Hubble: 15 Years of Discovery
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NTSC/Region 0. The European Space Agency has decided to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Hubble telescope in orbit around the earth by releasing '15 Years Of Discovery'.The movie covers all aspects of the Hubble Space Telescope project' - a journey through the history, the trouble and the scientific successes of Hubble. The movie is accompanied by custom made music that is composed by Movetwo which was formed by the German composer/musicians Axel Kornmesser & Markus Loffler. Features 26 tracks including 'Touch The Sky', 'Secret Side', Gravitation', 'Black Monsters', 'A New Star', 'Circle Of Light', 'Cosmic History', 'Evolution', 'Spread Your Wings, 'Pearls', 'Back In Time' and more. SPV Records. 2005.
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About The Music: The two German musicians, Axel Kornmesser and Markus Löffler, first encountered each other in 1997. After some common work in different groups the talented singer Axel and the many-sided artist Markus decided to start a new project as a composer duo in 2002. They called it movetwo and began to write various pop songs with lyrics in both German and English. It was an exiting process as Axel was influenced by rock and funky music while Markus prefers jazz and soul and within the melting pot they created their own popular style. In 2004 Axel and Markus were approached to participate to the European Space Agency's Hubble movie, Hubble - 15 Years of Discovery. The collaboration was a success and movetwo started moving into a new musical field and is ready to compose amazing film soundtracks.See all Editorial Reviews
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For the laymen this was OK, you weren't left behind too often though you do have to concentrate at times. Those with greater understanding of astronomy may wish for more. There wasn't a lot of 'wow' factor in how the information was presented and I did end up wishing they'd spent more time talking about how the thing itself was built rather than go off talking about astronomical matters in general. One got the feeling - and it was very prevalent in the extras - that there was a certain amount of filler here to pad out the time.
Having said all that I did enjoy the DVD. As someone who knew only the name of the Hubble telescope it did teach me a lot and piqued my interest in a few things. Some of the imagery used was good and while some of the bonus stuff was filler different parts of it would no doubt appeal to different viewers.
Pick this up cheap if it sounds like your kind of thing.
In fact, the narrative is dumbed down to an annoying degree. For example we are told that Hubble has discovered the most distant object ever seen, but we are not told how distant that object is. It's as though the narrative were written for people who just want to trip out on the images without being burdened with any specific knowledge.
Also annoying is the way the magnificent photos of the heavens are just displayed on the screen usually too quickly for any real contemplation and without detailed information about what is being shown or why it was photographed in the first place. ESA and NASA should have hired somebody knowledgeable to write an image-coordinated script for this that would inform and really entertain, and they should also have hired a professional to read the script, somebody with more enthusiasm and skill than Bob Fosbury displays. The images need to be explained so that we can understand what we are seeing. The clouds and nebulae, the points of light, the halos and the shapes are not self-explanatory. And when the images have been augmented or enhanced in some way, that needs to be explained as well. Some side by side contrasts between what is seen in the visual spectrum and, say, the infrared would be nice. Distances should be revealed.
There are two discs, one a DVD video, and another a CD audio which plays the soundtrack. There is a booklet full of statements like, "The planets of our Solar System have captured the imagination and interest of scientists and thinkers from the earliest times." Or, "Stars are social objects. They like to hang out together in star clusters or as large islands of stars..." This sort of empty expression or anthropomorphic nonsense is typical of what is heard on the video. It's as though the entire production was aimed at children. Actually what I think happened is the production was designed by a committee of ESA and NASA political types who just wanted to massage the public and were afraid that too many facts and numbers and ideas would simply turn them off.
It pains me to have to say this, because I love astronomy and cosmology, but shame on you ESA and NASA!
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