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The Universe: Complete Season 5 [Blu-ray] (2010)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 11, 2011
  • Run Time: 376 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0042EJDJO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,998 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The hi-def journey continues for a fifth season of exciting explorations into the unknown realm of our universe. Includes Wonders of the Solar System," Mars: The New Evidence," Magnetic Storm," Time Travel," Secrets of the Space Probes," Asteroid Attack," Total Eclipse" and Dark Future of the Sun." 8 episodes on 2 Discs. 2010/color/6 hrs., 16 min/PG.

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61 of 61 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Series, Short Season December 27, 2010
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The fifth season of The Universe is, by far, the shortest season with only 8 episodes:

"7 Wonders of the Solar System"
"Mars: The New Evidence"
"Magnetic Storm"
"Time Travel"
"Secrets of the Space Probes"
"Asteroid Attack"
"Total Eclipse"
"Dark Future of the Sun"

It's a little disappointing -- as a viewer, I feel a bit cheated out of five episodes this season, given that previous seasons had 13 or more episodes each.

This has been a good series thus far -- perhaps the best on TV since "Cosmos" in the 1980s. But it is apparent, based on the last two years, that the producers are running out of new ideas and angles. Now, with this short season, one can't help but wonder if viewers will be seeing a season 6.

Still, with all the discoveries and tantalizing hints revealed by the new particle accelerator, coupled with observations and discoveries from the space-based telescopes, you would think there'd be more than enough "science fuel" from just 2010 for new programs. I'd like to see an episode chronicling the Voyager spacecraft journeys now that they're leaving the fringes of the solar system and heading into true interstellar space.

Bottom line: If you like the series thus far, it's worth buying Season 5. The price is right for the short season. The science is still good and the series, as a whole, holds up even after five years in terms of relevant and accurate information.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Running out of episode ideas? January 8, 2011
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It seems that the creators of this show are running out of ideas for new episodes. I don't see how that is possible seeing that our universe is infinitely large and filled with constant new discoveries.

The content from this season is first class, which is to be expected from this great series. Each episode is well researched and presented in a format that is easy to understand. If you've enjoyed the previous seasons of The Universe, the content of season 5 will not disappoint.

I hope this short season is just a bump in the road for this otherwise excellent series and not the end of the line. Thank you Amazon for giving this abbreviated season an abbreviated price.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How Small We Are December 29, 2010
This series gives you the information to view in amazement the sky we live in. You will see the great unknown in a form you never imagined. We are such a small spec in both time and space and we will never get to visit the outer reaches beyond earth no matter how long we live. This series can take you there and show you how it all happened. It certainly leaves you wondering where did it all start billions of years ago and where will it all go billions of years from now? It quickly shows you how little we know about the skys above us and where we came from. Are there other life forms out there, probably, but you quickly find out how lucky we are to have a planet with all the right conditions to support mankind. You will quickly learn how much we have learned about the last billion years in the last 50 years since space exploration began. The series shows us why we need to explore space to survive the next billion years. It also shows you how much more we need to learn about the heavens.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing April 25, 2011
By Doco
The first three seasons of The Universe was a good watch. By the fourth it seems as if the producers? have run out of things to show and the same topics/subjects are reviewed. Basically a rehash of prior material in a little more depth and detail, which in my opinion is not worth the time. I'm not sure about the the direction of the budget being used on a CG space craft flying around and even showing heads up display, to me in a documentary, it really serves no purpose. There is new material but a few episodes are rehashed.

The worst part is the use of analogies for almost everything. I can't remember whether it is season four or five now but the analogies get a bit ridiculous, it's as if the script writers are treating their viewers as imbeciles.

An example of an analogy used was (I believe it was season in 5) "a heard of sheep are like liquid, when in a group it's like the molecules are not moving much. Hence it's like a solid example ice. When they are free to move around they are similar to a gas example hydrogen".
Another is "a new car is similar to a new born sun" (is it really???)
"it starts of with a full tank" (actually a car has an empty tank when brand new)
"when the sun uses all it's hydrogen atoms it starts to expand, by then it starts to fuse helium another source of fuel. That's sort of like a car, I've run out of gas.. but I have a spare tank in my boot. That's similar to the sun when it starts using helium as a fuel source" (totally lost me there)

To sum up
First season - excellent
Second season - excellent
Third season - good though there is some rehashed footage
Forth season - ok...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars They seem to be running out of ideas June 4, 2011
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The 5th season is worth watching, but like the 4th season there is much less science and much more speculation and sensationalism. The first three seasons were really much better. Given that and the fact that there are only 8 episodes in the 5th season keep me from giving it any more than 3 stars.
Still, as I said, it is worth watching. The price is reasonable, and there are a LOT of worse shows out there in the modern tv waste land that you could blow hard earned cash on.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
worth owning, i make my younger friends watch these with me.
Published 2 months ago by sir john
5.0 out of 5 stars THE UNIVERSE SEASON 5
Published 4 months ago by Tab
5.0 out of 5 stars Recieved it was as descriped thanks.
This is my favored it show throw out the years very informative well created cgi an the best of all you see the scientists talk about the space that's give me a confidence about... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Hussain Alamery
5.0 out of 5 stars Season 5 of the amazing History Channel "The Universe" Series.
If you are reading this review you have no doubt read many other reviews of the series in general. All 6 seasons are top quality productions and you can't go wrong buying ANY of... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Erich Mopsmeister
4.0 out of 5 stars Mysteries yet to be Solved
Enjoyed watching the episodes and made me feel like a kid again at the age of 41. The film making was good and you could actually visualize yourself being there as these people... Read more
Published 7 months ago by W. Wooard
5.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff
This product was exactly what I expected, was fun to watch, and arrived in a timely fashion. I will enjoy watching it.
Published 20 months ago by Rebekah Randall
5.0 out of 5 stars Great piece of knowledge for anyone interested in the universe
I bought this for my son, who watches these dvd's over and over, He now has the compete
series: season 1 through season 6
Published 22 months ago by Maria T. Fontaine
5.0 out of 5 stars Review info.
I love anything that has to do with science, esp. astronomy. This series does a very good job in explaining what goes "out there. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Lynda L. Sessions
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent.
Excellent series. Written for the lay person, it give one an understanding of the wonders of the Universe. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Blu-ray really does justice for The Universe series. Filled with great facts and awesome visuals. The further this series goes, the deeper the subjects get. Read more
Published on February 22, 2012 by Michael DeBlasio
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