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The Universe

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The sky and outer space have fascinated man for centuries and the History Channel's series The Universe is the story of man's study of the cosmos from his earliest attempts to map and understand the heavens through modern day scientific studies, advances, and theories.
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Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio Languages
English

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  1. 1. Secrets Of The Sun
    29 May 2007
    44min
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    There are billions of stars in the Universe, but one alone dominates our celestial neighborhood, the Sun. It's so large that within its boundaries you could fit one million Earths.
  2. 2. Mars: The Red Planet
    5 June 2007
    44min
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    English [CC]
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    English
    It's home to the largest volcano in the Solar System...and a colossal, boulder-strewn valley that would make the Grand Canyon look like a streambed.
  3. 3. The End Of The Earth: Deep Space Threats To Our Planet
    12 June 2007
    44min
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    English
    The Earth has become a dangerous place to live in the Universe. It's only a matter of time before a cosmic force will annihilate the planet.
  4. 4. Jupiter: The Giant Planet
    19 June 2007
    44min
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Half a billion miles from earth exists a mini solar system of over 60 moons rotating around a powerful planet of gas. It's flowing colors and spots hold strange beauty, but contain violent storms and jet streams.
  5. 5. The Moon
    26 June 2007
    44min
    U
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    English [CC]
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    English
    It's so close...yet so far away. For thousands of years, mankind has found comfort in its presence. It's been a lantern for nighttime travelers...a timekeeper for farmers...and a location finder for sailors at sea.
  6. 6. Spaceship Earth
    10 July 2007
    44min
    U
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    Take a high performance ride through the formation of the third planet from the Sun, Earth. A survivor of one of the most violent "neighborhoods" in the universe, learn how earth was created and discover what creatures hold clues to how life began.
  7. 7. The Inner Planets: Mercury and Venus
    17 July 2007
    44min
    U
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Scorched by their proximity to the sun, Mercury and Venus are hostile worlds; one gouged with craters from cosmic collisions and the other a vortex of sulfur, carbon dioxide and acid rain.
  8. 8. Saturn: Lord Of The Rings
    24 July 2007
    44min
    U
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Are the rings of Saturn a real celestial phenomenon or merely a cosmic Illusion? Technology allows the experts to get closer to the furthest planet visible to the naked eye. Old questions are answered and new ones arise.
  9. 9. Alien Galaxies
    31 July 2007
    44min
    U
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    English [CC]
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    English
    To know our place in the universe take a look far, far away to the realm of Alien Galaxies. Our galaxy is one of hundreds of billions in the universe. The Milky Way consists of more than a billion stars, our sun being only one of them.
  10. 10. Life And Death Of A Star
    7 August 2007
    44min
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Ignited by the power of the atom, burning with light, heat and wrath, stars are anything but peaceful. They collide, devour each other, and explode in enormous supernovas--the biggest explosions in the Universe.
  11. 11. The Outer Planets
    14 August 2007
    44min
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    New discoveries regarding the Outer Planets are creating a fundamental rethinking of our solar system. Uranus is a toxic combination of hydrogen, helium and methane.
  12. 12. The Most Dangerous Place In The Universe
    21 August 2007
    44min
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Take a tour of the cosmic hot zones--black holes, galaxy mergers, gamma ray bursts and magnetars. Super massive black holes can literally "lasso" the Earth out of the solar system.
  13. 13. Search For ET
    28 August 2007
    44min
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    English [CC]
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    English
    In a galaxy filled with a billion stars, in a universe filled with a hundred billion galaxies--are we alone? SETI--the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence--is a privately funded project using radio telescopes.
  14. 14. Beyond the Big Bang
    4 September 2007
    1 h 29 min
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    English [CC]
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    English
    It all began inside a violent, blinding explosion that threw everything into chaos. Long after, our greatest thinkers have peered into that chaos in search of order, logic and the answers to where we began.

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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photoionReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 March 2022
1.0 out of 5 stars
Not recommended!
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First, only a few episodes of this series are based on established scientific facts and knowledge, most of the others have gone into the realm of science fiction including computer-generated images of alien worlds and possible alien life forms and, and future sex in space CG effects?

The drums and bass sounds in the background and all the booms, bangs, hundreds of images coming in and out and shaking the screen in all episodes completely unnecessary and REALLY ANNOYING!!! Sometimes you cannot even hear the narration over the beats and bangs!

It's really tiring to watch this because of the shaking images and loud sudden unexpected sounds, the whole series is like a carousel of disaster!!!!

Also, the examples / demonstrations used to explain the phenomenons are repeating on an on, several times, practically the whole series time can be cut in less than half of actual scientific content.

It’s also irritating (as other users said) that the producers of this series have interruptions predicting death and destruction on Earth!! On all episodes, every few minutes - again and again and again and again....

History Channel! Redo this, put all series together and produce one great series out of these, by cutting out off the rubbish!!

Not recommended!
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Rosemary LilleyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 January 2022
4.0 out of 5 stars
Prompt Delivery
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I was able to pre order this DVD which was a bonus as I wanted it as a Christmas present.It was delivered in good time and the recipient was very pleased with the gift.Having .We enjoyed the recent TV series with excellent presentation by Brian Cox we can now enjoy watching it again and again should we choose
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PAULReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 November 2013
3.0 out of 5 stars
Good but will be better with subtitles
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I have already seen this season in dvd. The bluray edition improves a little this product for the pictures, but not fundamentally.
For me, as a French wiyhout a good knowledge of English, the bluray edition would have been better with subtitles "English for the impaired of earing". It helps those with this problem, but also us foreigners.
History Channel bluray editions of seaspn 2 to season 6 of this serie have subtitles.
I don't understand why they have not done the same thing for season 1.
Anyway, from what I understand, it's a very interesting serie. At the end of season one, you will find a good documentary about the Big Bang theory. And i was surprised that some great astronomers don't believe in it.
I verified if I had well understood on Encyclopaedia Britannica. And I was right;
Glas to have understood a complex question !!!.
One person found this helpful
foxy roseReviewed in the United Kingdom on 07 November 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
The Universe 6 dvd special.
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This 6 pack dvd arrived well packaged from Supplier today via Royal Mail.
Included “The earth and The Moon”
“The End of the Earth and most dangerous places in the universe “
“Mars the red planet” “Saturn and the outer planets”. “Alien Galaxies and life and death of a star “ “ The Inner Planets Mercury and Venus”
Was very happy to receive it as need it for my nephews theme at School. Educational! Good price in very good condition. Thank you. UPDATE later on content! ...
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Jill FarnworthReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 July 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Mind boggling
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I know so much more now about the universe- how small is our little blue green planet. I could watch these uniscapes for hours! Very relaxing in an unexpected way. Just drifting in space
HaraldReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 January 2011
3.0 out of 5 stars
Too sensational
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It's hard to describe this documentation without referring to it as "typical US style". If you know other documentation from the US with their overly sensationalist story and pictures, then you know what to expect from this one. The picture quality on the BR is ok, though many of the computer graphics look somewhat cheap. Some of the clips used to illustrate the story don't really match the narrative or are unnecessary, but at other times there is a good selection of original material. The documentation covers a wide range of topics, and presents them with many interesting details.

I would have preferred a less dramatic version with more focus on the actual science, so I am not too impressed. For an example of what I would consider a good documentation on space, see [[ASIN:B00395ATPO Wonders Of The Solar System [Blu-ray] [2010]]]. But if you like the more dramatic style of documentations, then "The Universe" might be a good choice for you.
4 people found this helpful
CazReviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 January 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Brilliant
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Just love this, and Professor Brian Cox is wonderful, what knowledge, superb dvd
andyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 January 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
informative knowlege
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for astronomers cosmologists great imfo and viewing
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