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The Universe: Season 3 [Blu-ray] (2009)

Universe , History  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Universe
  • Directors: History
  • Format: Blu-ray, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: September 29, 2009
  • Run Time: 564 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0023Y544I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,875 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Immerse yourself in more spectacular space exploration with SEASON THREE of this epic series from HISTORY (TM). A virtual collision of astronomy and history, each enlightening episode utilizes strikingly realistic computer recreations and animations to provide unprecedented insight into the mysteries of our universe, and beyond.

See how NASA is arming itself with the latest technology to pre-empt an apocalyptic attack in Deadly Comets and Meteors. Learn how scientists envision reproduction and human development in Sex in Space, and explore startling new evidence showing the existence of universes other than our own in Parallel Universes.

From bizarre clouds to the hypothetical Planet X, from space disasters to space sex and the possibility of terrifying cosmic collisions, experience space in a whole new way not through a telescope or textbook, but firsthand. With THE UNIVERSE, you'll feel like you've traveled to the edge of the unknown.

Now available on Blu-ray, THE UNIVERSE: THE COMPLETE SEASON THREE includes all 12 original episodes on 3 discs.

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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing season November 6, 2009
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Ok. As a scientist, I found the first 2 seasons to be quite entertaining even though the material is fairly basic (it's not meant to be for astrophysics geeks). The show has always had alot of bang and big and bold photos, very colorful, very creative. Then there's the third season... come on. Sex in space? what a crappy episode. There is so much that we know (and don't know) about space that they can go on and on and talk about the Universe for the next 30 years...but instead they got this snoozer lame episode about popping out kids in space with very little fact and mostly just opinions and speculation. They didn't even really bother getting into the details regarding the animal research that has been done. I had to shut it off...couldn't finish watching that stupid episode. And the episode which talks about neutrinos....didn't even properly define it. Good job, professors. If you are really trying to educate the public about space and you want to talk about particles, you should really go back to the basics of physics and talk about each particle and their importance...then talk about neutrinos. Instead, we get a smoke-and-mirrors light show which is supposed to represent a bunch of neutrinos whizzing around.

I figure that the people watching Season 3 of The Universe have probably seen the first two seasons or if not, after watching episodes from this season, should be motivated to watch 1 and 2. Maybe the people making the show should make it a little more sophisticated and elevate the level of complexity of the show...but instead, the show tries to oversimply abstract complex theories instead of teaching its viewers anything concrete; The Universe, our Heisenberg Multiverse of 11 dimensions, is just a cheap light show in Season 3.

In case you are wondering. 5 stars for season 1. 4 stars for season 2.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It just keeps getting better! July 28, 2009
Very informative, educational, interesting, and fun! The special effects and great narrative performance makes this show my favorite. This is by far the best TV series I have ever seen. I have watch every episode multiple times. Another great thing about this show is that it includes some of the greatest physicist of today, such as Michio Kaku. I highly recommended anybody who is even slightest interested in the final frontier to add this DVD set to their collection.

I especially love the episode "Parallel Universes". For all open minded people, this is an episode you must see.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as Season 1 and 2 February 27, 2010
By K. Lock
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I give it four stars because I still enjoy the season very much, as a fan of such documentaries.

However, the standards set in Season 1 and especially Season 2 (which was superb and an amazing expansion of season 1), are not always met here. Some of the episodes for the first time seem to have a lot of filler and come close to being boring.

Lets hope that Season 4 redresses this balance, I have just ordered it on Blu ray too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST SEE FOR EVERYONE IN THE UNIVERSE!! January 3, 2010
This is the first time I have ever felt compelled to write a pubic review for anything because of how strongly I felt about the series. After reading the other reviews to this series I felt that I had no choice but to write a review.

For the people who said they liked or loved it, that is great! But why? Why just write saying it was woth seeing?

In my opinion this should be shown in every school in the world and people who are already grown, somehow organize a way for them to be mandated to watch the series!

Now, for the people who didn't like Season 3. Too much Science Fiction? That just up sets me!! What was Science fiction at the dawn of the last centry in many ways became a reality. I hope you know where I paraphrased that quote from too! My Grandmother is 85 years old, she still thinks it is so amazing that you can fly across the earth in a matter of hrs and that we somehow got to the moon a few years ago.

I will agree with the comment about sex in space not being on of their best episodes, frankly I was really shocked to see that in the collection since I only watch the episodes on DVD and not when they are on TV.

Yeah there were some repeat visual affects, but if anything, it works as a great learning tool driving home the actual remember aspect and consistency of the material.

I would say to enhance Season 3, you should have watched the first 2 Seasons and have a fundamental understanding of our physical world, but idealistically everyone should watch this Season and the entire series. We need to believe in this life and the universe we currently live in and not about which god to worship or who to kill becuase people don't believe in their god....Believe in the here and now and what may come of it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too Much Theory, Too Much Animation March 12, 2010
Overall the series is interesting, but it lacks in actual video and images. There is a huge supply out there, yet they rely on animation. I understand many of the things discussed are too distant, or simply haven't been caught on film, but still. Now to the theory. Almost everything discussed is theory, yet they too often treat it as fact. The episode on alternate universes is a joke. Sure, there are people that believe it, but I can't believe the way it was presented. Does anyone seriously believe that there is a doppelganger for each one of us in some other parallel universe? To say that George W. Bush may be the commissioner of baseball in another universe is absurd. Finally, they are extremely-extremely-extremely lazy in the over-use of the same animation and images that show up in many of the episodes. Despite these annoyances, there seem to be just enough nuggets of interesting things that make it worth a watch, just not sure it will get a repeat viewing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this series
I love this series. The Universe and all of the wonderful events that occur fascinate me and I love that I can watch these videos at will.
Published 4 days ago by Lerin Carlis
4.0 out of 5 stars A great series
This is Season 3, but there are several seasons newer. I discovered season 6, and have been working backward. Its a great series with quite good animations and explanations.
Published 11 days ago by James R. Dillard
5.0 out of 5 stars love it!
Just amazing. Don't we live in the best time ever? So much amazing knowledge available with a few clicks of our fingers.
Published 14 days ago by Cathy N
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Again there are anti science people all over our country. This is a huge disservice to our children . Watch and learn
Published 16 days ago by Vicki Reeve
5.0 out of 5 stars very educational
I have enjoyed learning the scientific about the scientific advances that have been made in recent years. I would recommend it
Published 17 days ago by Drew Erikson
5.0 out of 5 stars Blew my mind
Ya this is a legit show about space, made me wrap my ahead around a lot of concepts I've never really heard before.
Far out man!
Published 18 days ago by Diginick
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind-blowing
Entertaining and mind-blowing. The grandeur of the universe is contagiously presented. The episodes really inform and keep viewers amazed and interested.
Published 27 days ago by Derek Leman
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing! Love it!!
I love how this teachers explain the universe! Amazing images!! I can't wait to finish next episode!! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Karla Solorzano
5.0 out of 5 stars great
one of the best docs series I've ever watched. great subjects and a broad knowledge of space and science to be learned
Published 2 months ago by travis blake frigen
4.0 out of 5 stars Stands up to multiple viewings.
Chose to watch it due to interest in science and astronomy. Like the newest pictures of supernovae and galaxies/nebulae. The information is up to date. I would recommend this . Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mark Brock
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