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The Universe: The Complete Season Three Blu-ray

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A&E Home Video | 2008 | Season 3 | 564 min | Not rated | Sep 29, 2009

The Universe: The Complete Season Three (Blu-ray)
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Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
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The Universe: The Complete Season Three

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The Universe: The Complete Season Three Blu-ray offers solid video and mediocre audio in this enjoyable 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 Three and the The Universe: The Complete Season Three Blu-ray release, see the The Universe: The Complete Season Three Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.0 out of 5.



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

  3.5 of 5

The Universe: The Complete Season Three features a decent 1080i/AVC-encoded transfer that handles the series' scattershot video sources and budgetary constraints in stride. Its vibrant palette comes alive in high definition, flooding the screen with blazing suns bent on their galaxies' destruction, vivid waterworlds teeming with life, and inky expanses that extend beyond the series' star-soaked space. The CG sequences (while of varying quality) are fairly impressive as well, injecting color and visual oomph into what could have been a bland and cynical overview of the heavens. Textures are nicely rendered, edges are satisfying, and the overall presentation bests its DVD counterpart. Minor softness plagues faces, but isn't overly distracting. Granted, the various video sources (comprised of everything from standard definition archive footage to problematic telescopic photography) make for an uneven viewing experience, but documentary enthusiasts will be completely unfazed by such inherent inconsistencies.

If I have any lingering complaint it's that the technical image is unpredictable and unstable. Frequent (sometimes debilitating) artifacting is a constant distraction; black crush haunts the depths of space; heavy banding occasionally surrounds light sources, hurtling debris, and glowing particles; and minor aliasing continually threatens to undermine the otherwise attractive CG sequences. But all things considered -- including the limitations of the series' modest production values -- Season Three looks pretty good.


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

  2.5 of 5

Like its predecessors, Season Three is burdened with an unfulfilling PCM stereo mix that rarely captures the pulse of the cosmos as readily and effectively as its video transfer. Both its narration and interview segments are clean and intelligible, but a tad hemmed in. Likewise, outdoor interviews occasionally suffer from a variety of minor issues (air noise, hiss, and wind among them), but generally sound as good as can be expected. Unfortunately, effects are little more than flimsy additions to the mix, bass tones are dull and muddy, and scene transitions are thin and tinny. The series' musical score helps matters a bit, but ultimately underwhelms as the track's front-heavy sonics fail to draw the listener into the many wonders on display. I would have loved to hear solar flares blaze past my ears, to sit boldly amidst the destruction of an imploding star, or cower at the aural majesty of a massive black hole. Instead, I was left to my own devices on the outskirts of such phenomenal events, longing to hear them as they were meant to be heard. Still, I suppose it could be a lot worse. Considering this is a television release -- one whose original audio elements weren't designed to deliver the weight, presence, or immersiveness of other high-end presentations -- the stereo mix is a passable addition to this release.


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The Universe Season 3 and Megaset Coming to BD - June 10, 2009

A&E Home Video will bring to BD 'The Universe: Season 3' on September 29, as well as a megaset reuniting seasons 1 to 3 of this History Channel series. The season set will consist of three discs. Specs aren't known yet. Special features will include a Backyard ...


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