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The Universe: Season 5

4.3 out of 5 stars 49 customer reviews

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Its been 50 years since man ventured into the unknown, and the heavens are only now yielding their greatest secrets. Follow in the galactic path of THE UNIVERSE, which this season leads us even further into the world beyond our own. From robotic rovers on Mars to NASA probes slamming into comets and deep space telescopes capturing violent images of the birth of stars, season five of this illuminating HISTORY series explores how these discoveries were made and who made them. Dramatic CGI and interviews with expert cosmologists, astronomers and astrophysicists bring the history of the heavens down to earth and provide a glimpse into our future. VOLUME 1: 7 Wonders of the Solar System / Mars: The New Evidence / Magnetic StormVOLUME 2: Time Travel / Secrets of the Space Probes / Asteroid AttackVOLUME 3: Total Eclipse / Dark Future of the Sun

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    NR
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  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 11, 2011
  • Run Time: 376 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0042EJDJ4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,462 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The fifth season of The Universe is, by far, the shortest season with only 8 episodes:

"7 Wonders of the Solar System"
"Mars: The New Evidence"
"Magnetic Storm"
"Time Travel"
"Secrets of the Space Probes"
"Asteroid Attack"
"Total Eclipse"
"Dark Future of the Sun"

It's a little disappointing -- as a viewer, I feel a bit cheated out of five episodes this season, given that previous seasons had 13 or more episodes each.

This has been a good series thus far -- perhaps the best on TV since "Cosmos" in the 1980s. But it is apparent, based on the last two years, that the producers are running out of new ideas and angles. Now, with this short season, one can't help but wonder if viewers will be seeing a season 6.

Still, with all the discoveries and tantalizing hints revealed by the new particle accelerator, coupled with observations and discoveries from the space-based telescopes, you would think there'd be more than enough "science fuel" from just 2010 for new programs. I'd like to see an episode chronicling the Voyager spacecraft journeys now that they're leaving the fringes of the solar system and heading into true interstellar space.

Bottom line: If you like the series thus far, it's worth buying Season 5. The price is right for the short season. The science is still good and the series, as a whole, holds up even after five years in terms of relevant and accurate information.
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It seems that the creators of this show are running out of ideas for new episodes. I don't see how that is possible seeing that our universe is infinitely large and filled with constant new discoveries.

The content from this season is first class, which is to be expected from this great series. Each episode is well researched and presented in a format that is easy to understand. If you've enjoyed the previous seasons of The Universe, the content of season 5 will not disappoint.

I hope this short season is just a bump in the road for this otherwise excellent series and not the end of the line. Thank you Amazon for giving this abbreviated season an abbreviated price.
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This series gives you the information to view in amazement the sky we live in. You will see the great unknown in a form you never imagined. We are such a small spec in both time and space and we will never get to visit the outer reaches beyond earth no matter how long we live. This series can take you there and show you how it all happened. It certainly leaves you wondering where did it all start billions of years ago and where will it all go billions of years from now? It quickly shows you how little we know about the skys above us and where we came from. Are there other life forms out there, probably, but you quickly find out how lucky we are to have a planet with all the right conditions to support mankind. You will quickly learn how much we have learned about the last billion years in the last 50 years since space exploration began. The series shows us why we need to explore space to survive the next billion years. It also shows you how much more we need to learn about the heavens.
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The 5th season is worth watching, but like the 4th season there is much less science and much more speculation and sensationalism. The first three seasons were really much better. Given that and the fact that there are only 8 episodes in the 5th season keep me from giving it any more than 3 stars.
Still, as I said, it is worth watching. The price is reasonable, and there are a LOT of worse shows out there in the modern tv waste land that you could blow hard earned cash on.
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I read many of the other reviews, and while the "Universe" series does suffer from being melodramatic, and sometimes repetitious, I still feel it is an excellent program for providing a broad-brush introduction to the sciences and physics that the show addresses. My high school sons enjoy the show immensely, and wonder when their science classes at school are going to start talking about cosmology, astronomy, and nuclear fusion! This show is a great way to stimulate young people to become interested in the sciences.
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I love anything that has to do with science, esp. astronomy. This series does a very good job in explaining what goes "out there." Definitely recommend this series to anyone who has an interest in the stars.
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Blu-ray really does justice for The Universe series. Filled with great facts and awesome visuals. The further this series goes, the deeper the subjects get. But the creators continue to find ways to make the content understandable without melting your brain too much. I think it's great.
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If you are reading this review you have no doubt read many other reviews of the series in general. All 6 seasons are top quality productions and you can't go wrong buying ANY of them. A word of advice. If you can control the desire for immediate gratification the entire series can be found VERY affordably by shopping back & forth between eBay and Amazon. New is nice but I have found that dvd's in the grades of "Very Good to Like New" are a great deal.
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