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The complete landmark TV series - 13 one-hour episodes, including:
When Cosmos was first broadcast in 1980, our world--and the context of Carl Sagan's eloquent "personal journey"--was a different place. The late Dr. Sagan would be pleased to witness the cooling of the Cold War, the continued exploration of space, and ongoing efforts to curb our destructive dependence on fossil fuels. For Sagan's series is far more than a guided tour through "billions and billions" of stars and galaxies. It remains a profound plea for the unity of humankind, for the recognition that "we are a way for the universe to know itself," with an obligation to know our origin, our place in the universe, and our future potential.
In the course of 13 fascinating hours, Cosmos spans its own galaxy of topics to serve Sagan's theme, each segment deepening our understanding of how we got from there (simple microbes in the primordial mud) to here (space-faring civilization in the 21st century). In his "ship of the imagination," Sagan guides us to the farthest reaches of space and takes us back into the history of scientific inquiry, from the ancient library of Alexandria to the NASA probes of our neighboring planets. Upon this vast canvas Sagan presents the "cosmic calendar," placing the 15-billion-year history of the universe into an accessible one-year framework, then filling it with a stunning chronology of events, both interstellar and earthbound.
From the lives of the stars to creation theories, functions of the human brain, and the ongoing search for extraterrestrial intelligence, Cosmos asks big questions. When appropriate, Sagan offers big answers, or asks still bigger--and yes, even spiritual--questions at the boundaries of science and religion. What's most remarkable about Cosmos is that it remains almost entirely fresh, with few updates needed to the science that Sagan so passionately celebrates. It is no exaggeration to say that Cosmos--for all the debate it may continue to provoke--is a vital document for humanity at a pivotal crossroads of our history. --Jeff Shannon
This was and is so good that I'm stuck for words. A truly seminal work and worth seeing many times. (I'm working on my seventh viewing).Published 6 days ago by John L. Olsen
Although somewhat dated by current knowledge, this series of programs held my interest hour by hour. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Lyn Wechsler
Been waiting years to buy this, so when the price dropped and the new Cosmos series came out, I bought them together. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
It's Cosmos with updated information from Annie Druyan and Carl. Sound and video quality are superb for a 35-year-old show.Published 1 month ago by TotalMonkey
I remember watching this when it was first on. I was a twelve year old boy filled with wonder and it captured me from the get-go. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Alexander
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|Does the 7 Disc DVD set retain the original Vangelis soundtrack?||
The original soundtrack IS INTACT here - and it has an isolated effects and Music track as well. :)
Apr 6, 2014 by Wyatt C. Clough | See all 3 posts
|Science Channel version?||
I'm wondering the same thing. Since the DVDs were released in 2002, they probably have Sagan's updates. I don't believe these have the Science Channel updates (you can buy the updated series from the Discovery Store). From Wikipedia: "In 2005 The Science Channel rebroadcast the series for... Read More
Dec 6, 2006 by S. Bank | See all 5 posts
French, Italian, German, Spanish, Mandarin, Japanese. English caption as well.
Mar 29, 2014 by Amazon Customer | See all 2 posts
|Fab DVD It remastered into wide screen?||
This was not remastered to 16:9. They have added menus in a 16:9 format, but the actual programming itself is presented in its original 4:3 fullscreen aspect ratio.
Sep 23, 2012 by Jack Burton | See all 6 posts
|how does it compare to the 2014 version of "Cosmos"?||
I find the new reboot considerably lacking in two main ways. First, for either philosophical or marketing motivations, it attempts to sensationalize science by presenting everything as "weird" and "unexpected" and "shocking" like a buzzfeed article. The problem with... Read More
Apr 11, 2014 by Steve Rogers | See all 3 posts
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