic is then broken down into a series of segments that detail specific ideas, theories, or components integral to the understanding of the main topic as well as historical material, current studies and theories, and projections of potential future events and scientific advances. The 90-minute "Beyond the Big Bang" feature relates "the story of everything"--from the universe's formation following the "Big Bang" to its eventual projected demise from unchecked expansion dubbed the "Big Rip." Leading experts from universities and scientific institutions around the world do a great job of taking very complex subjects like galaxies with spiral density arms and relating them to easily graspable concepts like a city with a downtown core surrounded by suburbs and plagued by freeway traffic jams. Amazing photographs from the Hubble space telescope, infrared views from the Spitzer space telescope, and x-ray images from the Chandra X-ray Observatory augment understanding as do demonstrations of modern science's ability to simulate historical events like the formation of earth and to project future cosmic events. The Universe is a fascinating and understandable study of space that speaks to viewers ranging from the generally curious to the serious student of cosmology. --Tami Horiuchi --This text refers to the Blu-ray edition.

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3.7 out of 5 stars

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bathory0303 on 22 Feb. 2010
Format: Blu-ray Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
My main point in this review is going to be to clear something up. The BLU-RAY release of this series IS THE COMPLETE SEASON consisting of 13 episodes plus the feature-length documentary 'Beyond the Big Bang'. This is absolute fact because I'm watching it now. The confusion is clear and unfortunately it's Amazon's own doing and will continue to happen with other releases if they keep up the habit of combining reviews on different formats (blu-ray, DVD and even VHS) for the same release, when quite often the releases on different formats are different. Hopefully at some point they'll get the message and stop doing this.

As for the programmes themselves, they are very American in tone, it does very much come across as an attempt at a BBC documentary series (but definitely not as superior), but the picture on blu-ray is lovely and it is a very interesting series, which I'd recommend to anyone interested in this Universe we live in.
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196 of 210 people found the following review helpful By Del 58 VINE VOICE on 30 Oct. 2008
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This is a great series, but Goentertain have released it minus the last 2 episodes - "The Search for ET", and the full length feature episode "Beyond the Big Bang". I spoke to Goentertain to ask why, and all they said was that the licensing deal didn't allow them to issue these 2 episodes. So, why call it the "Complete" series 1 when it obviously isn't?? The entire 14 episode series is only available on import from the US as a 4 disc set. The 2 missing episodes in this Region 2 set are crucially important to the series, and the best of the bunch. I'm sending my copy of this back to Goentertain where they can Gostickitwherethesundontshine. I've reordered a Region 1 set. Why settle for less when you can have the whole Universe!! (well series 1 anyway)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Emc2 on 25 April 2008
Format: DVD
I highly recommend this miniseries set, especially if you are interested in science, or if your kids and youngster are interested in astronomy and cosmology. This series is of the same quality and content as the famous Carl Sagan's "Cosmos" but updated and improved, taking full advantage of the images taken from the Hubble space telescope, the robotic missions and all information recollected from space research during the last twenty years. All these images come to life through excellent computer animations and simulations, with amazing results. Congratulations to the History Channel.

The "bonus" documentary "Beyond the Big Bang" is the best summary I have ever seem on the history of modern astronomy, and it also presents an outstanding recount on how real science works, everything in just one hour. It shows us how science progresses; how science benefits even from mistakes; how one theory competes with other; how science conflicts with dogma; in short, the documentary presents quite an example to be followed, particularly on these days of politicized science and commercialized research. The explanations of more complex concepts such as Einstein's relativity, the Big Bang, the expanding universe, and others, are presented with very simple (and sometimes even funny) dramatizations and analogies, making the contents accessible to all audiences. A+++
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Bob Baker on 6 Feb. 2010
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Amazon's webpage does not include details of the content of this boxed set. Their staff were not able to help me when I asked. The set contains the following discs:
The Earth and the Moon; The Inner Planets, Mercury and Venus; Mars the red planet; Saturn, Lord of the Rings; The Outer planets; The end of the Earth; The most dangerous places in the Universe; Alien Galaxies and Life and death of a star.
It does not contain Secrets of the Sun or Jupiter. I recommend that you buy the Universe and the Planets 8 DVD set which contains everything in this set plus the two other discs.
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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful By D. Smith on 26 Oct. 2009
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I thought this would just be the same documentary that was shown on the normal History & Discovery channel's so I thought it might be a bit pointless having it on Blu-ray as the original series with the English narrator had quite poor image quality but it has been completely re-made with new interviews, scenic shots and CGI which makes full use of HD. Although obviously much of the non-earth shot footage doesn't tend to be good enough quality to look any better in HD.

The only bad thing I can say about it is it's just got a bit too much American cheesiness where they occasionally make it needlessly over dramatic. The most annoying thing though is for some reason they feel the need to constantly flash a bright white screen at you (I think they're trying to give you a seizure), after 10 minutes it really gets irritating, there is no need for it, but on the whole it's a great documentary.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By B. R. Goodman on 16 Nov. 2009
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
No matter how many documentaries I watch about space, there's always some facts that I didn't know or had forgotten, and the poor coverage of astronomy on terrestrial TV prompted me to buy this series of THE UNIVERSE. It looks stunning on Blu-ray with a nice blend of actual photos and computer graphics. Some viewers may be put off by this American production. If you are used to a quiet laid-back BBC "Horizon" type of documentary, you might find the slap, bang, flash presentation of this DVD annoying. I was a little irritated by this at first as well as the noisy soundtrack, but as I watched more episodes I found that I had got used to it and concentrated more on the facts presented. The fascinating subject matter and the beautiful images of our Universe is the most important factor here, and I shall be buying series 2 and 3 when available.
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