The Universe: The Mega Collection [Blu-ray]
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 23, 2013
This is a very enjoyable series to watch. The breadth of topics covered in this review are really quite extensive. Everything from black holes, manned space travel, time travel, nebulae, pulsars, quasars...even sex in space...are all covered here. Some of the professionals that speak regularly on the show are excellent. Alex Fillipenko, Clifford Johnson, Amy Mainzer, and many others bring a great air of credibility to the series. They all explain very complex subjects in a down to earth, non-technical way that virtually anyone can understand.

All that said, there are some drawbacks. A lot of the graphics that are used in the show get to be very repetitive. There's one specific graphic of bacteria dividing that is used dozens of times to represent the formation of life. A bit more variation in the usage of graphics would have been nice. Another issue is that some of the topics start to repeat themselves when we get into the later series. Many of the topics in later seasons are essentially a rehash of an earlier episode, placed into a slightly different context.

The complaints are far outweighed by the praise though. This is a great series, and I would recommend it to anyone that has a fascination with the universe.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Along with Through the Wormhole and Cosmos this series gave me a taste of what I didn't know and had no idea existed in the Universe I inhabit. It blows apart many things I was taught in school, such as all matter is made up of atoms that are made up of protons, electrons and neutrons. Now I find out that not even a small portion of the universe fits this definition. In fact the majority of the "stuff" in the universe exists to us only by how it affects the "stuff" we can detect. Dark matter, until just recently detected by CERN, was one of these. It is far greater in quantity than the matter I was taught made up the universe and now we find that dark energy, only known because it is pushing the galaxies to expand rather than as we were taught, contract, makes up the majority of our Universe and we don't have a clue what it is. This was just from one part of one disc in this incredible set. I am still watching it every night and I am every night being blown away by what exists in this Universe in which I dwell. For anyone that wishes to know what the cutting edge of science knows about what has evolved since the Big Bang this series in required viewing.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on May 18, 2012
"We are just lucky to live in a time when the stars are shining, so we can discern the observable universe and learn a great deal about it". I'm paraphrasing Alexi Filippenko, my favorite scientist in the show. I wish I had a teacher like him during my school days. I'd say every kid must watch this show and learn Astrophysics when they're very young. I'd have loved to learn Newton's / Kepler's laws in school had they been explained the way they were in this show! If every kid all over the world were given an opportunity to see this show, I am guessing the world would be a better place. Forget your quarrels, petty differences, polluting ways!

This show invigorates and motivates you to keep learning. I didn't know water was so rare (liquids in general) in the universe. To think we have a great pacific garbage patch here in a blatant disregard and disrespect for our environment is just plain callous and blind!

Any way:

1. Great graphics
2. Articulate scientists explaining science in laymen's term. Also, give you adequate jargon for you to Google.
3. Learn a great deal. Hard to say this to TV shows in general these days.

I was able to see some reuse of graphics & interviews to emphasis overlapping subjects. Guess I was able to do that only since I watched the show like a madman on Netflix under a month. (Yes, I have to work for a living ;))
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on January 23, 2012
Is a very very well made Tv serie, perfect to watch it during the weekend with the entire family or alone if you prefer....
In Blu ray you really enjoy the quality picture, sound (not 5.1)...etc, make me ask, What next of Blu ray!?....
These set really feed your brain!!..

but...
I wrote but...just because As non US person, I am in the compromise to talk about this topic....
The set is obviously not made to be comercialize out of USA, or Non American people since they use miles, fahrenheit..etc..and some times is dificult to build in your mind the distance in KM or the temperature in Celsius if you are not use to US scales. This maybe also could be solve with subtitle, but is not, even it doesnt come with no other than english subtitles..
Thank you "History" to put on the market so good quality material...understand me, that I must mention this aspect and is just a constructive criticism, maybe next time you will think more globally...

This is not a reason to put a bad star qualification, is why I choose 5 stars and I would recommend this product.

Danke, Merci, Gracias...
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on January 18, 2012
I got this for my husband and he just loves it. The content is easy to understand and very informative with all different subjects from the different seasons.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Forget about no subtitles are available and you are happy, but if your thing is to read subtitles then is not your day BUT HEY! THEY ARE GREAT AND I LOVE IT
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 9, 2012
This is simply a terrific set of blueray dvd's especially if you order the 6th year seperately. The colors and clarity are wonderful. Highly recommended.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on June 20, 2013
As a teacher of an Astronomy course I will tell yuou that you find some students who read well, who do research online well, and some who simply interpret and remember from video's well. For the video memorizers, this is a superb option. It's also a great tool to re-emphasize points you may have had them read, or to introduce new topics visually to build into. Highly recommended for all...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 19, 2013
This is a great show.

Although, it's hard to want to go into work after watching how the universe can kill us in a split second ... it's like "why bother, a rogue neutron start could rip our sun apart in a second and wipe us all out!)

Only complaint, no play all option. Each episode is broken down into subsections ... which is nice if you want to check out the chapter by chapter breakout of the episode. I personally believe that no Season DVD should ship without a play all option.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 6, 2012
i love this show, nice to have them all on bluray, great addition to my bluray collection, would make a great gift for someone interested in astronomy and the cosmos
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