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Orbit - Earth's Extraordinary Journey [DVD]

4.7 out of 5 stars 85 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Kate Humble, Dr Helen Czerski
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: 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: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Mar. 2012
  • Run Time: 175 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006OMM7DG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,223 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Kate Humble presents this three-part documentary series charting a year in the life of Planet Earth as it makes its epic journey around the Sun.

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Fabulous, most enjoyable and informative
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excellent DVD
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Excellent documentary.
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I thought that I would know just about everything in these few episodes, but was pleasantly surprised with some of the information provided.

Pretty educationally based throughout it does have some interesting content.

The production is not quite so hot. I did wonder from the outset why Kate Humble was involved at all and was left thinking the same afterwards.

Dr Helen Czerski is obviously more knowledgeable in this field and presents very well. I do think the entire documentary could have been done with just her.

I would have preferred more CGI to illustrate the points being described, rather than the two presenters travelling the world for a few seconds of a point.

Still, not the worst I have seen and most will probably learn something from it.
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By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 19 Mar. 2012
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This three-hour TV series is a curiously entertaining mixture of travelogue and meteorology. It demonstrates how different aspects of the earth's relationship with the sun affect climate and weather, and have a big impact on human society too. It's informative and educational - but in a thoroughly modern, jazzed-up way.

In fact, if traditional TV documentaries were too dry and dusty, lacking in action and personality, then perhaps `Orbit' has gone a step too far in the right direction. It romps along at a rapid pace with each segment taking up just a few minutes, whizzing from one corner of the globe to another. Cloud forest one minute: arctic sea ice the next. Blink and you might miss something, although the key info about the earth's elliptical orbit and angle of lean, solar emissions and so on are repeated several times in each episode.
Some of the sequences appear to have been included simply because they make for splashy photo-ops, without being directly relevant. So Kate Humble scrambled up Aonach Mor in Scotland in the snow in January to get an entire kilometre closer to the sun on one significant day. And Dr Helen Czerski went scuba diving with sharks to see submerged stalactites, just to prove that sea levels were a lot lower in the past than they are today. A bit off the point... and a bit pointless. But pretty, which is presumably what the programme producers think we want to see?
However, even with my grumpy hat on, I freely admit that the result is some fabulous photography of the natural world - especially the footage from the International Space Station, showing the `northern lights' as they appear at the edge of space, glittering green along the earth's atmosphere.
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This DVD of 3 hour-long episodes is a fascinating, informative and entertaining journey explaining how the tilt of the earth and its strange orbit around the sun affect our seasons and weather patterns. The two female presenters travel all over the world to explain everything in a straightforward style, avoiding too much melodrama & hyperbole (not too many proclamations of "amazing", "fantastic", "incredible" etc.). Maybe some subjects are slightly over-simplified (nice regular bands of climate zones around the earth etc.) and not fully explained (how exactly the earth's tilt affects our seasons and ice ages) but it gives anyone watching a much clearer picture of how the earth's behavior affects our climate - AND it doesn't rattle on about Global Warming!

My only gripe with this DVD is that whoever put the CHAPTER BREAKS in couldn't be bothered to put them at the most appropriate points, i.e. at the beginning of the changes in subject. If I want to find out how tornadoes are formed the nearest chapter break is halfway through explaining ice melting at the start of spring - so, fast forward a few minutes to get to tornadoes, then - NOT GOOD! Might seem like too much of a fuss but I would say that for this type of DVD, that would be used in schools etc., being able to jump to relevant subjects is pretty important. Naughty BBC.

Despite this issue I would definitely recommend this DVD to anyone interested in this subject.
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Some super information and stunning locations but the concentration close up to the presenters, usually whilst circling them, is very off putting at times. Judicious use of fast forward needed!!
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I have only seen two episodes so far and can't wait for the DVD. Amazing programme and what an amazing world we live in. It really helps us to understand our planet. A must for everyone.
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