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The Universe: Season 1 [Blu-ray]
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Now available on Blu-Ray DVD for the first time, HISTORY presents all 13 visually arresting, awe-inspiring episodes from THE UNIVERSE: THE COMPLETE SEASON ONE plus the feature-length documentary Beyond the Big Bang . From the planets to the stars to the edge of the known universe, history and science collide in this epic exploration of space and its limitless potential.
DISC 1: Secrets of the Sun / Mars: The Red Planet / The End of the Earth: Deep Space Threats To Our Planet / Jupiter: The Giant Planet / The Moon
DISC 2: Spaceship Earth / The Inner Planets: Mercury & Venus / Saturn: Lord of the Rings / Alien Galaxies / Life and Death of a Star
DISC 3: The Outer Planets / The Most Dangerous Place in the Universe / Search for ET / Beyond the Big Bang (2hr)
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Let me first frame my review. I am a big astronomy buff. I have been interested and studied astronomy all my life. Although I dabled in aerospace engineering in college due to my love of space, I ultimately changed my major and have never really worked in the field. In fact I don't own a telescope. Most of my interest has been satisfied by books and wonderful TV shows like Cosmos and The Planets.
So, to me this series would have been perfect fit. A modern Cosmos with all the latest technology, computer graphics, and newest imagery. However, this series is dissapointing. I wanted this to be the outer space equivalent of the stunning Planet Earth series (or even walking with Dinosaurs), which it is not. It's not that it's horrible or even bad, just it left so much on the table.
So, I will outline what I find as flaws and then finish the review with the positives.
1) It's a little to cutesy. The narative style is a little too casual and relies on a lot of comparisons that are a little trite. For instance, they describe how Jupiter flings comets and asteriods out of their normal orbit (which protects the inner planets) by comparing it to a frisbee thower. So we have a lady on a field throwing a frisbee over and over. There are descriptions like, "I want to go ice fishing on Europa" from professional scientists, and using pool tables to make analogies of particles in the Sun colliding, but doing it over and over, or how the threats to the Earth are like an amusement park (except that they aren't at all!!!). Most of us get the point with the mere mention and don't need the extended display of terrestrial footage. It comes off as dumb and slightly insulting.Read more ›
In this 4 disc set you get;
Disc 1) Secrets of the Sun, Mars:The Red Planet, The End of the Earth:Deep Space Threats to our Planet, Jupiter:The Giant Planet.
Disc 2) The Moon, Spaceship Earth, The Inner Planets:Mercury & Venus.
Disc 3) Saturn:Lord of the Rings, Alien Galaxies, Life and Death of a Star, The Outer Planets.
Disc 4) The Most Dangerous Place in the Universe, Search for ET, Beyond the Big Bang.
In all, 14 episodes. While you're at it, consider buying The Universe by Tim Tully. This Dvd can not be beat!!
If your interested in learning more about the universe, this is a pretty good choice, especially considering the price. As far as content goes, Cosmos, this is not. But thats ok. This is a ongoing series, it cannot pack tons of information in such a short amount of time. This is an ongoing show, and as the seasons progress, more and more content will be covered. I like the format, and find it refreshing, the only hard part is not watching the whole disc each time I put one in.
What's cool though is, watching this blu-ray makes me more interested in studying some of the drier material out there, and usually encourages an amazon book purchase from me.
I'm glad the series is finally on blu-ray, and I'm even more glad that it is in real widescreen format, instead of 4:3 letter boxed like the last dvd. I eagerly await season 2 on blu-ray, and wish History Channel the best of luck with making this series.
I truly hope that the next box set has some extras. I know, its a documentary, which is basically a whole bunch of extras, but still, maybe some CGI making of, interviews with experts, something, I'm just saying. I still like it, and I really appreciate the low price. Thanks for giving this wonderful series the chance to shine on blu-ray.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a disappointing series that is dumbed-down for general audiences who are far smarter than this series gives them credit for. Read morePublished 7 months ago by PNW Raven
These are collectors blu Rays. Always awesome to have them and watch them from time to timePublished 9 months ago by Diento
Originally written for a seasons 1-4 Universe megaset, but it works for this product as well:
My recollection of this series first coming out was better in the past. Read more
Very disappointed in the Blu-ray quality. I own other space documentary Blu-ray discs and the quality is 10x better than this. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Qballrail