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5.0 out of 5 stars Wondrous, 5 April 2011
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This review is from: The Wonders Collection [DVD] (DVD)
Outside of the now rather dated 'Cosmos' TV series by Carl Sagan; this is simply the best collection of TV programmes about the universe and our place within it. These are both beautiful series and they offer an emotional; awe-inspiring journey firstly around our own solar system and then into the deepest recesses of space and time. What I really like about these programmes are how accessible they are to even the least scientific mind (such as my own). Why science isn't taught like this in schools I don't know...certainly I would have become more switched on if it had.

The BBC decided to tone down the wonderful musical score in the latest series; because some people had complained that it was a distraction. Admittedly, as another review here points out, people with hearing difficulties may well have struggled to hear Brian Cox over some of the music. But I also think the music absolutely adds to the emotional journey that you go on when watching this. It's a fantastic and fitting score to accompany a first-rate series. I'm now a big fan of Brian Cox and I've even started reading cosmology and physics books such as the brilliant "The Hidden Reality' by Brian Greene.

If you want your mind blown, then the Wonders Collection delivers in spades and is a good jumping-off point into further reading on this and similar subjects. 5 stars!
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Initial post: 5 Apr 2011 15:54:02 BDT
I have to agree with reviewer about background music. I am absolutely gutted they toned down such a beautiful and magical accompaniment. I was hoping they would at least have the original sound available on DVD as an option.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Apr 2011 16:06:13 BDT
Derek Jones says:
My understanding is that the music volume was reduced briefly at those times when Brian Cox was actually speaking, which left plenty of time for louder music to accompany the scenic views and astronomical photos.

Posted on 5 Apr 2011 17:50:52 BDT
P says:
For anybody interested, you can purchase the soundtrack on iTunes. The composer is Sheridan Tongue and the album is 'Wonders of the Universe' but it contains score from both series. You may also be able to purchase it as a CD from amazon come to think of it.

Posted on 4 Dec 2011 19:57:37 GMT
WAMophile says:
completely disagree with your assessment of Cosmos as dated. That show will be unmatched as the most awe inspiring yet accessible and illuminating documentary ever made. And Brian Cox would agree with me on this, he has said this himself. I do love watching Prof Cox too, he is marvelous at sharing his love of science and the astounding beauty of it that is constantly evolving and revealing itself to our eyes and understanding.

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