The Planets (2019): Season 1 - [2 Disc] (Blu-ray)
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|Contributor||Professor Brian Cox, Stephen Cooter, Martin Johnson, Nic Stacey|
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This stunningly ambitious series brings to life the most memorable events in the history of the solar system, by using ground-breaking visual effects to tell the thrilling story of all eight planets. Transporting you to the surface of these dynamic worlds to witness the moments of high drama that shaped each one, The Planets reveals how the latest science allows us to unlock their past lives. It pieces together clues of magnificent lost waterfalls on Mars, the mass planetary migrations as they jostled for position early in their history, and even the distant fate of Saturn as one of its moons awakens to form a beautiful water world.
- Aspect Ratio : 1.78:1
- Language : English
- Package Dimensions : 17 x 13.4 x 1.4 cm; 100 Grams
- Item Model Number : BDPA0067
- Director : Nic Stacey, Martin Johnson, Stephen Cooter
- Media Format : Blu-ray, PAL
- Run time : 4 hours and 50 minutes
- Release date : 13 November 2019
- Actors : Professor Brian Cox
- Studio : Universal
- ASIN : B07Y9CG9ZQ
- Country of origin : Australia
- Number of discs : 2
- Best Sellers Rank: 4,628 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Widescreen is 16:9, with menu-set, easily-read, well-synchronized English SDH subtitles. The keep-case is above average quality. DTS master audio is fine (with a lurking didgeridoo). The five episodes are: terrestrial planets, two sisters Earth and Mars, godfather Jupiter, Saturn, and ice worlds; followed by short epilogs. Total run time is 4 hours 50 minutes; plus five useless, redundant ‘minisodes’.
The program is based on findings of various space probes including: Mariner, Viking, Veneras, Voyagers, Galileo, Cassini, Dawn, Messenger, Curiosity, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Maven, New Horizons and Juno; supplemented with Dr. Cox’s highly informed speculation, well-done CGI effects, and very few talking heads. As narrator, Dr. Cox keeps you engaged in the script with illustrations, vivid explanations, analogies; meanwhile wandering through widely dispersed terrain all over the planet; including several visits to Arizona’s (?) red-rock country; flyover of the (Swiss?) Alps via ultralight glider; trekking across an (Icelandic?) glacier; spending time along the edge of Meteor (and some other?) Crater; standing under the Icelandic Aurora Borealis; tracing fossilized dinosaur tracks on a Colorado mountain plateau; trudging across snow fields or through temperate forests; or discoursing amidst unnamed explosively erupting volcanic vents. These environments are suggested by the very thing then being discussed. Curious omissions: Europa, Ganymede, Callisto, Charon. Too much time: Terrestrial lifeforms.
CGI effects include: standing on one of Saturn’s moons ten to a hundred million years ago as it breaks up to form the rings; Curiosity arriving on Mars; looking over the enormous lava lakes on Jupiter’s moon Io; gazing across Sputnik Planitia’s frozen nitrogen plains on Pluto with adjacent ice mountains towering six kilometers; Huygens’ landing on Titan; seeing Cassini breakup in Saturn’s atmosphere; and the sun’s inevitable red giant phase.
As an arm-chair astronomy buff, I had not previously encountered thinking so vividly presented. The program kept me glued to the TV, with regret when it was over seemingly so quickly. Watched it immediately again!