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All the episodes are plagued with uneven editing that makes the series look at times like a music video or an extended car commercial. A typical example of the overused, spasmodic, and cliche editing is the stop and go motion of many shots: shots will start off in slow motion, then suddenly sped up, then slowed again, sometimes rapidly intercut with a series of other shots. This is what a science show might look like if Michael Bay directed it. While people with attention deficit disorder may find this acceptable, my patience quickly wore thin.
Secondly is the frequent, overused, and repetitive CG. You'll be seeing the same animations over and over again, several times within the same episode.Read more ›
In addition to this DVD, I also highly recommend NGC's National Geographic - Incredible Human Machine, which further explores the physiological functions and inner organs of the human body. (Don't know why it's labeled as being produced in 1975. The documentary premiered late '07, if I recall correctly). Anyway, it complements DC's series very well.
Repetitive graphics from one human feat to the next detract from the originality of the story presented
Narrative format is poorly paced (e.g. the film watches like a long commercial)
Lacking in quantity of personal accounts
Quality suffers from numerous cuts for commercial breaks (no actual commercials are in the film)
On the plus side, the personal stories are mostly fascinating. Despite the boring CGI models that invade the screen perpetually, the information presented is highly informative.
If I were you, I would just watch it on cable if it ever gets aired again.
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Awesome documentary, very informative. I shared this with my students for health class and they absolutely love it !!!!!Published 5 months ago by ChocoMoon
I teach lifeguarding, swimming, and PE (in two locations). These four presentations provide some of the information about how the body works that I have not found put together so... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Dasship