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NOVA - Origins
NOVA - Origins
Actor: Neil deGrasse Tyson
Directors: Alice Harper, Julia Cort and Larry Klein, Thomas Levenson
Genres: Educational, Documentary
NR     2004     4hr 0min

Has the universe always existed? How did it become a place that could harbor life? Are we alone, or are there alien worlds waiting to be discovered? NOVA presents some startling new answers in Origins, a groundbreaking fou...  more »


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Actor: Neil deGrasse Tyson
Directors: Alice Harper, Julia Cort and Larry Klein, Thomas Levenson
Genres: Educational, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Educational, Science & Technology, Space Exploration
Studio: WGBH Boston
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 12/07/2004
Original Release Date: 01/01/2004
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 4hr 0min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 6
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Member Movie Reviews

Abraham K. from KIRKLAND, WA
Reviewed on 10/20/2009...
Physics/Astronomy 101 on the cheap and you don't have to take a student loan for it.

Movie Reviews

Must Get NOVA mini-series!
J. Whitejr | 11/19/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"It's a great 4-part NOVA mini-series about the origins of the solar system and life on earth. Scientific information is presented in an interesting and clear manner. Suitable for kids as well as grownups. Simply wonderful!"
At fantastic look at the evolution of earth and its place in
Wayne C. Rogers | Las Vegas, Nevada United States | 02/15/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The NOVA four-part series, Origins, is the perfect gift for a lay person who's interested in the evolution of earth and its unique place in the Universe. I found myself totally engrossed in the development of our planet, learning things that I never knew. I had no idea that our moon was created when another planet struck earth billions of years ago, or that the oceans on our planet were actually formed from the ice on comets that hit earth during its formative years. I didn't know that life on our planet began from the microbes that came here attached to the comets and astroids that struck earth. I didn't know that it was because of having a planet the size of Jupiter in our solar system that we were actually shielded from the vast majority of destructive astroids that travelled through our system. This enabled life on earth to continue without too many major interruptions. I didn't know that scientists have already discovered other solar systems within our galaxy that have planets and the possibility of life. And, these are just a few of the things discussed by Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson as the host and narrator of Origins. This is a show with a wealth of information geared to people of all ages with an acute interest in our planet and the universe. The only complaint I have is that some of the computer animations were showed over and over again, especially in Parts 1 & 2. Other than that, Origins is an excellent series that teaches the viewer about astronomy, biology and geology in a way thats informative and highly entertaining and never boring! A great gift for kids who are just getting started in their quest to understand the origins of life."
Life, at the beginning
J. Whitejr | South of Ithaca | 08/19/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I thought this Nova program was very entertaining. It is a lively
presentation and helps answer many questions about the origins
of life. I feel it is an excellent choice for the whole family
and something that is well worth veiwing."