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Cosmos - Carl Sagan (1980)

Cast: Dr. Carl Sagan
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Cosmos Studios
Genre: Documentary, Nature & Science
Languages: English
Subtitles: Spanish, French, Italian, German, Mandari
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Cosmos: I (Disc 1 of 7) (1980)
In this highly acclaimed series written for PBS by astronomer/author Dr. Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan, the universe is the topic of discussion. In this first episode, Cosmos, Episode I: Shores of the Cosmic Ocean, Dr. Sagan goes deep into space with the help of special effects to visit star clusters, supernovas, pulsars, quasars, and exploding galaxies. At the conclusion, he takes viewers to a re-creation of the 2,000-year-old Alexandrian Library. Cosmos became the most popular limited series in the history of public television. ~ Alice Day, All Movie Guide

Cosmos: II - III (Disc 2 of 7) (1980)
Cosmos, Episode II: One Voice in the Cosmic Fugue is the second in the award-winning PBS series Cosmos. Host Dr. Carl Sagan has a knack for clarifying some of the more complex issues related to the beginning of life. In this episode, Sagan explains the history of the universe, and talks about the evolution of living organisms from the simplest microbes to humans. This comprehension of origins is necessary to understand what life forms might be found elsewhere in the universe. In Cosmos, Episode III: Harmony of the Worlds, the life of Johannes Kepler, the first modern astronomer (who also wrote the first science fiction novel, is profiled. His influence on today's views on planetary motion is explored. ~ Alice Day, All Movie Guide

Cosmos: IV - V (Disc 3 of 7) (1980)
In Cosmos, Episode IV: Heaven and Hell, part of the award-winning series Cosmos, Dr. Carl Sagan takes viewers into the Venusian atmosphere to deliver a lesson on possible repercussions of the greenhouse effect. He also explores the Solar System to observe the effects of dramatic cosmic events on other objects in space. In Cosmos, Episode V: Blues for a Red Planet, Dr. Sagan uses special effects to travel to Mars, as seen by authors of science fiction novels. He then contrasts this with pictures of the surface of Mars taken by the Viking spacecraft. The noted author and astronomer explains complex subjects in an engaging and informative manner that is not difficult to understand. Accessibility to the subject enabled millions of viewers to appreciate the series. ~ Alice Day, All Movie Guide

Cosmos: VI - VII (Disc 4 of 7) (1980)
In Cosmos, Episode VI: Traveller's Tales, Dr. Carl Sagan takes a look at the Voyager missions to Jupiter and Saturn, and compares the excitement to the adventuring spirit of the early Dutch explorers who traveled unknown seas for the first time. Their discoveries led to further knowledge of previously unheard of wonders and riches, comparable to the invaluable data retrieved by the spacecraft. The earliest humans were perplexed by the stars and they attached meanings to them in an attempt to understand their significance. In Episode VII: The Backbone of Night, viewers examine these early endeavors to comprehend the night sky. The stars were thought to be campfires in the heavens, and the great expanse of stars known as the Milky Way was the "backbone of the night." Dr. Sagan goes back to his childhood elementary school where the question "What are stars?" is the subject of discussion. ~ Alice Day, All Movie Guide

Cosmos: VIII - IX (Disc 5 of 7) (1980)
Is time travel possible? Are there other planets in their own solar systems? Why do star patterns change? These questions are addressed in this installment of the highly acclaimed PBS series Cosmos, written and hosted by astronomer/author Dr. Carl Sagan. Through the magic of special effects, the viewer goes on a journey to observe the evolution of stars over millions of years, then sees a simulation of other stars with their orbiting planets. In Cosmos, Episode VIII: Travels in Space and Time, Dr. Sagan also travels to Italy and introduces the young Einstein as he ponders beams of light and their speed. The birth and death of stars is the subject of the next installment: Cosmos, Episode IX: Lives of the Stars depicts the collapse of stars which precedes the formation of neutron stars and black holes. Dr. Sagan then guides the viewer five billion years into the future, when the Sun will flare out, encompassing the earth in its explosive death. ~ Alice Day, All Movie Guide

Cosmos: X - XI (Disc 6 of 7) (1980)
In this episode of Cosmos, the PBS series written and hosted by eminent astronomer/author Dr. Carl Sagan, the viewer travels back in time to witness the birth of galaxies. Filmed in 40 different locations over a two-year period, the shows proved to be extraordinarily popular. In Cosmos, Episode X: Edge of Forever, Dr. Sagan goes to India to check the Hindu cycles of cosmology. Then, thanks to computer simulation and other special effects, he falls into a black hole, only to emerge in New Mexico as he demonstrates The Very Large Array, the 27 radio telescopes listening to outer space. In Episode XI: Persistence of Memory, Dr. Sagan discusses the human brain, guiding the viewer through a maze of a brain model to demonstrate the intricacies of thought. He compares the intelligence of a whale to that of a human, and offers an explanation of how all the information needed for survival is stored in human genetic material and brains, and in books. ~ Alice Day, All Movie Guide

Cosmos: XII - XIII (Disc 7 of 7) (1980)
This installment of the acclaimed PBS series Cosmos focuses on the possibility of other intelligences in the universe, and the complexities that arise if communication is attempted. Dr. Carl Sagan, well-known astronomer and author, spent a large part of his life on a quest to find other lifeforms. In Cosmos, Episode XII: Encyclopedia Galactica, he takes the viewer to Egypt to puzzle over hieroglyphics, then to Arecibo Observatory, where the largest radio telescope in the world resides. He then invites the audience to imagine what another civilization in space would be like. In Episode XIII: Who Speaks for Earth?, Dr. Sagan takes the viewer back 15 billion years to the Big Bang, and marks the major steps leading to the modern-day view of space. He tells the story of Hypatia of Alexandria, one of the first women scientists, who became a martyr. To conclude, Dr. Sagan delivers a monologue on the responsibility of mankind not just to earth, but to the cosmos, the source of our being. ~ Alice Day, All Movie Guide

Please note that this is disc 1 of a 7-disc series. For the complete Cosmos, along with the special features, please rent the additional titles in this series.

Disc One contains:

  • Episode I: The Shores of the Cosmic Ocean

GreenCine Member Ratings

Cosmos: I (Disc 1 of 7) (1980)
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8.33 (42 votes)
Cosmos: II - III (Disc 2 of 7) (1980)
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8.96 (24 votes)
Cosmos: IV - V (Disc 3 of 7) (1980)
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8.96 (25 votes)
Cosmos: VI - VII (Disc 4 of 7) (1980)
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9.17 (24 votes)
Cosmos: VIII - IX (Disc 5 of 7) (1980)
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9.17 (23 votes)
Cosmos: X - XI (Disc 6 of 7) (1980)
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8.89 (19 votes)
Cosmos: XII - XIII (Disc 7 of 7) (1980)
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9.05 (21 votes)

GreenCine Member Reviews

Excellent Overview of our place in the Universe by RJohnston November 20, 2006 - 12:46 PM PST
Carl Sagan is the real deal. Find your place in the universe and consider what this means about the "environment" we live in.

More reviews for titles in this product:

TV - Expand Your Headspace by Killing Brain Cells
All time enjoyable audio-visual wastes of time.
Cosmos, the Complete Series
"for Carl" I so wish you had lived to see your great fictional novel become that great film!

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