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The latest example of just how much a terrific documentary series can benefit from the Blu-ray format, Wonders Of The Solar System is a fascinating six-part series that simply looks stunning in high definition.

Presented by Professor Brian Cox, the series takes time to investigate the solar system around us, and the many natural beauties contained within it. Across the episodes, Cox covers the likes of planets themselves, the rings of Saturn, the question of whether we’re alone in the universe, and the sun itself.

What lifts Wonders Of The Solar System above the many shows that have tackled the subject before, however, are two factors. Firstly, it’s Cox himself, an enthused and interesting host, who explains things well and really helps make accessible the material. Secondly, it’s the utterly stunning visuals. The BBC has mixed in CGI along with images sent directly from space to quite breathtaking effect.

And this, inevitably, is where the Blu-ray kicks in. Wonders Of The Solar System simply looks wonderful in high definition, with the visuals coming across terrifically well. On DVD, this all looked very impressive. Here, it’s simply brilliant, and the end result is a series that can sit alongside Planet Earth as an example of just what Blu-ray can do for material of this quality and ilk. --Jon Foster
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1 Like #1
possibly one of the best recent documentaries.
#2
This is what blu ray was invented for... Never mind Matrix films.

Top posting.
1 Like #3
Cheaper to order from Zavvi with Quidco.
#4
Stilla got all these on my Sky +. MAybe I should ditch 'em and buy tis instead.
suspended#5
Great series. Great price.
#6
Great series. There are quite a few BBC boxsets I would buy If I had a player.
#7
Great set, Prof Brian Cox is epic too! :)

Hot from me!
#8
It was too confusing for me!
#9
Ideal, thanks!
#10
Excellent! Ordered along with his book 'Why does e=mc2?' which I was recommended.
Thanks.
#11
I watched this documentary on iplayer. It's only 1 hour long on there. However looks like the running time on this blu ray is 293 minutes. For the price it's definately worth it for anyone interested in space and science. :D
#12
Fagol
I watched this documentary on iplayer. It's only 1 hour long on there. However looks like the running time on this blu ray is 293 minutes. For the price it's definately worth it for anyone interested in space and science. :D


I watched it when it was on TV, it was 6 episodes (1 hour each).
I'll definitely be buying it!
#13
Amazing series. Watched it on iPlayer originally so would be interested to see it in HD.

Always cracks me up how he pronounces "Saturn"
#14
It's an amazing series, Prof Brian Cox is such a great presenter, so obviously engaging & enthusiastic.

(love the YouTube spoof tho, they have him down 100% - 'Wonders of The Solar System - spoof' ........has some strong launguage so careful where you play it)

Edited By: Gixxerman001 on Sep 13, 2010 23:51: extra info
#15
Such an awesome program & if there ever was a reason to buy a blu-ray player.....
#16
You mean THE Professor Brian Cox? Of D:Ream fame

I love the way he retains a wry smile on his face as he describes how vulnerable and ultimately doomed we are as a planet.
#17
excellent buy, just waiting for the price of life to drop, cheers op
#18
Excellent Price & Voted Hot. Maybe worth ordering from Asda.com for same price but 8% Quidco :-)
#19
Basically what everyone else has said, just brilliant, and seems like a great price.
#20
I'll refuse to pay for anything the BBC produce while I pay the extortionate license fee.
Should be a free download from the BBC (I'll settle for downloading it elsewhere).

But you people are free to pay for it twice if you like :) .

Edited By: jukkie on Sep 13, 2010 22:29: ....
#21
Heat added but ordered from Zavvi with the Quidco, so kudos to Spurious and Sirlukas.

Would have left rep but don't know how since the change of HUKD's format.
#22
my quidco or TCB never tracked with asda in the past

friendlydave4u
Excellent Price & Voted Hot. Maybe worth ordering from Asda.com for same price but 8% Quidco :-)
#23
+1
good point
jukkie
I'll refuse to pay for anything the BBC produce while I pay the extortionate license fee.Should be a free download from the BBC (I'll settle for downloading it elsewhere).But you people are free to pay for it twice if you like :) .
#24
Ordered, brilliant series
#25
Superb series. If you have any interest in Space, then this blu-ray needs to be in your collection. Nice one OP, heat added, cheers!
#26

jukkie -

I'll refuse to pay for anything the BBC produce while I pay the extortionate license fee.
Should be a free download from the BBC (I'll settle for downloading it elsewhere).

