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Connections 1 (2007)

James Burke , Mick Jackson  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: James Burke
  • Directors: Mick Jackson
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Ambrose Video Publishing, Inc.
  • DVD Release Date: March 1, 2007
  • Run Time: 500 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NJVY3U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,674 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This is another superb example of the genius of James Burke, whose Connections Series has rightly garnered all sorts of awards...This journey will introduce the student to the famous as well as the obscure. This film is a wonderful intellectual romp --The American Film and Video Review

Product Description

This ten volume series was made in 1978 by turning science into a detective story, James Burke creates a series that will fascinate students and adults alike. This interdisciplinary approach has never before been applied to history or science and it succeeds tremendously. Winner of the Red Ribbon in the American Film Festival, the scope of the series covers 19 countries and 150 locations, requiring over 14 months of filming.

As the Sherlock Holmes of science, Burke tracks through 12,000 years of history for the clues that lead us to eight great life changing inventions-the atom bomb, telecommunications, the computer, the production line, jet aircraft, plastics, rocketry and television. Burke postulates that such changes occur in response to factors he calls triggers, some of them seemingly unrelated. These have their own triggering effects, causing change in totally unrelated fields as well. And so the connections begin...

Programs in the series:
The Trigger Effect
Death in the Morning
Distant Voices
Faith in Numbers
The Wheel of Fortune
Thunder in the Skies
The Long Chain
Eat, Drink and Be Merry
Yesterday, Tomorrow and You

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77 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't get enough! September 21, 2007
First off, I like to say the first time saw the Connections series I was hooked. When Connections 2 & 3 came out I had to watch them as well as the series The Day the Universe Changed. James Burke really knows how to make history interesting. He made connections you wouldn't see or even think about. Wish he made more of this kind of stuff can't get enough if it.

OK, now a word of warning. These great series are now public domain; people are starting to put together copies of their own disks and selling them. These copies may not be of good quality and may even be duplicates of the disks made by Ambruse Video. If you see a new seller or just listed with a price less than $80 it is probably one of these copies and I don't recommend buying them.
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66 of 68 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Learn some really interesting stuff July 2, 2007
I saw Connections when it first aired, and now I am delighted to see it again. James Burke is always interesting, and his explanations of how events in history are interrelated are wonderfully done. My own children were quite young when we saw it first, and it was a program that they never wanted to miss; this is a series that will do wonders for any child who thinks history is boring, and it might teach him/her to look a bit more deeply for cause and effect amid all that information. I would think that most children from about age eight up--certainly by ten--would be fascinated by this enchanting look at our civilization's attributes, their origins, and their relationships with each other.

Much as I love this series, though, I do think that if there is only one set to be bought at this price it should be _The Ascent of Man_, by Jacob Bronowski. The Connections programs delight the mind with their clever choice and analysis of facts; Bronowski's series offers a great deal of information, well presented in a way that reaches directly to the heart and reminds us of our own humanity and the need for an understanding of it.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Superb! June 19, 2007
An absolutely superb series that introduces a concept connects its relationship its creation regarding science and history with a twist of philosophy. Wittingly presented by James Burke you'll find him well adapt at tounge and cheek humor as well as a stunning explination of the facts. It was the first in a number of Connections programs to be produced but the only one to be produced by the BBC. The sequential series Connections2 and 3 were produced for TLC and lack the impact and fluidity of the original.
Connections was a ten-episode documentary television series created and narrated by science historian James Burke. The series was produced and directed by Mick Jackson of the BBC Science & Features Department and first aired in 1978. It took an interdisciplinary approach to the history of science and invention and demonstrates how various discoveries, scientific achievements, and historical world events built off one another in an interconnected way to bring about particular aspects of modern technology. The series is well-known for Burke's impeccable narration (especially its dry humor), historical reenactments, intricate working models, skillful use of classical music (most notably O Fortuna from Carmina Burana), and shots on location as far afield as Penang. The popular success of the series led to two sequels, Connections2 in 1994, and Connections3 in 1997, both produced for TLC. (Wikipedia)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Educational and Entertaining December 8, 2007
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Connections really lives up to its title -- but you don't know it fully until the very last minute of the very last episode.

My husband and I watched this series years ago when it was on cable tv. Now we homeschool our three children and are delighted with the opportunity to show it to them.

The series weaves tales of happenings throughout history and manages to bring all sorts of interesting tidbits of information on happenings from seemingly insignificant to very important. But you realize towards the end how important all of those incidents are to today.

There is a prophetic episode of "what if" society suddenly breaks down and all technology shuts down at once. I say prophetic, because so much of what he alluded to happened in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

This is an important series for parents to watch and then watch a second time with their children.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars inspirational view of history April 22, 2007
James Burke is the man! He's presents a very informative and entertaining way of learning about history's inventions and those behind them. Its an ingenious way of linking discoveries together that brings us the things that we take for granted today. I used to watch his series when it was on tv when I was a kid and he inspired me to get into engineering and shaped my career. Going back and watching it now I find it just as exciting to watch as it was back then.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A series ahead of its time... July 9, 2007
James Burke shows us how a society increasingly dependent on technology is a product of unpredictable events, chance, disaster, good fortune but above all insight and inventiveness. Everyday objects, such as the television, are shown as a result of a series of connections culminating in everyday objects we take for granted. Each one presented as a series of events which at any point in time may have taken a different direction. A great series which is highly entertaining and incredibly informative and don't let the age of the collection put you off, it is still relevant even after thirty years as energy demands, war and the influence of polititians over populations is put under an analytical spot light.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Best PBS Series Ever!
I loved this series when I watched it in college, one day at a time. I saw it again on PBS as a repeat and was even more intrigued. Read more
Published 6 days ago by James Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure enjoyment for the mind and the funny bone.
There is little to be written about this fine documentary that hasn't already been written many times. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Silas Pitch
5.0 out of 5 stars Connections 1 is a must have.
Connections 1 is a look at history that covers a great number of subjects that ordinary history books overlook. It gives meaning and purpose to understanding history. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Glenn
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite documentary series
This is old but still is an amazing series. Made in 1979, it mainly looks backwards through history. Read more
Published 1 month ago by John Stilwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Series of connections.
This is one of the most interesting sets of history and science connections that I have found. Burke does a wonderful job of showing how the major inventions of the world have... Read more
Published 1 month ago by KQR451
5.0 out of 5 stars A great series
I loved this series as a child when it first aired, and watching it again now it was every bit as satisfying. I enjoyed watching it with my son who was fascinated.
Published 1 month ago by Brian G Jacobs
5.0 out of 5 stars James Burke is the best
I have watched this over and over. The way James Bourke weaves his story is facinating. The connections he creates is truly a work of art
Published 2 months ago by O. Blevins
5.0 out of 5 stars History at its best
Excellent history lessons that engage. Burke manages to tie events together that prompt "aha" moments from those watching these very worthwhile programs. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Judith P. Matthew
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome videos
Bought these for my dad for his birthday. He really enjoyed them. These are all about the transpiration of inventions over time and how one invention affects another and on down... Read more
Published 2 months ago by b6daniels
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Price and Great Service
I've always loved James Burke's work. The order for these DVDs was quickly handled and what I received was what I expected.
Published 2 months ago by JB
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