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'Journey of the Universe' documentary examines history of the cosmos, new on DVD

By Chris Ball
June 2, 2013

"Journey of the Universe"

Brian Thomas Swimme

Shelter Island

The story of our 14 billion-year-old universe is the story of ourselves.

This mind-expanding 2011 documentary, which aired on PBS, draws from modern science and ancient wisdom to ask once more the eternal question, why are we on this planet?

Enthusiastic host Brian Thomas Swimme, an evolutionary philosopher, takes us back to Pythagoras and ahead to new findings in geology, biology and astronomy to rethink our relation to the cosmos.

Unrated, 57 minutes. Grade: A-. No extras, but a supplemental four-disc set, "Conversations," adds 10 hours of interviews. Both releases are available Tuesday, June 4.


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