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How the Earth Changed History [Blu-ray]

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By Gary Fuhrman TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Another gem from BBC June 3 2012
By Bri-Guy
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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
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent documentary! Sept. 25 2011
By jbd
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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1.0 out of 5 stars Comments on "How Earth Changed History" May 16 2014
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Unfortunately I have not been able to view this video yet. I was not aware that it was a 'Blue Ray' version, and I do not have a Blue Ray player at this time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Excellent Documentary Dec 6 2013
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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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