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The Universe: 7 Wonders of the Solar System [Blu-ray 3D]


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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: The History Channel
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: January 11, 2011
  • Run Time: 47 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (260 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0043VUHXC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,443 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

We are in the midst of the greatest era of space discovery. Twenty first-century spacecraft and sophisticated imaging technology are venturing into uncharted territory every day, and much of the extraordinary phenomena are happening right in our own cosmic backyard.

Take an exhilarating, unprecedented 3D tour of the seven most amazing wonders of our solar system, beginning with a trip to Enceladus, one of Saturn s outer moons, where icy geysers spout from its surface. Then venture to Saturn s famous rings, which contain mountain ranges that rival the Alps; dive into Jupiter s Great Red Spot, the eye of the biggest storm in the solar system; soar through the Asteroid Belt, made of millions of rocks left over from the formation of the solar system; trek up Mount Olympus, the largest volcano located on Mars; have a close encounter with the searing surface of the sun; and finish the journey by exploring our very own home planet Earth.

Customer Reviews

The 3D quality?
Pagan Picnic
It's your basic history channel documentary, it's very informative with a good flow of knowledge and you'll probably end up learning a few things.
Howard
It is just bad.
Don Van Meter

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

564 of 588 people found the following review helpful By Pagan Picnic on March 20, 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I wanted to like this, I really did. I like science. I especially like physics and astronomy. And, as a relatively new 3D owner, I'm still pretty tolerant.

Here's what the product info doesn't tell you. This is not an IMAX movie, or any other feature. It's one of those History Channel science shows. There are short segments on each of the "7 Wonders of the Solar System". The science is pretty simplistic. (The Sun is Hot, the Earth is Pretty, Saturn has Rings). The places where we come back from commercial and they recap what has been in the previous part of the show and what's coming up after the next commercial break comprise more than 10% of the content. They might have improved it by at least editing this as if we were going watch it commercial free.

The 3D quality? Very poor. The primary 3D is an animated frame that shadowboxes the edges of the 2D content. By animated I mean drawn, not moving - it's pretty stationary. The poor little animated spaceship is what your kids make when they get their first animation software. Only a couple of times when it goes to hyper drive is there actually a 3D effect of the stars.

There are maybe 10 minutes of okay 3D in this - a couple of minutes of NASA spacecraft animation, a couple of minutes of nature footage in the Earth segment, and (the only really nice thing) a recreation of the data from the 3D solar observatory. The sun looks rather conical, but at least it's high def and interesting.

If you must buy this, try to get in touch with those who wrote the 5 star reviews- they must have way better vision than I do, or possibly mood altering potions to share.
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214 of 228 people found the following review helpful By Keith Niemeyer on February 13, 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
My ratings are based mainly on the QUALITY OF THE 3D, not the video content.

Not counting the repeating graphics, There are about 14 out of screen effects that extend about 10% of the way, from the screen to the viewer. Another 3 around 25%. For 10 seconds stars fly OOS around 50% and one makes it to 70%. Rocks OOS around 25% for 10 seconds, leafs blow by up to 25% for 15 seconds, a satellite graphic, swings out to 40% and a dolphin's nose extends to over 35%. 18 times the same simplistic space ship council extends 10% and at least 8 times a graphic overlay floats at 20%.

Some short segments were so flat they didn't appear to be in 3D at all.
Excess parallax easily visible in a few scenes.
And yes, as other reviews have said, the graphics add a cheese factor.
Repeating graphics and some repeating scenes.

*** If your not interested in the subject matter, don't buy it just for the 3D ***

MY 3D RATING = POOR to FAIR
(poor, fair, good, very good, excellent)

Note: As far as the percentages go, everyone's eyes are different. What I see at 25% you may see at 15% or 35%. To fully realize how far something is out of the screen for you, pause on an effect and direct a partner with an extended finger to the tip of what you are seeing. You may be surprised.

Click on `See all my reviews' for the lowdown on other 3Ds
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105 of 119 people found the following review helpful By SuperC142 on January 13, 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This 3D Blu-Ray exceeded my expectations. I was expecting the same episode that originally aired on The History Channel, probably with some gimmicky 3D effects added in (yes, I bought it anyway, hoping that I was wrong). However, I was surprised to see (what I believe to be) some new, 3D interview footage and some new narration recorded specifically for this release. The 3D effects are very good. Seeing tiny Mercury eclipse the giant Sun in 3D is breathtaking as are some of the beautiful images of the rings of Saturn. Sure, most of it is CG, but that's fine because it looks really great. The only poor CG has to do with the spacecraft in which you are supposedly touring the solar system. Really, my only complaint is that there is some substantial crosstalk in many scenes, mostly when you see an object against the blackness of space. If that weren't true, I would have given this release 5 stars instead of 4.

My 2-year-old son is showing a lot of interest in space/planets/astronomy, so I thought he might enjoy this. Indeed, he did. He sat riveted through the whole thing (which, if you knew my hyper son, is pretty amazing). "Is that Saturn?", "Look, the Sun! It's coming out of the TV!", "Wow, the Sun is very hot!", etc. One thing this video accomplished for my son is something I had been unable to articulate to a 2-year-old; that is the sheer size of the planets. The 3D really helps to illustrate this in a way that nothing else can. I think he now has a good sense of how enormous the sun is when compared to other planets.

This video satisfied an itch that I hoped would have been scratched by many of the 3D Imax documentaries out there that disappointed me.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Eric Preston on January 15, 2011
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Mostly talking about the 3D effects here.
I watched this on a Panasonic TC-P65VT25 set and a Panasonic DMP-BDT100 player, which I've also used to watch Legends of the Guardians, Avatar, Resident Evil: Afterlife, and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, all in 3D. The Universe: 7 Wonders of the Solar System is the first one that made me feel nauseous. This could be because of the uneven 3D effect that had some very bad ghosting. When it was good, no ghosting, and a very deep 3D field, with some good pop-out effects too, but when that ghosting reared its ugly head, it was in your face, no need to look for it, and very distracting. About half of the show was good, half bad.

The show itself was OK, and a nice compliment to The Universe series, which is a very simplified science series, and continued here. What did annoy me was the section where the interviewees were talking about how 'Hollywood' got things wrong with how it portrayed the asteroid belt, then the show continued to make the same 'mistake'. I was hoping that they would take the time to show what it actually would look like, not just describe it, but they kept going back to the same inaccurate portrayal. Annoying.

This is one 'blind buy' I am sorry I made.

Skip it.
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