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How the Earth Was Made: Complete Season One (2009)

History  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: History
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, 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: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: August 25, 2009
  • Run Time: 450 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001R60ER0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,864 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Spectacular location shooting from around the world, evidence from geologists in the field, and clear, dramatic graphics combine in this stunning 13-part series to show how the immensely powerful, and at times violent, forces of geology have shaped our planet.

Investigate with HISTORYTM the origins of some of the most well-known locations and geological phenomena in the world. From the Great Lakes to Iceland, the San Andreas Fault to Krakatoa, How the Earth Was Made travels the globe to reveal the geological processes that have shaped our planet. Spectacular on-location shooting, evidence from geologists in the field, and clear, dramatic graphics combine in this stunning 13-part series to roll back the millennia and show how the immensely powerful, and at times violent, forces of geology have literally shaped the world we live in. With rocks as their clues and volcanoes, ice sheets and colliding continents as their suspects, scientists launch a forensic investigation that will help viewers visualize how the earth has evolved and formed over millions of years. Locations covered in How the Earth Was Made include Hawaii a remote island chain brought to being by the movement of super heated magma deep within the earth, to the Marianas Trench, a spot in the sea deeper than Mount Everest is high, where the ocean floor disappears into the centre of the earth.

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127 of 134 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Re: Aspect Ratio September 21, 2009
I can confirm that the aspect ratio on this set is 4:3 and the picture is letterboxed (and there are 4 disks, not 7). What a shame that this superb series would be released with such rotten visual quality when the original was broadcast in full high definition. Why on Earth would they do this? If you have an old 4:3 TV you will be happy with these, but the visual presentation on a high def TV will be a severe disappointment. The quality of information in this series is absolutely superb (unequivocal five stars) but the quality of the DVD presentation is terrible (one star) so an average of 3 stars from me. To repeat, the series itself is superb, the very best set of programs about geology I have ever seen. The information presentation is excellent and the visual presentation of the original broadcast was equally excellent and would be here also if they had just used a 16:9 aspect ratio. It is beyond understanding why they would treat this fine series in such a fashion when there was just no reason to do so.
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54 of 61 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Aspect Ratio September 20, 2009
By William
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Has anyone seen it on these DVDs who can say whether it's widescreen or surrounded with black bars?
I have the original single episode from 2007 on one DVD in 1:33:1 from "Best of the History Channel, Vol. III 2007 Premier Collection (10 DVD Set)".
I watched the "How the Earth Was Made" series this year (2009) on the History Channel in HD widescreen. This listing now says it is 1:33:1 (I preordered it and it was sent before I knew what its aspect ratio was -amazon is often wrong in that respect, for instance: this listing says 7 discs but there are 4. No biggee.).
It's a good series, but loses its appeal in such a small picture on a large screen and zooming it causes pixelation and stretched picture (the earth, sun, etc. are oblong, people's faces are distended). The box does not say its aspect ratio at all. I returned it based on the listing here. I didn't want to open the box because of Amazon's return policy -my period of return was due and there were no reviews here.

