This is a 3 DVD series of 8 programmes, each of which are about 44 minutes long (although when shown on TV they take up an hour with all the adverts!)
The eight programmes are;
1. Extreme Stars
2. Black Holes
3. Big Bang
5. Solar Systems
Each programme gives a good overview of the subject and is quite current. The graphics are excellent, and each is pretty easy to follow. Experts give little commentaries throughout, including theoretic physicist Michio Kaku, who is always really engaging.
Criticisms, if any, are: some of the explanations are quite basic, especially in the viewer has some prior knowledge, so the content isn't particularly challenging. There is a bit of repetition between programmes eg. Extreme stars and Supernovas have overlapping content.
Alround; excellent educational entertainment and value for money.
on 12 March 2014
This series could have been great if it wasn't for the"Principal Skinner" narration and thefact that it looks like it was changed after it was produced. Some of the chapters have been retitled from "Galaxies" to"Alien Galaxies","Stars" to"Extreme Stars", "Planets" to "Extreme Planets","Solar Systems to "Alien Solar Systems", etc. A shame really.
on 14 August 2014
I watched some of the programmes that were broadcast on one of the Freeview TV channels, and was so impressed with them that I bought a DVD of them. The programmes are of excellent quality, very informative, and with brilliant computer graphics. If you have any interest in the solar system in particular, and the cosmos in general, then this DVD is for you. Highly recommended.
on 5 November 2013
Saw this programme originally on TV and thought it was the best film of its kind, much more interesting and eay to watch than Stephen Hawkins 'Universe'. As a novice lover of all things Astronomical, this DVD is excellent and I can even understand
parts of it!!!!!!!! Brilliant.