It is out there as an HD download if you look.
Generally I agree with you but I don't mind buying if the price is sensible & the quality really is as good as it ought to be......but far too often with Blu-ray it isn't.
See the just released original Evil Dead film for example, its barely better than an upscaled DVD.
Some programs & films just don't need HD.

Edited By: Gixxerman001 on Sep 13, 2010 23:52: sp
#27
Very good, love the presenters enthusiasm. Funny spoof here. Only saw one episode on TV so have ordered, thanks OP.
#28
sharkalos
I love the way he retains a wry smile on his face as he describes how vulnerable and ultimately doomed we are as a planet.


He's fantastic, did you see him on Something For The Weekend? Gotta love the 'we're screwed' face lol. We are pretty overdue a catastrophe though :p
#29
sharkalos
I love the way he retains a wry smile on his face as he describes how vulnerable and ultimately doomed we are as a planet.


Puts a new spin on his song 'Things Can Only Get Better'.
#30
Not adding heat to this one and reason being this is the price in many retailers - I have been tracking the price of this for a couple of months, and the price dropped in places nearly a fortnight ago and is now matched by Amazon, Lovefilm, Asda Entertainment, WHSmith, Argos Entertainment (and 2p more at Zavvi) since last week.

The cheapest place overall is Asda Entertainment as they have greatest cashback at 8% be wary though. Whilst I purchased from them on the bank holiday Monday (30th August) with an additional £1 off bank holiday weekend voucher (approved for use with quidco and quidco tracked) they have been waiting for stock since!

Tired or waiting I cancelled and ordered with lovefilm yesterday, however it appears WHSmith, Argos, Asda, Lovefilm and Zavvi have identical ordering systems, identical order confirmation emails (bar branding) and identical 'My account' pages bar branding - even the order numbers are very close to each other - I think all their sales are passed to the same supplier thus people ordering from those retailers that are cheaper with quidco may have to wait a little while even thought they are cheaper after quidco.

If you can’t wait, Amazon looks to be the best option as they are at least saying they have stock. Although with super saver delivery it takes an age to send out anyway!

Great Series, great price, but not cheapest although marginal
1 Like #31
For those who loved Wonders of the Solar System, dont forget to check out stephen hawking's universe which is on Channel 4 and Channel 4 HD this Saturday at 8pm (hope none of you hope to record x-factor and strictly at the same time!)

It is the first in the series, it has been on TV earlier this year but on the Discovery Channel.
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Stephen Hawking's Universe is a 2010 science documentary TV mini-series written by British physicist Stephen Hawking. The series was created for Discovery Channel by Darlow Smithson Productions and features computer generated imagery of the universe created by Red Vision (not to be confused with the 1997 PBS series by the same name and slightly different content )

An original soundtrack was composed for the series by television and film composer Sheridan Tongue, combining symphonic orchestral recordings with electronic and sampled elements. The score was recorded and mixed in 5.1 surround sound for HD broadcast. It is narrated by the British actor Benedict Cumberbatch (Hawkins in the BBC series, Atonement and Starter for 10, Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock etc.) and Professor Hawking .Of note is his superb sense of humor that add a light touch to the series ( aka Brian Cox and his Rock and roll image ) .

Episode 1 - Aliens: In "Are We Alone?"

This is the weakest episode of the series ,by trying to produce clever graphics to illustrate possible life forms in the universe the series looks more appealing to the American market with strong visual effects . Hawking considers one of the most important mysteries facing humankind - the possibility of alien, intelligent life. He leads us on a journey from the moons of Jupiter to a galaxy maybe not so far, far away. We will meet possible aliens and wonder at their form, we will delve into the very principles of what it is to call something alive, and we will calculate the likelihood of 'contact' being made.


Episode 2 - Time Travel: "Is Time Travel Possible?"

A more enjoyable episode with a great explanation of all we know about time travel .It is very reassuring to know that it can only happen in one direction .Examples of how it can be possible are easy to understand .He explores the world's favorite scientific 'what if?' He explores all the possibilities, warping the very fabric of time and space as he goes. From killing your grandfather to riding a black hole, we learn the pitfalls and the prospects for a technology that could quite literally, change everything.

Episode 3 - The Story of Everything: The Story of Everything.

