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The Universe: Our Solar System [Blu-ray] (2010)

History , History  |  NR |  Blu-ray
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: History
  • Directors: History
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: August 24, 2010
  • Run Time: 1 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003L9KAA2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #293,959 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Employing cutting-edge computer-generated imagery to bring distant planets and faraway stars up close, history and science collide in this ambitious investigation of the Universe.

THE UNIVERSE: OUR SOLAR SYSTEM takes viewers on an exhilarating voyage through the cosmos. Witness the sun's birth at the dawn of our solar system, and its death, billions of years in the future; explore the possibility of a human settlement on Mars; and learn about the devastating threats posed by the meteorites, comets, and asteroids that routinely collide with Earth.

From the farthest planets and stars in our solar system, back to the familiar face of our moon, HISTORY brings the mysteries of the heavens down to earth.

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

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 44-minute episodes begins with a general introduction of subjects ranging from the sun to individual planets. 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 Blu-ray edition of The Universe: Our Solar System consists of 10 episodes from the first season: "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," "Spaceship Earth," "The Inner Planets: Mercury & Venus," "Saturn: Lord of the Rings," "Alien Galaxies," and "Life and Death of a Star." --Tami Horiuchi

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Warning! Repackage of The Complete Season One! August 15, 2010
Please be aware that this set is the first and second disks of The Universe: The Complete Season One. Disc 3 of The Complete Season One (not included in this set) also contains one episode on the outer planets.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Beware!!! February 21, 2011
Just picked this up at Barnes and Noble at 60% off. Once you get this, you'll see why it's so cheap. Ignore the some of the reviews on this title, I would venture to bet that employees a History/Discovery have to write a positive review on their products because anyone that has this actually can't ignore the major flaws with this blu ray. For starters, the narration is very dry and doesn't go in depth into the subjects that is featured. Secondly, there are no special features that are common with blu ray or even DVD at this point in time. Lastly, even though it's on Blu Ray, it's standard def 480i and yes, I have the HDMI hook up running up to 1080p. That's right, IT"S NOT EVEN HIGH DEF! There is no reason at all this should have even been produced on Blu Ray. It says on the cover History HD, but the presintation is not in HD.Total waste!

If you must buy this then pick up the DVD version. I'm a huge fan of History/Discovery/BBC productions. Their HD works are amazing. It's a shame that this got little to no effort. I gave this 2 stars because it does look nice even at 480i and like I said, I'm a huge fan of History/Discovery/BBC.If your looking to be amazed & show off your Blu Ray & HDTV, prepare to be disapointed.
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If you don't have the season one release, it's hard to say what makes this abbreviated re-release more desirable than the whole package already offered. The content here is good and the transfers are nice, if not perfect, but there is a better version of this material already readily available. This release is a fair bit cheaper at the time of this writing, so it's got that going for it, but otherwise, if you're interested in the series, skip this release and get The Universe - The Complete Season One instead, it just makes more sense.
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