Cosmos - Carl Sagan [7 Discs] [DVD]

  • SKU: 4782792
  • Release Date: 10/22/2002
  • Rating: NR
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Special Features

  • Collector's edition DVD boxed set of the complete landmark TV series by Carl Sagan
  • 7 NTSC DVDs - 13 one hour episodes
  • Fully international edition - DVD region zero, playable everywhere (requires NTSC compatible player and TV)
  • Remastered, restored and enhanced
  • Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan updates
  • 7 subtitles languages: French, Italian, German, Spanish, Mandarin, Japanese, English for the hearing impaired)
  • Subtitle science updates
  • New footage
  • English soundtrack in AC3 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound
  • Bonus 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound music and effects track
  • Closed Captioned

Synopsis

Cosmos, Episode 11: Persistence of Memory
Cosmos, Episode 11: Persistence of Memory continues the PBS series of Peabody and Emmy Award-winning programs written by Dr. Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan. In this installment, Dr. Sagan discusses the human brain, guiding the viewer through a maze of a brain model to demonstrate the intricacies of thought. He compares the intelligence of a whale to that of a human, and offers an explanation of how all the information needed for survival is stored in human genetic material and brains, and in books. ~ Alice Day, Rovi

Cosmos, Episode 8: Travels in Space and Time
Is time travel possible? Are there other planets in their own solar systems? Why do star patterns change? These questions are addressed in this installment of the highly acclaimed PBS series Cosmos, written and hosted by astronomer/author Dr. Carl Sagan. Through the magic of special effects, the viewer goes on a journey to observe the evolution of stars over millions of years, then sees a simulation of other stars with their orbiting planets. In Cosmos, Episode 8: Travels in Space and Time, Dr. Sagan also travels to Italy and introduces the young Einstein as he ponders beams of light and their speed. ~ Alice Day, Rovi

Cosmos, Episode 3: Harmony of the Worlds
The Peabody and Emmy Award-winning PBS series Cosmos was written by astronomer/author Dr. Carl Sagan and his wife, Ann Druyan. Filmed in 40 locations over a two-year period, the programs explored the wonders of the universe, with explanations provided by Dr. Sagan. In this installment, Cosmos, Episode 3: Harmony of the Worlds, the life of Johannes Kepler, the first modern astronomer (who also wrote the first science fiction novel), is profiled. His influence on today's views on planetary motion is explored. ~ Alice Day, Rovi

Cosmos, Episode 5: Blues for a Red Planet
The Cosmos series won both a Peabody and an Emmy Award for television excellence. Written by Dr. Carl Sagan and his wife, Ann Druyan, it was eventually seen by more than 500 million viewers in 60 countries. In it, Dr. Sagan helped viewers to understand complex issues regarding the universe. In Cosmos, Episode 5: Blues for a Red Planet, Dr. Sagan uses special effects to travel to Mars, as seen by authors of science fiction novels. He then contrasts this with pictures of the surface of Mars taken by the Viking spacecraft. ~ Alice Day, Rovi

Cosmos, Episode 10: Edge of Forever
In this episode of Cosmos, the PBS series written and hosted by eminent astronomer/author Dr. Carl Sagan, the viewer travels back in time to witness the birth of galaxies. Filmed in 40 different locations over a two-year period, the shows proved to be extraordinarily popular. In Cosmos, Episode 10: Edge of Forever, Dr. Sagan goes to India to check the Hindu cycles of cosmology. Then, thanks to computer simulation and other special effects, he falls into a black hole, only to emerge in New Mexico as he demonstrates The Very Large Array, the 27 radio telescopes listening to outer space. ~ Alice Day, Rovi

Cosmos, Episode 4: Heaven and Hell
In this installment of the award-winning series Cosmos, Dr. Carl Sagan takes viewers into the Venusian atmosphere to deliver a lesson on possible repercussions of the greenhouse effect. The noted author and astronomer explains complex subjects in an engaging and informative manner that is not difficult to understand. Accessibility to the subject enabled millions of viewers to appreciate the series. Cosmos, Episode 4: Heaven and Hell, through the magic of special effects, also explores the Solar System to observe the effects of dramatic cosmic events on other objects in space. ~ Alice Day, Rovi

