"This program shows that these two words can, and in fact must be related. Over 3 hours of space related knowledge divided into 6 shows focus on various space themes from the "SETI search program" to "What does a Black Hole look like" to "Will we ever colonize Mars?". Produced with state of the art computer images that enhance the presentation and make it fun, Hyperspace is deeply rooted in scientific knowledge, but doesn't leave out the always present "what if..." - as opposed to many other similar documentaries. Interviews with experts from all around the globe in the different fields covered in the programs make them reliable and informative. Sam Neill hosting takes the viewer by the hand and kindly places him/her inside the video. With his soft, convincing tone he could turn the yellow pages into poetry ;) This has to be the greatest documentary of this kind that I have ever seen. Once you sit down to watch it you will not want to stop. Hope they make another run of six! If you're into space exploration and knowing our universe, you can't let this one pass."
Hyperspace - How it all began
Kenneth Olsen | Norway | 02/20/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"God did not create the world - Sam Neill did (hehehe)This is an excellent documentary for anybody ever wondered how it all started. How our earth was created and how i could ever write this "review". I have given it 5 stars because it is very educating and "easy" to understand. This is the first and maybe the only documentary to do so. 5 stars is also for the entertaing concept of it. Filled with CGI (comput.graphics)
It might pass as a good saturday night entertainment as well.I watched it on Discovery, and if the sound and the picture is as good as it was on my tv (11-2001), it will be a great dvd for your documentary collection. Since i am just an ordinary movie-watcher, i cannot write a critical review for this doc.
I am just an ordinary and hungry wolf for good docs and movies.It takes you through everything from how stars are created and their life-cycle, to how life started out down here (earth).
40% of this doc. is a feast for the eye. The rest is a nut for the brain. Have no fear. I promise you. If you have read this review, you are atleast curious about what this "hyperspace" is. This must mean you are interested in the space.
You wont be dissapointed as long as you are aware that this is a documentary and not a movie. Fasten your seatbelts, sit back, and let Sam take you on a journey you wont regret you took.
Enjoy the ride :-))"
Patrick Selitrenny | 05/28/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Seldom have I seen a documentary illustrate so much yet communicate so little. Using a futuristic holographic projector on a sun-parched plain, Sam Neill explores and explains a variety of astronomical phenomena in six thirty-minute episodes. Watching him roam the majestic landscape gives viewers a breath of fresh air and a dramatic sense of scale. The artistic effect is compelling, but the scientific content is more wanting. Spectacular computer animations of stars, comets, nebulae, black holes, wormholes, and galaxies come at the expense of methodical analysis and educational narrative. I nonetheless enjoyed the "Hyperspace" DVD. I just think that it could have taught me a lot more than it did in the time allowed."
Thought provoking and entertaining
Michael | New York | 11/30/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I really enjoyed this DVD a lot. It explores most of the interesting and fascinating topics in astronomy. The DVD is 180 minutes long with six 30 minute episodes. The six episodes are STAR STUFF, STAYING ALIVE (danger of asteroids), BLACK HOLES, ARE WE ALONE?, NEW WORLDS (colonization and transformation of other planets) and BOLDLY GO (possibilities for future long distance space travel). Everything about this video grabs your attention from beginning to end. Sam Neill (from Jurassic Park) does an awesome job as a narrator. The computer generated graphics are amazing and even the music is great! After watching this video one will come away with a good sense of Earth's place in this vast neighborhood. I am a science teacher and have shown this to my students. By far it is one of their favorite videos compared to others I have shown. There are a couple of downsides to this video. Some of what is mentioned in the video is speculation or theory but seems to be presented as fact. Also there is a reoccuring doomsday theme in each episode....mentioning the possibilities of us being wiped out by asteroids, swallowed by a massive black hole or our planet being consumed by the expanding Sun. Overall though, this is still a great video and is recommended for anyone interested in astronomy and especially educators.
Space or Hyperspace? This is the Answer...
Patrick Selitrenny | Switzerland a.k.a. Helvetia Felix | 02/12/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Also known as "Space", this is a masterpiece of a documentary. It is for all ages and explains in simple terms, the origins of our universe and our future in space, passing through every kind of known and unknown phenomenon, here on Earth or elsewhere.
Sam Neill ("Event Horizon", "Jurassic Park", "Merlin") takes you by the hand and through a holographic projector "launches" you into an adventure that spans various billions of years.
BBC has outdone itself in this documentary.
"Cosmos", hosted by Carl Sagan, was a unique milestone in explaining the Universe. It also was a masterpiece in its genre. "Hyperspace" is nothing else than its natural successor.
I loved every minute of it and I kept it running and running in my DVD player until I almost memorized the data.
The 3D recreations of galaxies, stars, planets and stellar phenomena are hauntingly relistic and offer a firework of the highest CGI design I have ever witnessed in a documentary of this sort.
Sam Neill is a fascinating, talented and multi-faceted actor and could manage to convince you to walk on water. With his suave and debonnaire way, he manages to explain science in such a way, that even the most unaware person would accept and understand.
All in all, if you are a documentary collector, or simply somebody who loves astronomy and space travel, you will have to own it.
But careful! If you watch it once, you may wish to watch it again. It is highly addictive. Consult a doctor for any counter-indication."