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Wonders of the Solar System (2010)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Box set, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2010
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (91 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003NF97OE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,015 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Experience the extraordinary…in our planet’s own backyard. Wonders explores some of the most amazing features of our very own solar system – how the forces of nature carved out beauty and order from the chaos of space; how our home planet doesn’t sit in magnificent isolation but is intimately connected with the rest of the solar system; and how these connections have created the haven we call Earth. Using the latest scientific knowledge and breathtaking images beamed back from the fleet of probes, rovers and telescopes currently in space, this gorgeous imagery will is paired with some of the most spectacular, extreme locations on Earth help to reveal wonders never thought possible.

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119 of 123 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, (a 30 year update on Cosmos) August 29, 2010
By rossuk
I have just finished watching the UK DVD. Superb, I loved it. Prof. Brian Cox is great (winsome actually), his explanations were very good, his explanation about the conservation of angular momentum in star formation and tornadoes was superb. His explanation of the retrograde motion of Mars was also very good, it was the first time I understood it. He calculated the total energy output of the sun, using a can of water, an umbrella and a thermometer. Maybe he will encourage more people to study physics (he is a particle physicist). My degree is in Physics. so I enjoy this stuff.

As it was written in 2009, it takes into account all the probes that we have sent into the Solar System (over the last 30+ years). What was of particular interest, to me, is all the moons in the Solar System, all 145+ of them, Saturn alone has 61 moons. Titan has liquid methane lakes instead of water and it has an atmosphere, Enceladus has geyser like events. With Jupiter's 63 moons, IO has active volcanoes, and Europa is an Ice moon with some evidence of water below the surface. With Mars there is evidence of water and an atmosphere in the distant past, and there is methane on Mars now. He goes into some detail about Saturn's rings, which was fascinating, to me as a physicist. The only problem I have is it is only 5 episodes and I wanted more, the next series will be on Wonders of the Universe. It is fascinating stuff. The SFX were good too.

The series is a good example of the Anthropic principle, Cox calls it the Goldilocks principle, "everything was just right" to produce life (on Earth).
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46 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Astrophysics Series Since Cosmos August 14, 2010
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As the title says, this is by far the best Astrophysics series, in my opinion, since Sagan's legendary Cosmos.

Professor Cox injects a measure of genuine excitement into this series that is seldom seen. He is truly marveled at all these wonders as he explains them, and it is extremely contagious. The topics feel close at hand, and it does a great job transporting you to these places that are 'just around the corner'. Not having to deal with the great distances and unknowns of the universe, but instead focusing on our solar system, the series goes into great detail about our cosmic neighborhood. You will have gained knowledge as never before by the time you're done.

I can't wait for the bluray release to experience this in the best quality possible with my family. Needless to say, i am now a fan of professor Cox' work and can't wait for his follow-up (which is already being filmed!!).

My only complaint is that 5 episodes is not nearly enough, I could have watched another 20!
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring! July 28, 2010
My wife and I were able to catch this program on TV while overseas. It is the most fascinating, inspiring, and entertaining science program I've ever seen. Can't wait for the DVD release. The host, Brian Cox, is a physicist, and his delight and wonder regarding the topics in the show are infectious. I can't recommend this enough!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, and a Great Value! September 11, 2010
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This 3-disk DVD set is definitely worth every penny. The knowledge contained in these disks is not only fascinating, but oftentimes entertaining and awe-inspiring. I challenge anyone to get through this series without an "ooh" an "ah" or a "WOW". The footage is gorgeously shot and the special effects beautifully rendered, and though some bits repeat a few times (I believe the animation of the big bang is shown at least once in every episode), none of it really detracts. In fact, it often gives a bit of breathing room, where you can sit and absorb the new things you've just been shown. Both the presenter and the professionals he speaks to on the show have a lot of knowledge to offer, and I doubt there are many people who will watch this program without learning at least one thing.

Professor Brian Cox is an excellent presenter. As many have said before me, he puts everything in language that's easy to understand, without being the least bit condescending. He's genuinely, contagiously excited about the material he's presenting, almost always with a nearly childlike grin plastered onto his face. On top of this, he's charismatic, and often quite funny. This makes the program feel less like a classroom than it does a journey of discovery.

I was also pleasantly surprised to find that the third disk contains Prof. Cox's two HORIZON specials, "What on Earth is Wrong With Gravity?" and "Do You Know What Time It Is?" Though there are no other special features on the disks (No behind-the scenes or deleted footage to be found), these specials bring the amount of material on the disks to about 7 hours. I'm definitely not complaining, as this is quite a bit of footage for the price. (Edit: I had miscalculated, originally.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comparison to How the Universe Works - BluRay July 8, 2012
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First off, HD quality is good to great. HD sound is also good to great.

Wonders of the Solar System (or Universe) serves as an introductory course. The series does a great job of explaining concepts but tends not to go into great detail regarding the math/physics behind the concepts. This is great for introducing newcomers not just to astronomy or physics, but to science and the importance of it in our understanding of life/existence, etc.

Advantages over How the Universe Works:
1) The location shots can be pretty interesting
2) Brian Cox (assuming you like his style, delivery, etc)
3) The series offers a bit more human personality then How the Universe Works
4) Avoids going into great (sometimes boring) detail into the concepts
5) Features more real life images, as opposed to CGI models (which are fantastic when done in both series)

Reasons to consider How the Universe Works:
1) HTUW goes into far greater detail
2) HTUW features numerous big names in astronomy/physics. In addition to the narrator, these people share in explaining the concepts
3) Fantastic special effects which do justice to the events they are recreating

If you're a fan of astronomy/science, then I'd recommend picking up both series as they work well together and do not overlap much. For example, HTUW goes into great detail regarding the Big Bang, while this is not touched on in Wonders of the Solar System (for obvious reasons). Although, now that I think of it, it might be just as well having Wonder of the Solar System and Wonders of the Universe instead of WOTSS + HTUW as I do. But you cant go wrong with any of them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brian Cox is awesome
Buy this. It's fantastic.
Published 1 month ago by Lisa C.
5.0 out of 5 stars ... yet but have no doubt that it is as good as Wonders of the...
Haven't watched this yet but have no doubt that it is as good as Wonders of the Universe, Professor Cox's other great video.
Published 2 months ago by ComRat
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonders of the creator
Excelent , as is most BBC dvd's.
Published 2 months ago by Joe the plumber
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Beautifully written and presented.
Published 2 months ago by J. D. Hopkins
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
wont play 0n my computer
Published 3 months ago by REGINALD SHIELDS
2.0 out of 5 stars Invalid Format message on my Panasonic Blu-Ray player
I was really looking forward to seeing this, having caught part of it when it was broadcast on my local PBS station. Read more
Published 4 months ago by J. Cortelyou
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this show.
Even now I have to pull this out and watch it every now and then. Brian Cox describes everything in a way that you can't help but fall in love with the solar system. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Buddyandy
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