“The Universe” is still an interesting series but they’ve jumped the shark with many concepts, especially covering aliens and UFOs. I know over the course of six seasons, it’s tough to come up with new episodes that doesn’t cross over with previous ones, but it’s gone from science to conjecture a bit too much.
New Video | NR – 616 min. – $44.95 | May 5, 2012
Directed by: NA
Number of Discs: 3
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 2.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.78
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
THE MOVIE – 2.5/5
Season 6 of the pioneering series “The Universe” takes viewers further than ever, to the extreme edges of our solar system where chaos and catastrophe bring epic drama to the planets—including some of the most horrifying days on Earth. Through stunning CGI, witness the birth pans of the solar system, shocked into existence by nearby supernova, and enduring over 700 million years of brutal bombardment by deadly asteroids; colossal cataclysms that shaped the planets and transformed their climates forever; and startling new scientific discoveries revealing a hellish history of continuous devastation on Earth. And travel to the system’s very fringes to explore the possibility that the Sun has an evil twin, a monstrous star known as Nemesis suspected of causing event mass extinction in Earth’s history. “The Universe” features NASA footage and the opinions of leading astrophysicists to probe even more deeply into the billion-years-old story of the world beyond Earth presented in high-definition.
Quick Hit Review: I’ve enjoyed the previous seasons of “The Universe” as it presented interesting information and theories on how various things were formed throughout our universe. With this sixth season, which aired on H2, it seems producers have stretched the concept a tad too far going more into conjecture than science. That said, for science geeks/buffs, each of the 14-episodes might hold your attention but for myself, when the series got into subjects like UFOs and aliens, took this into “Ancient Aliens” territory, a show, by the way, I despise.
I’m not entirely sure, but I think this was the only season that aired so if you own the previous five seasons already, then maybe it’d be worth picking this one up to complete your collection because despite some of the shortcomings, there’s still a few episodes that were interesting to watch.
SPECIAL FEATURES – 0/5
Sorry, no features included in this set.
VIDEO – 4.5/5
“The Universe”: The Complete Season Six looks fantastic in 1080p high-definition, though it shouldn’t be surprising since a fair amount of the episodes are filled with computer-generated graphics. Colors are nice and bright, black levels are stark without being crushing and voiding details from the surroundings and even the interview footage which tends to show off major flaws, also look nice.
AUDIO – 3.0/5
The disc includes an average DTS-HD MA 2.0 track which is suitable but nothing special. Most of the episodes are, of course, dialogue driven with most of the noise coming from re-enactments. Again, nothing amazing but should be serviceable for most.
OVERALL – 2.25/5
Overall, “The Universe” is still an interesting series but they’ve jumped the shark with many concepts, especially covering aliens and UFOs. I know over the course of six seasons, it’s tough to come up with new episodes that doesn’t cross over with previous ones, but it’s gone from science to conjecture a bit too much.
Brian Oliver, The Movieman