"Wow! What a nice show....Bottom line: a great DVD!"
"Are cloudy skies keeping you from viewing celestial wonders? Then
sit back on the couch and gaze at the solar system and distant galaxies
with The Universe.
Available on DVD and VHS, this journey through space features video and
images from Hubble, SOHO and other space-based observatories. With succinct
narration and an orchestral score, The Universe will entertain as well
as inform. As a bonus in the DVD version, California-based astronomers
Alex Filippenko, who studies supernovae, and Karel Schrijver, an expert
on the Sun, help demystify the universe." astronomy.com
American Library Association
"Truly a work of art."
School Library Journal July
By Shauna Yusko, King County Library System,
"...Designed to enhance classroom lessons, the video can be shown
segment by segment or in its entirety. The footage is stunning and offers
students an excellent glimpse of outer space. This production would work
for group or individual viewing, but some background knowledge about the
topics would be beneficial before viewing...Schools looking for science
videos on this topic will appreciate this title."
Video Librarian July
By L. Stevens
perfect title for the armchair galaxy traveler, this program takes viewers
on a journey through the universe using images from NASA's TRACE, SOHO,
and Hubble programs. Viewers are initially introduced to the big telescopes,
learning how the breathtaking images are created and the data interpreted,
before moving on to the subject of the sun (studying arches, coronas,
and sun spots), other stars, star clusters, nebulae, supernovas, galaxies,
and each of the planets in our solar system, with a narrator "tour
guide" offering commentary and pointing out interesting features
throughout. While this program is still a cut above the comprehension
level of a viewer with no background knowledge of the subject, The
Universe will readily appeal to astronomy
buffs and Cosmos
fans. The DVD includes a gallery of images from the Hubble Telescope,
interviews with Alex Filippenko of UC Berkeley, and Karel Schrijver of
Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Center, and the option to simply turn
off the narration and enjoy a relaxing music video. Highly recommended."
By Rich Rosell
"It's rare when you can be awed and educated at the same time, but
does just that. This tour of galaxies and stars consists entirely of images
collected from NASA's assorted orbiting telescopes, and the result is
as informative as it is beautiful...
The presentation was so hypnotic that I had to keep reminding myself that
the surreal beauty of these images represented something that was real,
and not the speculative creation of some Hollywood effects wizard...
This one is an easy recommendation for fans of the REAL deep space."
Library Journal May
"Recommended for science collections for
high school and advanced middle school students..."
By Dennis Burger
is...a pretty amazing look at the sort of images that folks like me clamor
forimages of the hot, active, and photographically elusive corona
of our sun and shots from the Hubble Space Telescope of galaxies and celestial
bodies that are out of reach for even the best terra-based observatories...
comes to DVD with two quite fascinating interview segments, but to be
honest, calling them "extras" almost does an injustice to their
value. This is the real meat and potatoes of the disc, to be frank, and
in my opinion warrants the purchase of the disc alone. And again, Universe
Productions has demonstrated their commitment to quality by presenting
both interviews in anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen...Honestly, this disc
belongs in every schoolroom in the country if for no other reason than
these two amazing interviews...
The major studios need to take a look at this discif a small upstart
company can craft a disc that is wall-to-wall anamorphic video, designed
as well as this one, and as easy to use as this one, there's no excuse
for some of the half-assed products out there that carry a Hollywood pedigree.
The disc is an absolute
must-have for astronomy buffs..."
By Jim Bray
"If you're a space nut, or just want to bask in the glory of the
Universe around us, have I got the DVD for you.
It's called, not surprisingly, "The
Universe" and it takes viewers on
a journey that begins at the center of our solar system and ends as far
out in the vast cosmic regions as technology allowed when the DVD was
And, as always should be when a DVD is being put together, the images
are presented in anamorphic widescreen and fill the 16x9 television's
screen completely, offering you a panoramic view of the wonders of nature
(or God) that the disc displays.
The footage is nothing short of amazing, and they kick things off right
(after a short introduction to the telescopes themselves) with a fascinating
lookincluding time lapse footageof our Sun. This spectacular
section, courtesy of NASA's SOHO and TRACE telescopes, lets you clearly
see the source of life on Earth at work fusing its gases and emitting
energy and radiation whether it be in the form of solar wind, gigantic
prominences, or just big globs or trails of star stuff (to steal a phrase
the late Carl Sagan used to great effect in his groundbreaking series
"Cosmos") leaping from the star's surface and following its
magnetic field until it's swallowed up again by our system's primary.
It really is spectacular and to me this section alone is worth the price
of admission because, while I'd seen plenty of sun shots before, nothing
had come close to the detailed (and frighteningly beautiful) shots displayed
Digital Cinema magazine
By Brian McKernan
"Never have I seen a DVD so successfully exploit that medium. The
Universe is an awe-inspiring voyage into
Electronic Musician June
for a Song
By Tim Tully
"I've been producing a commercial DVD titled The
Universe, and one of the most challenging
aspects of the project has been building the 5.1 surround soundtrack.
The primary content of The Universe
is a huge number of animated stills and movies showing the amazing astronomical
images being sent to Earth by various space-based telescopes. The well-known
Hubble Space Telescope captures images of cosmic objects ranging from
within our own solar system out to unbelievably distant extragalactic
regions. The less famous TRACE and SOHO telescopes shoot incredible close-up
videos of the surface and corona of the Sun.
From the initial stages, I planned to create the entire project in my
home project studio. The tools were readily available, and I believed
I could push the project throughat least to the replication stagewith
only moderate additions to my audio-video setup. I knew it would be a
challenge but that it would untimately be worthwhile for a number of reasons."
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