Duncan Mason | Currently in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates | 01/05/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This program will be marvelous when it can be watched uninterrupted by commercials. It is almost a meditation on the awesome splendor out there. Awesome is a word that has lost much of its value these days but this program invokes awe. I can't wait to put the headphones on and disappear into the interstellar spaces. After watching it I found it a real challenge to balance the depressing things going on down here with the billion year beauty out there. Splendid graphics, excellent narration, it weaves a spell. Thank you National Geographic I have waited years for a program like this. This is what computer graphics were made for."
The Best Documentary on the Universe ever made.
K. Rands | California | 06/08/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This documentary is, hands down, the most well made documentary on the Universe I have ever seen. I have been watching Discovery Channel and other channels like it since I was a child.
I've seen a thousand documentaries on our universe. Nothing even comes close to this. I have spent many years contemplating our place in the universe both from religious and philosophical standpoints. I can honestly say that this documentary has played a pivotal role in shaking me out of my "bubble" on how I view nearly everything. After first seeing it on National Geographic, I spent months thinking about it. When I look out at the Ocean now I am aware of who I am and where we really are.
When you finish this video, you will walk away from it with an awareness that you never had before, of the unseen astronomically massive universe that we float around on like a spec of dust in the ocean. The most brilliant and awe inspiring thing about it, is that its all completely true. This video takes you on a journey through the universe as if you are watching a Sci Fi adventure. Yet you constantly have to remind yourself that what you're seeing is really out there. This is all fact.
Someone else aptly described this video in better words than I can:
"it was as if time were standing still. The narrator takes you on an amazing journey from the face of the earth to the edge of the Universe (as we know it) in a stunning visual articulation of the cosmos. I have literally watched this almost everyday since first seeing it on TV. The graphics are top notch and extremely smooth. It feels as though you are right there, soaring thru the galaxies at home and way beyond. The verbage in this program is comprehensible and the terminology basic enough for these in-depth concepts of Physics and Geology to come to life and understanding for even the most un-mathematical type of minds. This program is the most fascinating and knowledge envoking of any I have seen yet about the Universe.""
The most amazing CGI filled Blu-ray avialable!
Carlos R | DC Metro Area | 08/19/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Let me keep it simple and state what I liked first:
It has some amazing animation which looks superb if you have a Hi-Def set
Flows very nicely, never feeling lost with technical talk
It's probably the best (Resolution) CGI filled disc on Blu-ray
It based on current facts and theories
I had fun learning while watching
What I didn't like:
Too much talk about humans coming from Mars (I don't disagree but it was overkill for me)
Felt very anti religious at times (Doesn't bother me too much but it will for others)
Would have liked more footage or facts of the planets visited
The warp speed animation was recycled too much
In short, if you own a Blu-ray player, there should be no reason not to have this. This feature is Pure Eye Candy which will awe you.
A good substitution for Unisom
K. Hui | San Francisco, CA | 05/15/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I trying watching the movie four times but every time I ended up falling asleep after ~40 mins. The materials are not presented in a systematic way other than it's a journey from Earth - well at least I can't fault the title. I will much rather have an overview of the solar system first before delving into individual planets, then repeated the same for the milky way etc.
The narration is boring, repetitive yet at (numerous) times over the top. I know the universe is peaceful looking from a distance but dangerous and violent upclose, but I do not have to be reminded at every single stop. The melodrama tone and description are oddly out of place, with the writer and Alex Baldwin equally to blame.
For the record I am a star trek fan (btw the latest installment is the best) and I find reading Stephen Hawkings' books enjoyable. The only thing the DVD did for me is reminding me how much I have forgot. Time to research how many planets in our solar system ever since Pluto got kicked out of the solarhood."