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  • Actors: Richard Hammond
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: 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: U
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 3 May 2010
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00395ATPE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,155 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Using state-of-the-art imaging technologies, Richard discovers that t's as much the things we cannot see as those we can that shape our lives. From spectacular natural phenomena such as vast, superfast lightning clusters, to one of the wonders of the living world and our own technological achievements such as the awe inspiring aerial work
conducted on high-voltage power lines, Richard explores the hidden secrets of three distinct invisible realms that lie beyond the limits of
human vision, helping us to unravel some of the mysteries of our world.

Episode 1 Speed Limits
Episode 2 Out of Sight
Episode 3 Off the Scale

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This short BBC series of only 3 one hour long episodes show as the title suggests, the things we cant see with the human eye. This is presented in some wonderful graphics and real films with Richard Hammond of the Top Gear fame narrating along the way. It helps that he is enthusiastic about the material, the narration emphasises what you are about to see as opposed to you being dragged through the program with a boring guide.

The first episode comprises of things we cannot really observe well with the human mind because of the differences in time scales in which the event occurs, either super fast or super slow. Using hi-speed cameras catching hundreds of frames a second we are treated to some wonderful slow motion presentation of natural phenomena, from insects, to the fastest thing in the natural world, a fungal spore! We also get to see extremely slow things sped up to more observable speeds just as the Attenborough Life Documentary showed things like coral grow from start to finish using faster frame rates.

In the second episode the focus is on the light spectrum, and while we only perceive the visible spectrum through our eyes, there are several other spectrums to consider to gain a more holistic view of what is happening around us, ultraviolet and infrared are the two most prominently discussed here but attention is also given to the outer spectrums such as for space telescopes. The highlight here was learning about one of the weird effects experienced post cataract removal surgery concerning UV light filtering.

The final episode centred around the very small that we could only see with microscopes and other even more precise imaging devices.
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The footage in this series when you watch it for the first time is truly amazing.

Well worth buying it on Blu-ray over DVD.

Well presented by Richard Hammond, and the set out of the 3 episodes is very good. Each episode has a number of different areas covered that link into each other seamlessly.

Yet another top quality production from the Beeb!

Episode 1 - Speed Limits: Shows high speed events that happen too fast for the human eye, they are slowed down so you can see what happens in split seconds.

Episode 2 - Out of Sight: Shows what lies beyond our visual cability, X-ray, infared...

Episode 3 - Off the Scale: Shows what is to small for the human eye to see.
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Don't expect much science content on this Blu-Ray, and let's just ignore the repeated claims of something being filmed for the first time ever. What's left is an entertaining sequence of stunning clips filmed using all kinds of special cameras - be it high-speed, infra-red or x-ray. There isn't much of a story being told, but the scenes are all brilliant and amazing to watch, definitely worth to be seen in HD.
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This is an excellent series. Unlike other educational projects that present the usual subjects like nature and wildlife or astronomy, dinosaurs, etc., Hammond takes you on a tour of a brand new area of discovery. The world of time-lapse photography. The world of the very fast, now slowed down, and the world of the very slow, speeded up, so we can understand different realities existing with us side by side. Absolutely, well done, bravo. You will want to watch it more than once, and well worth adding to your library. Highly recommend.
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If you are a Top Gear fan, or have enjoyed other series presented by Richard Hammond, then despite the flaws with the series you will like his presenting style, very simple.

The series makes a lot of claims, around being 'the first' or 'the best' at something, and the science is not all that sound. Having said that, if you do not care to much about science then you will find this a very interesting educational series.

The Blu-Ray itself is good(unlike some other BBC BDs), the picture quality is fantastic, particularly on close-up and high-speed photography shots. HD really makes a difference with this.
The audio quality does let it down though, being an okay stereo soundtrack. This series was produced with 5.1 surround so why don't the BBC use this soundtrack?

Good generally, though!
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I saw this programme the BBC and loved it, so I had to have the video for watching it again and showing it to my childern and families and friends. This was an excellent programme and I highly recommend it to anyone.
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Format: Blu-ray
First off, this is in 1080i not p. But most of the imagery is stunning, so if you buy it for that alone you won't be too disappointed...

What is a disappointment, however, is Hammond's presence and narration. He is constantly 'in the picture' (of course I could've guessed that from the title). But while I like him in Top Gear, I do find him very annoying here. You get to hear him say invisible world every ten seconds with a tone of voice which is just so overdone... it gets on my nerves, but again hence the title...

While I also think the subjects were a little underwhelming, in all it was an interesting series, just probably not worth the buy on Blu-ray. I honestly was expecting more after all the great comments and wanted to let people know that it really isn't all it's cracked up to be...
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