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Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey [Blu-ray]
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|Format||AC-3, Blu-ray, Box set, Subtitled, Widescreen, DTS Surround Sound|
|Contributor||Tom Konkle, Neil Degrasse Tyson|
|Runtime||9 hours and 13 minutes|
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COSMOS: A SpaceTime Odyssey continues the exploration of the remarkable mysteries of the cosmos and our place within it. Hosted by renowned astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, this thrilling, 13-part adventure will transport you across the universe of space and time, bringing to life never-before-told stories of the heroic quest for knowledge and a deeper understanding of nature. With an updated Cosmic Calendar, dazzling visual effects, and the wondrous Ship of the Imagination, prepare to take an unforgettable journey to new worlds and across the universe for a vision of the cosmos on the grandest - and smallest - scale.
- Aspect Ratio : 1.78:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 0.7 x 7.5 x 5.4 inches; 3.84 Ounces
- Item model number : 28928575
- Media Format : AC-3, Blu-ray, Box set, Subtitled, Widescreen, DTS Surround Sound
- Run time : 9 hours and 13 minutes
- Release date : June 10, 2014
- Actors : Neil Degrasse Tyson, Tom Konkle
- Subtitles: : English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch
- Language : English (DTS 5.1)
- Studio : 20th Century Fox
- ASIN : B00IWULSTC
- Number of discs : 4
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Reviewed in the United States on March 23, 2017
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The series is terrific. Cosmos (2014) with Neil deGrasse Tyson builds on the original Cosmos (1980) with Carl Sagan. I’ve seen Neil Tyson in other shows and he’s great.
CAUTION: The discs I bought for the Carl Sagan 1980 Cosmos won’t play on U.S. players. I bought the discs on Amazon and there weren’t any warnings, saying the discs weren’t Region 1. That’s why I gave the original Cosmos three stars on Amazon. I had to play the series on a computer that recognizes all regions.
If you love astronomy I recommend the History channel’s The Universe (2007-2012) series, which I bought on discs, although the folding cardboard and plastic contraption the discs came in doesn’t hold the discs very well.
If you like good space fiction you might like some of the following. I spent a month on a space race binge. First I read Space by James A. Michener. Then I watched two movies, The Right Stuff (1983) and Apollo 13 (1995), and then two great series, From the Earth to the Moon (1998) and The Astronauts Wives Club (2015). They’re a great combination. If you like any of these you might also like Manhattan (2014-2015), Granite Flats (2013-2015) or Taken (2002). All three series are set during WWII or shortly after. They are about secret government programs. Manhattan is about making the first atomic bomb, like the movie Fat Man and Little Boy (1989). Taken is about UFOs and alien visitors, sort of a fictionalized version of Project Blue Book. And Granite Flats is about the experimental drug program MKUltra (the CIA mind control program).
All of the above series have great story arcs. They start and finish strong and have great middles. One difference is the smoking and drinking. There is smoking and drinking in almost every scene in Manhattan, which was set during the era when soldiers received packs of cigarettes with their meal rations. Ever been around a chain smoker? In Taken there’s a scene where Crawford says his doctor prescribed cigarettes for hypertension. Imagine that. I don’t remember any smoking in Granite Flats, but that might just be my poor memory.
If the above series don’t sound interesting here are a few of the series I really enjoyed watching more than once. I love good miniseries like Band of Brothers (2001), Frank Herbert’s Dune (2000), Into the West (2005), Lonesome Dove (1989), Pride and Prejudice (1995), Taken (2002) and The 10th Kingdom (2000) because they have beginnings, middles and endings, like a good novel.
Other shows I’ve really enjoyed include Battlestar Galactica (2004-2009), Breaking Bad (2008-2013), Cowboy Bebop (1998), Downton Abbey (2010-2015), Firefly (2002), Game of Thrones (2011-2019), The IT Crowd (2006-2013), Jericho (2006-2008), Lost (2004-2010), Merlin (2008-2012), Rome (2005-2007), Spartacus: Gods of the Arena (2011), Spartacus: Blood and Sand (2010), Stargate: SG-1 (1997-2007), Stargate: Atlantis (2004-2009), Star Trek The Original Series (1966-1969) and Star Trek Voyager (1995-2001). I didn’t list any contemporary series I’m following that don’t have an end date yet, not conducive to binge watching from beginning to finish, or the hundreds of other fantasy and science fiction shows I’ve watched.
If you like reading try some of my favorite fantasy and sci-fi authors: Richard Adams, Palo Bacigulupi, Suzanne Collins, Abe Evergreen, Diana Gabaldon, Hugh Howey, George Martin, Brandon Sanderson, John Scalzi, and Andy Weir.
If you are looking for hard science and numbers, this isn't where you should be looking. There are text books and hard documentaries a-plenty on public television. This show however is a great primer for those who are looking at an easy way to introduce a younger audience to the wonders of science, nature, and human history as it relates to our place in the universe. If watched with said younger audience, it would certainly help to spark questions that perhaps would get them to think a little more about the bigger world around them.
Even if you are someone who already has a firm grasp of the cosmos at large, there is a lot to appreciate in some of its history and nature lessons which even I found, while perhaps not profoundly educational, a good refresher and still managed to learn a thing or two about some key people and events. Can most people honestly claim to know everything about Ibn al-Haytham, tardigrades, or Marie Tharp?
A direct comparison with the original 1980 broadcast of this voice of the universe is inevitable, however Neil deGrasse Tyson is no Carl Sagan and Alan Silvestri is no Vangelis. I do not mean to say that Neil and Alan are in some way lessers of Carl and Vangelis, but rather, their purpose is a little bit different.
The original Cosmos had a musical quality about its presentation with Carl Sagan as its vocals, a delivery I describe as being a heart moving experience that makes you think. Listening to the music and hearing Carl's own written words from his seminal work is something to be personally felt to understand. But there is a certain nostalgia to the sensation that may be a bit passe for some younger generations.
Cosmos 2014 however has a more direct, practical approach to its delivery. It's not trying to tug at those same emotional notes right off the bat and it's certainly not trying to capture the magic the same way and I greatly appreciate that. It does connect to the original series on a personal level (Neil deGrasse Tyson's first meeting with Carl Sagan) and uses some of the same imagery from time to time (Ship of the Imagination, the opening cliffside scene, the cosmic calendar). Various topics about the age of the universe, nature, and science are covered in its own informative but not too heavy way, which is again perfect for a general audience, providing enough general answers but leaving plenty of room for independent discovery for the curious.
The musical score too is not as heavy was it was in the original series, accompaying the narrative without being very emotional except maybe in a few key moments when it wants to be. It is somewhat repetitive however, which is fine since it's not trying to carry the series.
This is definitely not the same Cosmos of yesteryear. But it does not try to be, which is perfectly fine by me. Perhaps some day soon when my nephews finally look up at the night sky and can ask me what those twinkling lights are, I'll let them decide which approach to the Cosmos they prefer.
(There IS a series out there that has a much more "Cosmos 1980" feel that was done in very recent years, which I also deeply appreciate, but out of deference to this series I will not mention directly in this review.)
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This is not just informative, but also very entertaining. Very fast pace, won't bore you and full of neat CGI animations.
I definitely recommend this to everyone who has any level of interest in astronomy / astro physics.