staring out over the superheated lava fields of volcanic Venus,
getting swallowed by a giant Martian twister, or trying to
drill on the disintegrating surface of a comet. Space Odyssey
tells the gripping story of a human expedition to the other
worlds of our solar system. Live through the dangers and the
spectacle of this - the ultimate adventure for humankind...
astronauts embark on an extraordinary and awe-inspiring journey.
Their mission: to land on and explore the most extreme worlds
that orbit the Sun. As nerve-wracking drama gives way to incredible
spectacle, they are taken to their physical and psychological
limits in an ultimate voyage of discovery.
five astronauts are Tom Kirby (Martin McDougall) the American
mission commander, Yvan Grigorev (Rad Lazar) a Russian flight
engineer, Zoe Lessard (Joanne McQuinn) a Canadian geologist,
Nina Sulman (Michelle Joseph) a British life scientist and
John Pearson (Mark Dexter) a British medical officer.
input from NASA, the European Space Agency, real-life astronauts
and other scientists, this DVD is more science-fact than science
fiction. Using feature film digital effects and the latest
scientific findings, Space Odyssey is the most accurate vision
of a human exploration of our neighbouring planets that has
so far been created.
two hour, two part BBC drama is incredibly compelling viewing.
It's not surprising then to learn that the people behind this
were also responsible for Walking With Dinosaurs. Fantastic
effects, gripping drama and as much real science thrown into
the mix as possible.
only complaint I had was that some of the acting was a little
unbelievable in places. Also, I didn't understand why they
had to insert a villain in this drama. There is a guy on earth
who doesn't think twice about putting his crews life at risk
as long as they come back with data that he can use.
on this collection are pretty impressive too. These include
a documentary on the numerous robot missions that have blasted
off into outer space, a series of behind the scenes featurettes,
fact files and photo galleries.
really enjoyed the behind the scenes featurettes - especially
the one that centred on how they filmed the zero gravity scenes.
These show how some of the effects were created and what locations
on Earth were used to simulate Mars and Venus. They also explain
how they managed to turn the actors into believable astronauts
in such a short period of time.
worthy of note is Don Davis's rousing score which complements
the visual feast.
is a fantastic piece of television and is an interesting look
at what it would be like if we could travel to the other planets
in our solar system.
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