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Extreme Engineering: Collection 1

4.4 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews

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On every part of the planet, men and women are achieving the impossible. Mountains of earth are drilled, blasted and moved while massive structures are erected to tame and traverse great bodies of water. Join us for a globe-spanning look at some of the most astounding feats of EXTREME ENGINEERING as mankind soars to new heights of imagination and ingenuity in the struggle to meet the challenges of the modern world.

Episodes:

Widening the Panama Canal: Built more than 90 years ago, the canal was an engineering marvel, but to keep up with modern-day shipping demands, the old channel must be widened, presenting a mammoth set of challenges to the engineers and workmen.

Boston's Big Dig: One of the largest and most technically challenging infrastructure projects in American history, Boston's Big Dig encompasses an 8- to 10-lane-wide highway winding 120 feet underground through downtown Boston, a new tunnel beneath the city's harbor and the widest cable-stayed bridge in the world. After decades of planning and construction, this enormous undertaking promises to turn the bustling, congested "Bean Town" into a fast-moving city of tomorrow.

Building Hong Kong's Airport: When the citizens of Hong Kong needed a new international airport, they went 16 miles offshore to two islands that were then leveled and merged into one platform for a giant terminal and runway structure. And then a series of world-class highways, bridges and tunnels were created to connect the new airport to the city.

Tunneling Under the Alps: Deep below the scenic wonders of the Alps, an army of engineers and workers is creating the longest tunnel in the world in a hellish environment of deadly unstable rock and mud. When completed, the trans-alpine tunnel will turn the mountain range from a giant road block to a free- flowing corridor of goods and commerce moving across Europe.

Iceland Tunnels: On the desolate northeastern tip of Iceland, 100 miles south of the Arctic Circle, first-class excavation and construction crews, responsible for some of the greatest tunneling projects around the world, are attempting to burrow 45 miles and hundreds of feet underground in an audacious plan to turn ice into electricity.

Container Ships: Danish ship builders are attempting what was once unimaginable to their Viking forebears: to construct a monster container ship, a vessel, that when completed, will blow the rudders off the worldwide cargo shipping industry.

Oakland Bay Bridge: The new Bay Bridge will replace the most heavily traveled bridge in the United States: the spans linking San Francisco to Oakland and the East Bay. Now several years behind schedule, the pressure is on, but the unanticipated problems of building a $2.8 billion two-mile earthquake-proof road 300 feet in the air are tough to beat.

Venice Flood Gates: The engineers and builders are on a desperate mission...to keep Venice, Italy from becoming the next Atlantis. This enormous undertaking calls for 79 steel floodgates, each bigger than a football field and weighing over 300 tons.


Special Features

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Product Details

  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    NR
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  • Studio: Discovery Channel
  • DVD Release Date: November 6, 2007
  • Run Time: 348 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UYN9Q8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,033 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By W. Simon on July 4, 2009
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Excellent, Excellent, Excellent. This is a great purchase for the price. It is inexpensive, current, and amazingly interesting. I bought it mostly to watch with my two sons, ages 9 and 7, and they never tire of watching it. The subjects are fascinating. The set has 2 DVDs and each has four episodes. Alot of viewing for a low price.

A great item for an educational tool for the whole family.
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purchased this dvd for my husband for xmas. He has already watched the whole dvd and thoroughly enjoyed it and will watch it over and over as he says you pick up things you didnt notice the first and second time. I myself watched a few of the episodes and they were fascinating.
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The content is very good. It covers a great deal of details. Not enough of engineering. A lots of history.
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The set starts out OK, like with Boston's Big Dig. But even this episode (like all the episodes) is nearly ruined by the soundtrack (incredibly loud and distracting) and hyper-manic editing (which I'm sure causes brain cancer).

But with each successive episode the set degenerates into almost NO engineering! It's true! The screen time instead is taken over by PEOPLE and their petty problems or nonsense. For example, in Venice Flood Gates, they have some worker sing us a song. Huh? Huh? I did not buy the set to listen to Italians sing (badly). I purchased it for, ah, ENGINEERING. By way of contrast, there is another show out there on the Venice flood gates, and the difference is astounding. The latter minutely details the engineering behind the project, and with incredible graphics. Instead, this idiotic show has singing and long, pointless scenes (like a worker driving to the job!).

The producers apparently thought that incredible engineering projects were not enough to engage the viewer. So the whole set is jazzed up like an MTV special, and soap operas replace engineering.

This set should be titled: THE TRIVIAL STORIES OF THE PEOPLE...who build big things.
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Like many, I was a little hesitant on Ghost Hound's price, but it's a series I've been waiting for quite some time, so I took the leap. I'm really glad I did. This is easily one of the best shows of the year. The way it combines both psychological and paranormal elements is outstanding, and unlike anything we've got recently from Anime.

Unfortunately, the series is not dubbed, and that may irk some. But after watching it, I'm glad it remained subbed. The voice work in this release is amazing, and I can't imagine any American dub coming close to it. The Japanese Seiyu are incredible, and it would have been impossible to replicate their work.

This is one of Studio IG's 20th Anniversary Show Pieces, so they spared no expense on it. The visuals in this series are outstanding. The animation is crisp and bright. The colors are vibrant, and the motion very fluid for an anime series.

I also happen to love psychology, and I really respect the amount of research they put into this show. They must have spent a lot of time researching actual mental illnesses and disorders, and it really shows in Ghost Hound.

Everything about this show screams quality, and it's one that belongs in your collection. It's easily one of the best releases of 2009!
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By JOE BANG on December 3, 2009
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i love anime & ghosthound is truly unique.
the coloration is almost like watercolor - and maybe it is.
an unusual, mysterious story, that fundamentally involves the viewer with the potential of something beyond...
music, pacing, characters, all contribute to an experience both entertaining & inspirational.
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Even though some of my high school students get bored with parts of the content, it is a great blend of history and science and engineering and everything!!!
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For those of you who are tired of watching re-runs and questionable TV shows, this is for you! Information is fascinating!
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