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ARTHUR C CLARKE'S Mysterious Universe


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  • Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Bfs Video
  • Release Date: June 28 2004
  • Run Time: 156 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00007AJDN
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #96,056 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)


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I saw these shows and they were intelligently written, hosted by a well known author who treated each subject seriously, and offered conclussions that were logically made based on the investigations of those interviewed. That's what I call good television, and would be right at home on PBS.
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Amazon.com: 5 reviews
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
This brilliant documentary deals in facts with interviews Oct. 24 2004
By N. Stock - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
The reviewer that criticised this outstanding series by wanting "re-enactments" must not have watched it. This is not that type of show. This is a serious documentary series dealing in facts,not fiction and there is proof offered to show the facts and truth of so many mysteries.
There are interviews with experts detailing the facts and that is the great thing about this documentary series- they tell the truth that other more fanciful television shows don't.

For example,they prove that a famous film of a "flying saucer" crossing the mountains is in fact a Cessna aircraft by taking the highlights from each frame and putting them together.
This Cessna film is still portrayed in the TV show "In Search Of" as a flying saucer despite it being proven to be an aircraft.
Arthur C Clarke's Mysterious Universe also has interviews with people that show how they created crop circles and how this myth of crop circles has spread.

Arthur C Clarke keeps an open mind but,unlike other shows,his show deals in real information and not the tall stories of other shows like "In Search Of" and "Unsolved Mysteries".
Those shows needed product to keep going season after season. Arthur C Clarke's show,being a short term series,didn't need to and told the truth. It deserves praise for that and is well worth buying.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Not for reality-TV morons Jan. 8 2009
By B. Gjorgjievski - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This is NOT reality TV! This is NOT entertainment-only! This is a serious documentary, with serious scientists talking about what REALLY is behind (or NOT) the alleged mysterious phenomena. The review on the page that mentioned re-enactment is so off base, it is not even funny.

If you want to watch garbage, just turn to any of your reality TV shows. If you want real science, this is a rare gem to enjoy.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
extremely brilliant, concise series from the past Nov. 8 2009
By H.B. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Arthur C. Clarke appeared in three series in the past:
MYSTERIOUS WORLD (1980)
WORLD OF STRANGE POWERS (1985)
MYSTERIOUS UNIVERSE (1994)
I bought all three in DVD.
STRANGE POWERS is difficult to find, but in AUSTRALIA they have all of them in DVD, so check AU stores.
I somewhat love these 'mysteries' series, and have watched some, from 'unexplained mysteries' to 'extreme mysteries' etc, but Clarke's series are by far the best.
First of all, they don't sensationalize items they are discussing (from fairies to the Mars canals to strange animals to voodoo to prior lives etc ) in the way most more recent series do, to the point you have an hard time parting fiction and SFX from truth.
In these series they only interview eye witnesses and experts and do so concisely (every segment runs about 10 minutes ); the approach is that of skepticism, but without the annoying attitude of Dawkins' broadcasts. Dawkins sounds like a bigot of science going after the bigots of paranormal etc; instead, Clarke's conclusions are mostly skeptical, but without appearing jaded.
Typically, they present a short 'pro' and 'con' segment.
Highly recommended.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Unique Documentary June 6 2013
By Rusty Ranger - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
If you are expecting the kind of stuff you see on reality TV ghost shows this dvd is not for you. This is a very unique documentary that actually looks into unusual claims in a thoughtful and scientific manner. As such, there is no room for reenactments and swishing sound effects which frequent the popular genres of today. I particularly enjoy the interviews and the straight forward manner in which evidence is presented. This is exactly what I would expect from such a scientist as Arthur C. Clarke. The style of the production is dated, but still present an accurate perspective that is pertinent to the serious researcher for today.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Far more intelligent than the usual claptrap Nov. 23 2004
By John C. Sherwood - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Typically, you can spot a pseudoscience show when the narrator begins by asking questions: "Did so-and-so see a ghost at ... ?" "Are extraterrestrials abducting humans ...?" "Is it possible for people to see the future ... ?" etc., etc. The questions are raised, addressed vaguely, and then the conclusions are left utterly up to the viewers' prejudices. In short, such programs tend to be safe little vehicles for the mongering of nonsense.

Well, this series of Clarke-introduced programs begins with questions, also, but with a different impact. The questions become hypotheses which then are tested. The questions are raised, challenged and - although never entirely dismissed - their details sometimes are debunked or discredited. That's in keeping with the scientific bent of Sir Arthur, whose work I've admired for 40 years, and whose views I generally share (although I still think the jury is out about life on Mars!).

As far as TV production goes, this is all meant to be tantalizing and entertaining. But it's all several steps higher on the IQ ladder than the pandering programs that purport to "investigate" the paranormal but truly sell superstition to the masses. My only displeasure with this disc is that it is too short (despite 156 minutes), and offers little documentation in the "special features" area. I want more - but, as these were issued in 1995 and Sir Arthur is not as active as before, we're unlikely to see any more beyond this intriguing series.

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