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Universe [VHS] [1999]


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  • Actors: John Hurt
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Video Collection International
  • VHS Release Date: 15 May 2000
  • Run Time: 200 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004T8U2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 268,058 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

All four episodes from the Channel 4 TV series, which makes an ambitious attempt to unravel the secrets of the universe. Cosmologists explain how the universe was formed, how life began to evolve within it, and speculate upon the manner in which it will develop and, eventually, end. John Hurt narrates.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A P Midwinter on 26 May 2004
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
This is a truly superb video. The sequence on the Big Bang makes compulsive viewing and corrects many of the popular misconceptions about the theory. The narration is superb and the calibre of expert witness is excellent- well done channel 4! This series is far superior to the more widely available (BBC)'Space' which is dull in comparison. Just a shame we can't buy it on DVD.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Oct. 2000
Format: VHS Tape
From the Channel 4 'Universe' series, this video gives plenty of food for thought. It trys to portray the vastness of space and time (we're talking big!), and how life does not need sunlight to exist, just water and a heat source (such as underground volcanos). It is hard to comprehend the time scales relayed and but as I said provides real food for thought. I would say it's as good as the BBC 'Planets'. My only regret is that the video does not contain the whole series just 4 of the episodes.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By nic turpin on 14 Oct. 2003
Format: VHS Tape
This documentary opened my eyes to the wonders of the universe and I have now gone on to read many books on the subject. In my opinion it is THE best television series on the subject that I have seen (much better than the Sam Neil narrated Space on BBC). The music and narration by John Hurt really add to the package. When you realise just how big the universe is and what is going on out there, as well as dreaming of what might be going on out there, you will not look back. Awesome, humbling and incredible.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Krishnan on 18 April 2014
Format: VHS Tape
After having re-watched Carl Sagan's Cosmos, I've been buying up and compulsively watching all the science documentaries about space, like BBC's The Planets and BBC's more recent Wonders collection/Collection of Wonders.

I found out about the 2 series "Universe" and its sequel "Edge of the Universe", both narrated by John Hurt, thanks to the helpful reviews on Amazon. However, since I did not want them on VHS but on DVD, I searched the internet for them and found that both are in fact available on DVD now, albeit in Australia.

"The Universe" contains 4 episodes, "Big Bang", "Stars", "Planets" and "Alien Life", and is released on DVD by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) and has English subtitles.

"Edge of the Universe" contains 3 episodes, "Edge of the Universe", "Killers from Space" about asteroids and comets and "Planets from Hell", and is released by the Australian Siren Visual company, no subtitles in any language.

Both DVDs are in anamorphic 16:9. Audio is clear and good. The combined 7 episodes are 50 mins each.

Having watched them to completion now, I want to chime in that both series are every bit as good as the reviewers here state. This review is only to inform people who desperately want to have these two titles on DVD that they are indeed available on DVD, but from Australian online stores (though not New Zealand ones as yet), such as shop-abc-net-au and ezydvd-com-au and a host of others, all of which generally ship overseas. (Perhaps Amazon UK can be requested to import them for UK customers, especially since Amazon now has a fledgling branch in Australia.) Be aware that the DVDs are coded Region 4 so viewers in the UK will need multi-region DVD players, or alternatively it may be possibly to play them on the computer in your usual media player after installing region-free software like DVD43.
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