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How the Earth Was Made: Complete Season 2 (2010)

Corey Johnson , Edward Herrmann , Peter Chinn  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Corey Johnson, Edward Herrmann, Geoffrey Notkin
  • Directors: Peter Chinn
  • 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: June 29, 2010
  • Run Time: 611 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0039ZBM14
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,574 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "How the Earth Was Made: Complete Season 2" on IMDb

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Spectacular on-location shooting, evidence from geologists in the field, and clear, dramatic graphics combine in SEASON TWO of this stunning series from HISTORY to show how immensely powerful, and at times violent, forces of geology have formed our planet.

This season, HOW THE EARTH WAS MADE goes back in history from 4.5 billion years ago to today peeling back layers of rock, filling up river canyons, parting the oceans, and leveling mountains and volcanoes to investigate the origins of some of the most well-known locations and geological phenomena in the world. 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.

Experience all 13 episodes of this landmark series on 4 DVDs.

Volume 1: Grand Canyon / Vesuvius / Birth of the Earth / Sahara
Volume 2: Yosemite / The Rockies / Ring of Fire
Volume 3: Everest / Death Valley / Mt. St. Helens
Volume 4: Earth s Deadliest Eruption / America's Ice Age / America's Gold

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
How the Earth Was Made - Season 2
13 Episodes on 4 Discs, released June 29, 2010

"How the Earth Was Made" is the History channel's detailed look at specific areas of the planet and how they came to be shaped the way they are. The title of the series sounds like they would explain how Earth came into being with the Big Bang theory in one episode and boom! be done, but this is the second season so they've really stretched out individual landmarks.

This series starts off with places like The Grand Canyon and its carving by the Colorado river among other things, Mt. Vesuvius and its ability to possibly kill 3 million people in Naples if it erupts, and then in the third episode finally gets into the actual planet formation or "Birth of the Earth". Does this mean it wasn't covered in the first season?? Other great episodes include Sahara where you find out it was once covered in ice and grew lots of plantlife, and much more in the way of mountains, valleys, volcanoes in general, ice ages, and fascinatingly enough, the concentration of gold around the world.

The narrator sure knows how to make gradual evolution sound exciting! For example in the Grand Canyon episode, he mentions certain mountains were "shattered *dramatic pause* by VOLCANOES!" The end of each episode goes through the laundry list of clues the scientists found and conclusions they were brought to step by step in case you missed something. Evolution ought to be a slow, boring process but this format and narration makes it more exciting than the violent escapes of "Ancients Behaving Badly" that I reviewed not that long ago. This is a very interesting and educational series and will appeal greatly to those intrigued by our landscapes and captivated by its beauty and history.
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ever Moving, Ever Changing Planet July 4, 2010
By Lynnie
Did you know that North America and Scotland were once connected? Why are there remnants of sea creatures on top of mountains and mountains under the sea? This is one of the most fascinating series I've ever watched. We humans think we have so much control over the future of this planet. Yes, recycling and being "green" will help, but ultimately, the planet will do what the planet has always done -- change on its own,whether humans do anything or not. I highly recommend this truly amazing series.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars blu-ray aspect ratio is widescreen July 14, 2011
By William
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I just received and played How the Earth Was Made: Complete Season 2 [Blu-ray] and
...drum roll...
the quality is excellent and it IS widescreen ( 1.78:1 I believe (the box doesn't say [and amazon says 1.33:1 -Wrong!] ).
Regardless, it fills my 52" HD with video that History Channel televised in HD.

So, for those (including me) who were wondering: IT IS GOOD!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for science teachers! December 26, 2010
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I teach middle school science and live in the Pacific Northwest. Being so close to Mt. St. Helens makes it easy to get students interested in volcanoes. This set contains an excellent explanation of the events that took place surrounding the eruptions at Mt. St. Helens. The other movies are equally good. These videos are informative, yet not at all boring. They move quickly.
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6 of 6 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 scientists to illustrate geological analyses, principles, and theories, in classicalgeological settings or in their laboratory, and integrates various appoaches to try to resolve questions. The down side for me is that it is often too repetitive in reviewing what has been presented, is sometimes too elementary and simplistic, and sometimes presents controversial theories as generaqlly accepted facts. Also, there is perhaps too much emphasis on relatively recent spectacular volcanic and glaciation events at the expense of superficially more mundane, but equally important, geology(How many times was I presented with a spouting soda bottle as a volcanic eruption analogy?). Let's take a look at the specific topics covered, with my comments, as a non-professional geology enthusiast.
DVD#1 Begins with the massive non-tectonic-related lava flows in Siberia of about 250 MYA, which are generally believed responsible for the approximately simultaneous most devastating mass extinction in the history of life. This is a good presentation, noting the probable involvement of the coal layer through which much of the lava had to flow, and the probable involvement of ocean methane hydrates, but doesn't mention the probable involvement of other toxic volcanic substances, such as sulphur dioxide and mercury.
Next, is a rundown of of the continental glaciations of North America, mostly the last one. I found this presentation too elementary and incomplete. Finally, a program on America's gold deposits and mining. This is limited to deposits in CA and Nevada, which is OK, given the time constraints. The point is that different gold deposits were often formed in different ways, but with some commonalities.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Geologists Rule! September 18, 2012
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The first season of "How The Earth Was Made" was excellent; the second season is absolutely great. My assessment might be colored by having seen almost all of Season One on TV but none of Season Two. But I think it's more than that. Season Two presents an even greater geological overview of each of the thirteen subjects; and presents them in greater forensic detail. Even subjects you might expect to be rather ho-hum because they've been detailed in so many different forums - such as Mt. St. Helen's and Vesuvius - end up being completely fascinating because of the great depth of the material presented. No matter what the subject is, or how often it's been done, there are still things you wouldn't have known unless you were a professional geologist. And speaking of geologists, their work is arguably the most important on the planet. Without them the earth would be simply a collection of mountains, oceans, rivers and dirt; through their efforts we're able to understand how it all pieces together.

My favorite episodes - surprisingly, I might add - are "Sahara" and "Death Valley." I thought I knew a lot about the Sahara, only to discover I knew almost nothing - certainly nothing about its 20,000 year cycle of monsoon activity. And, as to Death Valley, I couldn't imagine its geologic history being anywhere near as fascinating as it is. Of course it's one of the lowest and hottest points on earth; but the mantle beneath it is also the thinnest of anyplace on earth - and is being stretched even thinner. Even "Everest" opened all kinds of new windows on the planet, by showing not just how it was formed but how its formation affected almost everything else on the planet.
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