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How the Earth Was Made (History Channel) (2008)

How the Earth Was Made , Peter Chin  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: How the Earth Was Made
  • Directors: Peter Chin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: April 15, 2008
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00126808K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,617 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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From a once seething, hellish mass of molten rock to the world that inhabits life today, take a rollercoaster ride through the entire history of Planet Earth. Its 4.5 billion year epic, a story of unimaginable timescales, earth-shattering forces, incredible life forms, radical climates and mass extinctions. Discover how the continents were formed, canyons were carved, and why the world's animals live where they do.

DVD Features: Additional Scenes; Bonus Documentary Inside the Volcano

There's a lot of information in How the Earth Was Made, but perhaps the most interesting relates to time. Quite often, the numbers are so staggering that scientists refer to it as "deep time," an appropriate term when one grapples with the notion that our planet is 4.5 billion years old, or that the oceans were formed by rainfall that lasted literally millions of years, or that 700 million years ago, Earth was completely covered by ice that was a mile thick, with surface temperatures reaching minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit. On the other end of the scale are numbers that seem surprisingly small: for instance, it wasn't until 220 years ago that the accepted church doctrine regarding the planet's age (no more than 6000 years, according to the Bible) was seriously challenged and that the key to its past was found in rocks, not scripture, while the discovery that dinosaurs once ruled the Earth came considerably later than that. Using a combination of computer graphics and animation, various drawings and diagrams, photos, location footage, and expert commentary, this fascinating, 94-minute History Channel production takes us from the very beginning, when the planet was formed by meteors colliding in space, through numerous major events (including the appearance of water, granite, and oxygen) and mind-boggling catastrophes (such as mass extinctions caused by volcanic eruptions or the enormous meteor that wiped out 75% of all living things, including the dinosaurs, some 65 million years ago), right up to the present; there's even a glimpse into the future, when Earth will likely end up as barren and lifeless as Mars (no need to hit the panic button yet, though--a few billion more years will pass before that happens). Bonus features include additional scenes and a documentary entitled "Inside the Volcano." --Sam Graham

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80 of 88 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing enough. April 24, 2008
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I first watched this show on the History channel at the beginning of last winter and liked it immediately. So I pre-ordered the DVD on amazon right away. It arrived last week and is currently making the rounds in my office!

Many a time, I have visualized how our precocious planet formed and evolved based on paleobiological evidence. I always get a feeling of euphoria whenever I imagine a pristine Earth with dynamics that have been changing over mind-numbing time scales. Well, the graphics in this show come pretty close to my own imagination.

The playback, divided by mostly uneven time segments, starts at around 4.4 billion years ago and eventually works its way to the last ice age before briefly dwelling on the planet's future. There is a time slider that briefly appears at the start of each time segment. Yes, dinosaurs are mentioned and shown but only briefly. Yup, stromatalites are in there as well along with Trilobites. It should be noted that the Cambrian Explosion and the Carboniferous are mentioned. For some reason, I was surprised to learn that granite first formed several billion years ago.

Other subjects discussed in depth include plate tectonics (continents, mountains, etc.), land inhabitation by flora and marine animals and super-volcanoes. The DVD ends with a bunch of scientists dwelling on the future of Earth. I decided not to read too much into their predictions as I won't be around if/when what they predict happens.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
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Being a Geologist myself, I found this Bluray to be fantastic!, I wish all my lectures at university were similar to this (unfortunately they weren't)

From my point of view, this program delivers easy to follow and understand geological processes and how they have a direct effect on anything else in the Earth's system as a planet.

This title is a must for anyone that wants to learn about landscaping forming, dinosaur and other mass extinction events, continental positioning and what the future holds for the planet (and life for that matter) once the present Ice Age break period ends...

All in all I give it its well deserved 5 stars!
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! June 16, 2008
By Lulu
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I've had this DVD on autobuy and must say what a treasure it is. We have watched it countless times, my hubby and I, as we enjoy series like these.
We loved every minute of it and the digital graphics was superb, very realistic. You sit there riveted to your screen as you watch things unfold. It's mind-boggling, watching how the earth was created.

