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Journey back to the beginning of history on a mind-blowing adventure through space and time.

Using stunning HD graphics, THE UNIVERSE returns in SEASON FOUR to transport viewers past the wonders of our own solar system and out to the bizarre far-flung reaches of the cosmos. From death stars to ringed planets, star clusters to space wars, THE UNIVERSE uses new discoveries and more advanced CGI to help explain the mysteries of outer space. From wormholes to transporters, examine which elements from popular sci-fi movies could really exist; and discover how the universe is awash in all sorts of strange liquids, from oceans of methane to blobs of alcohol floating in space, and even iron rain. Watch and marvel as experts cook up ten ways to destroy the Earth, including blowing it up with anti-matter, hurling it into the Sun, and colliding with another galaxy.

This special edition 4-DVD set features all 12 episodes from SEASON FOUR plus additional never-aired segments.

BONUS FEATURE: Featurettes 'Meteors: Fire in the Sky' 'Comets: Prophets of Doom'

Special Features

12 episodes on four discs
Meteors: Fire in the Sky
Comets: Prophets of Doom

Product Details

  • Directors: History
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Closed-captioned
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: February 23, 2010
  • Run Time: 564 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (122 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002M3JJEQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,306 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Universe: Season 4" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By M. Shepherd on February 27, 2010
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The first three seasons of this show were really much better than the fourth season. In the fourth season they have gone much more
into speculation and sensationalism with much less real science.
Still, it is interesting and worth watching, just don`t expect too much from it.
Call it three and a half stars.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Anders Blom on March 18, 2010
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I owned the first three seasons of this EPIC series on dvd and had been disappointed by the double black bars (fullscreen letterbox) presentation of this series. A quick fix was to change your zoom settings on your set or player, but this fix was quite awful in what seems to be lower than a 480i resolution.

This product on Blu-ray is awesome, it contains all 12 episodes of season 4 plus additional never-aired segments presented on 3 Blu-ray discs.
Episodes include:
(Disc 1) Death Stars, The Day the Moon was gone, It fell from Space, Biggest Blasts
(Disc 2) The Hunt for Ringed Planets, 10 Ways to Destroy The Earth, The Search for Cosmic Clusters, Space Wars
(Disc 3) Liquid Universe, Pulsars and Quasars, Science Fiction/Science Fact, Extreme Energy.
Bonus features include; Meteors: Fire in the Sky, Comets: Prophets of Doom.

The Blu-ray release of this series is truly wonderful in full 1920x1080 HD. This is a true widescreen release. The audio is presented in lossless 2.0 Dolby Stereo.

The graphics and special effects can be and most of the time are the best of any production I have ever seen. It stands alone in comparison to anything the BBC, NOVA, The Science Channel, or The Discovery Channel has ever created.

If you are interested in a mind blowing, educational, heavily entertaining piece of eye candy, then do not pass this product up.
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66 of 81 people found the following review helpful By Chris Swanson VINE VOICE on February 25, 2010
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Imagine that you work for the History Channel. Suppose that your job is to put together a DVD set for season four of one of your prestige shows; one that looks great on your HD network and really serves to highlight what an excellent network you have.

If you were this person doing this job would you:

A: Release this DVD set as anamorphic, so that when people watch it on their 47" screen the image takes up all the screen and looks spectacular.

B: Release this DVD as non-anamorphic so that either people have to see a stretched version where all the planets are ovals instead of spheres (which they aren't actually, but that's another issue), or they have to watch it both letterboxed and pillarboxed in order to see everything in the correct aspect ratio?

If you selected B, I think the folks at History might have a job opening for you.

"The Universe", the TV show, looks great when it airs on History HD and is really entertaining and informative. I love everything about the show, even if this current season focused a bit much on the "gloom and doom" aspects of space and not as much on space science. I have the first three seasons on DVD and love watching them.

But, well, they're non-anamorphic and that's just not acceptable. This will, as a result, be the last DVD set of this program that I buy until the folks at History wake up and give the show a proper DVD release.

5 stars for the show. 1 star for the DVD set.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By PAUL on March 13, 2010
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Having already bought the first three seasons in dvds, I wasn't warm to buy a fourth one.

When I saw that it was released in blurays (I had just acquired a bluray reader), and as the Amazon description mentioned it was close captioned in English (unlike the ones I had), I tried the experiment and bought it.

Until now I have got only good surprises : the blurays are working on my machine, altough it's not free zone, and I understand everything because of the subtitles.

I don't share some opinions of fellow buyers : I think it's a wonderful serie, even if we can discuss the fact that there is too much noise in the deep space where the silence is supposed to be king ! At least if you believe what Stanley Kubrick put in "2001".

For me as a foreigner without possibility to see this serie aired in France, I thanks Amazon.com which permits me to see it. To be true, it's possible to see part of this serie in French : the total released in France is related only to the solar system and lasts 5 hours. The American edition embraces far wider subjects and lasts more than 40 hours.

As a lover of astronomy, but not at all a scientist, my choice is quickly made in favour of the American edition. and maybe I will rebuy the first three sesons in blurays because at least two of them are subtitled. I must also admit that the spoken English used on my dvds is not difficult to understand : scientists are speaking very clearly. But the close captioning could be of some help for my wife.

In conclusion : a good job of History Channel.

I recommend foreign and American amateurs to buy this fourth season in blurays.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jim F Fitzgarrald on March 27, 2010
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The Universe series is a terrific series and I've enjoyed them all. Outstanding graphics, photographed and computer generated; and wonderful specialists who speak on a variety of topics. Very high quality material and geared for those seeking general knowledge as well as those enthusiasts who really enjoy studying what makes our universe what it is.
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