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Hawking

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Hawking features exclusive access to Hawking's life story*told largely in his own words. It includes dramatic accounts of his life from childhood through university*intimate footage of Hawking today*including his home routine and his work life at the University of Cambridge*archival footage and candid insights from family members*friends and colleagues. Computer-generated imagery (CGI) illustrates some of Hawking's remarkable discoveries*such as the nature of black holes and the Big Bang Theory.

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PBS (Direct)
  • DVD Release Date: February 4, 2014
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (240 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BCV3HL0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,838 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Pletko on November 1, 2014
Format: Blu-ray
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"My name is Stephen Hawking. For the past fifty years, I have travelled the world studying and lecturing about time and space. This film is a personal journey through my life, told in my own words. Come with me and I will tell you the story of how I became who I am."

The above is found at the beginning of this extraordinary autobiographical documentary about the life of theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking. (He "was born in 1942, exactly 300 years after the death of Galileo.")

I personally have read quite a bit on Hawking but what made this film special to me was that:

(1) It was entirely narrated by Stephen Hawking.
(2) Brief comments were made by such people as his siblings, care giver, school friends, university friends, professors, software experts, biographers, his first wife, physicists (like Roger Penrose, Kip Thorne), and his present and former students.
(3) We actually get to see Hawking in his natural environment and get to actually see the people mentioned in (2) above.

We also learn about his science ("I was writing the rule book for black holes") and the progression of his devastating illness whose spectre is always present.

We also get to see the good and the bad of worldwide celebrity.

Finally, this documentary had an "intimate feel" for me, as if Hawking were talking directly to me.

In conclusion, I feel this is an incredible documentary narrated by a determined scientist who has a strong will to live. In fact, at the end of the documentary he tells us:

"I'm not afraid of dying, but I'm in no hurry to die."

(2013; 1 hr, 30 min; wide screen; 12 scenes; PBS)

<<Stephen PLETKO, London, Ontario, Canada>>

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Five Kings VA on March 2, 2014
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I had been hoping for a chronicle of Hawking's life, while he was still alive, so that you could rely on its honesty. This did not disappoint. Poignant, modest, self deprecating, consistent. I wish the media had been available when Einstein was alive for there to have been a similar documentary about him. We're fortunate to not only have benefited from Hawking's discoveries but also his ability to inspire others, particularly non scientists, to imagine and think about the beauty that is the universe, and life itself.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By B. Crawford on May 3, 2014
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I loved this presentation. The fact that it is narrated by Stephen Hawking himself with computer techology is the most wonderful aspect. I ordered this copy for my Granddaughter who is 13 and has known for several years she wants to become a Astrophysist. She has excellent grades and is setting her sights on Stanford for college. This was no problem on deciding to order it for her once I had seen it on PBS. So interesting and inspirational a definite must see!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By MrRoy on March 19, 2015
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The movie gave some insight into Steven Hawking both as a young man battling the disease and his challenges as he grew older, but stops short of giving much insight into any of the details of his personal family relationships, ie. nothing about what had or has happened with his children. You don't get any sense of warmth regarding his own children, just that he had them. It was a ME account without any of the perspectives of those in his personal life outside of the world of Physics. It seems his whole life story was about his struggles with ALS and how it affected his professional life when in fact, Hawking shows no real humanity except to say he had a quick witted sense of humor and that he fell in love with a woman twice enough to marry but clearly they divorced him because they finally realized there was only his take in the relationship in the final analysis. Sad, his children probably saw him more as machine that had a need to continue to live and less able to give much back. The times you saw him at play, there was no sense of parental love that would show Hawking as more dimensional, if such dimensions of his personality actual exists. On the other hand, I certainly wouldn't want to live with his physical burdens and go through more than half a century with that to carry on a daily basis.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Anne Leigh on March 3, 2014
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Steven Hawking is legendary and our world has taken on a whole new meaning from his brilliance. There is no one else like him.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By California Dreaming on February 14, 2014
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I used to watch Carl Sagan's show "Cosmos" all of the time when I was a kid. I loved that show. You knew that Mr. Sagan truly understood his subject as he was able to explain things in simple ways to "simple" people. If you hear someone only speak in complex terms, or in particular, if you hear that same someone only recycle what's been said or written before, you can almost guarantee that he doesn't truly understand his own subject matter. (I believe that Microsoft HR people train employees to interview with this idea in mind, by the way. Force a candidate into breaking things down to basics.)

At least once, but surely more times than that, Mr. Sagan was asked about his opinion on religion. His response? "Well, atheists must know more than I know." What he meant was: "It is just as foolish to say that God does not exist than it is to say that He definitely does." This is because it is impossible to prove either way. It is also impossible to know for sure Mr. Sagan's own personal beliefs -- his widow argued after his death that he was an atheist, mostly to appease the scientific community, but he was almost surely an agnostic (he implied it by definition himself!) -- not that it really mattered. What mattered was: he was a very logical guy.

And then Stephen Hawking came along and said something like, "You don't need God to create the Universe." Now, this statement was completely taken out of context logically by the masses. Mr. Hawking did not imply, "God does not exist," but rather I believe, "It is still possible to prove that, even if God doesn't exist, the Universe still could have been created. Furthermore, we could be in our current state without a Creator." This is a huge distinction, even "huger" than the Universe perhaps itself.
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