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Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey [Blu-ray]

Neil deGrasse Tyson    Unrated   Blu-ray
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cosmos: Redux June 9 2014
By Corey Lidster TOP 50 REVIEWER
This reimagining of Carl Sagan's 1980's TV adaptation of his bestselling book retains some of the devices, most notably the silvery, gleaming spaceship that takes it's host, and viewers, anywhere you can imagine. New host Neil deGrasse Tyson is an excellent choice, a respected, bona fide scientist with charisma to burn and a face you can trust (I think he rates a 10 on the Cronkite index). The writers and producers let the narrative flow in the same, almost meandering way the first series did, but the transition from subject to subject has a cohesion to it that belies a carefully plotted narrative. The CGI, of course, means that visually, this new 'Cosmos' is far more free in it's ability to explore the universe: from the seemingly endless depths of Jupiter's atmosphere, to the methane lakes of Titan, from muons and gluons to quarks and electrons, from hydrogen nebula's to brown dwarfs to white giants; from binary stars, neutron stars, and supernova's to quasars and black holes... well, you get the point. Although these topics have been covered in other science-based shows, few have covered the breadth and depth of topics Cosmos does in such an appealing and accessible manner. Having a producer like Brannon Braga, who was a writer and showrunner for Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Enterprise, certainly helps when it comes to making a series about science and space interesting. And having a producer like Seth MacFarlane, creator of Family Guy, certainly helps when it comes to... well, getting Fox to throw money at you, I guess. The money was obviously important, as every episode of this informative, and above all, entertaining look at our universe feels big, monumental. Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Show on Television! June 18 2014
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I only started watching Cosmos mid-season, but loved what I saw! As soon as I saw that the season was out, I jumped all over it!

Highly recommend this for any space, science and history lovers out there. This series does a great job at mixing the three together in a great way (there little cartoons are great!). I will admit, some of the episodes didn't appeal to me, but they all in some way were able to get my mind going, thinking about the Universe. Some of it was thought provoking and deep. It's great.

I highly recommend this to anyone and everyone! And Amazon got it to me in about 72 hours :) Great service!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars COSMOS is AWESOME! June 19 2014
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A great blend of visual spectacle and educational content. Neil deGrasse Tyson is a passionate host, who conveys his authentic wonder for the workings of the Cosmos. I highly recommend this Blu-Ray for anyone who wants to learn about where we came from, who we are, and where we are going as a species and civilization. Awesome, just awesome!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A worthy successor to the original... July 17 2014
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This series is an homage to and continuation of the classic series Cosmos hosted by Dr. Carl Sagan. Much of our scientific knowledge has changed in the intervening decades, and our world's challenges have also shifted somewhat. No longer do we face the perpetual threat of nuclear annihilation, but many other issues presented in the original series still face us.

Produced by Sagan's widow and collaborator, Dr. Ann Druyan, and Family Guy's Seth MacFarlane, who was instrumental in getting the new series to air, and hosted by Sagan protege Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey wonderfully explores who we are and where we are in the universe with every bit of enthusiasm and powerful gravitas as the original.

Augmented by movie quality special effects courtesy of Star Trek alum Brannon Braga, stellar animation by Kara Willow, and awesome music scores by composer Alan Silvestri, the series conveys its concepts brilliantly in a way that is totally up-to-date and accessible by today's more visually sophisticated audiences.

Worth every penny, especially in high definition on Blu-Ray with some great special features, any fans of science, our environment, or indeed any critically thinking person should find this engaging.
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By Dr. Tim Parker TOP 50 REVIEWER
Disclosure: I have been a pretty serious amateur astronomer for close to fifty years, and have a Masters in the field. The reason that's important is I come at this series with a slightly different view than someone who has no real knowledge of astronomy or astrophysics.

This is, of course, a reimagining of the ground-breaking Cosmos series Carl Sagan did three decades ago. At the time, that lighted the fire of people's imaginations, and led to an interest in the Universe by the law-person. Since that series, no other had captured the imagination and interest of the world's population in quite the same way. So, Neil deGrasse Tyson's series is groundbreaking both in the fact that it does capture the population's interest again, but also in the way it uses state-of-the-art technology to updated Sagan's series. This is not a reworking of Sagan's episodes with better CGI: this is a do-over, bringing in the last thirty years of research in the field, as well as the improvements in CGI technology to really immerse the viewer.

And immersive it is. Tyson's voice is a solid, steady accompaniment here, a scientist who was known ahead of time for his passion, here on display for all to see. The updates in the field are covered in considerable detail, always accompanied by great graphics and images, which both amaze and astound the viewer with their drama and colour. And yes, the BluRay is worth getting as it offers a tremendously better picture than the DVD does.

There's a nice mix of history, current science, and future speculation here, all in a very watchable format that will engross most viewers. I was hooked on it, episode by episode, but the science content was familiar ground to me (although I really did appreciate the visually stunning images).
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Universe and everything in it: A Primer
An excelent and easy to understand presentation of modern science's understanding of the universe. For anyone who wants to desires to learn how the universe works and how we came... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Andrew D. Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and Beautiful
I'm a science geek and can somewhat remember the original series. NDeGT can be a little over-the-top at times, but there's no denying his knowledge and passion for science in... Read more
Published 5 days ago by carl
5.0 out of 5 stars Great detail!
Cosmos can capture the attention of anyone. Whether you enjoy science as a subject or not, you will be pulled right into this series. Read more
Published 5 days ago by fredamans
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Science Programming
A great follow-up to the original Cosmos by Carl Sagan
Published 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Big fan of Neil deGrasse Tyson, and the program ...
Big fan of Neil deGrasse Tyson, and the program over all. I hope that more educational/informative pieces are made with this level of production value.
Published 1 month ago by Andrew Bowerman
5.0 out of 5 stars The most important show on television.
Must-view for all ages. It is both educational and a call to action. Watch Carl Sagan's original series too, and read Sagan's book, The Demon Haunted World. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Taylor Lewis
3.0 out of 5 stars A ce prix (35$) je conseille aux amateurs
Tres bonne qualite mais pas toujours pertinent et quelques fois endormant; mais je n'ai pas fini les 4 DVD encore..
Published 1 month ago by MrEno
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Kind of hard to follow particularly the areas of human development, I thought it was a space-time odyssey?
Published 1 month ago by Brian
5.0 out of 5 stars Closest thing I have to a bible.
Honestly incredible in every conceivable way! In some sense, I'm disappointed with there being only a limited number of episodes, but in another sense I feel completely satisfied... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kevin Lyons
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
as advertised
Published 1 month ago by jjmartinelli
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