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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 (54 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Erik Thompson
  • Directors: Laura Verklan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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 (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006QVRVYA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,187 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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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By fxb
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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 God and the Universe March 23, 2014
By Dr.L.
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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 beliefs....in 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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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
Growing up, I absolutely hated science. It seems like it was little more than the education system's way of encouraging students to remember and recite a never-ending complex series of formulas, equations, and facts that had very little application to everyday life. But astronomy, on the other hand, was something which always fascinated me, much in the way it does every little boy. Hearing about the planets and their possible environments fascinated me. Studying the constellations - the history of where they came from, what stars made them up, etc. - was a source of constant inspiration. I knew life was "out there" ... only it took wildly different shapes or, at least, was broken down into all of the components the science teacher made me memorize.

Given how little was actually established those forty odd years ago when I was a pup, I can't even begin to imagine how a program like the History Channel's THE UNIVERSE continues to inspire those young astronauts and astronomers of today. Mostly, it's vivid, colorful, and impressive. Computer graphics have never looked better - well, except maybe in some major motion picture releases - and the show makes exceptional use of the visual technology by mapping out these otherworldly places and events with cutting edge detail. Perhaps the best use appears in "Catastrophes That Changed the Planets," the episode that opens season 6 when the viewer is given a front-row-view of how ranking cataclysms changed life here and the natural environment of Mercury and Mars.
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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
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great show worth it all the way.
Published 21 hours ago by sir john
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth buying
Worth buying if looking for a layman's explanation of the Universe.
Published 7 days ago by John Rutherford
5.0 out of 5 stars Arrived fast. Very informative DVD.
Arrived fast. Very informative DVD.
Published 27 days ago by Mary in Riverside
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good
Published 1 month ago by Baron Leone
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love The Universe Series. Have them all.
Published 1 month ago by Lynda L. Sessions
5.0 out of 5 stars I am a big fan of the entire Universe Series.
The Universe Series is great science very well presented, easily understandable and very artfully done. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Britton Hopkin
5.0 out of 5 stars THE UNIVERSE SEASON 6
OF COURSE SINCE I HAVE ALL THE OTHER SEASONS I HAD TO GET THIS ONE. I AM VERY EXCITED TO WATCH THIS.
Published 2 months ago by Tab
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the series
Love the series. I have all of the seasons and enjoy watching them regularly. I play the entire DVD straight through.
Published 3 months ago by Melody W
5.0 out of 5 stars The Universe: Season 6
I love outerspace, so that's why I got this although I haven't had the chance to watch it, I know I will love it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Cynthia Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT SERIES
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.
Published 4 months ago by Peter M
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