The Universe – Our Solar System (History Channel/A&E Blu-ray)
B- Sound: C+ Extras: D Episodes: B-
part of our universe since my conception, I have only viewed it on TV and
Blu-ray as of recently. The Universe is a fascinating series
that has been on the History Channel for
a few years now and whereas at first I found it enjoyable, as of recently I
have found the material to be a bit of a stretch. As we reach the edges of our universe as well
as others, the fact of the matter is that it is all a mystery. Scientists and scholars have long presumed
what is out there and have made very educated conclusions; some based in fact,
others merely hypotheses. Whereas the
series is interesting in recent years I have been left yawning and bored. This collection released on Blu-ray is a
gathering of some of the best of what The
Universe has to offer; as the information is surrounding the universe we
know the most about…our own.
release is confusingly composed of the first ten episodes of Season One, only leaving out the last 4
episodes; leaving one to question, why not just buy Season One? The information
is strong and entertaining, unlike recent episodes of the series. The
Universe: Our Solar System quickly captures the viewers’ interest as it
delivers information you never knew or cast in a new light. I thoroughly enjoyed the ten episode lot and
it seems that it is not only a good education disc, but also entertaining.
episodes included are as follows:
Secrets of the Sun
Mars: The Red Planet
The End of the Earth: Deep Space
Threats to our Planet
Jupiter: The Giant Planet
The Inner Planets: Mercury and
Saturn: Lord of the Rings
Life and Death of a Star
series is a mix of both High Def real footage and brilliant CGI that does not
feel like a choppy 1970’s educational film.
The seemingly boring topics of physics come to life and suck the viewer
in; perhaps even inspiring future generations that there is more out there than
bling and fame.
and sound are nicely done, although not perfect. The video is presented in a 1080i AVC Encoded
1.78 X 1 Widescreen that has its highs and lows. The clarity, depth and detail are amazing at
times and ‘blah’ at others. The colors are
okay, but never stunning with blacks (especially when talking about the
universe) could be better. Overall, the
picture quality is inconsistent, but how could it be? The footage comes from a variety of sources
ranging from quite old to HD/brand new to CGI; so as you can imagine it is all
over the place. The sound is a standard
unimpressive Dolby 2.0 Stereo that gets the job done, but it is not up to snuff
with Blu-ray quality. Audiences buy
Blu-ray to be blown out of their seats and with a title like The Universe the viewer expects the
best. Whereas it was a fun title the
technical features add little to the experience or my recommendation to own
extras are not available here.
love the series, buy The Universe:
Season One; as in all honesty this cutback re-release is a waste of time as
all it does is steal 4 episodes from you.
universe is big and even bigger if you get all of Season One.
- Michael P. Dougherty II