Earth has a past we can never comprehend, a present we live in and take for granted and a future that is just too scary to contemplate. But all in all, what an amazing planet we live in.
This DVD takes us on a journey to the very beginning. 4.5 billion year to be precise, when the planet was formed by meteors colliding in space.
Earth goes from a seething hellish mass of fiery molten rock,through numerous major changes that takes billion of years and finally to the present day wonder we live in.
And that is not all, we also have a glimpse into the future, when Earth will likely end up as barren and lifeless as Mars. Now, there's a scary thought.

But it seems we don't have to panic just yet, according to the experts we still have a few billions years to go before earth becomes hell again. Phew, that's a relief! Quite frankly anyone would be scared of it!

This is another DVD worth the money spent.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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An easy to follow account of the history of the earth as told by the rocks. While minimal attention is given on Darwinian evolution, the perspective of the rocks sidesteps religion while re-enforcing support for foundational principles of evolution. Entertaining, quality, unbiased, and educational, How the Earth Was Made sets the story of the rocks without directly attacking religion.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best Science Videos I've Ever Seen June 23, 2008
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I am a MAJOR science video far (just ask my long-suffering spouse), and How the Earth Was Made is one of the best I'e ever seen. I am getting it from Amazon in a couple of weeks and I look forward to enjoying it on DVD.

How the Earth Was Made presents a geological history of earth in an easy-to-understand, accessible form. The computer graphics are beautiful. I also enjoyed the narration and soundtrack to this video. I especially enjoy learning new things and this video taught me about the origin of banded iron formations, the scource of most if not all of the iron currently being mined. I also learned about the formation of oxygen on the Earth and the formtion of the oceans. Not only did I learn but was entertained as well.

I highly recommend this film to everyone.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Price for the Content July 6, 2009
Great CG documentary on the geological study of planet earth. Starts at 4.5 billion years ago and speculates about all the phases the earth goes through to the present day, using geological evidence. This rather boring subject was kept interesting throughout, with great CG, interesting facts and short interviews with some geology nerds. Might be too boring for the young ones, there were only a very few shots of dinosaurs and Cambrian monsters. The narration by Edward Herrmann was spot on perfect. I give it 5 starts because the price is great for what you are getting. 94 minutes and also includes a "not too shabby" volcano documentary as an added bonus.

Awesome CG work on;

1. The world on fire.
2. Green iron oceans.
5. Earth frozen into a big snowball.
6. Snowball Earth melting from the inside.
4. Pangea and Rodinia forming.
6. Lots and lots of rocks.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent look at Earth's geological history
I've watched this series over and over again. I can't take a drive anywhere without noticing the geology around me and understanding a bit of what I see. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Carl L. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Super interesting earth info
Greatly compose, based on scientific info. Very much recomended. Bonus sections are very good too.
Published 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars This kept the freshman class on the edge of their ...
This kept the freshman class on the edge of their seats.
No boredom reviewing the 4.5 billion years of earth history!
Published 24 days ago by Mary Blooming
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best. Don't miss it.
Great. Very interesting, very informative, beautifully shot.

The age of the earth is truly immense. This documentary brings that home in ways I haven't seen before. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Just another reviewer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Documentary
I love this documentary and got supper excited when I saw it on blu-ray. I wished it was protected a little bit better for shipment; hence the four stars. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sarah L Bierschwale
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it OK
I liked it OK. It was a very condensed version of all the episodes that aired on TV. I am from Colo and would have liked more on the mountain formation in Colorado, and how that... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Glenn D. Pflum
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent delivery and narration by Edward Herman.
Published 2 months ago by sunyviolet
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Something every one should see, especially every school child.
Published 2 months ago by Memory Elvin-lewis
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Very interesting.
Published 3 months ago by Francis G. Chamness
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Movie!
Love LOVE LOVE this movie!!! I could listen to Edward Herrmann's voice all day long. The graphics are awesome and my nieces and nephews now think "earth history" is cool.
Published 6 months ago by Melissa T
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