How the Universe Works
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Engineering the Universe shows you how the cosmos is designed, built, and actually works. From the beginning of time, Stars, Galaxies, Planets, Solar Systems, and more have been working individually and together to produce all that is and all that we see. See as never before the inner workings of our world, and explore black holes, supernovae, neutron stars, dark energy, and all the titanic forces that make us who we are. With a dynamic cast of experts and a new generation of CGI, Engineering the Universe looks under the celestial hood to reveal the inner workings of outer space: the story of how it's made and how it runs. This is your ultimate Cosmos Operator's Manual.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medNotRated NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.25 x 0.5 inches; 4 Ounces
- Item model number : 6960562
- Director : Pioneer Productions
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
- Run time : 8 hours
- Release date : June 28, 2011
- Actors : Mike Rowe
- Studio : Discovery - Gaiam
- ASIN : B004QSQMG8
- Number of discs : 2
- Best Sellers Rank: #63,438 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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I think this program presents the scientific view and the latest theories in a simple and straightforward manner, but allows the majesty and complexity of the universe to speak for itself, which can also appeal to audience members with a more theological/intelligent design world view.
If you binge watch the show, certain segments may seem repetitious, but it's because each episode focuses so specifically on one aspect of the universe that sometimes information overlaps topics. However, that is no deterrent to enjoying what is a superlative documentary series.
Sure glad Mr. Know-it-all didn't want them, because I thoroughly enjoyed the series
So, whether you're looking for amazing picture and sound quality or a truly informative explanation of the cosmos - or maybe a little of both, you're shopping in the right department. This is the DVD set that every space junkie should own.
For me, the best part is that in addition to having a video compendium of scientific knowledge, this series uses the latest in CGI animation to illustrate the scientific explanations and lend understanding in a way that was not really possible before. This should be required for middle/high school science classes learning about the laws of physics ... and maybe we'd wind up with more scientists and fewer politicians.
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With such marvellous graphic visualisations, I considered that it really had to be Blu-ray.
Well after a huge amount of confusion and queries to Amazon about the listing, I have now taken delivery, and Amazon are completely vindicated. The cover shown is precisely correct. Yes - it says "2 DVD SET" on the cover, and yet it arrived in the classic transparent blue Blu-ray case with the the Blu-ray Disc logo at the top. Inside are indeed 2 discs, but they are not DVDs as it says on the cover, - they are true Blu-ray discs. However both on the back of the case, and on the discs themselves, there is the region logo with a "1" in it. That's right BRDs claiming to be region 1. BRDs can only be be region A, B or C, which distinguishes them from DVDs, which can be region 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 (or 0 which is effectively region free). The overwhelming majority of video discs are sold with Standard Definition content if DVD, or High Definition content if BRD. Well these discs have true HD content on true BRDs despite the cover. Also despite the region labels on the discs themselves, they are in fact Region A, and not Region 1. I know this because I have a player that will play anything, whether DVD regions 0-6 or BRD regions A-C. The only catch is that to play an out-of-region BRD a specific action is required (all DVDs play by default).
Another point is that this version is narrated by Mike Rowe (with a strong American accent), and not Richard Lintern, as seen (heard) on Sky TV in the UK.
So wonderful to have this amazing series in HD (although note some of the graphic visualisations may fall short of this (though still possibly better than SD), but everything else is genuine HD). I could score this 6 out of 5 and it still wouldn't be enough.
They have started to release the later series now, but sadly only in DVD, - which means they are in SD. In my opinion, Series 1 (2010) is the best overall, but series 4 has one of the most thrilling episodes "Forces of Mass Construction". But then I haven't seen them all and I see interesting episode titles in series 2 and 3 also.
Prepare to enlarge your mind.
Please Discovery - release -all- of the seasons in HD Blu-ray Discs, - and try to get the labelling right so as to confuse the monkeys out of simple souls like me.
However, I would recommend.
The actual DVD is brilliant in explaining the Universe and how things were created - the graphics are really good and easy to understand. Very addictive!!
Only gripes are: menu is not in English, so finding what you want to view is bit of a bind. Also, you have to keep switching off sub titles in each chapter - bummer!