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Wonders of the Universe [Blu-ray] (2011)

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 30, 2011
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,961 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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80 of 85 people found the following review helpful
By rossuk
This review is based on the series as aired in the UK, March 2011. This is a follow-up to `Wonders of the Solar System'; it has the same format with Brian Cox travelling the world. As usual, some science background will help you to appreciate this series, my degree is in physics. I found it a bit slow, it is also dumbed down in places, and it is only four episodes, hence only 4 stars. The account of the nucleosynthesis of the heavy elements in stars and supernovae was fascinating, we are all made of star dust (Ep 2).

Episodes (adapted from BBC iPlayer and youtube)

1. Destiny

Professor Brian Cox explores the laws of the universe. In this episode, Brian seeks to understand the nature of time and its role in creating both the universe and ourselves.

It looks at the furthest star that we know, which blew up 13.0bn years ago. It looks at the arrow of time which is always moving forward, which he relates to the second law of thermodynamics, entropy always increases, i.e. the tendency to go from order to disorder. He looks at the stelliferous era. The red dwarfs will be the longest lived stars in the universe, because they burn their fuel so slowly. The death of stars will be in a 100 trillion years time, leading to the heat death of the universe when all matter will disappear leaving only photons. However the good news is that the arrow of time gives a point in time (i.e. now) when intelligent life is possible in the universe. He ends with the single pixel picture of earth taken by Voyager.

2. Stardust

What are we and where do we come from? Professor Brian Cox finds out. The account of the nucleosynthesis of the heavy elements in stars and supernovae was fascinating.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Follow Up - Great Stand Alone May 24, 2011
Just as the first reviewer, this is based on the series as it aired on the BBC. It does not speak for any additional scenes or features that may be found in the disc version.

Similarly to Wonders of the Solar System, Wonder of the Universe focuses on familiar subjects and doesn't pretend to teach advanced physics to the audience. It's a show aimed at facilitating understanding of appealing subjects and to initiate the viewer into ideas and concepts that can lead to much deeper - and more interesting - waters.

Professor Cox is a great presenter, as his attitude and general excitement about these subjects is very easily contagious. I suppose he's easy to relate to because he speaks our language - that of the layman - when explaining things that took the greatest scientists in history decades to decipher.

The 4 episodes do a good job at staying within their topics, so an overwhelming number of concepts are not thrown around, which makes these otherwise complicated subjects easy to follow. The second episode - Stardust - is particularly awesome. Even though it's something most people are probably familiar with, it never fails to excite you when you see it presented in such a way. The fact that every atom in my body once exploded from within a star will never bore me :)

My only complaint is that it's only 4 episodes long. The good news? There's a 'Wonders of Life' in the works :)
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cinematic experience June 18, 2011
The minority who did not like "Wonders of the Solar System" will not like "Wonders of the Universe", but the many more who did like it will enjoy this one too - though it is not quite as good as the first series in my opinion. It has been claimed that it has little serious science. This is true. For example, compare what was said about the arrow of time and entropy with the Wikipedia page on the subject, which contains much more information on a single page. However, this misses the point. Professor Cox has rightly described the series as a "cinematic experience". It combines state-of-the-art CGI, wonderful astronomical photos, soaring music, exotic locations, fancy camerawork, and the infectious enthusiasm of Cox himself. As for the science, there may not be much depth but the topics covered are very well done and explained with crystal clarity. Everybody watching these DVDs, whether a child or a senior, will complete their viewing with some understanding of topics ranging from the life and death of the universe and the formation of the elements, to gravity and light. Just as important it is likely to have inspired enthusiasm and a sense of wonder. For that we must thank Brian Cox. The impact he has made with both "Wonders" series can be gauged by the fact he is being called by many "the David Attenborough of astrophysics". High praise indeed.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking August 31, 2011
By Kenna
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Professor Brian Cox explores big cosmic questions and explains things in down to earth terms. As a presenter he has a natural approach and his childlike enthusiasm is infectious. The cinematography is stunning and the computer graphics are top notch. The music is sweeping and beautiful. Almost like a meditation on life, the universe and how we're all connected.

I found each episode to be thoroughly enjoyable. Professor Cox has a genuine love of science and clearly wants to share it with as many people as possible. He does so in a way that is neither boring or redundant. This is one of the finest series on the universe I've seen. A real fresh approach. I recommend viewing with the lights off for the full experience.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing imagery in HD for all viewers
I watched this so many times for free off our satellite DVR that I felt compelled to buy it to show support. Even my kids like to watch it with me... Read more
Published 16 days ago by buk_reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 22 days ago by Terrence H Lo
5.0 out of 5 stars The Arrow of Time
You must have patience to watch and understand this, but it is outstanding in every way. Using the subtitles helps to stay attentive and focus on what's being said while watching... Read more
Published 1 month ago by ComRat
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
An outstanding series
Published 2 months ago by J. D. Hopkins
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this show
This is one of the best astronomy documentaries that I have seen besides Cosmos. There is something about how Brian Cox explains stuff that will really get you to think. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Spion
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
wont play 0n my computer
Published 3 months ago by REGINALD SHIELDS
1.0 out of 5 stars Does not play in my Sony Blue-ray Player
I was looking forward to this product to use in my classroom for an astronomy class, but it will not play in my Sony Blue-ray player because evidently it is coded for all regions... Read more
Published 5 months ago by michael g. brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Done
Well, I can't say enough about the eye candy that is Professor Cox. The only thing I would change about this series is the disturbing scenes shot with the sun behind his head which... Read more
Published 7 months ago by JesseValentine
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful video
Like the wonders of the solar system, this video should be seen by many to awe at the scope of the beauty of the universe
Published 8 months ago by JON WATSON
5.0 out of 5 stars A+
Great documentary, blu-ray is awesome, this documentary is awesome. Wouldn't have bought it if i didn't think so, Either way, ridiculously good
Published 9 months ago by WMKzelis
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