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Alien Planet [DVD] [2005] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: NR (Not Rated) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002C39T2I
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I liked a lot this 2005 Discovery Channel production, which for me is in fact a SF film disguised as a "docufiction". Below, more of my impressions, with some limited SPOILERS.

This is the story of robotic probes send by humanity to explore the exoplanet Darwin IV, situated 6,5 light years from Earth. An interstellar robotic spacecraft named Von Braun, traveling at 20% the speed of light (37,000 miles/s), reaches Darwin IV in 42 years. Upon reaching orbit, it deploys the Darwin Reconnaissance Orbiter, which looks for potential landing sites for the probes Balboa, Leonardo da Vinci (nicknamed Leo) and Isaac Newton (nicknamed Ike). We land on the surface very quickly after the beginning of the film and for most of 94 minutes we explore Darwin IV - and meet its indeed very alien fauna, flora, climate and landscapes.

For my personal taste this was actually a really good SF movie rather than a typical Discovery Channel production - although quite obviously of the sub-genre "hard-fiction" (which means trying to stick to some real science). I liked it A LOT as it is indeed a good show with lot of strange and yet not completely unlikely creatures and also with some genuine, surprising twists, none of which is stupid or too freakishly weird. The ending is particularly good - surprising, moving and exciting.

I will not say much about the creatures and other treasures of Darwin IV - you deserve to discover them by yourself. However I must say here that, for my personal taste, the makers of this film took the correct decision to make this alien planet NOT TOO alien.
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When i read a previous description of this sci-fi/doc and saw who was involved (Lucas) i thought it would be more about jedis and wookies than shuttles and faulty NASA robots. But i was suprised!

This isnt a movie by any means so dont think your buying a film like starship troopers!, its a well made documentary about a possible visit to an alien planet not so far from our own in the very near future.

It follows step by step how we would approach this planet and use robots to explore for us, much like a seriously advanced Rover landing.

I realy enjoyed the possible scenarios this throws up, some far fetched true but some are realy mind bending and exciting.

Definatelty worth a look if you want a possible glimpse in the future!!
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A thrilling 94-minute future unmanned voyage to the stars - superbly credible and scientifically plausible (well it does involve Stephen Hawking, NASA, and JPL scientists after all!), though perhaps not quite as good as the Channel 4 documentary on the same type of subject ('Alien Worlds' - also available here at Amazon).

The computer animation is second to none, the robots and craft are ingenious and realistic - possibly close to what might eventually go out to do this kind of exploration, and the alien planet itself is as exotic and alien as the imagination might be expected to come up with. My only criticism is that the DVD is too short - but then I guess that's just plain greedy! Several times during this DVD the viewer is tempted to shout out - wow! The imagination shown here (for both technology advancements, as well as bio-diversity) is truly inspiring, and completely jaw-dropping.

The special features - essentially extended interviews on the subject matter found in the DVD provides further plausibility to the alien world, and signals the effort that went in to the notion of 'believability' when conjuring it all up. You may also like the Imax 'L5 First City In Space', the BBC's 'A Space Odyssey' or the 3DVD epic 'The Future Is Wild'. Alien Planet is one for all the science, space, dinosaur, animation, travel, and sci-fi buffs to cherish...

Well done again Discovery Channel!
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Whilst the great and the good of the scientific world have come up with some interesting theories, they seem unable to make leaps of imagination beyond our Jurassic Park or Sci-fi fims/series. Odd trees, mosses etc make their appearance, but what about imagining a world based on say silicon life forms and totally different planetary systems without gas giants or at the mercy of several suns or black holes, dark matter etc. Yes, I know that Darwin 4 has 2 suns but this is virtually ignored in favour of variations on the theme of earth through paleontological time. If however, you are looking for neat 'new' monsters without having to exercise too many brain cells, this is for you. The digital effects are excellent. My complaint is about not making us think about what might be possible rather than a re-run of Star Trek / SG1, etc.,etc.
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“Alien Planet” is an incredibly boring piece of docu-fiction about a hypothetical scientific expedition to another solar system. The animals encountered on the alien world (not very imaginatively dubbed Darwin IV) are entertaining up to a point, but also extremely unrealistic. Yes, alien life forms are supposed to be exciting, but since this is an “educational” featuring real scientists lecturing us about evolution and biogenesis, the presence of bizarre monsters becomes something of a liability. Most of the creatures seem to be anatomically impossible, and the show goes completely mustang when the probes encounter a monstrous intelligent octopus with the ability to float in the air! If “Alien Planet” teaches us something, it's that you shouldn't mix science with science fiction… Dougal Dixon's classical book “After Man” is much more believable as futuristic evolutionary scenarios go. Only two stars. And yes, that seems to be a minority opinion around here, LOL.
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