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Of all continents on Earth, none preserves a more spectacular story of its origins than Australia. With help from high-energy host and geologist Richard Smith, we meet titanic dinosaurs and giant kangaroos, sea monsters and prehistoric crustaceans, disappearing mountains and deadly asteroids. Epic in scope, intimate in nature, this is the untold story of the Land Down Under, the one island continent that has got it all.
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PBSNOVA: Australia's First 4 Billion Years DVD
 
4.1

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Better than being there in your own SUV!

This series is terrifically entertaining. There's so much that's new in what's presented here, it really deserves a couple of repeat viewings. Highly recommended for anyone curious about the Great South Land of...Read complete review

This series is terrifically entertaining. There's so much that's new in what's presented here, it really deserves a couple of repeat viewings. Highly recommended for anyone curious about the Great South Land of Australia!

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A good attempt

Production values are pretty high but the writing & reasearch?- not quite. Frequent 'dumbing down' and more than once, some out of date concepta & hypotheses were used. For...Read complete review

Production values are pretty high but the writing & reasearch?- not quite. Frequent 'dumbing down' and more than once, some out of date concepta & hypotheses were used. For example the old 'conquering of the land' motif- no mention that the earliest known tetrapods did NOT live on land. Also no mention that some or much of the Ediacaran biota might have left NO modern relatives or may not have even been animals as we define them. Entertaining & at times informative but a lot of scientific corners were cut.

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5.0

Australia is ancient

By Rockboy

from Wilmington NC

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Comments about PBS NOVA: Australia's First 4 Billion Years DVD:

I love geology and Australia has great examples of geology from all eras. I really liked how this show provided visual examples of fossil and sedimentary evidence that explains earth's early beginnings. A big thrill for me.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice video but...Behind the scenes?

By smbrpcv

from Milpitas, California

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Comments about PBS NOVA: Australia's First 4 Billion Years DVD:

The film crew did a lot of work traveling to remote places in Australia yet the scenes changed so fast viewers had a hard time keeping up and missed many of the images such as the landscape. To see examples of what I mean, watch any show on Nature or the older NOVA shows and compare the speeds or how fast images changed.
Also, NOVA DVDs do not have any additional material such as "Behind the scenes", or "Making of", commentary, etc. Adding such material would make NOVA, Nature and other DVDs produced by PBS more interesting.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

A good attempt

By F.M.Lovecraft

from Hoboken

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Comments about PBS NOVA: Australia's First 4 Billion Years DVD:

Production values are pretty high but the writing & reasearch?- not quite. Frequent 'dumbing down' and more than once, some out of date concepta & hypotheses were used. For example the old 'conquering of the land' motif- no mention that the earliest known tetrapods did NOT live on land. Also no mention that some or much of the Ediacaran biota might have left NO modern relatives or may not have even been animals as we define them. Entertaining & at times informative but a lot of scientific corners were cut.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Mr. Smith has done an excellent job.

By KnottyNuff

from Joplin, Mo.

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Comments about PBS NOVA: Australia's First 4 Billion Years DVD:

I now have a better understanding of his work. He explained in more detail, than other geologist I have seen. It is indeed a spectacular trip into the past. Thank you Mr. Smith, extraordinary job.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great, high quality science!

By E

from Houston, Texas

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Comments about PBS NOVA: Australia's First 4 Billion Years DVD:

absolutely new knowledge on Australia's Nature!

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