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The Privileged Planet (2005)

John Rhys-Davies , Lad Allen  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (209 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Rhys-Davies
  • Directors: Lad Allen
  • Writers: Lad Allen
  • Producers: Lad Allen
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Illustra Media
  • DVD Release Date: September 29, 2010
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (209 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002E34C0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,398 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Privileged Planet" on IMDb

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Outstanding computer animations. Some of the best Ive ever seen. I am a cell biologist and I want to congratulate you. --Marvin J. Fritzler, Ph.D., M.D., Professor of Molecular Biology, University of Calgary

It's as good as anything Ive seen on NOVA. The program is a delightful presentation that will be of interest to scientists and laymen alike. --Edward T. Peltzer III, Ph.D., Ocean Chemist

It is tremendous! I really enjoyed it. --Bijan Nemati, Ph.D., Senior Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA

It's as good as anything Ive seen on NOVA. The program is a delightful presentation that will be of interest to scientists and laymen alike. --Edward T. Peltzer III, Ph.D., Ocean Chemist

It is tremendous! I really enjoyed it. --Bijan Nemati, Ph.D., Senior Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA

It's as good as anything Ive seen on NOVA. The program is a delightful presentation that will be of interest to scientists and laymen alike. --Edward T. Peltzer III, Ph.D., Ocean Chemist

It is tremendous! I really enjoyed it. --Bijan Nemati, Ph.D., Senior Engineer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, NASA

Product Description

Today, most scientists and philosophers claim that Earth is an ordinary speck of dust adrift, without purpose or significance, in a vast cosmic sea. This idea (popularized by the late astronomer, Carl Sagan) is an outgrowth of the naturalistic philosophy that has dominated science for the past 150
years. Yet, remarkable evidence--unveiled by contemporary astronomy and physics-may now tell a very different story.

Building upon the overwhelming success of Unlocking theMystery of Life (widely acclaimed as the most effective refutation of Darwinian theory, ever produced), Illustra Media presents The Privileged Planet.

This hour-long documentary explores the scientific evidence for intelligent design and purpose in the universe. In the process, Earth is revealed as far more than the product of time, chance, and random natural processes.

We now know that a rare and finely tuned array of factors makes Earth suitable for complex life. We depend on our planet's oxygen-rich atmosphere, its large moon, its planetary neighbors, and its precise location within the solar system and Milky Way galaxy. But the story does not end here. For, the same factors that make a planet like Earth hospitable to life also provide the best conditions for scientific discovery.

Is this correlation merely a coincidence? Or does it point to a deeper truth about the purpose of the cosmos and the reality of a transcendent designer? The answer could dramatically affect 21st century science.

Through stunning computer animation, interviews with leading scientists, and spectacular images of Earth and the cosmos, The Privileged Planet explores a startling connection between our capacity to survive and our ability to observe and understand the universe. A connection that points directly to the work of a creative mind and plan.

This extraordinary documentary will be a focal point in the escalating debate between evolution and design.

Featuring the voice talents of John Rhys-Davies ( Lord of the Rings )

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219 of 247 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars People on both sides are missing the point September 30, 2005
By Patrick
Format:DVD
I'm absolutely baffled at how many reviewers bring up the subject of "evolution" in their reviews of this DVD. Be they for it, or against it, they seem to base their opinion on it based on how they feel about "evolution". However, this DVD actually does not really take on that topic at all! What it does cover is something along the lines of Peter Ward's "Rare Earth". The uniqueness of earth in its ability to foster life.

Yes, it does have more of an Intelligent Design slant, which isn't suprising considering who made it, but there is nothing actually against the theory of evolution in this video at all. If you decided to love or hate this DVD, don't base your opinion of it on your opinion of Darwinism (be it for or against). That's really not the substance of the video, and anyone who thinks it is is completely missing out on the focus of the video.

This video is really well done, and features narration by John Rhyes Davies. If you're interested more in this subject, I'd definitely recommend the book "Rare Earth", or the DVD "If We Had No Moon" (narrated by Patrick Stewart).
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97 of 108 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Science and the Big Questions. July 8, 2005
Format:DVD
A thoughtful gaze cast beyond our atmosphere begs questions as to the how and why of time, exsistence, and purpose; questions which no sane person can, or should, ignore. In acknowleging the metaphysical dimension inherent to physics and cosmology, Gonzales and Richards join company with Kepler, Einstien, Hawking, Davies, and common folk like you and me. The

Privledged Planet film is a an excellent introduction to the more detailed book of the same name. It's a provocative guide through current evidences in physics and cosmology, which challenge the Copernican Principle and its cousin, the Principle of Mediocrity. Stimulating analysis such as this is what energizes science to move forward in the pursuit of truth, in this case looking not just at what the cosmos is, but to what it says.

