The Day the Universe Changed

| August 29, 2012 | 0 Comments

Presented by veteran BBC historian and science reporter James Burkethis series explores the history of perception of the Universe and man’s place in it throughout the ages. The gift box set of 5 DVDs includes 10 programs, which discuss the evolution of science and human understanding of the universe starting in the ancient Greece  and ending with Darwin’s works and modern physics. Here’s the list of the programs:

  1. The Way We Are: It Started With The Greeks
  2. In Light Of The Above: Medieval Conflict: Faith and Reason
  3. Point Of View: Scientific Imagination In The Renaissance
  4. A Matter Of Fact: Printing Transforms Knowledge
  5. Infinitely Reasonable: Science Revises The Heavens
  6. Credit Where It s Due: The Factory & Marketplace Revolution
  7. What The Doctor Ordered: Social Impacts Of New Medical Knowledge
  8. Fit To Rule: Darwin s Revolution
  9. Making Waves: The New Physics Newton Revised
  10. World s Without End: Changing Knowledge, Changing Reality


James Burke has a reputation of producing and hosting great quality serious documentaries and “The Day the Universe Changed” is not an exception. Even though the original series firstly aired back in the 1985 and 1986, the documentary is still receiving mostly positive reviews these days. Of course, some of the viewers, who are used to the modern documentaries with high-tech flashy effects, might feel the lack of them in James Burkes’ works. However, if you are looking for a well crafted and informative documentary, the main aim of which is to educate the viewers, then look no further. I would like to recommend this box set for anyone looking for a dose of great information or for those who are simply curious to see what the old science documentaries were like.

As you can see in the YouTube excerpt above, the documentary is well narrated and the costume quality is great. Also, although this video doesn’t do justice to the audio and video quality of the DVD, the quality of this box set has been praised for great video and audio quality.

About the DVD

  • Actors: James Burke
  • Directors: Richard Reisz
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Ambrose Video Publishing Inc
  • DVD Release Date: January 31, 2009
  • Run Time: 550 minutes
  • Average Amazon Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,653 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Science)


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