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How the Earth Was Made S2 [Blu-ray]

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Lionsgate Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Feb. 22 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0044M2ORW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #72,348 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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HOW THE EARTH WAS MADE: THE COMPLETE SEASON 2 peels back layers of rock, fills up river canyons, parts the oceans, levels mountains and volcanoes, and investigates fascinating geological formations to tell the story of how the earth was made.

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I bought both seasons of how the earth was made as a result of having watched this on the History channel. I found these programs to be well done and full of great investigative geological work. I learned a great deal about the geology of the earth in these programs. Perhaps season one was of more interest to me. Still, I would highly recommend this series and especially if one has children at home. This planet, our home, is nothing but amazing how it has evolved and the forces shapping it.
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Unlike Season 1 which took a macro-focus on the formation of the planet, Season 2 focuses on how feature on the earth's surface were made. For example, theories and evidence on the formation of the Grand Canyon are presented. Still very enjoyable for young and old.
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I have no idea what got into History Channel (A&E) to release this DVD set in 4:3 video format. After watching some of these in glorious 16X9 in HDTV this was a huge disappointment. Several letters to History Channel and never got an answer from them. Still good video but not worth the money paid for the 2 seasons.
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when ordered I got it quite quickly. I do enjoy all kinds of documentry's about the earth, oceans, planets, solar system, the sun, and galaxies... But "How The Earth Was Made" season 2, was a great series to enjoy. Some of my friends also enjoyed them.
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HASH(0xb446bc3c) out of 5 stars Informative, Interesting, Exciting, and as always filled with dramatic narration! Sept. 7 2010
By Haunted Flower - Published on
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How the Earth Was Made - Season 2
13 Episodes on 4 Discs, released June 29, 2010

"How the Earth Was Made" is the History channel's detailed look at specific areas of the planet and how they came to be shaped the way they are. The title of the series sounds like they would explain how Earth came into being with the Big Bang theory in one episode and boom! be done, but this is the second season so they've really stretched out individual landmarks.

This series starts off with places like The Grand Canyon and its carving by the Colorado river among other things, Mt. Vesuvius and its ability to possibly kill 3 million people in Naples if it erupts, and then in the third episode finally gets into the actual planet formation or "Birth of the Earth". Does this mean it wasn't covered in the first season?? Other great episodes include Sahara where you find out it was once covered in ice and grew lots of plantlife, and much more in the way of mountains, valleys, volcanoes in general, ice ages, and fascinatingly enough, the concentration of gold around the world.

The narrator sure knows how to make gradual evolution sound exciting! For example in the Grand Canyon episode, he mentions certain mountains were "shattered *dramatic pause* by VOLCANOES!" The end of each episode goes through the laundry list of clues the scientists found and conclusions they were brought to step by step in case you missed something. Evolution ought to be a slow, boring process but this format and narration makes it more exciting than the violent escapes of "Ancients Behaving Badly" that I reviewed not that long ago. This is a very interesting and educational series and will appeal greatly to those intrigued by our landscapes and captivated by its beauty and history.
34 of 40 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb44b3228) out of 5 stars Ever Moving, Ever Changing Planet July 4 2010
By Lynnie - Published on
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Did you know that North America and Scotland were once connected? Why are there remnants of sea creatures on top of mountains and mountains under the sea? This is one of the most fascinating series I've ever watched. We humans think we have so much control over the future of this planet. Yes, recycling and being "green" will help, but ultimately, the planet will do what the planet has always done -- change on its own,whether humans do anything or not. I highly recommend this truly amazing series.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb4320378) out of 5 stars blu-ray aspect ratio is widescreen July 14 2011
By William - Published on
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I just received and played How the Earth Was Made: Complete Season 2 [Blu-ray] and
...drum roll...
the quality is excellent and it IS widescreen ( 1.78:1 I believe (the box doesn't say [and amazon says 1.33:1 -Wrong!] ).
Regardless, it fills my 52" HD with video that History Channel televised in HD.

So, for those (including me) who were wondering: IT IS GOOD!
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HASH(0xb431a798) out of 5 stars A must have for science teachers! Dec 26 2010
By Mother Earth - Published on
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I teach middle school science and live in the Pacific Northwest. Being so close to Mt. St. Helens makes it easy to get students interested in volcanoes. This set contains an excellent explanation of the events that took place surrounding the eruptions at Mt. St. Helens. The other movies are equally good. These videos are informative, yet not at all boring. They move quickly.
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HASH(0xb4320bf4) out of 5 stars Geologists Rule! Sept. 18 2012
By Howard M. Kindel - Published on
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The first season of "How The Earth Was Made" was excellent; the second season is absolutely great. My assessment might be colored by having seen almost all of Season One on TV but none of Season Two. But I think it's more than that. Season Two presents an even greater geological overview of each of the thirteen subjects; and presents them in greater forensic detail. Even subjects you might expect to be rather ho-hum because they've been detailed in so many different forums - such as Mt. St. Helen's and Vesuvius - end up being completely fascinating because of the great depth of the material presented. No matter what the subject is, or how often it's been done, there are still things you wouldn't have known unless you were a professional geologist. And speaking of geologists, their work is arguably the most important on the planet. Without them the earth would be simply a collection of mountains, oceans, rivers and dirt; through their efforts we're able to understand how it all pieces together.

My favorite episodes - surprisingly, I might add - are "Sahara" and "Death Valley." I thought I knew a lot about the Sahara, only to discover I knew almost nothing - certainly nothing about its 20,000 year cycle of monsoon activity. And, as to Death Valley, I couldn't imagine its geologic history being anywhere near as fascinating as it is. Of course it's one of the lowest and hottest points on earth; but the mantle beneath it is also the thinnest of anyplace on earth - and is being stretched even thinner. Even "Everest" opened all kinds of new windows on the planet, by showing not just how it was formed but how its formation affected almost everything else on the planet. GPS imaging proves Everest is still growing - as it proves the Rockies are shrinking, thanks to the forces of erosion plus the sheer weight of the mountains.

Though most of the subjects have had worldwide effects, only one - "Earth's Deadliest Eruption" - nearly extinguished all life on the planet. It was a particular type of volcanic eruption in Siberia that spewed lava and deadly gas for a million years and gave rise to what's known as "The Permian Extinction," when 95% of all living organisms became extinct. The series ends with another episode that might at first seem insignificant but becomes one of the most interesting forensic investigations: "America's Gold." It examines how gold deposits occurred in such quantity in both California and Nevada.

Though this series is more costly than some of the others currently being offered from The History Channel's archive, it's much newer - the last couple episodes are from 2010. And completely worth the cost. You don't just sit and watch, you actually learn enough geology that, by the final episodes, each time a certain configuration or rock or certain types of formations are shown, you think to yourself: "Aha! I know what that is and what it means!" Now that's cool.

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