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Journey of the Universe

December 3, 2013

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Journey of the Universe is an epic documentary exploring the human connection to Earth and the cosmos, from producer-directors Patsy Northcutt and David Kennard director of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos and Hero’s Journey: The World of Joseph Campbell. Big science, big history, big story, this one-of-a-kind film was created by a renowned team of scientists, scholars, and award-winning filmmakers, led by co-writers Brian Thomas Swimme, the acclaimed author and evolutionary philosopher, and Yale University historian of religions Mary Evelyn Tucker. They weave a tapestry that draws together scientific discoveries in astronomy, geology, biology, ecology, and biodiversity with humanistic insights concerning the nature of the universe.


“Journey of the Universe” is a pretty amazing documentary that covers material that almost feels like it belongs in a Reggio film. Through beautiful location shots, stunning cinematography, and sophisticated graphics and effects one is left with the very real sense of our fragility as a species, and our delicate relationship with our planet. The most up-to-date scientific findings are presented in molecular biology, astrophysics and other areas to propose that we are blessed by our existence here and should with pious and humble respect accept our obligation to protect the delicate balance of life on our planet.

What is rare about this film is that the creators have been able to tell the story from many different perspectives in a seamless and coherent way, using them to enhance our understanding, but also our appreciation of what we don’t understand. The story of what we have learned about the universe is our ultimate story, one of extraordinary achievements and wondrous potential.

The DVD comes with no special features. The A/V Quality is sharp enough for standard definition. You even get back channel action on the Dolby track. I just wish I could say it was more impressive. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to fans of science documentaries.


Journey of the Universe

December 3, 2013

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