Monday, 16 June 2014

Blu-ray Review - Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey


Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyessy
Narrated by Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Release Date: June 10, 2014
Retail: $59.98
Running Time: 572 minutes
Rating: Not Rated
Buy Link: Amazon


Now available to own Blu-ray is the exciting documentary, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, hosted by astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson. Special features include an audio commentary on the premiere episode, Library of Congress Dedication, Cosmos at Comic-Con, Cosmos: The Voyage Continues and an Interactive Cosmic Calendar.

The 13-part documentary serves as a sequel to the award-winning 1980 PBS 13-part series, Cosmos: A Personal Voyage, that was co-created and hosted by the late Carl Sagan. Two of Sagan's collaborators, Ann Druyan and Steve Soter, returned to produce this follow-up, along side Family Guy's Seth MacFarlane, Mitchell Cannold, Brannon Braga and Jason Clark.

The series takes a look at the cosmos through the "Ship of the Imagination," in which Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, along with dazzling special effects and animation, explains how the Big Bang occurred and origin of Earth's evolution. We are introduced to past scientists through the use animation and we are giving a brief glance of the what the future could bring.

The 13 episodes on the 4-disc set are:

  • Standing Up in the Milky Way
  • Some of the Things That Molecules Do
  • When Knowledge Conquered Fear
  • Hiding in the Light
  • A Sky Full of Ghosts
  • Deeper, Deeper, Deeper Still
  • The Clean Room
  • Sisters of the Sun
  • The Electric Boy
  • The Lost Worlds of Planet Earth
  • The Immortals
  • The World Set Free
  • Unafraid of the Dark

I was born a year after the original series aired, but I do recall the series being re-aired on PBS in the late 80s or early 90s. Honestly, I was never good at science in school, as the subject bored me to death. The new incarnation of the series has updated scientific facts along with CGI special effects. The series was created to help educate everyone about how and why we are here, but in a scientific point-of-view. It is meant to educate and entertain at the same time. Overall, I thought Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey to be a well-crafted documentary and it looks great on Blu-ray. 

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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