History of the World in Two Hours [Blu-ray]
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Did you know that 1% of the white noise you see on your television is actually background radiation from the Big Bang? From the formation of the earth and the emergence of life, to the advance of man and the growth of civilization, the CGI-driven special HISTORY OF THE WORLD IN TWO HOURS offers viewers a rapid-fire view of 14 billion years of history - an epic story that reveals surprising connections to our daily lives, for the first time in majestic 3D!
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What the video does really well is place human history in a clear context. That Earth is possible is due to a series of remarkable events. That we, as a species, are here is also the result of a series of equally incredible events. That evolution could have shaped our brains and behavior to be the only species that could understand all this is something to be celebrated and a source of wonder, whether you are an atheist (as I am) or a believer in a higher deity (although I would hope that if you are so, that you would be open to a lager view of creation).
My view is that all journeys benefit from being viewed both close up and from afar. This macro-view helps the viewer that has only studied American History (the common experience of many Ameicans) gain a wider view of history. Standing back and and looking at the larger view, then focusing on the narrower view, has in my opinion, great intellectual and value.
In conclusion, this video enables viewers to have a truly global (if not universal view of history). There are many books that do the same , but they are tomes that require a great deal of time. Read then, but see this video first !!
For full disclosure, I am an academic. I give (will give ) grades to you or your offspring.
Not only was I proven wrong; I was so impressed that I immediately went on-line and purchased the CD which, by eliminating the commercials, actually abridges 13.7 billion years of history into 1 hour and 28 minutes while managing to entertain, educate, and astound in such a clever, simple format that my adult children and adolescent grandchildren enjoyed it as much as I.
If you're curious to know why stars had to die so that we humans could live, the critical role bacteria played in the creation of life, or how fire and grass expedited human and social evolution, and many more such bits of scientific knowledge, I highly recommend that you invest an hour and a half of your time in watching this documentary.
Perhaps the strongest aspect of "History of the World in Two Hours" comes in its early segments when we're discussing how certain elements were formed that contributed to earth being a viable planet on which life could thrive. The sciences combine to form an intriguing tale of evolution and I like that the piece shows how the physical composition of the atmosphere changed, gives the reasons behind it, and points to future consequences. As the documentary progresses, however, the components can become a bit more hit or miss. And while it seems rather cursory and simplistic, the dispersal of humans, the growth of civilizations, and the union of the continents through exploration give one a lot to think about.Read more ›
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This should be called history of the world in 1.5 hours because it aired with a half hour of commercials originally. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ben Graves
Couldn't watch this crap for more than 20 minutes. Absolute rubbish!Published 2 months ago by Terence Marriott
Great documentary. Good presentation with interesting facts all in just 2 hours. I would recommend this DVD.Published 3 months ago by Gardener