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Blast! DVD (2009)

Mark Devlin , Ph.D. , Paul Devlin  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Mark Devlin, Ph.D.
  • Directors: Paul Devlin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Docurama
  • DVD Release Date: June 28, 2011
  • Run Time: 74 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004P9FALG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #318,929 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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BLAST! is a spectacular and suspenseful story of space exploration. Five-time Emmy® winner Paul Devlin (SlamNation, Power Trip) follows his brother Mark Devlin, Ph.D., to five continents, from the Arctic to the Antarctic, to launch a revolutionary new telescope on a NASA high-altitude balloon. They hope to look back in time to reveal a hidden universe of never-before-seen starburst galaxies. From catastrophic failure to transcendent triumph, their adventure exposes the surprising real life of scientists.

DVD Features: Additional Scenes including Werner Herzog visits BLAST ; Theatrical Trailers

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Blast! details the six years of frustrating steps finally leading to the launch of a NASA astronomy balloon over Antarctica. (The balloon itself was meant to collect a picture of the universe in the submillimeter band, a wavelength unobtainable from earth's surface). The story follows failed launches and recoveries, equipment problems, and some of the personal interactions of the scientists. It's modern, it's fun, and it makes science "cool" without being "Hollywoodized". Excellent and highly recommended for showing to a high or middle school science class. Makes science look exciting, and very human.
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An Engaging Documentary About Space And Scientific Discovery Amidst A Gripping Arctic Adventure, May 29, 2011
By K. Harris "Film aficionado" (StudioCityGuy33 at Yahoo dot com) - See all my reviews
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Ready to study astrophysics? How about searching the past to unlock the secrets of the universe? If you're feeling adventurous and want to get your scientific groove on--"BLAST!" just might be the answer to your need. This engaging documentary, about one unusual aspect of space exploration, attempts to answer huge questions but keeps its concepts fairly straightforward for the casual viewer. In other words, anyone can enjoy "BLAST!" as an entertainment even if they fall short of the designation of scientific genius. BLAST is an acronym for Balloon-Borne Large Aperture Submillimeter Telescope and the film chronicles an elite team of scientists and grad students who design, build, and launch just such a device. Basically, a telescope on a space balloon--the unit is designed to gauge images and data from distant galaxies in an attempt to understand their formations and origins. Don't worry, I won't attempt any more technical explanation.

More than anything, the film is a testament to perseverance and is somewhat of an underdog story. The film covers two flights, both incidences rife with tension and unexpected drama. The dedicated team is a relatively meager bunch constructing complicated machinery on the fly by hand. It is surprisingly fascinating to see these enormous and extremely complex pieces of machinery being built from the ground up--almost like a garage craft project.
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