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NOVA: Earth From Space Blu-ray Review

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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Video Codec: AVC/MPEG-4
  • Resolution: 1080p/24
  • Audio Codec: English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo (48kHz/24-bit)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: A (Region-Locked)
  • Running Time: 120 minutes
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Discs: 1 (1 x Blu-ray)
  • Studio: PBS
  • Blu-ray Release Date: April 30, 2013
  • List Price: $29.99

Overall
[Rating:4/5]
The Film
[Rating:4.5/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:2.5/5]

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The Film

[Rating:4.5/5]

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Our modern era technology has spawned numerous advances that allow us to see our planet as never before. This PBS Nova special shares a rare 2-hour glimpse into the workings of Earth as witnessed by the fleet of  observation satellites that continue to orbit around the world.  Reconstructed from thousands of celestial views, we get a picture of Earth that is sensational and revelatory. Peppered with narration from various sources, this is a breath-taking opportunity to observe how the elements shape the present and future of terrestrial operations.  Getting the sneak preview of the 2005 natural disaster, Hurricane Katrina or the 2011 Japan tsunami is nothing short of amazing as is the detailed knowledge gained from the five satellites that the national weather service has in orbit.

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Chock-full of interesting facts and factoids, like how much of the Earth’s oxygen in produced by the Amazon rainforest or how much does the Antarctic ice mass grow during winter, there enough material to interest viewers of all ages and backgrounds.

Video Quality

[Rating:4/5]

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This film presents a stunning montage of computer-generated images of earth alternating with huge panoramas of the varied geography and topography of our planet. The Nova editing team makes this not just an informational watch but one that unfolds a sense of drama.

Audio Quality

[Rating:4/5]

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The main narration is quite clear as is the accompanying soundtrack in excellent dts HD Master Audio 2.0. The musical score by Marc Korven is atmospheric and supports the visual elements to perfection.

Supplemental Materials

[Rating:0/5]

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Sorry to report, no extras here.

The Definitive Word

Overall:

[Rating:4/5]

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Watching Earth From Space is much more than the scientific specials for which Nova programmers have been noted. Adding the effects of satellite-captured data allow us to understand how our climates are created and why there are often dramatic changes in the world’s weather picture. From beginning to end, we get one fascinating episode after another.  A truly successful documentary should not only inform the viewers but should also entertain. It is here that Earth From Space becomes an essential watch for all who share an interest in the continuing saga of our planet. Highly recommended.

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Overall
[Rating:4/5]
The Film
[Rating:4.5/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:2.5/5]

 

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