This is what the series is all about , the real story of the Universe from the Big Bang to today and the possible outcomes of our Universe .Stephen Hawking's brilliance comes at the end of the episode when he explains the differences between "Creationism " and " random evolution " . He explains how life can be possible in our planet but before that took places many planets , solar system , galaxies and even Universes have occurred before . The ideas that the Universe was created by design are dismissed and replaced with the his theory which I can only describe as the galactic equivalent of Darwin's Evolution .

I would recommend it to anyone who wants a basic introduction to the history of the Universe. Is not as watchable as Wonders of the solar system but it comes close second.

Edited By: davidmaiden18183 on Sep 14, 2010 09:22: correction
#32
jukkie
I'll refuse to pay for anything the BBC produce while I pay the extortionate license fee.Should be a free download from the BBC (I'll settle for downloading it elsewhere).But you people are free to pay for it twice if you like :) .

Going to make myself unpopular here and disagree. Personally I think £12 a month for the licence fee is pretty good value for the sheer quality of programmes being produced, many of which are world-class. Coupled with great radio and online content, it seems to me one of the better value things I pay for; especially when you consider what Sky charge.
#33
BigAde
jukkie
I'll refuse to pay for anything the BBC produce while I pay the extortionate license fee.Should be a free download from the BBC (I'll settle for downloading it elsewhere).But you people are free to pay for it twice if you like :) .
Going to make myself unpopular here and disagree. Personally I think £12 a month for the licence fee is pretty good value for the sheer quality of programmes being produced, many of which are world-class. Coupled with great radio and online content, it seems to me one of the better value things I pay for; especially when you consider what Sky charge.

+1. Not exactly a thriving hotbed of innovative, quality television is Sky. Unless you count Pineapple Dance Studios.

This looks a good BBC documentary buy as well


http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0036FKO8O/ref=s9_cxhsh_co_ir01?pf_rd_m=A3P5ROKL5A1OLE&pf_rd_s=left-3&pf_rd_r=17BQ40X9M5PP923TYXK0&pf_rd_t=3201&pf_rd_p=466496413&pf_rd_i=typ01
#34
BigAde

Going to make myself unpopular here and disagree. Personally I think £12 a month for the licence fee is pretty good value for the sheer quality of programmes being produced, many of which are world-class. Coupled with great radio and online content, it seems to me one of the better value things I pay for; especially when you consider what Sky charge.


I agree, I think we get good value from the BBC. I’m sure they also have to rely on the extra revenue they get from DVD sales to fund their quality programming.
1 Like #35
The case of ITV should be a sobering reminder of why we need the BBC – left to commercial pressures, it has pretty much ditched nature and science programmes (remember Survival?), lost investigative journalism like World In Action, marginalized new comedy, increased the production of mass market soap operas, reality and endless talent shows, and relegated drama to a few big budget detective shows (Marple, Lewis, etc) with easy saleability abroad.

Lose the BBC and you would lose BBC Nature, The Proms, Radio 3, Radio 4, 6Music, sport uninterrupted by commercials, real local radio (rather than ILR which is mostly the same content wherever you go), and about a hundred other quality items I don’t have time to list here. You might not like all of it, and its not perfect, but unless we all want to watch or listen to X-Factor nonsense, soaps, fly on the wall docs, and endless Lady Gaga on the radio, the country would be very much poorer for it.
#36
sharkalos
You mean THE Professor Brian Cox? Of D:Ream fame

I love the way he retains a wry smile on his face as he describes how vulnerable and ultimately doomed we are as a planet.


He's a bit too self assured though - science should be objective, Cox is a "believer".
#37
"Usually dispatched within 10 to 12 days."

Hot deal all the same.
#38
BigAde
Going to make myself unpopular here and disagree. Personally I think £12 a month for the licence fee is pretty good value for the sheer quality of programmes being produced, many of which are world-class. Coupled with great radio and online content, it seems to me one of the better value things I pay for; especially when you consider what Sky charge.

+1 - I agree entirely. Hot deal by the way, i've ordered.
#39
DAMN YOU!!!!!!!!

How am I supposed to save money when you post things like this?

This is, in my opinion, one of the best documentaries ever made. Sciency enough for nerds like me, but presented simply enough and engagingly enough by someone who makes it all sound interesting to all but the greatest of dullards.

This is what the BBC should be doing more of.

Heat and Rep added.
#40
sharkalos
I love the way he retains a wry smile on his face as he describes how vulnerable and ultimately doomed we are as a planet.

I'm sure he will have a wry smile on his face if he sees this topic and thinks of the multitude of extra copies sold due to a minor price drop!

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