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The Universe: Season 6 [Blu-ray] (2011)

Erik Thompson , Laura Verklan  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Erik Thompson
  • Directors: Laura Verklan
  • Format: Blu-ray, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • 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: May 15, 2012
  • Run Time: 658 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,146 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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SEASON 6 of the pioneering series THE UNIVERSE takes viewers further than ever, to the extreme edges of our solar system where chaos and catastrophe bring epic drama to the planets - including some of the most horrifying days on Earth. Through stunning CGI, witness the birth pangs of the solar system, shocked into existence by a nearby supernova, and enduring over 700 million years of brutal bombardment by deadly asteroids; colossal cataclysms that shaped the planets and transformed their climates forever; and startling new scientific discoveries revealing a hellish history of continuous devastation on Earth. And travel to the system's very fringes to explore the possibility that the Sun has an evil twin, a monstrous star known as Nemesis suspected of causing every mass extinction in Earth's history. In signature cutting-edge style, THE UNIVERSE features astounding NASA footage and the opinions of leading astrophysicists to probe even more deeply into the billion-years-old story of the world beyond Earth presented in stunning high-definition on this Blu-ray set.

DISC 1: Catastrophes that Changed the Planets / Nemesis: The Sun's Evil Twin / How the Solar System Was Made / Crash Landing on Mars / Worst Days on Planet Earth

DISC 2: God and the Universe / UFO The Real Deal / How Big, How Far, How Fast / Our Place in the Milky Way / Alien Sounds

DISC 3: Deep Freeze / Microscopic Universe / Ride the Comet / When Space Changed History

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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful
History Channel's popular "The Universe" series has always been a bit of a take-it or leave-it proposition. Detractors have long maintained that the science elements of the show were too dumbed down or that the presentations themselves tended toward speculative fiction as opposed to real information. I don't know that, in theory, I necessarily disagree with those criticisms but (in many ways) it didn't matter for me as the show succeeded in the world of entertainment. It's a program that looks terrific, has proposed fascinating topics, and utilized CGI to great visual affect. Let's face it, though, if you're looking for the Season Six DVD--you're already likely a fan and you don't need me to explain the concept of the show to you! So I won't.

After a short Season Five, a lot of fans criticized that the DVD set contained only eight episodes. Season Six is back with a customary 14 episodes. The standard DVD set has 4 discs while the Blu-ray has 3 discs (and I might add, the Blu-ray quality looks great) for over 10 hours of programming. I'd heard that this was the first season also shot for 3-D (like the "7 Wonders of the Solar System" episode from Season Five) but as there doesn't seem to be a 3-D DVD release on the books, perhaps I'm wrong.

Here are the episodes included with this set:
(1) Catastrophes That Changed The Planets, (2) Nemesis: The Sun's Evil Twin, (3) How the Solar System Was Made, (4) Crash Landing on Mars, (5) Worst Days on Planet Earth, (6) UFO: The Real Deal, (7) God And The Universe, (8) How Big, How Far, How Fast, (9) Alien Sounds, (10) Our Place in The Milky Way, (11) Deep Freeze, (12) Microscopic Universe, (13) Ride The Comet, and (14) When Space Changed History.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By fxb
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I'm always astounded by the magnificent special effects of this series - along with the narration that clarifies the events surrounding the various aspects of the beginnings of the universe all go together to create a fantastic teaching tool
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The universe season six January 7, 2014
By Donna
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I bought this for my space enthusiast son for a Christmas gift. He gave it 5 stars. He enjoys watching it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I was looking for August 9, 2013
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I had seen the episode on History channel about how big things are relative to each other and wanted to see it again. It was here.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If this be the last..a bright finish! July 18, 2012
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This is a great series.This latest went into details a bit closer to home in many ways without too much repetition. I recommend this series to anyone seeking info about astronomy as it is quite detailed and easy to follow. I'm sure that there might be more, as new discoveries are made but until then, so far so wonderful...
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent continuation of The Universe series July 15, 2012
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We have enjoyed the previous seasons of this series and decided to try the 6th season. The series continues to be well done and interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT SERIES April 3, 2014
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One of the best series ever seen about space. Unmissable.They don't get any better. Truly very edcucational. Series seven is to follow in the near future.
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5.0 out of 5 stars God and the Universe March 23, 2014
By Dr.L.
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I really liked this series when it first was run on the History Channel. Actually I still like it. Season 6 is my favorite because of the episode entitle God and the Universe. Most of the series provide food for thought, as they say. Some may make you wonder why you purchased the series as they are somewhat difficult to follow. That is not to say that they don't help in explaining the universe, or should I say try to explain the universe. But they don't dumb it down either. It is the segment on God and trying to identify God in the universe that for me is the most thought provoking. I'm not sure that the discussion helps any in finding definitive answers, and at points I believe it strays from the topic and becomes entangle in scientific jargon and logic. But it nevertheless pushes one to think about and even question one's a good way. At the end of the episode there are no answers of course, no proof, only belief both scientific and religious faith. If you get any in the series of this wonder program, I would actually begin with season 6. It posses the greatest question of them all.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars The Universe: The Complete Season Six
The Universe - The Complete Season Six could have been a cosmic return to form, but instead winds up being an astronomical waste of time. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Colten
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazons's Greatest Hits
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 Good...
I like documentaries, and this is a series of documentaries that I have purchased and loved them all. Get this one.
Published 4 months ago by Curtis K. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars my impressions
series shows in graphical way what is normally written in technical books. Alas I must say that without reading the books some features of te explanation in the film are not... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Gabrovec Iztok
4.0 out of 5 stars MIcroscopic Universe
I got this DVD for basically 4 of the episodes; have not seen the rest, but the MIcroscopic Univ, and the UFO parts were interesting. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Insider
5.0 out of 5 stars great
season six of the universe is as good as the rest of the series. I loved it. There are some strange things out there!
Published 8 months ago by jimmy
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't miss
Like the rest of the series-informative but not over the head-interviews with giants in the fields of physics, cosmology and astronomy, eye candy graphics, tongue-in-cheek... Read more
Published 9 months ago by S. Hart
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent information and special effects. The more I watch these dvds the more I like them. One can watch them over and over and keep learning lots of things about the universe.
Published 10 months ago by Julio C.
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