This series is extremely good from both a visual, audio and technical perspective. It's also an outstanding value as you get eight separate 45 minute long documentaries on everything from Black Holes to Other Galaxies. It comes in a single sized keepcase with two discs (4 episodes on each) and a double sided cover that shows the episodes through the inside of the case.
I wish there was a version on Blue Ray, but even on this dvd the CGI is outstanding, the full 5.1 soundtrack will rattle your windows as you see close-ups of our sun and the commentaries are never boring.
This is one documentary series that can educate the whole family without them even realizing that they're being educated. It looks superb on my 61" screen and sounds superb as well. And all this for a mere $20.
If you're into astronomy, science and superb visuals, this is a no-brainer!
EDITED - Nov. 19, 2012
This series is now available in a Blu ray edition for around the same price which should look even more spectacular than this dvd edition. You might want to consider it if you have a blu ray player. Everything else remains the same.
I had the opportunity to watch several shows about astronomy but this one tops my list. It's very well produced, full of astonishing images, both real and virtual, that perfectly illustrate how and why things are the way they are in the universe. There are also entertained comments by famous astronomers you will likely recognize. The show is over 320 minutes long. Good enough to keep me entertained for several days. The narrative from Mike Rowe is also a key differentiator that makes the watching of this DVD very pleasant. His narrative has an element of mystery and fascination that keeps your eyes and ears on the TV from beginning to end.
The following is the structure of the DVD:
DVD 1: 1- Big Bang 2- Black Holes 3- Alien Galaxies 4- Extreme Stars
DVD2: 1- Extreme Planets 2- Supernovas 3- Alien Solar Systems 4- Aliens Moons
I am looking forward to a continuation and hope to hear Mike Rowe there.
This one has some new topics that I haven't seen in other videos about the cosmos. I especially liked the depiction of supernovas, not just Type 1A but others as well. I for one am ready for a video that educates us on supernovas in even greater detail.
The public is ready for deeper stuff, more specialized stuff!
Oh, it must be mentioned that the music by Richard Blair-Oliphant is absolutely beautiful, especially the epilogue at the end of each episode.
For everyone who is curious about our universe but has not much existing knowledge about the subject, this is an absolutely amazing DVD set! Understandable for everyone (even though I had to rewind certain passages once in a while to fully get it)! And if you can get the book of the same title with the DVD set, in order to deepen your understanding, the whole thing is even better! Fascinating, thrilling, amazing.....
Great scot someone changed the physics on me. Every time I turned around I had to unlearn something. This is well presented without too much redundancy. Most things are explained to may satisfaction. Occasionally they do make a leap and leave a whole in the logic. However they fill it in on a later episode.
I watched many parallel versions as Through the Wormhole and some older presentations from Steven Hawking. But none are quite as clear and compelling as this presentation. I watched an episode a night as let it mill around before the next.
Me and my son love this series. We have PVR'd and watched all of the series. Very informative and exciting to watch. A must see for anyone and everyone. In depth exploration of the universe that we live in from the very beginning, right from the Big Bang to the modern day, as well as how Astronomers and Physicists alike have discovered these fascinating explorations and findings. We are very excited and are looking forward to watching this series again on Blu-Ray.
I personnaly enjoyed immensely. I had previously recorded some episodes but finally decided to purchase the series and I did not regret it. I also previously purchased a few astronomy books and now I can verify more closely the information presented; not that I think it is inaccurate, but as a teacher, I can reinforced what I have learned by seeing different points of view or presentation.
I am a lover of all that occupies the night skies. That which we see with our eyes and with our visual aids. This series is masterful at showing us the things that are out of reach as well as explaining what they are and how they came to be.
The visuals are breaktaking, awe inspiring and fuel the imagination for anyone who appreciates the majesty and scale of it all. At times, the "realities" of our solar system and beyond are simply hard to absorb when someone really tries to comprehend it all.
I have been a star gazer and star lover, for over 20 years and still, when I see the sort of content found on this blu-ray, I just want to show it to everyone one and ask " can you believe what you are seeing?"
Seeing it in high definition on a TV capable of deep contrast is both visually stunning but also borders on a little surreal....
If you love the heavens, you'll love this blu-ray!
This Blu-ray for the price is a great value. The 2 disc set has 8 - 43 minute plus segments, all in wonderful HD. Footage is quite simply amazing on a large HD Tv. Excellent for classroom education, and again at $18.99 you can't go wrong. Highly recommended!!