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The Universe: The Mega Collection (2011)

Various , The History Channel  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: The History Channel
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 19
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 26, 2011
  • Run Time: 3055 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004FOPFFC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,062 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Feature-length documentary: Beyond the Big Bang
  • Featurettes: Meteors: Fire in the Sky, Comets: Prophets of Doom, Ask the Universe, Backyard Astronomers

Editorial Reviews

We once thought ourselves to be at the center of the world, now we know that we are just a small spec in a giant universe.

Immerse yourself in an astonishing exploration of space with all five seasons of this epic series from History. Shot in HD with stunning footage from NASA and packed with state-of-the-art CGI graphics The Universe takes viewers on a visually arresting journey across the galaxy to bring the beauty and mysteries of the cosmos a little closer to home. Delve into the cataclysmic events that set the stage for life, and visit sites where Earth s birthing process is still in evidence. Relive astronomical triumphs, from the first crude lenses that were able to magnify celestial bodies to probes that blaze to the most distant planets. See the hottest events in the sky, from colliding celestial bodies to collapsing suns. And venture into the uncharted territory of outer space through the visions, studies, and predictions of scientists and explorers on this journey of cosmic discovery, amazement, and adventure.

For the first time ever, The Universe Mega Collection includes all 63 original episodes of all five seasons of this epic series, plus the feature-length documentary Beyond the Big Bang on 19 discs.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best series about the universe ever January 9, 2012
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I started watching this amazing series on the History Channel and got hooked. Incredibly well made and makes you feel like you're actually right there as they show it. Was incredibly lucky and got this whole box set for only 47 USD and only a few hours later it went up to 149 USD! If you want to know everything about the universe and have a great time at the same time, this is the set to get. It beats pretty much everything else I've seen when it comes to explaining the universe. It's quite mind blowing.
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87 of 97 people found the following review helpful
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Imagine walking into a plush upscale model home decorated by the interior designers of Europe. Well, this is how The Universe Complete Series (seasons 1-5) is presented, this way, modern science program that's cutting edge, holds your attention and makes your ADD instantly cured. Rejoice; let the Universe series do its work instead of you paying attention. You'll be amazed, glued to your set, and not hear your phone calls or door bells. Graphics, stunning Hubble pictures, and renowned scientists speak the latest and greatest findings straight to the point in a way you never watched in a grade school astronomy class. Yes, science programs have set a new standard here. Blu ray is stunning 1080p details. All episodes are included. Layout menu: excellent.

Addendums/updates:
-The Universe: 7 Wonders of the Solar System [Blu-ray 3D] disc is also included, in the blu ray set. But 3D is obviously not in the dvd set.
-The Universe: The Complete Season Six [Blu-ray] (release May 15, 2012) is NOT in this set.
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39 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars No subtitles on first season January 28, 2012
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The mega set is amazing, but for no fluent english speakers it is a problem do not have subtitles on first season. The others seasons are ok!
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series and delivery October 22, 2011
By jkorpi
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
It took about 8 days to get this movie in to Finland normally it takes > 14 days. Movie it self is great, nice pictures, practical examples, nice space telescope views, drone views, speculations etc..WOW!, really nice! Only small issue is that there is no texts in English. If I'd like to watch this movie late after work I have to keep volume normal to hear speech. Also subtitles could help also people in class rooms and hearing-impaired persons.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT, BEAUTIFUL, WONDERFUL... April 15, 2012
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We can't get enough of this marvelous series - and the price was great! This series is so soothing, moving, thrilling, calming... it has every kind of effect on the viewer. It demonstrates for us how very small and insignificant we are - and it also shows us how amazing and precious we are. The universe - and however many of them there are - is/are breathtaking in every possible way. Learning about space and seeing the BEAUTIFUL photos, the fantastic graphics, the way everything is explained - the scientists who explain things - the narration. I can't say enough. My husband and I absolutely love this series. It is one of the best investments we ever have made.

This series will give enormous pleasure for many years; I recommend it without any reservation.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect balance Science-Entertainement December 11, 2011
By G0NZ0
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Amazing DVDs. I love that they are not superficial. But at the same time they are explained in a way that everyone can understand. Superb images and choice of topics.
Compared for instance to the TV series "Through The Wormhole" I think these are way superior in terms of detail, Science level and they captivate much more too. I'd give 100 stars!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Evokes a sense of wonder May 18, 2012
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"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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable so far February 1, 2012
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I bought this as an anniversary present for my husband, and so far we are really enjoying them. We've only watched a few hours (we're still on the first disk), so I will try to update this if I have any additional comments, particularly negative.

As I said, we're really enjoying it so far. They are interesting and engaging, and very informative to someone with only a basic knowledge of astronomy and astrophysics etc. I am sure to someone already very well versed in this area it might be boring or repetitive, but it was just what we were looking for. I have also found it to have just the right mix of commentary and re-enactments etc to be very enjoyable. The images are pretty good as well. So far I have also found the variety of topics covered to hold my attention very well. All in all we are extremely happy with this series; I am looking forward to watching the rest of it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Terrible & Untrustworthy!
My wife and I bought this DVD with high hopes. We wanted it for our own enjoyment and to help educate our 4 kids. However, we were sorely disappointed! We threw it in the trash. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Peter
4.0 out of 5 stars NOT the COMPLETE Series
My all time favorite episode is the formation of our solar system, watched it a dozen times until my HDD crashed. Got this "Complete Series" sure it would be included . . . Read more
Published 3 days ago by 21st Century Hermit
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought if for my boyfriend who loves the Universe.
Bought it as one of birthday present and he loves it! the only thing is I thought all seasons were included but 6 & 7 were missing! I was so disappointed. Read more
Published 1 month ago by luz mercedes perez
5.0 out of 5 stars my favorite dvds
I love this DVD set! I will never get tired of watching these DVDs- they are interesting and the graphics are beautiful. They are also very informative.
Published 1 month ago by Rebecca Duksa
5.0 out of 5 stars Best documentary ever
The universe is one of the best documentaries i have ever watched. It is incredible the amount of information i have learned from it and the pictures are amazing.
Published 2 months ago by C. McMasters
5.0 out of 5 stars Best info on Universe in one place.
This is a must have for anyone with teenagers. It explains many things that they may encounter in science class. They will get a liking for astronomy. Read more
Published 3 months ago by LQ
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series for astronomy lovers.
I have always loved watching this series on the History Channel, and wanted to get it on DVD so I could watch it on my own schedule... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Wm. Scott Burchfield Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
My son and I love watching this series together. They are great!!! The are very informative and intuitive. Highly recommended
Published 4 months ago by GovtMuleFan
5.0 out of 5 stars the Universe Collection
I have a collection of the Universe that i have and love. I am 61 years old and if this program was around when I was younger my life would have been studying the stars. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Elisa G. Herrera
5.0 out of 5 stars BEYOUND AMAZING AND WORTH EVERY PENNY!!!
Amazing, amazing, amazing!!! Worth every penny and so much more. I viewed many of the episodes several years ago on the History Channel. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Carlos Castillo
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