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  • Directors: Richard Vagg
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: February 24, 2009
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001J863EO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,927 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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THE BRAIN is an astonishing voyage of discovery into our last biological frontier. Although today s computers can make calculations in one-100th of a second and technology can transport us outside the bonds of Earth, only now are we beginning to understand the most complex machine in the universe.

Using simple analogies, real-life case studies, and state-of-the-art CGI, this special shows how the brain works, explains the frequent battle between instinct and reason, and unravels the mysteries of memory and decision-making. It takes us inside the mind of a soldier under fire to see how decisions are made in extreme situations, examines how an autistic person like Rain Man develops remarkable skills, and takes on the age-old question of what makes one person good and another evil.

Research is rushing forward. We've learned more about the workings of the brain in the last five years than in the previous one hundred. This DVD from HISTORYTM brings it all to spellbinding life.

Customer Reviews

It allows the students to actually observe and experience the concepts I am teaching them.
L. .G. avid reader
Following a story lines based on military tactics, sexual attractions and why some people like to kill and have no remorse.
Jeffrey Counts
Very interesting information but would have liked it even more if it went into greater depth.
R. Green

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By rainforest on April 14, 2010
Format: DVD
I liked the way the video is divided into several stories that explain what part of the brain is involved with different feelings like fear, pleasure, psychotic behavior, memory, decision-making, etc. Also describes what happens when important parts of the brain are missing. Explains how the brain has evolved over the years. It uses state-of-the art CGI to determine the activity of the brain and this is fascinating. This is particularly descriptive when it comes to sex and I think the video is only appropriate for mature audiences.
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Pletko on November 26, 2009
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"The human brain, one of the last great frontiers...We've learned more about it in the last 5 years than in the last 5,000 years...For the first time, we're actually seeing what's going on in the brain during sex...What makes some brains evil?...And is there really such a thing as ESP [ExtraSensory Perception]?...Technology is finally unlocking the secrets of the brain. It's explaining why we behave the way we do. It's helping experts develop new methods and machines to boost our brain power. And its revealing the untapped abilities that we all have inside our heads."

The above is what the narrator states in the introduction of this interesting documentary that uses simple analogies, real-life case studies, and state-of-the-art computer generated images.

This program is not about explaining detailed anatomy of the brain. Instead it features experts in brain studies (interweaved with narration) explaining a brain-related topic (like those given above: sex, evil, ESP) and brain function while fantastic animations provide an additional look of what's going on in the brain (learned through brain-imaging techniques) at a specific time.

Eleven brain-related topics are discussed. Eight of the topics last between eight and eleven minutes while three of the topics last between four and six minutes.

The last topic is particularly interesting. Discussed is the future of the brain and how technology may interface with the brain to enhance its abilities for all of us.

I was amazed at the scope of what this documentary covers. However, each topic is given brief treatment (as can be inferred from the above times). It feels that we are given a sample of each topic.
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25 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 4, 2009
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This DVD was interesting but I expected something a little more focused on the workings of the brain. The topics covered are case studies of abnormal brain activity.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Counts on April 7, 2010
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This movie gives a vague description of what the mind can do and how it works. Following a story lines based on military tactics, sexual attractions and why some people like to kill and have no remorse. Their are some good theories, but how they translate the information is for the unintelligent, sorry I give this film two thumbs down. It seems to me that the History Channel dumbs down a lot of their documentaries for the dumb people who write in and complain how they can't grasp the information.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mary Ann on January 28, 2011
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I bought this hoping to use it in teaching psychology, but no luck. The scenes about sex would be too embarrassing, and the dvd tries to make a case that ESP is real. The History Channel should stick to history.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 4, 2013
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Important to watch. Informative for the masses. Wish this info was available years ago. Just maybe there would be less hatred. Great for dealing with co-workers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Frederick on May 11, 2012
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This was done by the History Channel, which has a tendency to over-simplify a bit. But it is quite recent, and concentrates on the cutting edge research into the way the brain is structured and how it functions. There are some fascinating bits, such as research into psychopaths and serial killers, memory, the mental control of Navy Seals and professional athletes, and a variety of curious areas of research.

The credibility of the entire show was compromised somewhat by spending some time on so-called psychic research, although they make it clear that this is on the outer edges of research. The one glaring omission was any mention of noted skeptic Randi's standing million dollar challenge to demonstrate psychic ability under controlled circumstances.

Still, it was quite informative, and made good use of a color-coded graphic model of the brain that helped a lot in understanding the research described. In fact, I'd say the graphics might be the best part. In any case, it was quite thought-provoking, which is what a documentary is all about.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Douwe Visser on August 12, 2011
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Apparently brain research has made tremendous strides in the last few years.

The story begins with pointing out the various parts of our brain, starting with the reptilian brain stem to the front lobes of the cortex and assigning a function to each ofthe parts.

Watching the training of the US marine seals, it shows what we can do to suppress or overcome panic and what parts of the brain are involved.

As is shown with psychopaths there is a link between our psychological treats and our brain function.

Also discussed is autism and the brain of an artistic savant and the remarkable story of a former musician whose brain was damaged by illness and had lost virtually all of his short term memory but was still an accomplished piano player

It also touches on extra sensual perception and gut feeling.

We are also informed of what the future may hold as far as brain research is concerned.

To conclude, it is a very informative story, very well done and which I can highly recommend.

Douwe Visser, New Zealand
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