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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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Release Date:

6 October 2011 (USA) See more »

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Földtörténet két órában See more »

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16:9 HD
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[first lines]
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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Great documentary
13 January 2016 | by grantssSee all my reviews

Great documentary.

As the title suggests, a history of the world in 2 hours (though, once you remove the ads it is more like 1.5 hours...). From the Big Bang nearly 14 billion years ago to the present time we see how first the universe was formed, then our galaxy, then the earth. From that we see how life began and evolved and how the planet changed.

Very informative, yet succinct. Covers the important moments in the 14-billion year history of Earth with just enough detail to make you understand, and less than the amount required to make you confused.

On the negative side, the narration does seem rather overly dramatic at times and some of the experts interviewed unnecessary or verbose. It does diminish the credibility of the documentary, making it seem like an action-drama. A bit more gravitas was needed.

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