The Universe Complete Season One [Blu-ray] [Region Free]
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The stunning, best-selling set is finally available on Blu-ray Disc. As the Earth grapples with the effects of global warming, science has increasingly looked to outer space for answers to the glaring threats facing our world. Are there other planets in the Universe with the unique ability to support life or is there truly no place like home? HISTORYTM ventures into the uncharted territory of outer space through the visions, studies, and predictions of scientists and explorers, utilizing cutting-edge computer graphics and stunning footage to bring the universe down to Earth. Now available on Blu-ray Disc for the first time, HISTORYTM presents all 13 visually arresting, awe-inspiring episodes from THE UNIVERSE: THE COMPLETE SEASON ONE plus the feature-length documentary Beyond the Big Bang. From the planets to the stars and out to the edge of the known universe, history and science collide in this epic exploration of space and its limitless potential. Available on Blu-ray Disc for the first time, THE UNIVERSE is a breathtaking exploration of far-away planets, exploding stars, black holes, alien life-forms, and much more. All 13 episodes are filled with state-of-the-art computer graphics and stunning NASA images plus the feature-length bonus documentary Beyond the Big Bang. Already a best-selling franchise, Season Two was expanded to 18 episodes and is due for release on 2nd November.
The sky and outer space have fascinated man for centuries and the History Channel's series The Universe is the story of man's study of the cosmos from his earliest attempts to map and understand the heavens through modern day scientific studies, advances, and theories. A mix of historical footage, modern space imaging, and conceptual computer graphics presented in high-definition, the visual component of this production is absolutely breathtaking. Each of the thirteen 44-minute episodes begins with a general introduction of subjects ranging from the sun to individual planets, alien galaxies, the search for extra-terrestrial life, and scientific theories like the Big Bang. Each topic is then broken down into a series of segments that detail specific ideas, theories, or components integral to the understanding of the main topic as well as historical material, current studies and theories, and projections of potential future events and scientific advances. The 90-minute "Beyond the Big Bang" feature relates "the story of everything"--from the universe's formation following the "Big Bang" to its eventual projected demise from unchecked expansion dubbed the "Big Rip." Leading experts from universities and scientific institutions around the world do a great job of taking very complex subjects like galaxies with spiral density arms and relating them to easily graspable concepts like a city with a downtown core surrounded by suburbs and plagued by freeway traffic jams. Amazing photographs from the Hubble space telescope, infrared views from the Spitzer space telescope, and x-ray images from the Chandra X-ray Observatory augment understanding as do demonstrations of modern science's ability to simulate historical events like the formation of earth and to project future cosmic events. The Universe is a fascinating and understandable study of space that speaks to viewers ranging from the generally curious to the serious student of cosmology. --Tami HoriuchiSee all Product description
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The Earth and the Moon; The Inner Planets, Mercury and Venus; Mars the red planet; Saturn, Lord of the Rings; The Outer planets; The end of the Earth; The most dangerous places in the Universe; Alien Galaxies and Life and death of a star.
It does not contain Secrets of the Sun or Jupiter. I recommend that you buy the Universe and the Planets 8 DVD set which contains everything in this set plus the two other discs.
The "bonus" documentary "Beyond the Big Bang" is the best summary I have ever seem on the history of modern astronomy, and it also presents an outstanding recount on how real science works, everything in just one hour. It shows us how science progresses; how science benefits even from mistakes; how one theory competes with other; how science conflicts with dogma; in short, the documentary presents quite an example to be followed, particularly on these days of politicized science and commercialized research. The explanations of more complex concepts such as Einstein's relativity, the Big Bang, the expanding universe, and others, are presented with very simple (and sometimes even funny) dramatizations and analogies, making the contents accessible to all audiences. A+++
Now noticed that this review has been allocated to season 2 incorrectly. To clarify, my review is regarding the large 6 DVD box set of season 1.
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