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The Universe: Season 1 [Blu-ray] (2008)

Erik Thompson , Douglas Cohen  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Erik Thompson
  • Directors: Douglas Cohen
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, NTSC, Anamorphic, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video (New REleaset)
  • DVD Release Date: November 18, 2008
  • Run Time: 705 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001AQT8BA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,203 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Universe: Season 1 [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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As the Earth grapples with the effects of global warming, science has increasingly looked to outer space for answers to the glaring threats facing our world. Are there other planets in the Universe with the unique ability to support life--or is there truly no place like home? HISTORY ventures into the uncharted territory of outer space through the visions, studies, and predictions of scientists and explorers, utilizing cutting-edge computer graphics and stunning footage to bring the universe down to Earth.

Now available on Blu-Ray DVD for the first time, HISTORY presents all 13 visually arresting, awe-inspiring episodes from THE UNIVERSE: THE COMPLETE SEASON ONE plus the feature-length documentary Beyond the Big Bang . From the planets to the stars to the edge of the known universe, history and science collide in this epic exploration of space and its limitless potential.

DISC 1: Secrets of the Sun / Mars: The Red Planet / The End of the Earth: Deep Space Threats To Our Planet / Jupiter: The Giant Planet / The Moon
DISC 2: Spaceship Earth / The Inner Planets: Mercury & Venus / Saturn: Lord of the Rings / Alien Galaxies / Life and Death of a Star
DISC 3: The Outer Planets / The Most Dangerous Place in the Universe / Search for ET / Beyond the Big Bang (2hr)

The sky and outer space have fascinated man for centuries and the History Channel's series The Universe is the story of man's study of the cosmos from his earliest attempts to map and understand the heavens through modern day scientific studies, advances, and theories. A mix of historical footage, modern space imaging, and conceptual computer graphics presented in high-definition, the visual component of this production is absolutely breathtaking. Each of the 13 44-minute episodes begins with a general introduction of subjects ranging from the sun to individual planets, alien galaxies, the search for extra-terrestrial life, and scientific theories like the Big Bang. Each topic is then broken down into a series of segments that detail specific ideas, theories, or components integral to the understanding of the main topic as well as historical material, current studies and theories, and projections of potential future events and scientific advances. The 90-minute "Beyond the Big Bang" feature relates "the story of everything"--from the universe's formation following the "Big Bang" to its eventual projected demise from unchecked expansion dubbed the "Big Rip." Leading experts from universities and scientific institutions around the world do a great job of taking very complex subjects like galaxies with spiral density arms and relating them to easily graspable concepts like a city with a downtown core surrounded by suburbs and plagued by freeway traffic jams. Amazing photographs from the Hubble space telescope, infrared views from the Spitzer space telescope, and x-ray images from the Chandra X-ray Observatory augment understanding as do demonstrations of modern science's ability to simulate historical events like the formation of earth and to project future cosmic events. The Universe is a fascinating and understandable study of space that speaks to viewers ranging from the generally curious to the serious student of cosmology. --Tami Horiuchi

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186 of 206 people found the following review helpful
I am reviewing the Blu-ray version of The Universe Season One.

Let me first frame my review. I am a big astronomy buff. I have been interested and studied astronomy all my life. Although I dabled in aerospace engineering in college due to my love of space, I ultimately changed my major and have never really worked in the field. In fact I don't own a telescope. Most of my interest has been satisfied by books and wonderful TV shows like Cosmos and The Planets.

So, to me this series would have been perfect fit. A modern Cosmos with all the latest technology, computer graphics, and newest imagery. However, this series is dissapointing. I wanted this to be the outer space equivalent of the stunning Planet Earth series (or even walking with Dinosaurs), which it is not. It's not that it's horrible or even bad, just it left so much on the table.

So, I will outline what I find as flaws and then finish the review with the positives.

