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Extraterrestrial - Alien Worlds [DVD]

3.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Channel 4
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Jan. 2005
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AAVDS8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,461 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Explore new worlds and discover new forms of life in a galactic journey that will leave you astounded.

In Alien Worlds, leading scientists from all over the globe report from the Planetary Investigation Lab - where they assess the most likely locations for extra-terrestrial life. Under investigation are two new planets, the Blue Moon, world of flyers, and Aurelia, the land of light and dark.

Using the latest computer generated imaging (CGI) and 3-D effects, Alien Worlds takes you on a galactic journey to these new planets and brings you face to face with alien life forms - like the skywhales, gulphogs, stinger fans, and caped stalkers.

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Alien Worlds is a good attempt at explaining the possibility of life on other far flung planets in the universe, there are two worlds that are investigated, The blue moon (world of flyers)and Aurelia (world of light and darkness).It has very good 3d effects with the different life forms such as Skywales, gulphogs. It is about 45 minutes long per episode.
Verdict: an enjoyable DVD.
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I'm a science fan and a Sci-Fi fan, so I thought this might be right up my street. Unfortunately I found it lacking on a number of counts.
Firstly, while I acknowledge it was originally designed as a two part presentation for television I found the nearly 10 minute introduction tedious in both episodes. It was the same introduction both times and concentrated on tooting it's own trumpet about it's supposedly ground breaking research (which by the way is nothing of the sort)rather than getting down to the truely interesting nitty gritty of speculative xenobiology.
I like speculation of this sort and I like good computer generated presentations, but neither in this offering were as polished as they could have been. Why oh why weren't we allowed to listen in on the panal of scientists speculating rather than getting brief soundbites (and the same ones in each episode). Why oh why does a rather rigid flying whale on the blue moon come crashing down without any sense of crash? and what oh what are those remarkable looking structures clearly evident everywhere but given no explanation or purpose beyond looking credibly alien and exotic?
All in all, I can't shake the feeling that this interesting project may have run overbudget ( and thus had to proceed unfinished) and was axed ( thus providing us with scant material and only two episodes). Still, I wouldn't discourage anyone with an interest in this type of thing from viewing it, but be prepared for a sense of dissatisfaction with the offering you get. Interestingly, I found the extra "making of Alien world's" feature almost more scientifically informative than the series.
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I bought this because I wanted some imagery on "tidally locked worlds", which is a feature of one of the planets in this DVD.

Overall the presentation is pretty reasonable, though there is a fair amount of repetition and scene setting which pads what would be a sensible 30mins to around 45mins per episode. There is a lot of needless CGI around the 'lab' which, had the approach been a bit more serious, could have been eliminated altogether.

The target audience is not scientists or die hard sci-fi fans, but more a secondary/high school audience, thus there is a bit of 'whizzbang' excitement, rather than cutting to the chase.

The CGI isn't bad, but it's by now means state of the art. As another reviewer has pointed out, the 'whale' looks particularly poor. However, budgets are budgets. Some of the imagination shown is pretty good, and gives an overall compelling tale.

In summary, this isn't up to the level of Horizon or Cosmos, but it's interesting and compelling enough to watch. If you're interested in Exoplanets, you'll probably enjoy this.
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Since this program was released a planet such as the predicted Aurelia may have been found. Orbiting in the habitable zone of the red dwarf star Gliese 581 scientists suspect there might be a rocky planet called Gliese 581 g. Like Aurelia it might be tidally locked to its star. Life on Gliese 581 g is still only speculation though.
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