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Journey to the Edge of the Universe [Blu-ray] (2009)

Alec Baldwin , Yavar Abbas  |  NR |  Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Alec Baldwin
  • Directors: Yavar Abbas
  • Writers: Nigel Henbest
  • Producers: Yavar Abbas
  • Format: Blu-ray, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: 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: March 31, 2009
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001MYIQKO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,932 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Journey to the Edge of the Universe [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

National Geographic presents the first accurate non-stop voyage from Earth to the edge of the Universe using a single, unbroken shot through the use of spectacular CGI (Computer-Generated Imagery) technology. Building on images taken from the Hubble telescope, Journey to the Edge of the Universe explores the science and history behind the distant celestial bodies in the solar system. This spectacular, epic voyage across the cosmos, takes us from the Earth, past the Moon and our neighboring planets, out of our Solar System, to the nearest stars, nebulae and galaxies and beyond - right to the edge of the Universe itself.

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115 of 121 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning January 4, 2009
Format:DVD
This program will be marvelous when it can be watched uninterrupted by commercials. It is almost a meditation on the awesome splendor out there. Awesome is a word that has lost much of its value these days but this program invokes awe. I can't wait to put the headphones on and disappear into the interstellar spaces. After watching it I found it a real challenge to balance the depressing things going on down here with the billion year beauty out there. Splendid graphics, excellent narration, it weaves a spell. Thank you National Geographic I have waited years for a program like this. This is what computer graphics were made for.
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90 of 97 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Documentary on the Universe ever made. June 7, 2009
Format:Blu-ray
This documentary is, hands down, the most well made documentary on the Universe I have ever seen. I have been watching Discovery Channel and other channels like it since I was a child.

I've seen a thousand documentaries on our universe. Nothing even comes close to this. I have spent many years contemplating our place in the universe both from religious and philosophical standpoints. I can honestly say that this documentary has played a pivotal role in shaking me out of my "bubble" on how I view nearly everything. After first seeing it on National Geographic, I spent months thinking about it. When I look out at the Ocean now I am aware of who I am and where we really are.

When you finish this video, you will walk away from it with an awareness that you never had before, of the unseen astronomically massive universe that we float around on like a spec of dust in the ocean. The most brilliant and awe inspiring thing about it, is that its all completely true. This video takes you on a journey through the universe as if you are watching a Sci Fi adventure. Yet you constantly have to remind yourself that what you're seeing is really out there. This is all fact.

Someone else aptly described this video in better words than I can:

"it was as if time were standing still. The narrator takes you on an amazing journey from the face of the earth to the edge of the Universe (as we know it) in a stunning visual articulation of the cosmos. I have literally watched this almost everyday since first seeing it on TV. The graphics are top notch and extremely smooth. It feels as though you are right there, soaring thru the galaxies at home and way beyond.
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47 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most amazing CGI filled Blu-ray avialable! August 18, 2009
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Let me keep it simple and state what I liked first:

It has some amazing animation which looks superb if you have a Hi-Def set
Flows very nicely, never feeling lost with technical talk
It's probably the best (Resolution) CGI filled disc on Blu-ray
It based on current facts and theories
I had fun learning while watching

What I didn't like:

Too much talk about humans coming from Mars (I don't disagree but it was overkill for me)
Felt very anti religious at times (Doesn't bother me too much but it will for others)
Would have liked more footage or facts of the planets visited
The warp speed animation was recycled too much

In short, if you own a Blu-ray player, there should be no reason not to have this. This feature is Pure Eye Candy which will awe you.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Designed to boggle the mind rather than educate January 1, 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This DVD tries to overawe rather than educate. While scientists are over cautious this DVD has gone far too far in the other direction. There is very little attempt (I will not say none) the explain the objects, just to hype them up when no hype is actually required.

Some examples. Just as you pass the asteroid belt on the way out from the Sun, there is talk about looking back in time to the point of creation. A bit premature at this point? Venus is global warming gone wild! We might all be Martians (without any real evidence). Maybe squid are swimming under the ice on one of the planetary moons. Star formation is the birth of a new universe. Just too much speculation, and it becomes difficult to distinguish fact from fancy. In the end the credibility is lost.

