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Miracle Planet DVD Box Set


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Product Description

Miracle Planet is a five-part series that recounts the profound and gripping story of Earth's mysterious evolution. Narrated by Christopher Plummer , it reveals the surprising role that sheer chance has played in the development of life. Over its more than 4-billion-year history, Earth has been home to repeated violent climactic changes, which have caused mass extinctions. And yet, life has survived. In fact, these same catastrophes that devastated life on Earth also helped bring about its evolution from the simplest microbes to the complexity and diversity that is found on the planet todayFilmed in High Definition this series features location footage, interviews with the world's foremost scientists and cutting-edge computer technology.

Programs in this series:
The Violent Past
Earth is a planet born in fire and baptized in ice. Earth grew from the collision of many smaller planets, drawn together by Earth' s gravitational force and melted together from the force and heat of the impact. Some scientists posit the idea that first life emerged on Earth 4.4 billion years ago, and the likely source was simple organisms originating from Mars, as rocks from that planet hurtled through space to land on ours.

Snowball Earth
Over the ages, continents have shifted their positions, wind and rain shaping and reshaping the surface. Scientists believe that at least two total ice ages have occurred, each lasting for millions of years. But life in the simplest form might have been able to survive in the depths of the oceans, living from the heat and energy that comes from the Earth itself.

New Frontiers
From microbes to the first complex creatures, life was always searching for new frontiers. By 450 million years ago, Earth had become a less violent planet - no longer bombarded by giant meteors from space and the great ice ages had passed. Nothing yet lived on the land, but in the warm and shallow seas that fringed the continents, there was a rich diversity of life. Around this time, fossils capture long extinct creatures on the evolutionary path, aquatic organisms defined by jaws and early limbs.

Extinction and Rebirth
The dinosaurs would roam the Earth and ruled for millions of years, until a disaster from space wiped them out and cleared the way for the mammals to rise and dominate the planet. With the early mammals, many steps including the development of opposable thumbs, the ability to walk on two legs and sharper eyesight - would lay the groundwork for primates and the birth of humanity.

Survival of the Fittest
The human race is here today because of its ability to adapt. Our ancestors, the earliest mammals, survived low oxygen levels. Later primates developed sharp eyesight and hands that could clasp for nocturnal life in trees. And about 6 million years ago, fossil evidence in Africa tells us, some primates may have begun to walk upright, perhaps because they were forced out of the trees and into the grasslands. Living on Earth truly was the Survival of the Fittest.

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English Subtitles
Educator s Guide

Review

The beautiful high-definition filmed Miracle Planet narrated by Christopher Plummer traces the Earth's evolution over 4.5 billion years, from its birth as a planet to the emergence of Homo sapiens roughly 200,00 years ago...the four hour plus series combines on-location footage shot around the globe, eye-popping computer animation and field interviews with scientists and scholars. What's most impressive here, however, are not the individual speculations, but the series' success in integrating such a wide range of disparate ideas into an absolutely compelling prehistoric narrative, one that sheds considerable light on the extraordinary inner workings of our amazingly resilient miracle planet. Highly recommended. --Video Librarian

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Product Details

  • Actors: Christopher Plummer
  • Directors: Hideki Tasuke
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Ambrose Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 1, 2006
  • Run Time: 250 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EOTK1W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,508 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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It would not be as great with a standard DVD unfortunately!
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You probably will learn things, and it is pretty entertaining as well.
Frank S. Kalich
This video series is a must-have for anyone studying Earth history.
Michael Hollman

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Brent0 on July 26, 2006
This is a spectacular series to see in hd, and the subject matter is often mind blowing. I would highly recommend this to anyone remotely interested in how we as a species came to be and/or in the really incredible history of this planet.
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Having read a good deal on Science, I generally am often disappointed with DVDs dealing with Science. This is especially true today, as so often they seem today to be more concerned with entertaining than informing. I just picked this up at the Library, figuring I probably would get 10 minutes through and click the eject button, but that was not the case. It is a Canadian/Japanese production, perhaps that is why it is pretty good. I am pretty disappointed with most of what is targeted towards the American audiences today, I find them primarily entertainment as I mentioned, and dumbed down. They do not try to cover everything, they focus on some key topics and events, and I have actually learned quite a bit from it. The only flaw I can think of, was that they sped up some geological processes in an unrealistic way. In fact they showed the continents colliding at perhaps 20 MPH, with fish scurrying about to avoid getting crushed. That was a bit silly, and for children might give them the wrong impression, but it is a minor point. While they do not make an overt point of pressing ecological concerns, it does not take much to read between the lines, and comprehend the similarities of catastrophic climatic changes, quite quick runaway ones, due to green house gas atmospheric concentration increases in past epochs, as we clearly are trending towards now. I was not aware that the greatest extinction (250 million years ago) was due to a greenhouse effect following a massive volcanic eruption. Nor that this led to much lower atmospheric oxygen concentrations. Nor that in response Dinosaurs developed efficient lung sacks enabling them to become the dominant species (which their descendant birds sill have today, allowing them extended flight capability).Read more ›
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By mr. contrarian on January 27, 2014
I have only watched the first episode, but plan to see the others directly. It begins with some far fetched speculation on how single celled organisms began on mars and spread to earth from an asteroid which collided with both over 4 billion years ago. I really wish scientists would resist wording this as if it were irrefutable fact. Then it attempts to illustrate what a large asteroid hitting the earth might look like. The heat generated could destroy all life on the surface, but single celled organisms deep under the crust could remain. I would have liked to see the effects of a smaller asteroid...perhaps one that killed only a third of plant and animal life.
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Hi Everyone,
Delivery and information about the delivery was very good. The content - the film itself - good (I still remember "The Miracle Planet" - 1988 edition, which was excellent (I wish I could find an English version and buy it.).)
But I was unaware about different regions used for DVD - and, after I discovered the problem - I didn't found any warning/info in the offer nor at boxes/DVDs. I can watch the series using my laptop.
Overall - three stars.
Thanks
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I really liked this video series. It covers topics that I've not seen on a video before. I've heard of them but haven't seen anyone make a video of it. It is interesting and beautifully done. It isn't boring by a long shot. I think students will find it very interesting especially the first video Violent Earth. It details the early formation of earth. Very well done.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BBinEdmonds on December 20, 2009
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I've watched this series many times and it is still just as fascinating as the first time. The story is amazing, and even though I thought I knew a great deal about formation of the earth, this series adds enormously. This set is first on my list when I think of gifts in this price range.
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By Michael Hollman on December 23, 2012
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This video series is a must-have for anyone studying Earth history. The "Snowball Earth" episode was required viewing for my Earth history class. I like it so much that I bought the rest of the series and was impressed with every episode. Got an A in class, and donated the series to my college afterwords so others could enjoy.
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