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  • Format: Closed-captioned, 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: PG
  • Studio: Lionsgate Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: March 25 2008
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00126808K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #56,933 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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How the Earth Was Made (History Channel)

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This documentary focuses on the the formation of the earth over the past several billion years. Explanations are clear and graphics are well done. Enjoyable for all.
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By Saron S. on May 23 2015
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Good documentary.
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83 of 91 people found the following review helpful
Absorbing enough. April 24 2008
By Gopi Rajaseharan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I first watched this show on the History channel at the beginning of last winter and liked it immediately. So I pre-ordered the DVD on amazon right away. It arrived last week and is currently making the rounds in my office!

Many a time, I have visualized how our precocious planet formed and evolved based on paleobiological evidence. I always get a feeling of euphoria whenever I imagine a pristine Earth with dynamics that have been changing over mind-numbing time scales. Well, the graphics in this show come pretty close to my own imagination.

The playback, divided by mostly uneven time segments, starts at around 4.4 billion years ago and eventually works its way to the last ice age before briefly dwelling on the planet's future. There is a time slider that briefly appears at the start of each time segment. Yes, dinosaurs are mentioned and shown but only briefly. Yup, stromatalites are in there as well along with Trilobites. It should be noted that the Cambrian Explosion and the Carboniferous are mentioned. For some reason, I was surprised to learn that granite first formed several billion years ago.

Other subjects discussed in depth include plate tectonics (continents, mountains, etc.), land inhabitation by flora and marine animals and super-volcanoes. The DVD ends with a bunch of scientists dwelling on the future of Earth. I decided not to read too much into their predictions as I won't be around if/when what they predict happens.
41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
Earth History for Dummies - Great Simple Explanations Aug. 9 2009
By P. Gaduan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Being a Geologist myself, I found this Bluray to be fantastic!, I wish all my lectures at university were similar to this (unfortunately they weren't)

From my point of view, this program delivers easy to follow and understand geological processes and how they have a direct effect on anything else in the Earth's system as a planet.

This title is a must for anyone that wants to learn about landscaping forming, dinosaur and other mass extinction events, continental positioning and what the future holds for the planet (and life for that matter) once the present Ice Age break period ends...

All in all I give it its well deserved 5 stars!
35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
Amazing! June 16 2008
By Lulu - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I've had this DVD on autobuy and must say what a treasure it is. We have watched it countless times, my hubby and I, as we enjoy series like these.
We loved every minute of it and the digital graphics was superb, very realistic. You sit there riveted to your screen as you watch things unfold. It's mind-boggling, watching how the earth was created.

Earth has a past we can never comprehend, a present we live in and take for granted and a future that is just too scary to contemplate. But all in all, what an amazing planet we live in.
This DVD takes us on a journey to the very beginning. 4.5 billion year to be precise, when the planet was formed by meteors colliding in space.
Earth goes from a seething hellish mass of fiery molten rock,through numerous major changes that takes billion of years and finally to the present day wonder we live in.
And that is not all, we also have a glimpse into the future, when Earth will likely end up as barren and lifeless as Mars. Now, there's a scary thought.

But it seems we don't have to panic just yet, according to the experts we still have a few billions years to go before earth becomes hell again. Phew, that's a relief! Quite frankly anyone would be scared of it!

This is another DVD worth the money spent.
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Quality entertainment, rock-solid story, simple presentation May 27 2008
By Andy Landen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
An easy to follow account of the history of the earth as told by the rocks. While minimal attention is given on Darwinian evolution, the perspective of the rocks sidesteps religion while re-enforcing support for foundational principles of evolution. Entertaining, quality, unbiased, and educational, How the Earth Was Made sets the story of the rocks without directly attacking religion.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
One Of The Best Science Videos I've Ever Seen June 23 2008
By Vladika Ioan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I am a MAJOR science video far (just ask my long-suffering spouse), and How the Earth Was Made is one of the best I'e ever seen. I am getting it from Amazon in a couple of weeks and I look forward to enjoying it on DVD.

How the Earth Was Made presents a geological history of earth in an easy-to-understand, accessible form. The computer graphics are beautiful. I also enjoyed the narration and soundtrack to this video. I especially enjoy learning new things and this video taught me about the origin of banded iron formations, the scource of most if not all of the iron currently being mined. I also learned about the formation of oxygen on the Earth and the formtion of the oceans. Not only did I learn but was entertained as well.

I highly recommend this film to everyone.


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