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The Universe: The Complete Season Four

Clifford Johnson , Don Figer , Colin Campbell , Darryl Rehr    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When You Can't Find It Oct. 12 2010
By Sueloc
Format:DVD
I've been a fan of The Universe for years but often I can't find it in stores. Maybe people don't know how down to earth this series is and how people friendly the examples are to link scientic discoveries with the simple things we do in daily life. Maybe I won't look through those amazing telescopes but I sure can express an opinion about the things they see. Thanks Amazon.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great collection March 30 2010
By Roger
Format:DVD
Having purchased (or received as a gift) all 3 previous seasons, I was anxiously waiting for the fourth. I was not disappointed. The quality of the content is its usual excellent.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still Waiting to watch March 29 2010
Format:DVD
We are still working our way thru the forst 3 seasons and have not yet watched this yet. The first 3 seasons are excellent so far and looking forward to Season 4.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The 4th season is a little disappointing Feb. 27 2010
By M. Shepherd - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The first three seasons of this show were really much better than the fourth season. In the fourth season they have gone much more
into speculation and sensationalism with much less real science.
Still, it is interesting and worth watching, just don`t expect too much from it.
Call it three and a half stars.
31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Widescreen Finally!!! March 18 2010
By Anders Blom - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I owned the first three seasons of this EPIC series on dvd and had been disappointed by the double black bars (fullscreen letterbox) presentation of this series. A quick fix was to change your zoom settings on your set or player, but this fix was quite awful in what seems to be lower than a 480i resolution.

This product on Blu-ray is awesome, it contains all 12 episodes of season 4 plus additional never-aired segments presented on 3 Blu-ray discs.
Episodes include:
(Disc 1) Death Stars, The Day the Moon was gone, It fell from Space, Biggest Blasts
(Disc 2) The Hunt for Ringed Planets, 10 Ways to Destroy The Earth, The Search for Cosmic Clusters, Space Wars
(Disc 3) Liquid Universe, Pulsars and Quasars, Science Fiction/Science Fact, Extreme Energy.
Bonus features include; Meteors: Fire in the Sky, Comets: Prophets of Doom.

The Blu-ray release of this series is truly wonderful in full 1920x1080 HD. This is a true widescreen release. The audio is presented in lossless 2.0 Dolby Stereo.

The graphics and special effects can be and most of the time are the best of any production I have ever seen. It stands alone in comparison to anything the BBC, NOVA, The Science Channel, or The Discovery Channel has ever created.

If you are interested in a mind blowing, educational, heavily entertaining piece of eye candy, then do not pass this product up.
65 of 80 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars No joy for your HDTV! Feb. 25 2010
By Chris Swanson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Imagine that you work for the History Channel. Suppose that your job is to put together a DVD set for season four of one of your prestige shows; one that looks great on your HD network and really serves to highlight what an excellent network you have.

If you were this person doing this job would you:

A: Release this DVD set as anamorphic, so that when people watch it on their 47" screen the image takes up all the screen and looks spectacular.

B: Release this DVD as non-anamorphic so that either people have to see a stretched version where all the planets are ovals instead of spheres (which they aren't actually, but that's another issue), or they have to watch it both letterboxed and pillarboxed in order to see everything in the correct aspect ratio?

If you selected B, I think the folks at History might have a job opening for you.

"The Universe", the TV show, looks great when it airs on History HD and is really entertaining and informative. I love everything about the show, even if this current season focused a bit much on the "gloom and doom" aspects of space and not as much on space science. I have the first three seasons on DVD and love watching them.

But, well, they're non-anamorphic and that's just not acceptable. This will, as a result, be the last DVD set of this program that I buy until the folks at History wake up and give the show a proper DVD release.

5 stars for the show. 1 star for the DVD set.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Universe, Season 4 March 27 2010
By Jim F Fitzgarrald - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The Universe series is a terrific series and I've enjoyed them all. Outstanding graphics, photographed and computer generated; and wonderful specialists who speak on a variety of topics. Very high quality material and geared for those seeking general knowledge as well as those enthusiasts who really enjoy studying what makes our universe what it is.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Always surprising March 13 2010
By PAUL - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Having already bought the first three seasons in dvds, I wasn't warm to buy a fourth one.

When I saw that it was released in blurays (I had just acquired a bluray reader), and as the Amazon description mentioned it was close captioned in English (unlike the ones I had), I tried the experiment and bought it.

Until now I have got only good surprises : the blurays are working on my machine, altough it's not free zone, and I understand everything because of the subtitles.

I don't share some opinions of fellow buyers : I think it's a wonderful serie, even if we can discuss the fact that there is too much noise in the deep space where the silence is supposed to be king ! At least if you believe what Stanley Kubrick put in "2001".

For me as a foreigner without possibility to see this serie aired in France, I thanks Amazon.com which permits me to see it. To be true, it's possible to see part of this serie in French : the total released in France is related only to the solar system and lasts 5 hours. The American edition embraces far wider subjects and lasts more than 40 hours.

As a lover of astronomy, but not at all a scientist, my choice is quickly made in favour of the American edition. and maybe I will rebuy the first three sesons in blurays because at least two of them are subtitled. I must also admit that the spoken English used on my dvds is not difficult to understand : scientists are speaking very clearly. But the close captioning could be of some help for my wife.

In conclusion : a good job of History Channel.

I recommend foreign and American amateurs to buy this fourth season in blurays.
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