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The Universe Within (WGBH/Nova)


Picture: C+ Sound: C+ Extras: D Episode: B-



As a sort of follow-up to the successful Miracle Of Life, WGBHs Nova series offered a sort of flip side with The Universe Within (1995), which covers three more aspects of the inner-world of the human body. Topics this time include bones and muscles, nutrition/digestion, and pregnancy/reproduction/birth. Again, illustrations, animation and actual special photography and videotaping allow a more detailed look at these functions.


This may make some people uncomfortable, while others will be intrigued, but it is always interesting and thorough. Those who really like it may think less than an hour is too short, but they have Miracle Of Life on DVD, so they cold get both at the same time. All in all it is a typically strong-if-short Nova installment and one very much worth your time if you are interested or need it for science reasons.


The 1.33 X 1 image is in good shape for a program ten years old, though some details are limited. The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo has very weak surrounds, but is clean and clear here just the same. There are hardly any extras, but you do get PDF/DVD-ROM teaching materials and a weblink, though having subsections for the scene access is a nice touch.



- Nicholas Sheffo


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