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The Genius Of Charles Darwin (2008/Documentary Mini-Series/Athena DVD)


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



So why the war on Science and the Theory of Evolution?If you donít want to believe in something, just say no and move on, but some ideas threaten certain groups and that becomes one of the many interesting aspects of the recent British documentary mini-series The Genius Of Charles Darwin.Scholar and Professor Richard Dawkins hosts (and co-created) this exceptional look at the science and controversy that has not been examined thoroughly for too long.As you watch, you realize one of the strategies has been censorship (in the U.S. in particular) by a deadly combination of rogue corporations, private money and political government interests that are beyond careless and irresponsible about everything.


Most of the program is focused on the science and presents the scientific models with exceptional clarity and function most anyone can understand.This is done in three shows: Life, Darwin & Everything, The Fifth Ape and God Strikes Back, with the backlash against progress by the scared, ignorant and an elite few who donít want others to be able to think for themselves especially being covered in the latter.


Now to play devilís advocate, Dawkins does get himself into some philosophical trouble when he cannot distinguish truth from fact, which actually leaves him open to attack against his otherwise solid Darwin arguments.There are also some very funny moments I will not ruin, but you will enjoy when you see them.This is must-see viewing for anyone who likes to think for themselves and not be conned by others.


As for the fraud that is known as Intelligent Design, it is one of the most cowardly ideas I have ever heard of, never has the guts to identify the single deity creator and is a sham that epitomizes everything that has gone wrong with education since conservatives worldwide have been attacking the idea since Darwin arrived and the education system since the 1960s.No matter what you believe, you should always be challenged and The Genius Of Charles Darwin reminds us the importance of why; especially if recent events have not convinced you.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is pretty goods throughout, but has just enough motion blur and detail issues to hold it back, while the Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is just fine and is a new, well recorded soundtrack.Even location sound is rarely an issue, so the combination is very watchable.Extras include a small booklet inside the case (try not to miss it) with some great facts and pictures, a bonus DVD with four hours of more interview footage with six of the subjects seen throughout the program, text bio of Darwin, Three Tales From The Galapagos Island bonus special and The Evolution Of An Idea offering contributors to Darwinís theories.


This is a solid set worth your time.



-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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