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The Human Body [DVD] [1998]

4.1 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Andrew Blackall, Beatrice, Hannelorre, Herbie, Jeff
  • Directors: Christopher Spencer
  • Producers: Lorraine Heggessey, Richard Dale, Sandra Gregory
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 2 July 2001
  • Run Time: 48 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005JHYO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,916 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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All seven episodes of the acclaimed 1998 BBC television series chronicling the human body's journey from birth, through to the biological revolution of adolescence, the use of the brain, ageing and finally death. The seven episodes are: 'Life Story'; 'An Everyday Miracle'; 'First Steps'; 'Raging Teens'; 'Brain Power'; 'As Time Goes By' and 'The End of Life'.

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The Human Body documentary is the sort of televisual undertaking that continues to justify the BBC licence fee. Presented by Robert Winston, it takes us on a journey from birth to death using time-lapse photography, computer graphics and various state-of-the-art imaging techniques to explore every aspect, every nook and crevice of the human body in its various stages of growth, maturity and eventual decay. Conception, toddlerhood, the awkward growing pains of adolescence, the incredibly complex workings of the brain (which burns up more energy than any other part of the human body, viewers of daytime TV included, apparently) and finally death are vividly depicted and explained. Winston's lucid, avuncular tones make The Human Body accessible to an intelligent 10-year-old and ages upward, though the more squeamish viewer might baulk at scenes of food being digested, or childbirth in all its inevitable messiness. Statistics abound--the average human will eat for three-and-a-half years during his or her lifetime, eat 160kg of chocolate and spend six months on the toilet. Though heart-warming in that it shows the commonality of human experience, The Human Body is also a potentially depressing reminder of our frail physicality and mortality. However, the most moving programme here features Herbie, a cancer victim who, in agreeing to have his last moments filmed as he lies dying in a hospice, has perhaps achieved a deserved immortality through this programme.

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This BBC series shows the complexity and beauty of the human body and mind in an imaginative and innovative way that explains all the difficult concepts in an instant.Sir Robert Winston has put all of his faith and trust on this project,and he has done done his narrative part like any other BBC presenter has done it before,to perfection. This BBC documentary programe clearly illustrates the seven ages of man,and the structure that we inhabbit.The best part of the series is the second episode,which is on pregnancy and is arguably the best,it explains not only what is happening to the baby,but also the effects on the mother,this is a must see for any parents wanting to have a baby,or the ones who are awaiting a baby.
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This BBC series shows the complexity and beauty of the human body and mind in an imaginative and innovative way that explains difficult concepts in an instant. Sir Robert Winston is also an engaging presenter, who manages to pass on his enthusiasm for the subject matter without effort. The first episode is somewhat general, but necessary to explain the approach. This is followed by an episode on pregnancy, which is arguably the best, and a must-see for any parents-to-be. It explains not only what is happening to the baby, but also the effects on the mother. The following episodes may also lay to rest the fears of many parents by showing what happens through childhood and puberty, and why such things as the 'terrible twos' and 'teenage tantrums' occur. Aging and death are also sympathetically treated, and the whole series acts as a wonderful learning aid for people of any age. Tools used include case studies, experiments (such as what happens to Sir Winston when he drinks alcohol) and uses forms of computer imagery never seen before this series.
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A superb series which I watched with total interest on TV. When I became pregnant for the second time I just needed to watch it all over so bought the DVD set and haven't regretted it. There is something of interest for all ages from 3 - 100. My three year old found it fascinating watching the foetus growing inside the ladies tummy and this saved time on explanations from me! My husband just seemed to utter the sentence "It's amazing isn't it".
This is a learning experience for the whole family about the body, it's felings and most importantly how the brain works. You think you know most things and then you watch this!!!!
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Simpy excellent television. Robert Winston is a fine presenter and makes this series enjoyable and informative for all but the youngest family members.

A lot of other reviewers have commented on his lttle over-zealous pro Darwinian stance but I have a feeling these people are letting their religious dogma interfere with rational thinking and just enjoying the program for what it is i.e. a great piece of television which is informative and enjoyable for everyone including those of us in the medical profession. Once again the BBC at its best.
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By A Customer on 26 Oct. 2000
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I first saw this series on BBC and, now that I am about to become a grandmother for the first time, have bought this video for my daughter.
The series is presented by Prof Robert Winston who brings such quality to the production. It is factual, mesmerising and humourous. The episode on pregnancy was amazing. A throughly wonderful double video that will interest viewers for years to come.
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The fist time I saw this series, the narrator participated in the documentary as a host (his image... talking to the spectator). This DVD eliminated the host. There is just a background voice of him... I don't know why this version is like that... probably copyright problems. Too bad.
Still, it's a very informative doc.
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By A Customer on 15 Mar. 2003
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First shown in 1998 on BBC, at the time it was considered "ground breaking" with its fancy computer graphics, but like everything with digital technology it does not stood the test of time. The subject covered although informative and apart from the series on "ageing and death" there werent anything new. The use of time laps camera was interesting, if you seen "Matrix" you will like this effect especially with the pregnant woman.
For those who are squeamish "The Human Body" do contain footage of actual birthing scene, however it is shown either from a distance or much too close to be appreciated fully and there are certainly better birthing scenes in other less well budgeted programs of the subject.
The episode on "Puberty" is useful for young audience and explain the agony of this difficult time, they also filmed a group of American kids which some viewers in the UK may find annoying or difficulty relating to. Be warned, this episode contains images of male genitalias from babies to adulthood together with infra red footage of an erect penis, conversely it does not show any similar images of female genitalias which may disappoint viewers expecting a more balance and unsanitised approach to sex education.
Although its a factual documentary, on the whole "The Human Body" portray a strong degree of commercialism at the expense of aesthetics. The use of digital graphics, the dramatics of editing with scenes that leaps at you laced with earie sounds or pop music, the sensitivity it shows towards the subject particularly with birth, health and death enforces social stereotype, and censorship with regard to female bodies, as oppose to full male nudities, panders towards current trend of sensitivity on one hand and exploitation on the other.
This program is generally recommended for family viewing but it does not answer all your questions and is tailer made not for schools or a teaching aid but casual observers who has limited interest in human body.
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