Stargaze - Hubble's View of the Universe
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"StarGaze" brings the beauty and majesty of the universe to your home theater, direct from the Hubble Space Telescope. With over an hour of the most incredible images of the universe you'll ever see, from gaseous clouds to more than 200 other astronomical objects, plus Dolby Digital and DTS surround sound music from popular new age group 2002, "StarGaze" will quickly become a favorite in your DVD collection.
It looks like all that money NASA spent on the Hubble Space Telescope was worth it after all--at least from an aesthetic standpoint. Stargaze: Hubble's View of the Universe captivates the viewer with stunningly high-definition color images of galaxies, nebulae, and heavenly bodies closer to home. Each shot pans and lingers over the richly colored pictures as unobtrusive narration in English, French, German, or Spanish explains the history of the Hubble mission, its targets, and what we've learned so far. The music by 2002 is harmless and quiet, though viewers pathologically averse to New Age will scramble for the audio control. Including screensavers and Web features, Stargaze will keep spaceheads happy and entranced for hours, and convert the unbelievers. --Rob Lightner
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While watching this DVD, it becomes readily apparent that the light which is observable in the universe is nothing short of exquisite. The film is endowed with the garish luminescence of the entire universe; dazzling colors and brilliant contrasts fill the screen. We get to see various stars, starclusters, supernovae, nebulae galaxies, pulsars and interstellar star nurseries. I have seen plenty of other space documentaries in my time, but nothing comes close to the spectacular images bestowed by this one.
All of the photographs surveyed in this DVD originated in the lens of the Hubble telescope. Named for the famous early 20th century astronomer, Edwin Hubble, it is the first space-based telescope. The idea of a space-based astronomical tool dates back to the 1950s, but did not come into fruition until the late 1980s.
There are 3 ways in which one may view this DVD. The first is with just the images. The second is with subtitles which point out what feature / locale of the universe is being shown in each frame. The third option is to watch the photographs whilst reading elaborate subtitles which detail the various observations, the history and accomplishments of the Hubble telescope, as well as plans in the works to launch the next space telescope (Hubble's replacement). There are also several languages to choose from on the main menu.
I cannot fathom how anyone who is interested in astronomy could possibly be dis-satisfied with this effort. It is very, very well done & is broken up into roughly 10 segments. The music is listenable & pleasant as well, so the whole format does a great job of showing off the prowess your DVD / HDTV / stereo system.
I agree with nearly everything included in the other reviews here. Quick points:
-- excellent selection of images and arranged well
-- on-screen image quality is excellent
-- first rate sound track to accompany
-- "camera" work less than ideal, many shots are zoomed in too much and leave you with little appreciation for the context of the detailed views
-- the narrative is actually a very limited amount of on screen text which just whetted my appetite for some real explanation
In my opinion, this DVD should have included the option to have far more extensive explanations either in voice or text form. With that it would get 5 stars.