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Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (2014)

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4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (460 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Box set, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: June 10, 2014
  • Run Time: 572 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (460 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00IWULQQ2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #348 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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328 of 339 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning! April 14, 2014
Format:Blu-ray
I heard about this project a year ago and have been waiting patiently for its release. Being spearheaded by Neil Degrasse Tyson, Ann Druyan, and Seth Macfarlane, I knew this show was in good hands:

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...
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180 of 187 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
A glorious and worthy continuation of the original series. Tyson is clear, succinct, and profoundly enlightening. He not only tells the story of the universe, but the story of how ordinary human beings figured it out through the centuries. One cannot be complete without the other. Well-written and well-organized with some of the most spectacular and accurate scientific CGI visualizations I've ever seen. We are long overdue for something like this. I sure hope this makes many understand how beautiful and fascinating and astounding our universe truly is. Paraphrasing Einstein: 'our problems cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which they were created.' I would say it's nearly impossible to begin with so many people lacking basic scientific literacy. A million times thank you to Druyan, Tyson, MacFarlane, of course Sagan, and everyone else who made this happen.
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184 of 200 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
We've been following the program with our grandkids, both on TV as well as on the Cosmos website. Sure, as a couple of oldies like my husband and I, it's prompting our memories on our "ancient" history and science ... but it wasn't designed to inspire us, was it? The program is designed to inspire children about science the way meeting his mentor Carl Sagan inspired Neil deGrasse Tyson. We watched the first program with a lot of skepticism ... I mean, really ... Fox and science? No way. Absolutely no way. Cartoon figures? Hmmm. But whoa! Look at the grandkids! They're tuned in and turned on, all the way through the program. My husband and I were saying, "I know ... I know ... that's the theory of ... !" And the grandkids were saying, "SHHHHH!" Then after the show, they'd go to the website and look again at some of the clips; the older grandkids looked at the study guide and talked to their friends online about the show. It reminds my husband and I of when we were young and full of wonder, but didn't have the money to study all the things we wanted to know about. The Army paid for some of my college and the Navy paid for some of my husband's. By the time we realized we could have fun studying AND working both, it was a bit too late for us; by that time, our aspirations had already been relegated to working in a factory. We've got it on preorder. If you have kids and/or grandkids, we strongly recommend you order a copy for them ... and that you sit and watch it with them.
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238 of 265 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
I remember with great fondness the first Cosmos and eagerly anticipated this new version. Three episodes in I am impressed. I was really worried, because Fox and science seem like uneasy bedfellows, but so far Neil seems to be running things the way he wants. A lot of the presentation is so beautiful it should qualify as art.

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.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I am no scientist for sure but this is a useful and informative series
This set lets us see all the broadcasts with the ability to pause, replay and think about the science involved. Read more
Published 10 hours ago by H. Knapp
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic series! Neil deGrasse Tyson makes the information easy ...
A fantastic series! Neil deGrasse Tyson makes the information easy to understand and exciting to learn about for even the youngest of viewers. Well worth the watch!
Published 10 hours ago by V. K.
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have
Loved the original, love the new.
Published 10 hours ago by Michael Dawson
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Nice. but there's some dings on pack
Published 10 hours ago by Kim misan
5.0 out of 5 stars Must-Watch! An amazing gem of television programming
This is an amazing series!! I highly recommend it for everyone from beginners and classrooms, to astronomers and enthusiasts. Read more
Published 12 hours ago by Sarah ET
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Certainly not as good as the original, the updated "Cosmos" is just too politically correct and not enough science. Read more
Published 15 hours ago by No BS guy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
They put it in an easy to understand format. My 11 year old son loves it!
Published 16 hours ago by Toby W. Yates
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have documentary
It was everything that i expected from the blue ray version. Really well produced.
Published 18 hours ago by Juan Pablo de la Cruz
4.0 out of 5 stars loved it, the commentary was useless because it plays ...
loved it, the commentary was useless because it plays the show and comments over the show which was kind of wierd in my own personal opinion. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Jayson Beech
4.0 out of 5 stars I expected I expected the DVD to be as good or better
It was different and less thorough than the TV version that I also watchedd. I expected
I expected the DVD to be as good or better
Published 1 day ago by Charles P OBrien
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Commercials?
The length of the series is 572 minutes. There are 13 episodes, so each episode is 44 minutes long(the average time a 60 minute show is on with commercials). So...no commercials on the DVD.
Jun 2, 2014 by Aerobic Queen |  See all 2 posts
What is the Multi Format option?
I've been waiting a month for Amazon to please answer this. What is multi format option?
Jun 20, 2014 by Randy |  See all 3 posts
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It's the 13-episode collection, probably with the usual extras.
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