Cosmos, Episode 1: Shores of the Cosmic Ocean
In this highly acclaimed series written for PBS by astronomer/author Dr. Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan, the universe is the topic of discussion. In this first episode, Cosmos, Episode 1: Shores of the Cosmic Ocean, Dr. Sagan goes deep into space with the help of special effects to visit star clusters, supernovas, pulsars, quasars, and exploding galaxies. At the conclusion, he takes viewers to a re-creation of the 2,000-year-old Alexandrian Library. Cosmos became the most popular limited series in the history of public television. ~ Alice Day, Rovi

Cosmos, Episode 9: Lives of the Stars
The birth and death of stars is the subject of this installment of Cosmos, the PBS award-winning series seen by more than 500 million people in 60 countries. In this eye-opening program, astronomer/author Dr. Carl Sagan presents a remarkable look at the life cycle of stars, using computer animation and space art. Cosmos, Episode 9: Lives of the Stars depicts the collapse of stars which precedes the formation of neutron stars and black holes. Dr. Sagan then guides the viewer five billion years into the future, when the Sun will flare out, encompassing the earth in its explosive death. ~ Alice Day, Rovi

Cosmos, Episode 7: Backbone of the Night
The earliest humans were perplexed by the stars and they attached meanings to them in an attempt to understand their significance. In this installment of the series Cosmos, the immensely popular PBS show hosted by astronomer/author Dr. Carl Sagan, viewers examine these early endeavors to comprehend the night sky. The stars were thought to be campfires in the heavens, and the great expanse of stars known as the Milky Way was the "backbone of the night." Dr. Sagan goes back to his childhood elementary school where the question "What are stars?" is the subject of discussion. ~ Alice Day, Rovi

Cosmos, Episode 6: Travellers' Tales
In the popular PBS series Cosmos, co-written by Dr. Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan, the mysteries of the universe are investigated and explained by astronomer/author Dr. Sagan, who also serves as host. In this episode, he takes a look at the Voyager missions to Jupiter and Saturn, and compares the excitement to the adventuring spirit of the early Dutch explorers who traveled unknown seas for the first time. Their discoveries led to further knowledge of previously unheard of wonders and riches, comparable to the invaluable data retrieved by the spacecraft. ~ Alice Day, Rovi

Cosmos, Episode 13: Who Speaks for Earth?
Dr. Carl Sagan has guided the viewer through many episodes of Cosmos, and has explained many of the more difficult concepts pertaining to the workings of the universe. In Cosmos, Episode 13: Who Speaks for Earth?, he makes use of the special effects that have illuminated previous shows to take the viewer back 15 billion years to the Big Bang, and marks the major steps leading to the modern-day view of space. He tells the story of Hypatia of Alexandria, one of the first women scientists, who became a martyr. To conclude, Dr. Sagan delivers a monologue on the responsibility of mankind not just to earth, but to the cosmos, the source of our being. ~ Alice Day, Rovi

Cosmos, Episode 12: Encyclopaedia Galactica
This installment of the acclaimed PBS series Cosmos focuses on the possibility of other intelligences in the universe, and the complexities that arise if communication is attempted. Dr. Carl Sagan, well-known astronomer and author, spent a large part of his life on a quest to find other lifeforms. In Cosmos, Episode 12: Encyclopedia Galactica, he takes the viewer to Egypt to puzzle over hieroglyphics, then to Arecibo Observatory, where the largest radio telescope in the world resides. He then invites the audience to imagine what another civilization in space would be like. ~ Alice Day, Rovi

Cosmos, Episode 2: One Voice in the Cosmic Fugue
Cosmos, Episode 2: One Voice in the Cosmic Fugue is the second in the award-winning PBS series Cosmos. Host Dr. Carl Sagan has a knack for clarifying some of the more complex issues related to the beginning of life. In this episode, Sagan explains the history of the universe, and talks about the evolution of living organisms from the simplest microbes to humans. This comprehension of origins is necessary to understand what life forms might be found elsewhere in the universe. ~ Alice Day, Rovi

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