1) It's a little to cutesy. The narative style is a little too casual and relies on a lot of comparisons that are a little trite. For instance, they describe how Jupiter flings comets and asteriods out of their normal orbit (which protects the inner planets) by comparing it to a frisbee thower. So we have a lady on a field throwing a frisbee over and over. There are descriptions like, "I want to go ice fishing on Europa" from professional scientists, and using pool tables to make analogies of particles in the Sun colliding, but doing it over and over, or how the threats to the Earth are like an amusement park (except that they aren't at all!!!). Most of us get the point with the mere mention and don't need the extended display of terrestrial footage. It comes off as dumb and slightly insulting.
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68 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Out of This World! November 30, 2007
I've ordered this show on iTunes and now I want to add this as a permanent collection on my DVD rack, so here I am. This show is great on a number of levels. Following along the lines of great shows like Dogfights, this series takes a new, refreshing, and bold look at our solar system, stars, galaxies, you name it, with great computer graphics and special effects. I've longed for a show that realistically took me among the clouds of Jupiter and Saturn, and here it is. It's also great for the family, because even though its focus is on science its presentation is on a layman's -- or even children's -- level. My 8-year-old daughter has even shown a newfound interest in astronomy. So consider buying this show; not just for you, but for the entertainment and enlightenment of those around you. You won't regret it. To the creators of this show, if you read this, know your work is greatly appreciated and keep 'em coming!
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112 of 128 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bonus Disk is Included December 6, 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I ordered this item from Amazon not knowing if the bonus disk "Beyond the Big Bang" was included. Other web sites very clearly state that it is. After receiving the DVD set, I confirm to all interested that the bonus disk is indeed included in the product I received from Amazon.
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82 of 94 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent space dvd set ! November 3, 2007
By Jerry G
I purchased this dvd set after seeing it on the History channel and I was blown away because it is so informative and well done both the visual effects and descriptions of our universe and planets VERY interesting series everything you will want to know about our solar system and beyond you will never view our universe the same again this will make you think. these shows envelope the viewer into the topic at hand and forseeable future catastrophies of planets detailed descriptions of all the planets that will fascinate you like never before this series is just great buy it and enjoy.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Universe February 18, 2008
By Steve
I, along with so many others, purchased this set after seeing it on the History Channel. In short, this series is AWESOME!! Explains our universe in a very easy down to Earth way that both young and old can enjoy.
In this 4 disc set you get;
Disc 1) Secrets of the Sun, Mars:The Red Planet, The End of the Earth:Deep Space Threats to our Planet, Jupiter:The Giant Planet.
Disc 2) The Moon, Spaceship Earth, The Inner Planets:Mercury & Venus.
Disc 3) Saturn:Lord of the Rings, Alien Galaxies, Life and Death of a Star, The Outer Planets.
Disc 4) The Most Dangerous Place in the Universe, Search for ET, Beyond the Big Bang.
In all, 14 episodes. While you're at it, consider buying The Universe by Tim Tully. This Dvd can not be beat!!
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Series Leaps better than the DVD November 21, 2008
I bought this on DVD last year, and was soo upset because the video was 4:3 letterboxed, I'm so glad the person in charge of the blu-ray didn't make the same stupid mistake (however, they did make a different one, 1080i!!!!! come on! why can't someone release this wonderful CGI filled series the way it should be seen!)

If your interested in learning more about the universe, this is a pretty good choice, especially considering the price. As far as content goes, Cosmos, this is not. But thats ok. This is a ongoing series, it cannot pack tons of information in such a short amount of time. This is an ongoing show, and as the seasons progress, more and more content will be covered. I like the format, and find it refreshing, the only hard part is not watching the whole disc each time I put one in.

What's cool though is, watching this blu-ray makes me more interested in studying some of the drier material out there, and usually encourages an amazon book purchase from me.

I'm glad the series is finally on blu-ray, and I'm even more glad that it is in real widescreen format, instead of 4:3 letter boxed like the last dvd. I eagerly await season 2 on blu-ray, and wish History Channel the best of luck with making this series.

I truly hope that the next box set has some extras. I know, its a documentary, which is basically a whole bunch of extras, but still, maybe some CGI making of, interviews with experts, something, I'm just saying. I still like it, and I really appreciate the low price. Thanks for giving this wonderful series the chance to shine on blu-ray.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series from the History Channel
Great episodes, very informative, and awesome graphics. For space buffs out there this is a must have.
Published 13 hours ago by Justin Wang
5.0 out of 5 stars The Universe: Season 1 [Blu-ray]
I had just watched the Beyond The Big Bang documentery on the history channel and wanted a copy of it for myself. Read more
Published 3 months ago by clp
2.0 out of 5 stars Blu-ray but...
Nearly 75% of picture was not taken in high definition. The rest (25%) is narrators.... DVD copy is more than enough for this show.
Published 4 months ago by Tarik Kaya
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing.....
There are six seasons of "The Universe", and all are spectacular in their own right. Season one deals mostly with our Solar System, though it gives more than a passing nod... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Betty L. Wilkins
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a beautifully told story
This showed on TV recently -- back-to-back episodes shown all day long. It was so good, I decided to add it to my library of things I want to keep and watch again and again. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Worn Stone
5.0 out of 5 stars gift
i buy a lot of gifts on amazon. this was another one of those. my dad says it is good.
Published 9 months ago by Andrew S.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and interesting series
I am such a geek when it comes to the universe we live in, and I feel this series does an excellent job of combining science with CGI to bring our Universe a little closer to... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Sara Thompson
4.0 out of 5 stars really nice scenery and graphic.
I bought this for my child who really like astronomy, especially solar system. My child is really satisfied with its fantastic and active scene. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Ji Ho Park
5.0 out of 5 stars There is more about the solar system than we learned in school
The CGI effects are excellent and my classes were captivated by the episodes that were shown to enhance the material we were learning in class.
Published 15 months ago by Verna Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars The Universe CD
I saw this on TV as well and was so impressed that I bought the CD as a birthday gift for my daughter. She really enjoyed it very much and has viewed it several times.
Published 15 months ago by SG
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SDH English?
No, for season-1. Season 2 to 4 Blu-ray do have SDH
May 27, 2010 by TSANG F. Shing |  See all 3 posts
Awesome, can't wait!
Well, I am very disappointed it is only in stereo, not Dolby Digital. Not sure if its worth the Blu-ray premium.
Mar 21, 2009 by D. A. Lembree |  See all 2 posts
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