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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
 
4.3

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Nice video but...Behind the scenes?

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...Read complete review

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.

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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 Frequent 'dumbing down' and more than once, some out of date concepta & hypotheses were used.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 Frequent 'dumbing down' and more than once, some out of date concepta & hypotheses were used.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

Billions and Billions

By Cris the Naturalist

from Glendale, AZ

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

Science can be abstract, impersonal, and even appear to be dehumanizing. "Australia's First 4 Billion Years" was about a subject most people don't find riveting: geology. But this program had me sneaking extra minutes of viewing into the time I had set aside to watch each day. Each time I reached for the STOP or PAUSE button, I hesitated -- the story had me hooked. One of the most effective techniques was to visit actual sites (or approximation thereof) where some ancient event had occurred. You could see the iron oxide in soils and rock that had rusted in an oxygen atmosphere, gouges in slabs of rock where glaciers had used boulders to write their biographies, views of sea was once land and land that was once sea, multicolored fossils made of opal. There was some animation, to be sure, but it didn't replace site visits: it complemented them. Sydney was built on sandstone that holds a thousand tales...who new? Well, maybe Aussies knew, but as an American, I was delighted. Australian geology isn't just a collection of facts about a continent: it is a play 4 billion years in the making, a play in which the actors are frequently confronted by startling and unexpected changes in props and scenery.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Story

By brendasue

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

I bought this for my Grandkids!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
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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.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
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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.

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