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History of the World in 2 Hours (2011)

A rapid-fire history of our world, from the beginning of time as we know it to present day. This two-hour CGI-driven special delves into the key turning points: the formation of earth, ... See full summary »


Douglas Cohen (as Douglas J. Cohen)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Corey Burton ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Alex Filippenko Alex Filippenko ... Himself, Astrophysicist - Univ. of California - Berkeley (as Alexei Vladimir Filippenko)
Peter Ward Peter Ward ... Himself - Paleontologist, Univ. of Washington
Clifford V. Johnson Clifford V. Johnson ... Himself - Physicist, Univ. of Southern California
Jonathan Markley Jonathan Markley ... Himself - Historian, California State Univ. - Fullerton
Russell Shapiro Russell Shapiro ... Himself - Geologist, California State Univ.- Chico
Glen MacDonald Glen MacDonald ... Himself - Director, UCLA Institute of the Environment
Jonathan Cohen Jonathan Cohen ... Himself - Wildlife Biologist, SUNY ESF - Syracuse
Robert Bakker Robert Bakker ... Himself - Paleontologist, Houston Museum of Natural Science
Trevor S. Valle ... Himself - Paleontologist, Page Museum - La Brea Tar Pits (as Trevor Valle)
Nicole Waguespack Nicole Waguespack ... Herself - Archaeologist, Univ. of Wyoming
John Shea John Shea ... Himself - Paleoanthropologist, SUNY - Stony Brook
Todd Surovell Todd Surovell ... Himself - Archaeologist, Univ. of Wyoming
Craig Benjamin Craig Benjamin ... Himself - Co-Author, Big History: Between Nothing and Everything
Martin K.A. Morgan Martin K.A. Morgan ... Himself - Military Historian (as Martin Morgan)


A rapid-fire history of our world, from the beginning of time as we know it to present day. This two-hour CGI-driven special delves into the key turning points: the formation of earth, emergence of life, spread of man and the growth of civilization--and reveals their surprising connections to our world today. Written by Anonymous

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6 October 2011 (USA) See more »

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Corey Burton - Narrator: What if we could tell you everything? The entire history of the world. Now, what if we told you we could do it in just 2 hours? We're going to tell the whole story... from the big bang to the present day, how the planet prepared for the rise of man, how the stone age led to the steam engine, how the first seeds sprouted into cities and civilizations. Everything is connected, and the path leads to you. It took history 13.7 billion years to unfold. We'll show you everything you need ...
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17 August 2018 | by cinephile-27690See all my reviews

Thanks to the link above, I saw this 88 minute documentary that tries to tell the history of Earth in 2 hours. (Yes, I know-commercials-it's a joke!)

There is a ton of neat information throughout this documentary-but there are issues. One is the pacing. The slow speaking narrator makes this long period of time drag, even for 1 1/2 hours.

Then, while the movie claims to be about the HISTORY of the world, there is mostly science. Nearly the first half is about the Big Bang and human "evolution." There is so much more they could have covered had they shortened this.

And I have mentioned my 3rd flaw. Creationists, like me,may be irked by this documentary because while Jesus and the start of the major religions are mentioned, the documentary talks about The Big Bang and evolution many more times.Oh, and a scientist uses Genesis 1:3 with a huge smile to make his point on The Big Bang too.

Finally, as I would like to expand on, there is SO much more this documentary could have covered! More American events, world leaders, pop culture, modern technology, etc. are all missing. This should have been called The Science of the World-it would be more accurate!

Boredom, Science not history, Big Bang, and not enough events. Those are my 4 major flaws,and so I am removing 4 stars. It's not bad, but those not into documentaries or evolution talk may not enjoy it. I thought it was just okay. But it could have been so much more.

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