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Universe: Season 2
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In this epic documentary series, THE UNIVERSE takes you to the leading edge of our ever-expanding astronomical knowledge. A virtual collision of astronomy and history, these dense, enlightening episodes of unprecedented programming give unique insight - through recreations and animations - on the great "Eureka!" moments of celestial understanding and into the very latest discoveries.
This insightful series gives serious, constructive consideration to the great human questions: Are we alone? Is Planet Earth as insignificant to the Cosmos as a drop of water? Is there anywhere else out there that that can support life? Or, is there truly no place like home?
In the second boundless season of THE UNIVERSE, THE HISTORY CHANNEL® takes you far beyond the comfort of our own solar system to discover the wonders of Deep Space. Venturing light-years from Earth, these programs guide you to the most fascinating phenomena and stunning events known to science.
Experience the Cosmos as no-one ever has - not peering at dots through a telescope or scanning pages of numbers - but firsthand. Strikingly realistic computer reconstructions give you a front-row seat at the hottest events in THE UNIVERSE, from colliding celestial bodies to collapsing suns, from distant, possibly viable planets to mysteries that defy explanation.
It's not infinite, but it sure is close. It's THE UNIVERSE!
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Since the subject matters are completely different, I did not find it redundant at all.
I also find they did a great job of being complex enough but still enjoyable for the masses.
They covered lots of new areas and I am very glad I made the purchase.
To the 1 star reviews, truly ridiculous, no idea what you were expecting.
So glad I discovered The Universe.
1) Very redundant with season 1
2) Very redundant by itself
3) Still for teenagers
4) Why so many hollywood-type researchers? I guess to impress teenagers...
5) Overdramatization: what is the need to keep saying how deadly is the universe, how stars are killers just waiting to explode? And so on... ah to impress teenagers...
6) Is there anything else but gun and violence to compare the universe with? Ah right...teenagers again...
7) Aggravating computerized music that doesn't do justice to the beauty of the universe
8) Aggravating computerized animation and noise that is just unbearable to my non teenager brain
8) The narrator voice and tone...again, bad and bad
9) I will not finish the series and will not buy season 3.
10) From now on, I will stick to BBC and Frontline documentaries
I do not like to post negative comments, but as there were many 5 stars ([...]), I think it is important to hear a different perspective. I usually agree on the comments and assessment posted, but definitely not on that series!
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It was even better.
To realize that the universe is about 13.7 billion years old, and so vast, that it's totally beyond our comprehension and still expanding. A truly unimaginable thought, that.
There are so many amazing episodes, one of which shows the largest objects in space. They are seriously big, like the so-called "cosmic web" of galaxies, which is a hundred million billion times bigger than Earth. Then there's the fascinating Lunar transient phenomena, the pulsar planets, the hot Jupiters, the weather in space, dark matter, dark energy, and much more. Really mind-boggling stuff, this!
For instance it's estimated that the impact of the asteroid that landed on the Yucatan Peninsula about 65 million years ago, wiping out the dinosaurs, this was equal to that of dropping a Hiroshima-sized atomic bomb every second for 140 years!
And another mind-boggling thought, where did we really come from...hmmn. Still, I'd like to go to heaven eventually:)
This series had me riveted to my screen. The computer-generated imagery and other effects is so realistic. It makes one feel as if one is truly there experiencing this phenomenal aspects. And it's explained so simply that anyone can understand it.
My favourite episodes are:
Alien Planets, Dark Matter, Astrobiology
Space Travel,Unexplained Mysteries &
A truly awesome series! Enjoyed every bit of it.
Fantastic phenomena and alien worlds are re-created through extremely realistic computer animation, which is shockingly detailed and stunningly beautiful. The visuals take viewers inside wonders that man has only viewed from afar, giving a close-up look at the fascinating inner workings of the cosmos around us.
The series also includes documentary style interviews with experts in the field, as well as footage from both past and current scientific exploration programs and an introduction to some of the tools and devices these scientists use to explore the universe. A nice contrast to the computer re-creations, this live-action documentary aspect of the series does a good job of providing balance, grounding the concepts and reminding viewers that there are actual people working to find answers and discover new information about the space around us- it's not simply Star Trek.
Whether used as an educational tool or simply for entertainment value, The Universe - Season Two on Blu-ray is interesting and enthralling.
There aren't a lot of "extras" on The Universe, but given the nature of the series - and the fact that it is a television series - that's not surprising. There is one Bonus Feature, a featurette called Backyard Astronomers, which explores the world of amateur star-gazers- men and women who spend their spare time learning about - and exploring - the universe... from their backyards.
The biggest benefit to the Blu-ray release lies in the presentation - true widescreen and HD.
And of course the subject matter itself.