Journey of the Universe

Journey of the Universe

An Epic Story of Cosmic, Earth, and Human Transformation

DVD - 2013
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An epic story about cosmic, Earth and human transformation from producer/directors Patsy Northcutt and David Kennard). Big Bang, big science, big history, this one-of-a-kind film was created by renowned scientists, scholars, and award-winning filmƠmakers led by co-writers Brian Thomas Swimme, the acclaimed author and evolutionary philosopher, and Yale University historian of religions Mary Evelyn Tucker.
Publisher: [United States] : Shelter Island, 2013.
ISBN: 9781939517012
193951701X
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (57 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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johnnyknuckles
Feb 19, 2017

Dear Journey of the Universe:
You don't need to work so hard to convince me that discussing the origins of existence is interesting. The overwhelming soapy soundtrack that just never stops, the grandiose expressions & weird, theatrical over-emphasis in his voice etc--all this distracts from, rather than adds to, this video. The universe is interesting! You don't have to try so hard! This video is so heavy on stagey presentation & light on actual info that I couldn't watch the whole thing.

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thebritlass
Apr 10, 2015

At just under one hour, this documentary is a good, albeit very short, look at the stages of life, or pre-life, from the earliest moments of the universe to the present. Due to the brevity, this is more useful as an introduction or refresher rather than a choice for anyone looking for details or information.

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bookworm1387
Dec 20, 2014

This film tells the current scientific story of our universe - how hydrogen gas, through stellar evolution, transformed into all the elements necessary for cells and DNA. The universe is only midway through its story yet it already has the ability to contemplate itself (in the human mind). Our culture seems to promote hopeless cynicism, so show this to your teenager and let them experience awe once again (and maybe the courage to save the earth). My only disappointment was that the film wasn't long enough to go into much detail. I gave it 5 stars because the goal is very noble and urgent.

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dragonwings
Apr 01, 2014

Great film on the greatest story of them all!

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prose7
Jan 05, 2014

This film is "really" descriptive, but not actually very informative. I do think this film might be suitable for small children.

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CdnErin
Dec 15, 2013

Another one that won't play, just "incorrect disc" :(

ktnv Oct 30, 2013

A beautiful film about the evolution of the universe, loved it.

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joeguy
Oct 27, 2013

Awful. Hate the new age host. Too bad he wasn't struck by a meteor during filming.

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mdelgatty
Apr 05, 2013

I actually found this video tedious and boring, and was most disappointed in it. There are many good photos, but they weren't always relevant to the narrative, and they were seldom on for more than about ten seconds. The constant jumping between them - seemingly rushing to get them all in - and constant cutaways to the narrator made me dizzy. And the video does not do a good job at all of connecting all its parts; some things didn't fit with the story line and the video would have been stronger for leaving them out.

The narrator's exaggerated gestures and intonation were distracting at best, and a ridiculous amount of time was spent on closeups of him rather than what he was ostensibly presenting. All in all, this video is overly staged and way too much about the narrator rather than the subject matter. I think it would have been much more enjoyable if the narrator had left his ego at the door and demonstrated some of the humility that is due the awesomeness of the universe.

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Johndixon
Feb 25, 2012

Wow. This was a really elegantly concise, yet wonderfully comprehensive tour through the origins of our universe, through the emergence of life, and ultimately, us. It also draws our attention to where things are headed. Definately worth seeing. Suitable for serious thinkers, adults, kids and even for folks just looking for some light viewing and entertainment. Beautiful cinematography and engaging narrative. Highly recommended.

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Johndixon
Feb 25, 2012

Johndixon thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 99

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