A Brief History of Time

( 3 )

Overview

A Brief History of Time is based on cosmologist Stephen Hawking's 1988 bestseller of the same name. This anecdotal film concerns itself as much with Hawking's day-to-day life as it does with his unorthodox theories about the universe. Only the most close-minded viewer will be bothered by the ALS-suffering Hawking's physical appearance and his inability to move and speak without assistance as narrator of the film, he utilizes a voice synthesizer, which he capriciously refers to as "my American accent". Director ...
See more details below
DVD
$24.99
BN.com price

Pick Up In Store

Reserve and pick up in 60 minutes at your local store

Other sellers (DVD)
  • All (5) from $12.49   
  • New (5) from $12.49   

Overview

A Brief History of Time is based on cosmologist Stephen Hawking's 1988 bestseller of the same name. This anecdotal film concerns itself as much with Hawking's day-to-day life as it does with his unorthodox theories about the universe. Only the most close-minded viewer will be bothered by the ALS-suffering Hawking's physical appearance and his inability to move and speak without assistance as narrator of the film, he utilizes a voice synthesizer, which he capriciously refers to as "my American accent". Director Errol Morris inventively adopts a semi-dramatized approach to his interviews with Hawking's friends and relatives: they all appear in fabricated sets, and are lovingly photographed and lit as if they were starring in a film. Though of necessity a "talking heads" effort, A Brief History of Time is also cunningly and subtly cinematic.
Read More Show Less

Special Features

New, restored 4K digital film transfer, supervised by director of photography John Bailey and approved by director Errol Morris New interview with Morris New interview with Bailey
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Those who shy away from A Brief History of Time because they were daunted by the best sellingStephen Hawking book from which this documentary is more or less drawn should take heart: Time as a film is far more easily understood and enjoyed than the book. Indeed, filmmaker Errol Morris has done a superb job of taking a difficult scientific subject and making it accessible, without giving the feeling that it has been unnecessarily "dumbed down." Of course, part of the reason for this success is that Morris is interested as much in Hawking the man as he is in the book and the theories expounded therein. Morris lets us see the scientist as all-too-human, a person we can know and relate to, and one that may have overcome extreme odds but is still not without his own faults and peculiarities. Naturally, as in all such films, the director has to be selective about what is included and what is left out, and fans of the book may feel that too much has been omitted; but this very omission helps to frame one of the film's key points, which is that science is often frustrated by our inability to find all the pieces. It teaches us that in many ways, the search is more important than the result, and that's a fine lesson for any film to get across.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/15/2014
  • UPC: 715515117715
  • Original Release: 1992
  • Rating:

  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:24:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 357

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Stephen Hawking
John Wheeler
John Taylor
Technical Credits
Errol Morris Director
Ted Bafaloukos Production Designer
John Bailey Cinematographer
Stefan Czapsky Cinematographer
David Lee Art Director
Gordon Freedman Executive Producer
Brad Fuller Editor
Brad Fuller Editor
Philip Glass Score Composer
Stephen Hawking Screenwriter
Davie Hickman Producer
Read More Show Less

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- A Brief History of Time
1. Eleven Ways [8:43]
2. A Complicated Mind [5:01]
3. One Thousand Hours [5:47]
4. Cold Year [6:41]
5. Reprieved [2:26]
6. Penrose's Discovery [3:09]
7. Black Holes [8:46]
8. God Plays Dice [10:43]
9. Gravitational Forces [5:33]
10. Time [5:26]
11. Equalizer [4:37]
12. The Big Crunch [9:42]
13. Infinite Possibilities [7:12]
1. Color Bars [:20]
Read More Show Less

Menu

Disc #1 -- A Brief History of Time
   Play The Movie
   Chapters
   Errol Morris
   John Bailey
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Average Rating 5
( 3 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(3)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing all of 3 Customer Reviews
  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2003

    Journy To The Event Horizon

    Stephen Hawking is such a remarkable person. This history of his life and work is also remarkable. He has lived so far beyond his bounderies. His body may be held in the captivity of his illness but his mind is limitless. In the film Errol Morris lets the viewer travel with Steven as he moves through the universe toward the singularity that is leading to his event horizon, slowing down, becomming immobile and finally disappering but never lost just somewhere else.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2001

    Excellent

    I thought this movie was excellent. It gave a great insight into the days in Stephen Hawking's life. I've always been fascinated with Stephen Hawking, but, I really enjoyed this movie. It gave me a lot of great information on the author.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2001

    Wonderful

    This is a wonderful movie. The book is even better! I suggest reading the book (of the same title) and then watching the movie. Both contain lots of information and are well worth it.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing all of 3 Customer Reviews