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Inside the Milky Way [Blu-ray] (2010)

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4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: NAT'L GEOGRAPHIC VID
  • DVD Release Date: January 25, 2011
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00465I1A6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,885 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Embark on an astounding journey across 100,000 light-years to witness key moments in the history of the Milky Way.

Using cutting-edge science, National Geographic constructs a 3-D state-of-the-art CGI model of our galaxy. We'll peer into the heart of the Milky Way on the hunt for super-massive black holes, watch how stars are born and die, fly out and above the plane of our galaxy to understand its true shape and scour its dusty spiral arms for the possibility of life.

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63 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Documentary!! November 17, 2010
By tyshatz
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This is by far the best documentary out there I've seen that explains our cosmos and what we know up to date. The real images used for this are outstanding! Ive taken a few astronomy courses before and it just amazes me how much more we know now. This documentary not only explains our milky way galaxy in detail, but focuses on how the precision of modern astronomy allows researchers to understand how other galaxies fit into what we know as the visible cosmos.
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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astounding November 24, 2010
Format:DVD
This production, and the science behind it, are astounding. Behold, our universe. We are gaining glimpses into the universe that we've never seen before. ...Significant work achieved with the Hubble Space Telescope and computer modeling. ...And, this program presents it wonderfully. Best work yet on understanding of galaxies.

I want to purchase a stack of these and give one to each of my family and friends.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
What makes astrophysics so interesting is that it gets to the beginning of things. Why did life start on earth, how did the universe begin, how large is it, and so forth. The problem with many documentaries on astronomy is that the narrator "tells" us the theories without "explaining" the scientific thoughts or experiments behind the ideas. This documentary does two things very well - it gives us the science behind the ideas and it produces some of the most amazing computer graphics or photo images of what the Milky Way or other galaxies look like.

There is a lot of material covered here - why the Milky Way is understood to be one of the oldest galaxies, what controls the center of the galaxy (Answer a black hole), the theory of dark matter, the importance of supernovas, the difference between spiral and elliptical galaxies.

My favorite part of the DVD was an analysis of what the universe would look like if the astronomer mapped out its dark matter with a computer model. Then a picture of the universe was produced which matched it perfectly. WOW!

There is a great deal of information in this DVD, but more importantly, a great deal of scientific explanation that supports the information. To me, it is astonishing that in 400 years we have moved from Newton to a rather comprehensive theory of how the universe was formed. This is something teenagers and adults can enjoy together. National Georgraphic did an outstanding job on the illustrations - computer or otherwise - how our galaxy works.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Focused Coverage of our Milky Way Galaxy January 29, 2011
Format:Blu-ray
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This was a very good science program on our Milky Way Galaxy. Too often, astonomy specials are too broad. They try to cover too much in a short time frame so only a little is explained about the central topic. This 90 documentary does not fall into that trap. It stays on the topic of the Milky Way the whole time. Sure there are some exploratory trips to the early universe and the edge of the universe as well as the cosmic structure, but it is done because it supports the topic of our galaxy. The computer graphics are done nice and for a refreshing break from typical astronomy shows, it also adds high def current photographic images that are very nicely and crisply displayed.

The level of science is medium. I am a big astronomy buff so I get tired of seeing the same repeated concepts that just scratch the surface. There were a couple new concepts and some of the imagry I had not seen.

There is only one lay person analogy (which plagues other shows). This analogy was that a galaxy is like a city, only a city of stars. It comes out very early on in the show and I winched, but as they progressed there were no other stupid analogies. In fact the continued the analogy throughout the show in a way that started to make more sense. Thankfully they did not talk down to the audience.

There is also a concept they "imagine" and that is that what would we see if the Earth could be brought to other parts of the galaxy. I thought that was dumb at first but as they traveled around they showed how the sky would look and some of the shots were breathtaking (Orion nebula on the horizon, globular cluster lighting the sky, the Andromedae galaxy filling the view). It was done very well.

Overall, I highly recommend it. It was done well, the conversations with astronomers were intelligent, and the graphics, photos, and videos were all of high quality.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and Extraordinary April 16, 2011
By VJ
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This is a fascinating film, crystal clear image, high quality graphic and interesting story. I watched 3 times on 3 different weekends in the morning. Each time refreshed me and opened my mind... It also gave me the energy and imagination to explore the wonder of our universe. Highly recommended. Well done NGC!!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It! March 29, 2011
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Great quality of blu-ray and loved the content of disc.

Great explaination in laymans terms of the science behind our Galaxy!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You will be amazed August 6, 2011
Format:Blu-ray
Absolutely incredible. I really can't sum it up any more than that. I've always been a documentary addict and even more so an astronomical addict, yet of all the countless documentaries I've seen this one takes my breath away each and every time. The music is soothing, the narrator is captivating, the professors are passionate and it shows, and the visual effects are stunning. I've had this documentary since it was released and I still get goose bumps when I watch it. Amazing. Get it :) (see a trailer @ [...])
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
I expected more visuals.
Published 4 days ago by Meredith Strayer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very informative
Published 6 days ago by HR
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully breathtaking video
I finally ordered this DVD. It was recorded on our DVR and watched frequently. It is an exquisite presentation of our home galaxy. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful colors. Very educational
Wonder DVD. Beautiful colors. Very educational. Bought it for myself, but my husband hogs it.
Published 2 months ago by lso
5.0 out of 5 stars Out of this World
I found this Blu Ray entertaining and educational. The narrator spoke in plain English and in an entertaining manner. Nice dis to have!
Published 4 months ago by K. Wiens
5.0 out of 5 stars Inside the Milky Way
Isn't it a wonderful place where we live in this universe? It's hard to see the milky way unless you go way out where there are no city lights. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Cynthia Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent documentary!
highly recommend this to anyone interested in this subject! I have watched several of these regarding this subject; but this one one is definitely the best.
Published 5 months ago by Edgar Bill Sharp
4.0 out of 5 stars Great show about the Milky Way!
Great visuals, but could use a little zing. If the audience isn't into science, they may not be as fascinated. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Baltazar Mejia
5.0 out of 5 stars Inside The Milky Way
According to this excellent documentary, there are 200 billion stars in our galaxy. The Milky Way is a beautiful sight under dark skies. It is a spiral, a giant disk of stars. Read more
Published 7 months ago by James Ronald Colyer
5.0 out of 5 stars ASTRONOMY
THIS IS A MUST SEE....DVD IT TELLS ONE HOW SMALL WE ON THIS LITTLE PLANT ARE AND HOW BIG UNIVERSE IS...I WILL BE USING IT IN TEACHING A CLASS AT SENIOR CENTER....JAMES
Published 7 months ago by james
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