7 items from 2011
From the floor of the Atlantic to volcanic Iceland, this epic series rips through the noisy history of the Earth
Oh, the joys of a presenter-free science series: all those gripping facts and exploding graphics; all that epic music, fast-cut footage and bombastic voiceover; all those chunky 4x4s bearing even chunkier geologists – and not a self-obsessed semi-celebrity in sight.
Although it first aired on the History channel in 2007, How The Earth Was Made already feels like a relic, although not quite as old as the sea fossils Leonardo da Vinci finds atop a breezy alp in 1510 in the first series. How did they get there? The same way a sea lily scaled Everest. And the show's great strength lies in the fact that it's in no great hurry to tell you.
Instead, each episode begins with a mystery (or rather a "geological Bombshell"), covering everything from when the San »
- Andrew Gilchrist
Curious about the orb you're living on? Our Planet is a 3-disc DVD collection that comprises of three separate feature-length History Channel specials. Though different in topics, the three are collected together because each documentary represents Past, Present or Future of Earth. It's on shelves now, but we've got two copies to giveaway - so if you want to win, just keep reading to find out how.
How the Earth Was Made: History goes back in time, from 4.5 billion years ago to today, to reveal the mystery of geology across the world. Next up is A Global Warning? Arctic ice is melting, sea levels are rising, glaciers are shrinking at alarming rates, and the Earth is getting unmistakably warmer. Is this vast, potentially catastrophic, climate change the result of human behavior? Then there's Life After People. What would happen if every human being on Earth disappeared? This isn’t »
- Lex Walker
Our Planet is a 3-disc DVD collection that comprises of three separate feature-length History Channel specials. Though different in topics, the three are collected together because each documentary represents Past, Present or Future of Earth. It shouldn’t surprise anyone that the present and the future are also considered history by this ever-expanding cable channel.
How the Earth was Made gives us a history of Earth’s past: a CGI-assisted visualization of the billions of years it took for an unlivable terrain to become the rock we live on today. This is the original doc that predates the more in-depth television series, focusing on the timeline rather than specific geological features.
A Global Warning? focuses on, you’ve guessed it, climate change. It actually offers a lot of information already mentioned in How the Earth was Made (hey, that’s history!), but using them in the context of showing Earth »
- Arya Ponto
In conjunction with A&E Home Video, we are offering one lucky winner the opportunity to score their "Earth and Beyond" Blu-ray prize pack. Included in the prize pack is Ancient Aliens: Season One, Life After People: The Complete Season Two, The Universe: The Complete Season Five, and How Earth Was Made: Complete Season One. Between them the winner will enjoy nearly 2,000 hours worth of knowledge about our planet and beyond.
For a chance to win the "Earth and Beyond" Blu-ray prize pack, please fill out and submit the entry form below. The odds of winning can be increased each additional day you stop back to enter again for up to as many days as the contest is open. This contest is open to residents of the United States only.
Ancient Aliens: Season One
Is it possible that intelligent life forms visited Earth thousands of years ago, »
DVD Playhouse—March 2011
127 Hours (20th Century Fox) Harrowing true story of Aron Ralston (James Franco, in another fine turn), an extreme outdoorsman who finds himself trapped in a remote Utah canyon, his arm pinned between two boulders, with no help nearby, no communication to the outside world, and dim prospects for survival, to say the least. Director Danny Boyle manages to prove again that he’s one of the finest filmmakers working today by making a subject that is seemingly uncinematic a true example of pure cinema. Inventive, breathtaking, funny, and horrifying, often all at once. Amber Tamblyn and Kate Mara make a memorable, brief appearance as hikers who connect with Ralston during his journey. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Commentary by Boyle, producer Christian Colson, co-writer Simon Beaufoy; Deleted scenes; Featurettes. Widescreen. Dolby and DTS-hd 5.1 surround.
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Looking for a story to inspire you? On February 1st, Fox releases Conviction on DVD and Blu-ray. The film tells the story of a woman going above and beyond to defend her brother by getting her law degree. Love-based legal action. It's heartwarming. Truly. To keep your heart warm or to help thaw it out of its icy encasement, we're giving away three copies of Conviction. Want to win? Keep reading to find out how.
Without a dime but armed with a strong will and an unwavering devotion, this high-school drop-out and working mother (Swank) earns her high school diploma and puts herself through law school in an effort to represent her brother (Sam Rockwell) and set the record straight. Convicted of murder, he has exhausted his chances to appeal his conviction through public defenders and needs a miracle.
For a chance to win, you just have to do two things. »
- Lex Walker
Sorry, Creationists - you might want to sit this round out. History's ongoing series How the Earth Was Made covers the gradual formation of the planet Earth's topography and its evolution over time. On February 22nd, the second season of this series arrives on Blu-ray and JustPressPlay has three copies to give away. So if you're interested in winning a copy, just read on to find out how.
The show goes back in history – from 4.5 billion years ago to today – peeling back layers of rock, filling up river canyons, parting the oceans, and leveling mountains and volcanoes to investigate the origins of some of the most well-known locations and geological phenomena in the world. With rocks as their clues and volcanoes, ice sheets and colliding continents as their suspects, scientists launch a forensic investigation that will help viewers visualize how the Earth has evolved and formed over millions of years. »
- Lex Walker
7 items from 2011
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