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The Wonders Collection [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
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This superb four-disc collection brings together two fascinating documentary series presented by Professor Brian Cox.
Wonders of the Solar System
With incredible images and CGI footage this spellbinding series explains how the laws of physics carved natural wonders across the solar system. Witness giant ice fountains rising over 100km high; an ocean hidden beneath a frozen crust of ice; blood red storms twice the size of our planet, and immense volcanoes that could rip a planet apart.
Wonders of the Universe
Who are we? Why are we here? Where do we come from? These are among the most enduring and profound questions we can ask and it is an essential part of human nature to want to find the answers. Our journey began 13.7 billion years ago with the beginning of our universe and in this series Prof. Brian Cox tells the epic story of our universe and shows how it’s story is also our story.
Out-of-this-world voyages of discovery presented by Prof. Brian Cox.
“Fantastic television, the BBC at its best.” Sunday Express
“A sense of wonder underscores every Cox sentence and it’s utterly contagious.” The Guardian
This Blu-ray title is region free. However, this is authored to UK 50i specs. A large of US players support playback for 50i, however as the standard is 60i some players do not.
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"Wonders of the Solar System" is not an attempt to match a series such as "The Planets" in its coverage of the solar system. Instead it features a limited collection of facts and objects ranging from the beautiful to the bizarre. One programme is devoted to the sun, with the emphasis on the visual treats afforded by a solar eclipse and the aurora borealis. One programme is devoted to atmospheres - particularly those of the Earth, Mars and the moon Titan - and another explains why some planets and moons have geological activity and others are "dead" worlds. Yet another programme explains the formation of the solar system and the final one looks at the existence of life. During these programmes Cox identified seven specific "wonders" - the sun, the rings of Saturn, the influence of a small moon on the rings, Titan (because of liquid on its surface), Io (because of geological activity), Europa (because there appears to be water beneath the surface), and finally the existence of human beings - against all the odds.
What makes it out of the ordinary is the wonderful CGI, exceptional astronomical photos, exotic locations on Earth, and the infectious enthusiasm of the presenter Brian Cox. And all these qualities re-appear in "Wonders of the Universe". This series was not without its critics. It has been claimed it has little serious science. This is true, but it misses the point. Professor Cox rightly described the series as a "cinematic experience". As for the science, there may not be much depth but the topics covered are very well done and explained very clearly.Read more ›
This could have been just another well made British doco on the universe. But then there was Professor Brian Cox.
Surely Cosmology, Astronomy and the Physical Science's answer to David Attenborough, this amazingly talented young man with the boy next door looks and charm (almost looks like an older version of Justin Bieber but better looking and more talented by far)who is surprisingly now 43 years old, a professor in Partical Physics through University of Manchester with involvement with CERN in France, holding an O.B.E. and a former keyboard player with D:Ream to boot. He has now fitted in like he belongs to presenting docos on science programs such as Horizon and this clever production in a relaxed, comfortably paced, intelligent and somewhat gentle androgynous style and with the use of clever analogies has made the makings of the universe seem oh so simple.
The visual presentation of the Wonders Collection is comparable to the larger production 'The Universe', but Professor Cox has a style that makes you feel you're sharing his presence in a discussion over a lazy Sunday afternoon afternoon tea...easy going, gently presented, almost begging you to enter the discussion. It is Professor Cox that makes this collection extra special and well worth buying. And if I seem excessively beholden to this young genius, please note I am over 60 and neither gay nor female. But I can appreciate the attractiveness and clever presenting style of this quite brilliant presenter.
The BBC decided to tone down the wonderful musical score in the latest series; because some people had complained that it was a distraction. Admittedly, as another review here points out, people with hearing difficulties may well have struggled to hear Brian Cox over some of the music. But I also think the music absolutely adds to the emotional journey that you go on when watching this. It's a fantastic and fitting score to accompany a first-rate series. I'm now a big fan of Brian Cox and I've even started reading cosmology and physics books such as the brilliant "The Hidden Reality' by Brian Greene.
If you want your mind blown, then the Wonders Collection delivers in spades and is a good jumping-off point into further reading on this and similar subjects. 5 stars!
And not only was it a great revision - and learning - film, I enjoyed it so much I just couldn't stop watching it when I should have been revising for my other exams!
It really opens your eyes to how amazing it is that we even exist. Highly recommended!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Amazing - spectacular photography , and Brian Cox does a fab job unravelling the mysteries of the Universe in his own spécial way .Published 18 hours ago by janet.matkin
Awesome - if your interests lie in this area! Truly great value to be viewed as often as appropriate. Much to be gleaned from multiple viewings.Published 2 months ago by Christine MacInnes
Professor Brian Cox can hold the attention of myself and my kids when telling us about the wonders of the solar system etc , he makes physics and astronomy interesting. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer