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The Brain
The Brain
Actor: ~
Director: Richard Vagg
Genres: Special Interests, Documentary
NR     2009     1hr 34min

THE BRAIN is an astonishing voyage of discovery into our last biological frontier. Although today s computers can make calculations in one-100th of a second and technology can transport us outside the bonds of Earth, only ...  more »


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Actor: ~
Director: Richard Vagg
Genres: Special Interests, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Special Interests, Science & Technology
Studio: A&E Home Video
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 02/24/2009
Original Release Date: 01/01/2008
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2008
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 1hr 34min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Interesting but not what I was looking for
Carol | California, USA | 05/04/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This DVD was interesting but I expected something a little more focused on the workings of the brain. The topics covered are case studies of abnormal brain activity."
You don't have to be a "brain" to understand the brain!!
Stephen Pletko | London, Ontario, Canada | 11/27/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)


"The human brain, one of the last great frontiers...We've learned more about it in the last 5 years than in the last 5,000 years...For the first time, we're actually seeing what's going on in the brain during sex...What makes some brains evil?...And is there really such a thing as ESP [ExtraSensory Perception]?...Technology is finally unlocking the secrets of the brain. It's explaining why we behave the way we do. It's helping experts develop new methods and machines to boost our brain power. And its revealing the untapped abilities that we all have inside our heads."

The above is what the narrator states in the introduction of this interesting documentary that uses simple analogies, real-life case studies, and state-of-the-art computer generated images.

This program is not about explaining detailed anatomy of the brain. Instead it features experts in brain studies (interweaved with narration) explaining a brain-related topic (like those given above: sex, evil, ESP) and brain function while fantastic animations provide an additional look of what's going on in the brain (learned through brain-imaging techniques) at a specific time.

Eleven brain-related topics are discussed. Eight of the topics last between eight and eleven minutes while three of the topics last between four and six minutes.

The last topic is particularly interesting. Discussed is the future of the brain and how technology may interface with the brain to enhance its abilities for all of us.

I was amazed at the scope of what this documentary covers. However, each topic is given brief treatment (as can be inferred from the above times). It feels that we are given a sample of each topic. This documentary provides a good starting point if you want to do additional research into a topic.

Finally, the DVD itself (the one released in 2009) is perfect in picture and audio quality. There are no subtitles but there is closed-captioning. There are no extras.

In conclusion, this is certainly an interesting program and you'll be amazed at some of the new discoveries in brain studies. I leave you with the last words of the narrator:

"For all that we have learned about the brain, we still have so much to discover...If we do manage to answer [many] questions [we still have about the brain] over the course of perhaps one more life time, what will this mean for the brain, an organ that is so complicated yet so often driven by primitive instincts?"

(2008; 90 min; a History Channel presentation; wide screen; 12 chapters)

The Brain -Who woulda guessed
T. Mcaleenan | 05/07/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A fascinating discourse on the nature of evil, the physics of 'The Force', advice from the training of the Marines on how to deal with life. Lots of interesting insights from the latest on Brain physics that allow us to peer into what we are in whole new ways that may help us firuge out the most complex structure in the known universe and give us some meaning for our existence. Brilliant!"
Fascinating but only appropriate for mature audiences
rainforest | USA | 04/14/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I liked the way the video is divided into several stories that explain what part of the brain is involved with different feelings like fear, pleasure, psychotic behavior, memory, decision-making, etc. Also describes what happens when important parts of the brain are missing. Explains how the brain has evolved over the years. It uses state-of-the art CGI to determine the activity of the brain and this is fascinating. This is particularly descriptive when it comes to sex and I think the video is only appropriate for mature audiences."