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Stargaze II - Visions of the Universe

 NR |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Format: Color, Dolby, Surround Sound, Widescreen, Digital Video Transfer, Digital Sound, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: DVD International
  • DVD Release Date: May 11, 2004
  • Run Time: 65 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001US5PQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,831 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Detailed information screens for each astronomic image
  • High-definition: the complete film playable on your PC in Microsoft Windows Media High-Definition Video

Editorial Reviews

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Stargaze II doesn't deviate much from the previous Stargaze DVD, and that's a good thing. Galaxies, nebulae, and other astronomical elements simply float across the screen in brilliant clarity, fueled by New Age music by Opus 27. The images are mostly from the Hubble Space Telescope, along with some unique mosaics from several sources. The bigger your screen, the better for "plasma art" that could serve as the background at a party or a valentine to any star freak. You can even view the program in high definition if you have the right media set-up. Sometimes the images float in front of a wallpaper of stars that causes a 3-D effect or looks kinda hokey, depending on your point of view. You can find out what you are looking at by activating subtitles or by clicking a menu button that goes to a page-by-page detail about the subject and how the image was rendered. With literally out-of-this-world colors and textures, the beauty of the heavens is glorious to behold. Produced the same year Congress debates the fate of the Hubble (2004), this program serves record of the extraordinary worlds that are seen only by this workhorse satellite. Lobbyists may have no better weapon to use than the Stargaze DVDs. --Doug Thomas

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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
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As in the first StarGaze, this program presents astronomical images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). However, images taken from other sources (examples: CHANDRA X-ray telescope, Spitzer space telescope, and the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, SOHO) are also included. All images are accompanied by New Age music. (A different New Age band is used from that of the first StarGaze.)

Before I say anything else, the images presented in this program are magnificent, awe-inspiring, and jaw dropping. These images should be seen by every Earthling so everybody can experience the extraordinary beauty of the universe.

The main menu for this program is as follows:

1. Play
2. Chapters or scenes (there are 12 chapters)
3. What's that?
4. StarGaze II HD (read the on-screen instructions for this option)
5. Audio and Subtitle Selection
6. Credits (for all images and music presented)

The first item in this menu to go to is "5. Audio and Subtitle Selection". The only subtitle language selection available is English. Turning this on enables the name of the celestial object to be displayed on the bottom of the screen. (It's important to have this on. I'll explain *why later.) For audio background selection, you have two choices. Choose the one that works for your DVD player. (For those people who do not like New Age music, it is possible thus not to have any music by selecting the choice that does not work for your DVD player.)

This program has no narration. Instead when you come to an image, you press the menu button on your remote that brings you to an information screen about the image. (*This is why it's important to have the English subtitles on since they alert you to a new image.
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome but not easy to get information July 6, 2004
First things first. The images are spectacular! The music is better! But no narration? I know we all complained about the Stargaze I narration being bland (me included), but damn! What a major pain in the a** to flip back and fourth in the menu to get information on the image being shown. The text is great, but they could of gotten Patrick Stewart to do it or someone that does not put you to sleep. I like to hear about I'm seeing. Even that being said the pics are worth 4 stars. Those 3D images are kind of silly, but acceptable. We need stargaze III with narration please. GO HUBBLE!!! Go to [...] !
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stargaze II....a better sequel June 16, 2004
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SGII delivers where SG1 didn't and that is in the informative department, and a higher quality of footage.
Now, you can see more information about what you are exactly looking at by accessing the image detail screens, which give you more then what the subtitles use to give you.
Gone is the dull narration. The music is much better on this one and the imagery is just simply AMAZING! The newer images from hubble are very colorful and it makes you wonder just how things are formed and how the heck that got there. The animations are improved with wide pan shots so you can see more of the celestial objects.
It's a great title if you are into astronomy, or like having some really cool eyecandy that is more then just a screen-saver. You aren't getting Discovery channel movie here, but more educational/eye candy entertainment. It's very relaxing and enjoyable.
Go in knowing with what you are getting and I don't think you'll be disappointed.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Visions of the Universe...your not kidding! September 15, 2005
Just received, via UPS Express (4 days) I'm in Australia - Melbourne most impressed, the DVD of "Stargaze II" in short, Unbelievable, move over Carl Sagan and your ship of the imagination this DVD puts a different meaning to the "Hitchhikers Guide to the Universe" literally, this is brilliantly put together as is the musical backing with the low bass my Sub woofer was working really well on, but what makes this DVD particularly good is the written references to each image giving all details about what you are looking at, but the imagery is fantastic, who needs a telescope!

Just joking...
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could've been AWESOME September 1, 2005
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First things first. I love the Hubble Telescope images (that's why I got the DVD). The music is fantastic too, so good that some days I let it play in the background when I'm working. However, there are no menu controls for the DVD to cycle, so even though it does cycle, first it spills back into the main screen showing all the choices. Too bad, because I got this as wallpaper for my big screen and a living painting while working with my patients and consulting clients, and I don't want or need to keep seeing the main screen with choices, and neither do they. I consider this a significant shortcoming, and had I known it worked this way, I would likely not have ordered this DVD. Oh well. Again, the images are (mostly) beautiful (except for the hokey collages) and the music is lovely.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Star Amaze August 18, 2004
I completely feel opposite to the review about narration. All the people I've shown 'StarGaze' to including me, feel very strong about the reality that words cannot encompass the majesty and grandeur of these productions which allow us to see what we have NEVER seen and allows our minds to move in ways that we have NEVER moved before. I think this work is one of the most important works of our time and only music, being universal, can combine with the images to give some extra infinite enhancement for our finite minds.

Tom Funk, Rancho Mirage, Ca.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Beautiful images and music
Published 3 months ago by Kymalien
5.0 out of 5 stars AWE Wow!!!
Prepare to be in true awe and feel the inspiration of the images on your soul. I see so many organic features in these videos. Read more
Published on September 6, 2010 by Be Honest
3.0 out of 5 stars Hubble Slide Show
I have always loved seeing the pictures that come from Hubble, so I knew at least I would get that out of this video....and that's what I got... The Least. Read more
Published on February 7, 2010 by Gary Hopkins
4.0 out of 5 stars Stargaze (Volumes I and II)-Simply Beautiful!
Stargaze (Volumes I and II)- were four star DVD productions that provided ample visual evidence for us to support the efforts of the astronomy community to keep Hubble going with... Read more
Published on June 23, 2009 by Keith Mirenberg
2.0 out of 5 stars Looking at the heavens: Beautiful lights of the mysterious universe
This DVD, the second volume of two volume set released in 2004, shows some beautiful lights of the universe. Read more
Published on December 19, 2008 by Rama Rao
4.0 out of 5 stars very interesting
great pictures and music, but I missing a best explanation where we are.
Published on June 11, 2007 by Luis Toledo Diaz
5.0 out of 5 stars Just beautiful and relaxing
Well I will give this one 5 stars, because it is what I expected. Sometimes and as in this case ''Less is more''. Read more
Published on May 6, 2007 by G. Lefebvre
2.0 out of 5 stars nice images ... poor production
I liked the images included in the DVD; however, getting information for the different images or navigating between slides is an absolute frustration. Read more
Published on January 2, 2007 by A. Abdelhadi
2.0 out of 5 stars Stargaze II ... Just another poor sequel
I really enjoy Stargaze and was anxious to order and watch the second installment with Stargaze II. Unfortunately, like most sequels, second parts, etc. Read more
Published on December 4, 2006 by GRK_Astronomer
4.0 out of 5 stars Better Video
Better than the first video, but still lacks narration suitible to identify images properly.
Published on February 27, 2006 by R. McAllister
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