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How The Earth Was Made: The Complete Season 1 [Blu-ray]

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Editorial Reviews

Spectacular on-location footage, evidence from geologists in the field, and clear, dramatic graphics combine in this stunning 13-part series from HISTORY™ to show how immensely powerful, and at times violent, forces of geology have formed our planet.

From the Great Lakes to Iceland, the San Andreas Fault to Krakatoa, HOW THE EARTH WAS MADE travels the globe to reveal the physical processes that have shaped some of the most well-known locations and geological phenomena in the world. With rocks as their clues and volcanoes, ice sheets, and colliding continents as their suspects, scientists launch a forensic investigation that will help viewers visualize how the earth has evolved and formed over millions of years.

Experience all 13 episodes of this landmark series for the first time on Blu-ray.

DISC 1: San Andreas Fault / The Deepest Place on Earth / Krakatoa / Loch Ness / New York

DISC 2: Driest Place On Earth / Great Lakes / Yellowstone / Tsunami

DISC 3: Asteroids / Iceland / Hawaii / The Alps

Special Features

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Product Details

  • Actors: Corey Johnson
  • Directors: Robert Strange
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: October 26, 2010
  • Run Time: 611 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003X2P994
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,232 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I almost didn't buy this blu ray because several reviews and descriptions I found online mentioned that the aspect ratio was 4:3. However, I gave it a shot and the blu ray I received IS in 16:9 aspect ratio. The show itself is incredible and if you have any interest in geology or just science in general, I highly recommend that you buy this blu ray set!
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This show was on Netflix for a while and I love History Channel stuff. I watched maybe 2-3 episodes and that was when I realized that it was my favorite show. It is a must have for anybody that likes the Earth sciences. There are only 2 seasons right now but I know there's more coming. The explanations provided are stellar, and it is narrated and presented brilliantly. This is stuff that takes place over millions and billions of years, and it was more exciting in parts than some modern day Hollywood movies. I have watched each episode about 8 times but I crave this show. Each episode is a made for T.V. Series to fit into a one-hour time slot so they are between 45-50 minutes each with commercials. Another one that grasped me fully in the same line is the 8 episode series called "The Planets" and it runs on BBC. Seriously glued to the T.V for thes two shows alone.
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I have the first six volumes of The Universe on blu-ray, also from the History Channel, and have watched them many times. This set on the geology of our planet looks great. The people who do the narration, many of whom work for the U.S. Geological Survey, are outstanding. If you have a blu-ray player, get the blu-ray set. If you don't have a blu-ray player, get one. Season One holds more than 10 hours of information on 3 blu-rays. This set features geological information on Yellowstone, Hawaii and Iceland.
I have already ordered the Season Two set and hope there are many more to come. Highly recommended.
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When I went to college, I had to decide to be either a geologist or an engineer. Engineering won out but I never forgot geology. My education predate plate tectonics, so this series really caught my fancy. I enjoyed it when it was first broadcast, and I am enjoying the re-runs anytime I want.
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I remember now watching this series on cable and liking it then.
Most all the episodes are very interesting and of course being Bluray really enhances the experience.
How accurate is the scientific information being given- being spoon fed for the general public but still informative.
For budding geologist's it is a good entry point. It gets your interest and if you want to explore further i am sure there are books or scientifically deeper video's to watch.
You are getting over 10 hours of entertainment for a very good price- if it stays this low .
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...because after watching the episode about asteroids, you'll realize that it will probably occur when the Earth is struck by another "dinosaur killer." This series is fascinating and it's made even more spectacular by the HD video that can be fully appreciated on these Blu-Ray discs. Each episode stands alone without any reference to previous episodes so I highly recommend buying both Seasons 1 and 2 at the same time so that you can skip through the episodes in whatever order interests you.
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You should refrain from posting reviews about things based on inaccurate descriptions. The History website (and indeed other retailers such as Amazon) have the aspect ratio listed incorrectly. This is actually 16:9 widescreen and a native high definition release.

It's stupid that the technical specs are still listed wrong on this website after all this time and it's even stupider that Amazon and History allow reviews to be posted from people who haven't even bought the item.

No wonder History's Blu-rays don't seem to be selling that great with this kind of pervasive incompetence.

Just keep in mind that this and the rest of the History Blu-rays incorrectly listed as being 1.33:1 are actually proper 16:9 and any reviewers complaining about the aspect ratio have not bought the item and are raging because they read the incorrect technical specs on the retailer's website stating that the Blu-ray is 1.33:1.

The DVDs might be cropped to 4:3, however. But if you're that concerned about aspect ratios in this day and age you should not be buying DVDs. Watching a DVD on a 16:9 HDTV is absolutely ridiculous.
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I love this series. I really like how they present the theories and the science and the scientific methods used to support the theory. I just wish History would go back to making programs like this, The Universe, etc. rather than the garbage they show now.
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