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The Universe: The Complete Season One Blu-ray

United States
A&E Home Video | 2007 | Season 1 | 705 min | Not rated | Nov 18, 2008

The Universe: The Complete Season One (Blu-ray)
Large:


Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080i
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.78:1

Audio
English: Dolby Digital 2.0
English: LPCM 2.0 (48kHz, 16-bit)

Subtitles
None

Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Three-disc set (3 BDs)

Playback
Region free

Price
List price: $29.99, Price history

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Blu-ray rating
Video 3.6 of 53.6
Audio 2.9 of 52.9
Extras 2.8 of 52.8
Based on 9 user reviews

Movie appeal

 
Documentary100%
Nature84%
History40%
55%
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The Universe: The Complete Season One

 (TV) (2007)

The Universe: The Complete Season One Blu-ray delivers great video and mediocre audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

Travel through the galaxies and explore extraterrestrial phenomenon with this sweeping examination of the universe from The History Channel, which uses state-of-the-art computer technology to take viewers up close to distant planets and stars. Topics include black holes, comets, alien galaxies, star deaths, the moon, the interior of the sun and much more. All 13 episodes from the first season are included, plus the bonus episode "Beyond the Big Bang."

For more about The Universe: The Complete Season One and the The Universe: The Complete Season One Blu-ray release, see the The Universe: The Complete Season One Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.

Narrator: Erik Thompson

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The Universe: The Complete Season One Blu-ray, Video Quality

  4.0 of 5

Presented in an aspect ratio of 1.78:1, encoded with MPEG-4 AVC, and granted a 1080i transfer The Universe: The Complete Season 1 arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of A&E Home Video.

I assume that those of you with HD satellite or cable subscriptions have already seen at least one episode of this marvelous show. And you have to admit that even if you aren't particularly interested in astronomy The Universe boasts some mighty impressive visuals. As far as I am concerned this Blu-ray set does all of them justice. Contrast for example is incredibly strong allowing some of the more colorful scenes to reveal texture and detail that are absolutely breathtaking (Jupiter: The Giant Planet for example had me literally glued to the screen). The actual color-scheme on the other hand is probably amongst the best I have seen on a documentary. It is lush and incredibly rich truly transforming these well-crafted episodes into captivating short films that you won't tire looking at. As mentioned above clarity and detail are of superb quality and during some of the animated footage where stars burst and asteroids explode you will literally be immersed into a sea of colors with countless variations. The non-animated footage on the other hand where numerous interviews and lectures are offered is vibrant, detailed, and very pleasing and therefore it also makes for a terrific viewing experience. The actual quality of the prints provided by A&E Home Video is also as impressive. I looked for but did not spot a single scratch or speck (excluding of course some of the archival footage where the original source isn't in perfect condition). (Note: The three discs containing the 13 episodes of "The Universe" are Region-Free meaning that you will be able to play them on your PS3 or SA regardless of your geographical location).


The Universe: The Complete Season One Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  2.5 of 5

UPDATE: It appears that there is a newer pressing of this release which does include an English LPCM 2.0 track.

The only audio track that you will find on this Blu-ray disc is: English Dolby Digital 2.0. It is somewhat disappointing that a PCM track of some sort isn't included here but in reality I really do not believe that there would be much of an upgrade if A&E Home Video were to include a PCM 5.1 mix. Aside from the ambient tunes that pop up here and there, as I mentioned earlier, the majority of the content is dialog driven. For me personally the wealth of information these series provide was much more important and I definitely did not notice the lack of a more elaborate soundtrack. Finally, I did not detect any hissing, drop-outs, or audio distortions to report here. Please note that optional English subtitles are not provided.


The Universe: Other Seasons




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