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In 1999, Illustra Media began a project that would span more than nine years, four continents, and thousands of hours of research, writing, editing, computer animation, and location photography. The objective was to create a documentary trilogy that would present the scientific case for intelligent design. Unlocking the Mystery of Life (released in 2002) revealed compelling evidence for design at the level of molecules and cells. The Privileged Planet (2004) explored the depths of the cosmos in a memorable search for purpose in the universe. These critically-acclaimed documentaries were broadcast on PBS and translated into more than 20 languages. They have inspired and educated millions and fueled an international debate on the origin of life.

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  • Actors: John Rhys-Davies
  • Directors: Lad Allen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Illustra Media
  • DVD Release Date: September 1, 2010
  • Run Time: 200 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0041ETK2A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,917 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars

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156 of 172 people found the following review helpful By Geoff Puterbaugh on October 10, 2011
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First of all, I have to congratulate Illustra Media on the beauty and professionalism of these DVDs --- ALL of them.

The first one, "Darwin's Dilemma," deals with the Cambrian Explosion and Darwin's inability to explain it. This is not something put in Darwin's mouth. It is taken from his own writings. The fossil record looks nothing like Darwin's "Tree of Life." Frankly, I have no idea why people get upset when difficulties are pointed out with Darwin's theory. It's old, musty, Victorian stuff. Just last week, some scientists observed neutrinos going faster than light. If that is true, Einstein is due for some serious updating. But nobody got all hot under the collar and screamed, "You can't attack Einstein!"

The second DVD, "Unlocking the Mystery of Life," deals with the incredible nanotechnology inside bacteria and human cells. The computer animation alone is worth the price of admission.

The third DVD, "The Privileged Planet," explores the tantalizing, uncanny relationship between Earth as a home of intelligent life, and Earth as an ideal platform for studying the universe. As Einstein pointed out, "The most incomprehensible thing about the universe is that it is comprehensible."

The DVDs are loaded with interesting information.

I don't think I'll surprise anyone by noting that this set comes from the Discovery Institute, and that the DVDs would like to provoke thought about the question of all this happening by chance, rather than design. I assume that if you are an adult, you can make up your own mind about this.

I am recommending these DVDs because of their extraordinary quality and beauty, the extensive scientific facts presented in them, and a little bit because they ARE thought-provoking. I think that people should expose themselves to several points of view while making a decision (or withholding judgment).

Now I'm going to watch their DVD about butterflies! :-)
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49 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Cecil Phillips on February 14, 2012
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The three documentaries are all well designed, scripted, and produced, and they provide articulate summaries of numerous books by Behe, Meyer, Johnson, Dembski and others on the subject of evolution. The treatments are easier to understand than are some of the books, and thus offer useful information for a wide range of lay persons as well as for scientists. Emphasis is placed on the scientific issues with Darwinian theory, not religious aspects. Viewers looking for "creationist" ideas should look elsewhere. Viewers interested in objective, scientific analysis of the natural processes of evolution will find much to consider.
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I first heard of the "Intelligent Design" hypothesis a number of years ago. I read a book entitled, "Darwin's Black Box" which set me to wanting to learn more about this subject. A friend of mine invited my bride and I to view a VHS showing of "Unlocking the Mystery of Life" and science became an adventure for us.
I was so pleased to see this in DVD and "The Privileged Planet". I was never one to believe the alien theory of interstellar travel, because of the great distances and life support necessary for interplanetary travel. The uniqueness of our Blue Planet is profoundly reinforced by viewing "The Privileged Planet" and 'Darwin's Dilemma", in "Origin of Species". Of course, as a Christian, Origins never made sense, even when the thesis was taught in high school and college.

These four discs: The Intelligent Design Collection - Darwin's Dilemma, The Privileged Planet, Unlocking the Mystery of Life, and The Star of Bethlehem are a great value, in insight and cash.
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61 of 77 people found the following review helpful By Africalion on May 9, 2011
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This is a must watch for anyone who wonders about the validity of the theories of evolution. After watching this it seems evolution is more about faith in un-proven theories and has so many assumptions that you have to conclude its not a scientific position but a world view choice to accept evolution as fact.
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30 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Mike on June 8, 2012
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I believe these films present good ideas to refute the evolutionary thought that is so invasive in our culture. I do not believe that everything the videos claim is necessarily true, but I believe they are a good step in the right direction. I particularly enjoyed the 'Unlocking the Mystery of Life' video. I've visited a few websites that harshly critique these films, and the majority of the criticism against these videos (particularly this video) is that they just present 'creationism' in disguise, and that they are not original material. These critiques don't have much substance in my opinion. Whether or not the videos are creationism in disguise has little to do with whether or not they are true, and I would also note that Darwin was not the original proponent of evolution. Having said all of this, I don't believe anyone will be converted to Christianity (or even away from evolution) by an intellectual argument, so I wouldn't spend too much time trying to memorize every argument presented. There will usually be a counterargument, which will have a counterargument, which will have another counter... etc. Eventually, you have to make a decision on what to believe, based on faith, in either case. At any rate, these videos provide good evidence as to why you should base your faith in an Intelligent Designer, rather than random chance. I'd recommend that anyone interested in the subject, on either side, to watch these videos with an open mind to the truth, rather than quibbling over the definition of 'science.'
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