The Planets (DVD)
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|Contributor||Professor Brian Cox, Stephen Cooter, Martin Johnson, Nic Stacey|
|Runtime||4 hours and 50 minutes|
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 : 19 x 13.6 x 1.4 cm; 115 Grams
- Item Model Number : DPA0067
- Director : Nic Stacey, Martin Johnson, Stephen Cooter
- Media Format : DVD, PAL
- Run time : 4 hours and 50 minutes
- Release date : 13 November 2019
- Actors : Professor Brian Cox
- Language : English (Stereo)
- Studio : Universal
- ASIN : B07Y9BH2RS
- Country of origin : Australia
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Brian Cox narrates with his joyful, but never bombastic, enthusiasm.
The series is more focused than the title implies. It’s the history of the solar system, mostly 4.6 billion years ago, and it runs through why each planet is the way it is, and how it came to be, based on most current theories.
The other focus is how our probe missions helped us come to these theories.
I would like to reference back to the older BBC Planets documentary and remark how well the two complement each other. The older documentary seems to have prepared the way and this new one shows the results and gives beautiful visual impressions of the research data.
When I ordered this DVD I assumed that it was new. On playing the second disc it would not run properly, I thought that my DVD player might need cleaning. I then checked the DVD and found there was a finger print, and, marks on it.
I had not removed the disc from the container until that time, only disc one. I cleaned the disc, and it now playing with no problems.
Just thought I would let you know.
Now I know how Venus got to be the hottest planet in the solar system, in spite of Mercury being closest to the Sun. How Mars, once a blue planet like Earth, just died. How Jupiter hurled the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs. How it rains diamonds above Saturn (theoretically!) and why our unique planet Earth is known as the 'Goldilocks' planet (neither too near nor too far but just the right distance from the sun).
With the right teacher, anyone can learn; you don't even have to be all that interested in the subject. You just need to listen and all those amazing facts just seep into your brain and stay there. Now you too can bore your friends with the fact that Uranus (now pronounced with the emphasis on the 'Ur' to avoid the juvenile sniggering), is actually on it's side. A friend said 'how do you know it's on its side? It's round!'. The answer is when, like Saturn, it has rings but they are vertical instead of horizontal. Surprisingly, all 4 of the outer planets have rings.
Brian manages to make you feel like he's talking to a friend. In spite of his credentials, he explains everything in such an easy to understand way that you don't need a degree in physics to 'get it'. A naturally gifted teacher who I wish had been around when I was bored with the sciences!
Even if you don't care about the solar system, this is a fascinating journey into how it came to be and how ultimately it will end. If nothing else, the stunning images of Saturn and it's ice rings will stay with you. This DVD is worth the money just for that....and btw, they're 300,000km wide (bigger than Jupiter). See, I said you can bore your friends to death with these facts ;-)