Update April, 2011
I bought the Blu-ray -SPECTACULAR! Vivid color, audio, aspect 16:9. Worth the wait.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Earth as we have never seen before February 2, 2010
By Pramod
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With a number of dangers threatening our planet, more people are keen to know about it and its origins. Understanding its origins may help us to protect it for future generations. The Earth is a constantly changing, evolving planetary body.
How the Earth Was Made steps in to fill this knowledge vacuum and does its job admirably. The visuals - both actual and graphics - look nothing short of stunning and several scientists do provide valuable insights on each site featured in the programs. My only complaint is that there is some repetition involved, but this must have been dictated by the commercial breaks on television. Still, it can be annoying when you view it through a commercially purchased DVD. I am sure that this series will be even more stunning on blu-ray.
The History Channel must be congratulated on a marathon effort that takes viewers right around the world, although there is some bias towards North America. Nevertheless, those sites (such as Great Lakes, New York) are very interesting in their own right. The programs manage to hold your attention for the full 50 minutes or so and the narration is never boring. I have not seen this series on History in this part of the world and I eagerly look forward to the second series as well. This is recommended for all those who like nature/science documentaries and for those who would like to educate their children on geology. The pricing is also just right, for nearly 12 hours of material. Granted, it is no Planet Earth, but the emphasis here is on the Earth itself, not necessarily life on it. The series wins hands down on this score. It is a documentary that demands your full attention and rightly so. Give it a spin and you would not be disappointed on any count.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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The plus of this series of 13 programs on 4 DVDs is that it allows scientitis to illustrate geological analyses, principles and theories in classical geological settings or in their laboratory, and integrates various appoaches in trying to resolve questions. The down side for me is that it is often too repetitive in reviewing what as presented, although this may help some remember. Also, it's sometimes too elementary and simplistic, occasioanlly presents controversial theories as generally accepted facts, and occasionally presents wrong or outdated facts or theories. Let's take a look at the specific topics, with my comments, as a nonprofessional geology enthusiast.
Begins with a discussion of the nature of the volcanic region of Yellowstone Park. I felt the introduction was too long and touristy;homever, eventually the nitty gritty was presented. Rock layers in the surrounding region representing ancient lava flows are shown, and evidence of volcanic ash originating from this region from CA to far to the east is discussed. Evidence of a former supervolcano that blew itsef up is presented, as well as a huge magma chamber relatively near the surface. The westward movement of the NA plate is thought to have caused the apparent eastward movement of a stationary mantle hotspot over southern Idaho to its present location, producing a series of volcanoes. The timing of several volcanic eruptions suggests we are due for another anytime within the next 100,000 years, with some ominous recent signs. Evidence is also presented of gigantic geyser explosions within the last few thousand years that dwarf present geysers...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Does not measure up to the original
It was good, but not good enough. Disappointing compared to the original feature documentary.

Not that this was terrible; it wasn't. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Just another reviewer
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Very interesting infomation
Published 2 months ago by BRIAN T. HORIO
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
it was good
Published 3 months ago by mary liggett
5.0 out of 5 stars For natural history readers and viewers
If you enjoy natural history and nature you will enjoy this first season of 'How the Earth was Made' from the History Channel. Read more
Published 4 months ago by John Henry
5.0 out of 5 stars SCOTLAND FOREVER!
SCOTLAND is my Eternal Love and this program on LOCH NESS truly is incredibly EXQUISITE. Thanks a million for such a fantastic DVD; it arrived on time and in great condition! ! Read more
Published 5 months ago by Robert M. Wallace
5.0 out of 5 stars Great companion to season 2
Just as good as season 2. I love how the videos are put together, the content along with the narrative, painted a great picture of each chapter. Highly recommend.
Published 5 months ago by C. D. Narrow
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting
Kept my attention and I watch it over and over. I would recommend this dvd to anyone who is interested in the geology of our planet.
Published 6 months ago by Anonymous
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Gift
My husband, a geologist, saw this on TV and requested for Christmas. He may not agree with every detail but that's part of the fun of watching with him. Read more
Published 7 months ago by B. Rambo
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent program
Fast delivery. Well packed. Very satisfied.
Thoroughly enjoyed watching it. Even got a 16 y/o to sit still.
Plan to get the next season.
Published 7 months ago by N. Broertjes
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Informational DVD
My son and I love watching this series together. They are great!!! The are very informative and intuitive. Highly recommended
Published 10 months ago by GovtMuleFan
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Why doesn't amazon separate dvd/blu ray reviews by product..
I agree w you. And what aspect ratio is the blu-ray version in? Amazon says 1:33:1
Oct 27, 2010 by William |  See all 3 posts
I bought in France the complete season 1 and 2 in 6 blurays. Audio : English. Subtitles : English. Price : 12 Euros (around 15 USD)
Nov 10, 2013 by PAUL |  See all 3 posts
When will this be out in blu ray?
I did return my 4:3 version. If it comes out in an aspect ration closer to 16:9 I will try again.
Nov 29, 2009 by William |  See all 3 posts
Blu-Ray = Boo-Ray
All the History Channel blu-ray releases are in the 1.78 aspect ratio format.
Go check for yourself on

Amazon usually gets the aspect ratios wrong.
It's good to check...
Jan 13, 2011 by Marty |  See all 3 posts
Pilot Episode and Volcano Documentary
Nah, you have to buy the Pilot plus the Volcano bonus separately.
Jan 13, 2011 by Marty |  See all 2 posts
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