I do not want my mind boggled; I want the facts placed into context. For me it just did not work at all. National Geographic are not up to their usual high standards. "The Universe" and "Cosmic Voyage" are far more entertaining and at the end you will come away with feel for how the universe works as well.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great visuals, but terrible narration November 30, 2009
By rml81
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I agree wholeheartedly with the other reviewers that the documentary is visually fantastic, which gets it 4-stars. However, The script that Alec Baldwin is reading from is extremely tedious. The facts presented are not terribly informative or thorough. Writing the script from the perspective of a traveller, which some may like, did not particularly appeal to me. "Woah, what's that?" doesn't really belong in a documentary. The emphasis placed on an extraterrestrial source for life on earth is annoying and a distraction from the purpose of the documentary.

I agree with the criticisms offered by the last reviewer.

Visually, great. So-so on being informative. The narraration may have you pressing 'mute.'
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Visuals. Boring Narration! April 21, 2011
By Joel
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I can't help but feel that I am not able to do this video justice as any words I choose come no where close to the awe inspiring experience it was to watch this video. The video graphics and production quality for this presentation are superb. The video takes you on a journey first from the earth to the Sun stopping at Mercury and Venus along the way, then from there you fly to the outer edge of the solar system stopping at the other planets and some of their moons before leaving the solar system and then our galaxy. You see stars born, stars die, travel through some of the most beautiful bodies in the heavens, and then to the beginning of time as we know it. The grand scale of the universe is incredible.

While the Amazon description of this video list Sean Pertwee as a narrator unfortunately he is nowhere to be found on this version. The USA version is narrated only by Alec Baldwin. I double-checked the audio options and there's only two audio tracks (Stereo and Surround). I personally found Sean Pertwee to be the better of the two narrators. Baldwin does an okay job, but Pertwee speaks as though he's actually experiencing the environments; he speaks as though he is reaching into the soul of these heavenly bodies and voicing their rage, their serenity, their destructiveness, their creativeness, their artistry, and their power.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Space exploration
This is a Great Space exploration or journey DVD, The reason is because it is done very well. Alec Baldwin does a fine job in the Narration if you like him or not? put that aside. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Jerry G
5.0 out of 5 stars Journey to the Edge of the Universe
Alec Baldwin takes us on a journey through space. We see Neil Armstrong's footprints on the moon. Then it is on to Venus, Mercury and the sun. Read more
Published 2 months ago by James Ronald Colyer
5.0 out of 5 stars Its great!
We love National Graphic shows and this is one of our favorites! Its amazing to see how the universe is out there. It a very relaxing movie as well. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amanda
1.0 out of 5 stars Journey to the Edge of the Universe
The only thing going for this DVD is the quality of the images. There is no coherent narration. I hoped to be able to use it in presentations but it is not suitable. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Maurice Barton
2.0 out of 5 stars No Go
Contains hardley any useful information. If you have completed elementary school then you already know what will be taught in this DVD. Besides, Alec Baldwin is WAAAY too much. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Tara
5.0 out of 5 stars Really cool
This is an amazing movie. I will watch it again and again. Not a big Alex Baldwin fan but wow is the universe incredible
Published 5 months ago by Michael garner
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting
National Geographic always goes above and beyond. This is a very well done documentary on what is known and what some of the possibilities might be where we are unable to go. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Marti Coleman
5.0 out of 5 stars SAGAN WOULD HAVE LOVED IT
Regardless of the scientists, etc, out there who know quite a lot more than this provides, to the general audience it is just a fantastic show. It felt like a 2 hr Cosmos to me. Read more
Published 9 months ago by G. J. Hubbard
3.0 out of 5 stars An elaborate Disney-like Epcot epic
I read some good reviews for this one but it was a bit of a let down. Baldwin's narrative becomes monotonous. The speculation become dreary & the images predictable. Read more
Published 10 months ago by M. Bigg
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
I bought this DVD for my husband for his birthday & he was so intrigued, he couldn't stop watching it. He is an artist & would pause the frame to take pictures. Read more
Published 12 months ago by shakatal
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