Science (Evolution) Movies on DVD
How important was Charles Darwin's 1831-36 voyage aboard the HMS Beagle? Important enough to transform the world's opinions about the history of mankind and every other creature living on Earth, as this documentary program demonstrates by reviewing the naturalist's historic travels and his revolutionary theories "On the Origin of Species." 104 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English.
What secrets about Charles Darwin's history-making theories about natural selection can be discovered by retracing his journeys through the Galapagos Islands? Biologist Armand Marie Leroi leads the curious on just such a voyage, employing excerpts from Darwin's diary and field notes in a program offering fresh insights on Darwin's revolutionary ideas. 50 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
In seven illuminating documentary programs, the revolutionary set of ideas concerning evolution is explored, from the first stirrings of Darwin's theories of natural selection to the conflicts between science and religion, to evolution's effects in modern times. Episodes include "Darwin's Dangerous Idea," "Great Transformations," "Extinction!," "The Evolutionary Arms Race," "Why Sex?," "The Mind's Big Bang," and "What About God?" 8 hrs. total on four discs. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English.
Charles Darwin's theories about evolution and natural selection were met by some with sneers of derision and predictions of their dangerous impacts upon the world. Beyond the famous Scopes "Monkey Trial" of 1925, how have Darwin's ideas continued to challenge science and society? This seven-part documentary reviews the history of his research and reveals how contemporary evidence continues to fuel an apparent war between science and faith. 120 min. Soundtrack: English.
You're probably familiar with the phrase "survival of the fittest"--but, how much do you really know about how the world's creatures (including humans) have evolved over time to either triumph over their environment or face extinction? This History Channel series offers you a wide-ranging exploration of evolution, blending dramatizations with computer animation and spectacular nature photography. <
Who's got the goods in the enduring creationism vs. evolution debate? Perhaps more importantly, who's got the audience? This lighthearted but penetrating documentary studies the stormy controversy up close, as filmmaker/biologist Dr. Randy Olson interviews both creationism supporters and scientists, searching for clues to which side is gaining ground and which side may be suffering in the court of public opinion. 85 min. Soundtrack: English; biographies; bonus footage; deleted scenes; outtakes.
The battle over the teaching of intelligent design as a valid alternative to Darwin's theory of evolution came to a head in 2004 during an attention-getting legal case in Dover, Pennsylvania. This "Nova" program chronicles the trial in which plaintiffs successfully argued that any statement supporting "ID" read in a public school's science class represented unconstitutional religious teaching. 112 min. Soundtracks: English, DVS.
Marvel at how the forces of nature shape the evolution of species around the world in this spellbinding nature series (originally broadcast as "Mutant Planet"). Full of science and surprises, the program delivers viewers to distant locations on the globe to observe the unusual physical characteristics and behaviors of animals boasting unexpected variations from the other creatures of their type. 4 1/3 hrs. total on two discs. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English.
Incorporating footage from the 13-part, 2003 series "The Future Is Wild" along with new scenes, this kid-friendly Animal Planet documentary explores what the world might look like millions of years in the future--if humans were no longer living on it! Stunning computer animation helps the viewer imagine the strange twists evolution could take, from dinosaur-sized tortoise creatures to tree-dwelling squids, and more. 87 min. Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
What will the world look like millennia after man is no more, and what kind of animals will call it home? This fascinating 13-part series uses computer animation to examine the strange twists evolution could take--from dinosaur-sized tortoise creatures and tree-dwelling squids to bird-fish hybrids and giant slime molds--in the worlds of five million, 100 million and 200 million years hence. 5 1/2 hrs. on three discs. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
Noted and controversial author Richard Dawkins ("The Selfish Gene") explores the life story of illustrious predecessor Charles Darwin, who posited the theory of evolution still hotly debated by theologians and scientists. Designed as a detailed response to skeptics of Darwin's theory, the three-part program affords Dawkins a showcase for his "master class" on the naturalist and his revolutionary ideas. 139 min. total. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: English (SDH); featurettes.