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The Cosmos Ė A Beginnerís Guide (2007/Athena/Acorn DVD Set)


Picture: C†††† Sound: C+†††† Extras: C†††† Episodes: B



A good few years ago, we looked at the classic Carl Sagan documentary mini-series Cosmos and it remains one of the most discussed and celebrated programs of its kind ever.You can read about the DVD set at this link:





Now comes The Cosmos: A Beginnerís Guide, Adam Hart-Davisí 2007 series on the same subject is a solid flipside program worthy of Saganís classic that reintroduces the basics and in six episodes (about a half-hour each) does a great job of taking a look at our world and the worlds beyond.No, it is not as thorough as the Sagan program, but is very enjoyable, likable and informative.Being widescreen gives it some room to be on its own, though some footage is obviously originally 1.33 X 1.


Hart-Davis is very well-spoken, smart and likable, which is why this ultimately becomes its own series unto itself, even if it is in the shadow of its famous counterpart.I would recommend it whether you have seen the Sagan series or others like it before.Athena has picked another winner.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is a little on the weak side, softer than expected and part of it is from the animation, but also from some video that is not the best HD around. Still, this is watchable enough.The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo fares better, simple, but clean, clear and well recorded.Extras include a timeline, text discussion questions, gallery of Apollo astronauts and a well-illustrated 12 page viewerís guide that could fit into a Blu-ray case.



-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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