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The Universe Complete Season One [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 22 February 2010
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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
VINE VOICEon 30 October 2008
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
on 25 April 2008
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
on 6 February 2010
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
on 26 October 2009
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
on 16 November 2009
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 2 October 2012
When I ordered the complete season 1 of The Universe this product came up as a suggestion as to what other people buy at the same time. Looking at the details of the product it says it is the complete season 2. IT IS NOT. In fact it is just part of season 1. Best to buy the complete season 1 (on 3 discs).

Now noticed that this review has been allocated to season 2 incorrectly. To clarify, my review is regarding the large 6 DVD box set of season 1.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 22 January 2008
The History Channel offers a number of interesting DVDs, but they are rarely of the "The Universe's" professional quality - all 14 hours of programming were visually spectacular as well as informative. I was delighted to see that there will be a "Season 2" - I have seen three hours of the new programs, and they do not disappoint.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on 2 October 2008
I couldn't disagree more with the other review here. I've been interested in space and astronomy since I was a child, and have accumulated an appreciable layman's knowledge of the subject. I found 'The Universe' highly accessible and informative. It manages to entertain without watering down the basic gist of each concept, so you come away from it feeling that you've learned something. There is plenty of cutting edge science provided for the viewer without making it dry or hard to understand. That's not dumbing down, it's about making science accessible to the wider public. The Universe succeeds in this respect.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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As a self-confessed space geek (with an annoying inability to remember any of the fascinating facts I absorb when watching such documentaries), I found this series entertaining and, to a degree, informative - although it's certainly not the best documentary I've seen on this subject. With such a vast mind-boggling field to discuss, it's easy to understand why some documentary makers dumb things down a bit; but I find this annoying and this series does veer more towards the over-dramatic 'wow, jeez, look at what we've discovered' kind of approach rather than letting the wonders of the universe speak for themselves.

It's good in HD, but the 'proper' video footage isn't all that clear, but then would you expect? It's perhaps a good place to start for younger viewers who have an interest in the universe, it should grab their attention and provide enough information to satiate their quest for knowledge.

It's not a bad documentary, and it's a good series to add to your collection, but I wasn't as inspired as I'd hoped!
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