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Gateways to the Mind / Thread of Life

4.1 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews

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These 2 classic science programs, Gateways to the Mind(1958) and Thread of Life(1960), had their premiere on television, then were shown in classrooms of the baby boom generation throughout America. Hosted by avuncular Dr. Frank C. Baxter, Gateways to the Mind deals with the 5 senses, and has animation sequences directed by the legendary Chuck Jones. The next episode, Thread of Life concerns genetics, and the then newly discovered DNA.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Dr. Frank C. Baxter
  • Directors: Owen Crump
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
  • DVD Release Date: November 20, 2007
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ZJKCMW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,830 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Gateways to the Mind / Thread of Life" on IMDb

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"Thread of Life" takes me back to the 6th grade, when I first saw this film about the senses. Any of the Bell Science Series made us kids happy to see our teacher break out the projector (we didn't have video tape or DVDs then!). The Chuck Jones animated sequences envokes the style of Bugs Bunny, The Grinch, and Tom & Jerry cartoons. The second episode in this set is about genetics from Mendel's pea plant experiments all the way to the then newly described DNA structure. Dr. Frank Baxter, sometimes called "Dr. Research" in the Bell Series, is charming and informative as always. A must!
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Bell Telephone Science program from the late 1950's.
I saw this as a child and was delighted to learn it is now on DVD.
Originally we watched it in black-and-white at a time when biological science was mysterious to me. Still remember each and every episode after 50 years. And I never realized the original was in color.

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This is a generally poor quality, over-priced DVD of two excellent Bell Science television and school documentaries from the late fifties and early sixties. They deserve better treatment than this. The film quality, including color, sound and clarity is mediocre and even the packaging is ultra-cheap. I would purchase this only if a better edition does not come along shortly. Of course there are no "extras", or even any sort of minimal text material on the package. Quite a disappointment!
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Like many other reviewers of this series, I grew up watching these science films in school. Also like many reviewers, I am looking at these through a lens of nostalgia, although, objectively, I think these were extremely well-made and of very high quality. Most of the science is still accurate, and as introductory material for young people, it is excellent.

My complaint here is with the quality of the DVD...it is really terrible. "Thread of Life" appears to have been transferred from a worn-out, washed-out 16mm film copy. I have most of these films in the now-obsolete LaserDisc format on the Rhino label, and they are flawless transfers from what had to be the original print. The original Technicolor footage is still glorious in its saturation and contrast. Clearly, the producers went to very little trouble to make this disc...even the cover art and liner are just captured frames from the video, and look like something made at home. A decent VHS copy of one of my original laserdiscs would be far more watchable.

I'd recommend steering clear of this series, until Warner (who made the original films for the Bell System) or another major studio puts their name on it. Then, you might get a copy you could enjoy watching. I was very disappointed with this one.
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I first watched this science presentation by Bell labs in the 1960's. It is timeless in its content. Nice trip down memory lane. This DVD is educational and informative for all ages. Dr. Frank Baxter was and STILL is 'the best' in his presentation. He makes learning about science a fun experience. I highly recommend it.
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Good for Science class intro. The Gateways is pretty good to get interest up for a study of the nervous system. There have been lots of advancements in fifty years, but it is a cute way to start the study.
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I am 65 years old, and when I was in grade school I remember as a boy I watched Dr Baxter on a reel to reel projection. I was amazed. Igot them for my grandkids, We set down, and watched them together it was wonderful to bring back my childhood. We all had a good time, they learned from Dr. Baxter just like I did so long ago.
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These lovely Bell Labs science films--I am well acquainted with them--arrived neatly and safely packed by Amazon. However, most unfortunately, the Gateways/Thread disc was defective, so I had to send it back. I requested a replacement. It contained the same defect. Too bad, as all the others in the series are very well done, using really decent prints, everything considering. Now if they will come up with a new one of these and add the BL movie "About Time," I will be completely satisfied!
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