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NOVA: The Great Robot Race
NOVA The Great Robot Race
Actors: Neil Ross, Liev Schreiber, Jay O. Sanders, Stacy Keach, Lance Lewman
Genres: Documentary
NR     2006     0hr 56min

Studio: Wgbh Wholesale Release Date: 06/27/2006 Run time: 56 minutes


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Actors: Neil Ross, Liev Schreiber, Jay O. Sanders, Stacy Keach, Lance Lewman
Creators: D.J. Roller, Sam Henriques, John Angier, Mark Davis, Mark Hobson
Genres: Documentary
Sub-Genres: Science & Technology
Studio: Wgbh / Pbs
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 06/27/2006
Original Release Date: 03/03/1974
Theatrical Release Date: 03/03/1974
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 0hr 56min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Great high tech drama, human interest story
Edward Chao | Cincinnati, OH | 04/07/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The Great Robot Race follows the ups and downs of teams competing on an immensely difficult challenge: to develop a driverless robotic vehicle that can race 212km in the California desert. The highlights of the story are the contrasting personalities, engineering philosophies, and remarkable technological advances just a year after the first race ended in failure."
Faithful to the PBS broadcast program, extras shockingly li
R. Hyre | United States | 12/23/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I was a bit dissapointed that more of the extras on the web site - such as extended interviews - didn't make it on the disc as DVD extras.

I rated the DVD a 3 because the expected extras, such a subtitles in different languages, and DVD extras, were not present. That's why 4 stars instead of 5.

That's the only complaint I really have, the video on the disc itself is good. It's the story of the human teams and the science and engineering behind the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge. The Grand Challenge is a race across the desert in California and Nevada, where only robotic control is allowed. It is told in an engaging manner.

I recommend this disc for robotics enthusiasts, people interested in engineering, teachers and people interested in using robotics to help math, science and software engineering education programs.

The storytelling and video work made it an interesting broadcast."