Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey [Blu-ray]
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Tyson is one of the most famous astrophysicists alive. His involvement in NOVA and his podcast 'Startalk' have made him a rockstar among the scientific-literate youth. Ann Druyan (who co-wrote the original Cosmos) helped produce and write this revamp. Seth Macfarlane, better known for starting the show Family Guy, it seems has always been interested in science...this revamped version of Cosmos came about when Seth ran into Tyson at a meeting at the National Academy of Sciences. Who woulda thought?
Now onto the show:
In the first episode, you are invited aboard the Ship of the Imagination. It's a sleek vessel that allows Tyson and the viewer to go anywhere: from the edge of the universe to the nucleus of an atom. It's a fantastic way to get to the places that Tyson is describing in the narration.
The cinematography is jaw dropping. 3D renderings of galaxies, nebulae, asteroid fields, atoms, storms on Jupiter, etc are scattered throughout each show...and they look 100% real. There are moments where animated cartoons are used, usually representing a story about past scientists or philosophers...I thought the cartoon animations would detract from the shows grandeur, but that doesn't seem to be the case - the animations are beautiful and tasteful.
The music score, by Alan Silvestri, is perfect for this series. Silvestri has scored soundtracks for movies like Contact, Castaway, Forrest Gump...and for Cosmos he has used his talent to create yet another fantastic score. It gives the show a perfect sound to go along with the visuals...Read more ›
Although I myself am not learning much new science (but actually a great deal of the history of science) this show is not aimed at scientists. The show is aimed at the curious, from age 7 to nearly dead. It is about not only science but really about the scientific method and the glorious exploration of the world around us. Along the way, Neil does two things I did not expect. He outlines a great deal about scientists lives and he takes direct aim at creationist pet "facts". In the first three episodes he has dismantled many creationists favorite "go to" arguments. He systematically outlined the evolution of the eye (this is a big favorite of creationists, who argue the eye is too complex to have evolved), hit on the whole issue of the common ancestors of apes and men, and delineated the age of comets, which does not jive with the young earth view. And he does it deftly and with not so subtle jabs, calling the story of the universe and our place in it the "greatest story ever told". Type that phrase into google, and the entire first page of results are references to Jesus, or movies about Jesus. Not science. But Neil seems determined to change that viewpoint.
If you have kids between age 8 and 18, this should be required family viewing. Unless you are a creationist, if so you better avoid Cosmos because this show will cause your children to ask you uncomfortable questions.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Should be a must see for all school kids. Very fact packed, and interesting. Great video.Published 17 hours ago by Moondoggie
Stunningly fascinating. The excitement of the Fast and Furious fluff movies with the intellectual stimulation of Einstein's Theory of Relativity. Smile producing graphics. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Book Lover
These are phenominal, seriously. Anyone should watch them, even those who don't think Astronomy is their thing. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
Neil DeGrasse Tyson is my hero and I love his modern take on Carl Sagan's originalPublished 10 days ago by dawn
Wonderful for adults AND kids! Loved it so much bought one for my family that lives out of the country. I really wanted them to see it and benefit. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Esra
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NO digital copy code in this version. I just received mine. [Edit: to clarify, I mean I just received my Blu-Ray discs as ordered, but there is no code insert]
I only expected Blu-Ray so I'm not disappointed; in fact, I rarely use digital versions (but on this, I guess it might have been nice to... Read More
Jun 10, 2014 by P. M. Bego | See all 5 posts
|Latin Spanish audio?||
Según la descripción en la página del producto, contiene audio en inglés y subtítulos en inglés, francés y castellano. / According to the product description, it includes English audio with English, French and Spanish subtitles.
Jun 8, 2014 by R. Salgado | See all 10 posts
|I wish people would stop reviewing products that don't exist yet||
These reviews are from people who watched the show on TV, the internet, etc. Believe it or not, this was actually shown to the public before it was released on DVD/Blu-ray.
Jun 12, 2014 by Cole Azevedo | See all 5 posts
I can confirm the 5 special features listed in mattack's post. I just received my discs and those are what is listed. The table of contents (on the inside of the outer sleeve -- you can read it through the blue case) shows those 5 features -- they are distributed with 1 special feature on each of... Read More
Jun 10, 2014 by P. M. Bego | See all 6 posts
|What is meant by "Multiple Formats"?||
I'm also curious about this. I want to order this for my father, he has one bluray player in the house and the rest of the house is DVD. I would really like him to be able to enjoy the Bluray quality, but also be able to watch the DVD in the other parts of the house, the multiformat would be... Read More
Jun 9, 2014 by John R. Baxter | See all 5 posts
|This box has Spanish language. Coming Soon will be a version with...||Be the first to reply|
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