Wonders of the Universe Blu-ray Review
Audio: DTS HD HR 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Disc Spec: 2 BD
Similarly to Wonders of the Solar System, Wonder of the Universe focuses on familiar subjects and doesn’t pretend to teach advanced physics to the audience. It’s a show aimed at facilitating understanding of appealing subjects and to initiate the viewer into ideas and concepts that can lead to much deeper – and more interesting – waters.
Professor Cox is a great presenter, as his attitude and general excitement about these subjects is very easily contagious. I suppose he’s easy to relate to because he speaks our language – that of the layman – when explaining things that took the greatest scientists in history decades to decipher.
The 4 episodes do a good job at staying within their topics, so an overwhelming number of concepts are not thrown around, which makes these otherwise complicated subjects easy to follow. The second episode – Stardust – is particularly awesome. Even though it’s something most people are probably familiar with, it never fails to excite you when you see it presented in such a way.
Episode 1 – Destiny
Professor Brian Cox explores the laws of the universe. In this episode, Brian seeks to understand the nature of time and its role in creating both the universe and ourselves.
Episode 2 – Stardust
What are we and where do we come from? Professor Brian Cox finds out. The account of the nucleosynthesis of the heavy elements in stars and supernovae was fascinating. As my degree is in physics, I have already bought a text book on cosmology and am thinking of buying one on nucleosynthesis, so be careful this stuff can become addictive.
Episode 3 – Falling
This is about gravity, and so far is the best in the series.
Episode 4 – Messengers
Professor Brian Cox explores the laws of the universe. He shows how light holds the key to our understanding of the whole universe, including our own deepest origins.
Movie Quality: 8/10
- There are no supplements
Special Features: 0/10
Professor Cox has rightly described the series as a “cinematic experience”. It combines state-of-the-art CGI, wonderful astronomical photos, etc. The impact he has made with both “Wonders” series can be gauged by the fact he is being called by many “the David Attenborough of astrophysics”. High praise indeed.
Overall Rating: 7/10