How the Earth Changed History [Blu-ray]
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First, Iain Stewart is, for my money, the new David Attenborough. He has the same combination of enthusiasm and intelligence, he obviously knows his field (geology), and he is a great communicator. And like Attenborough when he was younger, he obviously enjoys being on location in the middle of the action, even when the action reaches extremes of discomfort and even danger. This contributes a lot to the entertainment value and the sheer spectacle of it all, which the BBC crew always excels at, but it's all in the service of discovery. In this case what we learn is how elemental forces such as ice and wind have affected human history and prehistory, and the importance for civilization of materials extracted from the earth. The examples highlighted in this series are much more surprising than you might think, and Stewart (with the help of many superb CG shots) always makes it clear how these vast systems work.
After an hour each on water, wind, "the deep earth" and fire, the final episode reaches a climax by considering how human activity has in turn affected the planetary systems on which life on earth depends. We all know about global warming, but the surprises keep on coming as Stewart opens it up from the perspective of geological time scales. I had never heard that the spread of agriculture several thousand years ago may have interrupted the usual cycle of ice ages, but it certainly sounds at least plausible in this presentation.Read more ›
As others as also mentioned, the narrator is just amazing. I cannot even truly describe his excitement and love for his job, he is such an inspiration. I plan to, and will, rewatch all 5 long episodes because while he makes things easier to grasp, there is so much info you may need to re-watch it after daily life invades your mental energies.
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Unfortunately I have not been able to view this video yet. I was not aware that it was a 'Blue Ray' version, and I do not have a Blue Ray player at this time.Published on May 16 2014 by Raymond Allen
This was a Christmas present, so I haven't seen it yet, but the person I bought it for loves it!Published on Jan. 19 2013 by Flo
My husband and I had watched most of this series on TV and really enjoyed it. We wanted our own copy so we could see all of the series.Published on Jan. 14 2013 by Karen Major
This DVD is so good that I've donated it to a library in a small town in northern Canada so that the people there can enjoy seeing all the wondrous things about our world. Read morePublished on June 19 2012 by Christine