Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actor: Martin Sheen
Genres: Special Interests, Educational, Documentary
Studio: Dorling Kindersley Release Date: 09/14/2006
Similarly Requested DVDs
Chelsea Liddle | USA | 11/16/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Not a great movie and I would not recommend it. It was not all that informative, the narration was somewhat disorganized and hard to hear at times. There wasn't a lot of good scientific or factual information given about volcanoes, instead it was a lot of not interesting information about different mythologies, folklore and the such. There was way too much time spent zooming around their computer-generated "museum" and looking at images that were disjointed in their presentation. There was very little "flow" to the information. Overall a disappointment."
Jeffery Mingo | Homewood, IL USA | 03/04/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I'm surprised to be speaking of features first, but here we go. This work says it's an hour, but it's not. It's 30 minutes on volcanoes and 30 minutes of the DVD series. Beware! I love that Martin Sheen narrated as I think he's a pretty nice guy. I love that the work gives about 5 foreign languages as subtitle options. I'm quite impressed on that.
This work will seem cursory to some, but it's meant to just scratch the surface. It would fit nicely into a class period of junior high or high school biology. When I think volcanoes, I free-associate to Pompeii, Mt. St. Helens, and jewels. It mentions all of those. It also had facts that I didn't know. It said there are 10 times as many volcanoes in the oceans as on land. It said volcanoes make fertile grounds for farming and much animal life, but some people have gotten strange diseases from them. It mentioned a married couple who studied volcanoes, but also died doing so. This reminded me of the Curies. It was diverse showing volcanoes in Japan, California, and other spots. Now that I think of it, the work did not speak about ancient cultures that sacrificed people to these structures.
This work is for science haters as well as science fans. It speaks of cultures and human responses to volcanoes and not just nature's facts. The work spoke of biodivesity and the aspects of science that are easier to grasp than the hard and boring stuff like chemistry or physics. The work is presented as a laberenthine (sp?) museum where animals, humans, and others interact. I like that the worked tried to please several audiences."
My boys liked it
Emmie | Oregon | 10/04/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"We're devotees of the eyewitness series, so we thought we'd try it. My boys liked it, although perhaps not as much as the series. It is a series of videos, not still photos. That was my main concern--is it just the same pictures from the books, just with narration? It isn't. I'm going to use it to supplement a 4-8th grade science class."