If the tone of vulgar, sophmoric derision found in some of the negative reviews sounds eerily familiar, one should hardly be surprised. Defenders of orthodoxy never welcome dissent, or open inquiry for that matter, and visceral reactions are predicatable when such people sense a heretic in their church. The Privleged Planet has committed no sin against the empirical enterprise known as science; it merely refuses to genuflect before the doctrine of philosophical materialism. Gonzalez and Richards

have laid out a persuasive, testable argument and set a good example. Science, understanding, and the pursuit of truth will be better for it.

B. Woodall, M.D.
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367 of 425 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DANGEROUS!!! We can't have dissent! September 7, 2004
Format:DVD
From the folks at Illustra Media comes their latest nail in the coffin of exhausted theories on the evolutionary process.

Its a pretty big nail too.

This is the first well produced video that I've seen on the concept of the Anthropic Principle, the observation that our habitable earth...is just a little too perfect for life to exist when compared to the rest of the known Universe.

I'm pleased to see Dr. VanMeurs doctoral dissertation of a review on a video he's apparently never seen.

So for everybody else...here's a review by someone who HAS watched the video.

Very well produced and digitally filmed. The graphic presentations are excellent and near the level of the first edition in this series.

The scientists interviewed are very articulate and not out to bash you with the concept of "God" but to point out that the concept of our Universe actually teeming with life... is something that seems to fly in the face of the known facts.

FOR EXAMPLE: If we just took the space between Alpha Centauri and the star we call our Sun (about 4.3 light years) there seems to be only about a 2 mile layer of atmosphere that is known to be habitable by humans, without the aid of some sort of equipment.

Most of the video spends its time on the major points of the Anthropic Principle...right kind of sun, location in the solar system, location in the galaxy, atmosphere, presence of water...etc.

I wish there had been more video of the earth's landscapes used...simply because our earth is beautiful...and the respect this video gives it is breathtaking.
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55 of 62 people found the following review helpful
By Anno
Format:DVD
I just borrowed this video and watched it. Initially I intended to do other things and have it on while I did some chores. But I was quickly drawn in, and my attention soon became undivided.

This video is scientifically understandable and cinematically beautiful.

It is revealing that those reviewers who have attempted to discredit this video attack it as being "christian propoganda", "fundamentalist garbage" etc, etc. Actually, christianity, Jesus, or anything related to Christianity is totally absent from the video, except the idea that the universe has purpose and is intentionally created. But this conclusion comes at the very end of the video, and if you've watched it through to the end you will have already arrived at the conclusion yourself by paying attention to the irrefutable scientific knowledge of the physical properties and processes that make life on earth possible and the discovery of creation possible.

This video goes into the very fundamental essential parameters for a habitable environment, and the "coincidence" that they all exist on our planet. But takes it further by recognizing that earth is also the best known location in the universe for DISCOVERING the physical properties and processes of the universe. This is illustrated simply and compellingly in this video.

(One elegant example which is expressed w/ beautiful visuals is the total eclipse of the sun example. "Coincidentally" in order for there to be the sort of total eclipse of the sun that can reveal the spectrum of the sun as it is darkened by the blockage of the moon you essentially must have perfection in design. The sun is about 400 times larger than the moon, so for it to work, the sun must also be precisely that far from the moon from our perspective on earth.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Just WOW! Impressive
The Privileged Planet DVD is wonderfully created. The video company, Illustra Media, did a great job once again. But more overwhelming is the information that it provides. Read more
Published 16 days ago by denny
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Science!!
This movie is fascinating, and I used to believe in life in other parts of the Universe. This helps me re-evaluate, scientifically, on the facts, not what my friends say, or lay... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Angela L Larcomb
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing video
I did not know how important the position of our solar system is in the Milky Way. In fact there are so many factors that make life as we know it possible. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Family Man
5.0 out of 5 stars This planet is privileged
loved this. scientific, and informative. So interesting to learn all the elements that are required in order for life to exist.
Published 1 month ago by Amber M. Cranfill
5.0 out of 5 stars I was quite taken by it
I saw this because I was impressed with another film by Illustra Media, "Unlocking The Mystery Of Life". Both were a revelation to me.
Published 1 month ago by Skip Young
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing documentary! Seems very well researched.
I thoroughly enjoyed this documentary. Helps one to appreciate that the Earth is the "Crown Jewel" of the known universe. Read more
Published 2 months ago by J. Cascio
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic video featuring great pictures and ideas about Intelligent...
You have to watch this video! Integra Media has done an outstanding job of presenting some pretty powerful points about the uniqueness of life on Earth. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Wood Man
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!!!
The scientific evidence of how unique and privileged this planet is is fantastically presented in this DVD. Read more
Published 2 months ago by hoopguy
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Short Science Film Ever!
Okay so this film is narrated by the same actor who plays Gimli in Lord of the Rings. So that immediately makes it superb. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jessica Wasko
5.0 out of 5 stars There is a God.
Excellent, clearly points to a creator and shows up all those evolutionist's and there mis-guided theories.The future will prove this.
Published 2 months ago by KENNETH LONG
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