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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Parental Guidance (PG)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: July 27 2010
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003DC87XE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,223 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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How the Earth Changed History (BD)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Gary Fuhrman TOP 100 REVIEWER on June 2 2011
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I'm running out of superlatives for reviewing these BBC Earth productions, but i'll try to explain why this 5-part series is even better than most of the others i've seen in the past year or two.

First, Iain Stewart is, for my money, the new David Attenborough. He has the same combination of enthusiasm and intelligence, he obviously knows his field (geology), and he is a great communicator. And like Attenborough when he was younger, he obviously enjoys being on location in the middle of the action, even when the action reaches extremes of discomfort and even danger. This contributes a lot to the entertainment value and the sheer spectacle of it all, which the BBC crew always excels at, but it's all in the service of discovery. In this case what we learn is how elemental forces such as ice and wind have affected human history and prehistory, and the importance for civilization of materials extracted from the earth. The examples highlighted in this series are much more surprising than you might think, and Stewart (with the help of many superb CG shots) always makes it clear how these vast systems work.

After an hour each on water, wind, "the deep earth" and fire, the final episode reaches a climax by considering how human activity has in turn affected the planetary systems on which life on earth depends. We all know about global warming, but the surprises keep on coming as Stewart opens it up from the perspective of geological time scales. I had never heard that the spread of agriculture several thousand years ago may have interrupted the usual cycle of ice ages, but it certainly sounds at least plausible in this presentation.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bri-Guy on June 3 2012
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This is an excellent BBC production which is a bit different in that it shows how humans have lived, adapted and developed in numerous geographical regions of he earth based on episodes around water, wind, fire and deep inside the earth. Dr. Ian Stewart is a very refreshing change from other narrators due to his exuberance (and thick scottish accent). Once again BBC has created a must see.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jbd on Sept. 25 2011
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This is one of the best documetaries I've ever seen. It's a superbe example of multidisciplinarity: a great mix of planetary science (geology, climate studies...) with history. I had never seen it presented this way and it works wonderfully. Plus, the presenter, Dr Iain Stewart, does an amazing job at sharing his passion and knowledge of the subject. The fifth episode, Human planet, should be mandatory viewing for everyone in order to gain a better knowledge of our influence on the planet! I highly recommend it!
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I don't really know where to begin. While explaining this series, I am met with "well, we learned that in school" regarding some basic geology or some history (very limited to particular countries), but this puts all of the things you boredly took tests on together as the whole picture. It will make so many things just click compared to how you were taught, and it is so education and amazing to watch.

As others as also mentioned, the narrator is just amazing. I cannot even truly describe his excitement and love for his job, he is such an inspiration. I plan to, and will, rewatch all 5 long episodes because while he makes things easier to grasp, there is so much info you may need to re-watch it after daily life invades your mental energies.
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This is a great series on the geological perspective on earth and its formation. Highly recommended for those who like planetary sciences and geology/geophysics. Well presented by Dr. Iain Stewart
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As with previous BBC Documentaries, this is indeed a great series on the geological perspective on earth and its formation. An excellent BBC production, Highly recommended.
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