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Use this to show off your Blu-Ray!,
This review is from: A Traveler's Guide to the Planets [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
This looks truly stunning - you have to watch it on a large screen TV otherwise you won't get the full effect. It's pretty amazing how much detail the special effects team managed to put into the graphics. There were a number of times I sat there and thought "wow" :)
Besides that, the programs themselves are quite informative and live up to the title - they act as a good general guide to the planets. Earth is not covered, but that's okay. I guess the producers are assuming you're already familiar with the third rock from the Sun. However, all the others - including Pluto - are included.
My only gripe - and the reason for the 4 stars, as opposed to 5 - is the lack of extras, although, to be fair I didn't expect a whole lot. There are two very short videos about the Sun and Moon - standard def, I think - and neither run more than five minutes long. It would have been nice to see how the graphics were created or to see some other behind-the-scenes stuff but I understand it costs money to produce that.
Anyway, if you want something to show off your Blu-Ray then this is a definite candidate. If you're new to the planets you'll find it fascinating and informative and even if you're not new to these alien worlds, you'll probably find the effects spellbinding.
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Initial post: Jul 9, 2010 4:25:01 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 9, 2010 4:34:34 AM PDT
I remember that when this series was shown on the National Geographic channel not all of the episodes were shown in the times they were advertised. At least one episode was repeated in the time slot when a new episode was supposed to have been aired, perhaps due to a programming error. Are all of the complete episodes contained in the DVD's and Blu-Ray's?
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 9, 2010 11:59:45 AM PDT
I noticed that too.
Yes, they are all included. There were six episodes produced:
E01 - Venus & Mercury
E02 - Mars
E03 - Jupiter
E04 - Saturn
E05 - Uranus & Neptune
E06 - Pluto & Beyond
What's a little odd is that they appear out of order on the Blu-Ray - Saturn, Jupiter and Mars are on the first disc and then the remaining three shows and the "extras" are on the second :)
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 9, 2010 5:26:10 PM PDT
Thanks, Richard. I guess a lot of the people who buy the set will see the complete series for the first time.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 13, 2010 11:58:51 AM PDT
You're welcome. I don't know if the entire series was ever aired and I don't know which one got missed. I didn't see all the episodes when they aired the first time around.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 13, 2010 4:56:43 PM PDT
Not sure if my memory is correct, but I think it was the episode about Uranus & Neptune. As I remember, the episode about Saturn was repeated in the time slot when the missing program was supposed to have aired. My cable service has a TV guide and I wondered why the N G channel wasn't showing the program that was listed. The next program was the right one-- Pluto and Beyond.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 19, 2010 9:11:05 AM PDT
btw, noticed a minor but slightly irritating error - on the discs, it states that the Saturn, Jupiter and Mars shows are on disc one and that the Mercury & Venus, Pluto & Beyond and Uranus & Neptune shows are on disc two. However, the Mercury & Venus show is actually on disc one. A minor error, but it gives a slightly less-than-professional impression.
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 19, 2010 5:02:28 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 19, 2010 5:04:55 PM PDT
I like to see the planets in order -- the old fashioned way I was taught them in elementary school-- Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn. Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. I think they are in that order in the older BBC series "The Planets", which was made in 1999. Some of that knowledge is dated now, e.g. such as Pluto is now no longer considered a planet as it was back in the 1960's. DVD's and Blu-Rays can have content errors-- I have one set of "Marty Stouffer's Wild America" that says there are bonus features on the cover when there are none on the discs.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 6, 2010 7:46:21 AM PDT
LOL See, that to me is false advertising!
Fortunately all the content is there, it's just organized slightly confusingly...
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 6, 2010 10:31:54 AM PDT
I don't think most people would ask for a refund because the bonus features aren't on a DVD. Those who designed the sets were a little careless and probably did not intend to mislead anyone, although it seems like the customers are getting less than they paid for. An error like that is a little embarrassing-- about as much as having the programs in the wrong order.
Posted on Dec 17, 2010 8:32:57 AM PST
I am considering buy one, but....does it has chinese subtitle?
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