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Director: Dr. Carl Sagan

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This seven-disc set contains all thirteen episodes of Carl Sagen's award-winning series Cosmos. Each episode is presented in the original broadcast aspect ratio of 1.33:1. English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround. English, Spanish, French, Japanese, Italian, German, and Mandarin subtitles are accessible. Supplemental


This seven-disc set contains all thirteen episodes of Carl Sagen's award-winning series Cosmos. Each episode is presented in the original broadcast aspect ratio of 1.33:1. English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Surround. English, Spanish, French, Japanese, Italian, German, and Mandarin subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include updates on both scientific breakthroughs and the life of Carl Sagan. This is an outstanding disc that will be of interest particularly to those with an interest in astronomy. This set may have some value for teachers in a classroom setting.

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With Cosmos, Carl Sagan and his wife and co-writer, Ann Druyan, brilliantly illustrated the underlying science of his same-titled book, placing the human species within a space-and-time context that brought the infinite into stunningly clear view. The series, which originally aired in 1980 on PBS, has been seen by more than 700 million people worldwide and remains a high-water mark in miniseries history. Sagan lucidly explains such topics as Einstein's theory of relativity, Darwin's theory of evolution, and the greenhouse effect, bringing the mysteries of the universe down to a layman’s level of understanding. The footage in these remastered, seven-DVD or seven-VHS sets is as fresh and riveting as it was two decades ago and is certain to fire the imaginations of a whole new generation of viewers.

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Closed Caption; Collector's edition DVD boxed set of the complete landmark TV series by Carl Sagan; 7 NTSC DVDs - 13 one hour episodes; Fully international edition - DVD region zero, playable everywhere (requires NTSC compatible player and TV); Remastered, restored and enhanced; Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan updates; 7 subtitles languages: French, Italian, German, Spanish, Mandarin, Japanese, English for the hearing impaired); Subtitle science updates; New footage; English soundtrack in AC3 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound; Bonus 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound music and effects track

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Carl Sagan Narrator,Actor,Host

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- I: The Shores of the Cosmic Ocean
1. Ann Druyan Opening [2:02]
2. Opening [:49]
3. The Cosmos [4:10]
4. Spaceship Universe [5:26]
5. Spaceship Galaxy [4:21]
6. Spaceship Stars [5:49]
7. Spaceship Solar System [6:06]
8. Planet Earth [9:16]
9. Alexandrian Library [12:01]
10. Ages of Science [2:58]
11. Cosmic Calendar [4:53]
12. End Credits [1:42]
Side #2 -- II: One Voice in the Cosmic Fugue/III: The Harmony of the Worlds
1. Opening [:51]
2. Spaceship Cosmic Matter [3:32]
3. Haike Crab [7:42]
4. Artificial Selection [1:09]
5. Natural Selection [2:08]
6. Watchmaker [1:19]
7. Cosmic Calendar [8:40]
8. Evolution [8:35]
9. Kew Gardens - DNA [12:00]
10. Miller-Urey Experiment [7:03]
11. Alien Life [3:25]
12. Update/End Credits [2:50]
1. Opening [1:22]
2. Astronomers vs. Astrologers [1:50]
3. Astrology [5:23]
4. Laws of Nature [2:08]
5. Constellations [4:24]
6. Astronomers [6:30]
7. Ptolemy/Copernicus [2:50]
8. Kepler [11:37]
9. Kepler and Tycho Brahe [11:29]
10. Kepler's Laws [5:02]
11. The Somnium [3:54]
12. End Credits [1:17]
Side #3 -- IV: Heaven and Hell/V: Blues for a Red Planet
1. Opening [:44]
2. Heaven and Hell [1:32]
3. Tunguska Event [6:32]
4. Comets [10:29]
5. Collisions With Earth [8:27]
6. Planetary Evolution [1:58]
7. Venus [11:37]
8. Descent to Venus [5:19]
9. Change [7:47]
10. Death of Worlds [1:18]
11. Conclusion [:48]
12. Update/End Credits [3:46]
1. Opening [:47]
2. Martians [5:58]
3. Lowell [7:15]
4. Edgar Rice Burroughs [2:26]
5. Goddard [6:13]
6. Inhabited Planets [2:15]
7. Mars [5:36]
8. Viking Lander [10:01]
9. Life on Mars? [5:56]
10. Mars Rover [5:56]
11. Terraforming Mars [3:43]
12. Update/End Credits [4:21]
Side #4 -- VI: Traveller's Tales/VII: The Backbone of Night
1. Opening [3:14]
2. Voyager, JPL [6:34]
3. Traveller's Routes [6:32]
4. Dutch Renaissance [4:46]
5. Huygens [8:41]
6. Huygens - Conclusion [2:55]
7. Traveller's Tales [1:35]
8. Jovian System [6:29]
9. Europa and Io [5:42]
10. Voyager Ships' Log [4:29]
11. Saturn and Titan [5:44]
12. Update/End Credits [2:35]
1. Opening [1:22]
2. What Are the Stars? [4:30]
3. Brooklyn Schoolroom [3:08]
4. Mythology of Stars [5:51]
5. Ancient Greek Scientists [10:23]
6. Science Blossoms [3:10]
7. Democritus [5:47]
8. Pythagorus [4:20]
9. Plato and Others [8:02]
10. Distance to Stars [2:17]
11. Evidence of Other Planets [8:18]
12. End Credits [:43]
Side #5 -- VIII: Travels in Space and Time/IX: The Lives of the Stars
1. Opening [3:11]
2. Constellations [5:08]
3. Time and Space [5:08]
4. Relativity [14:51]
5. Leonardo da Vinci [2:26]
6. Interstellar Travel [7:37]
7. Time Travel [7:06]
8. Solar Systems [5:21]
9. Cosmic Time Frame [4:10]
10. Dinosaurs [2:12]
11. Immensity of Space [2:04]
12. Update/End Credits [4:20]
1. Opening [:50]
2. Apple Pie [4:37]
3. The Very Large [4:58]
4. Atoms [:50]
5. Chemical Elements [4:59]
6. Nuclear Forces [3:36]
7. The Stars and Our Sun [4:56]
8. Death of Stars [9:12]
9. Star Stuff [9:32]
10. Gravity in Wonderland [7:16]
11. Children of the Stars [5:45]
12. Update/End Credits [2:15]
Side #6 -- X: The Edge of Forever/XI: The Persistence of Memory
1. Opening [1:53]
2. Big Bang [1:14]
3. Galaxies [4:49]
4. Astronomical Anolmalies [2:45]
5. Doppler Effect [2:35]
6. Humeson [9:34]
7. Dimensions [7:16]
8. The Universe [6:21]
9. India [8:29]
10. Oscillating Universe [5:36]
11. VLA [5:53]
12. Update/End Credits [5:52]
1. Opening [2:40]
2. Intelligence [4:05]
3. Whales [11:26]
4. Genes and DNA [5:02]
5. The Brain [11:50]
6. The City [5:02]
7. Libraries [2:18]
8. Books [7:30]
9. Computers [:32]
10. Other Brains [2:39]
11. Voyager [3:17]
12. End Credits [1:25]
Side #7 -- XII: Encyclopedia Galactica/XIII: Who Speaks for Earth?
1. Opening [:46]
2. Close Encounters [3:55]
3. Refutations [2:59]
4. UFO's [1:23]
5. Champollion's Egypt [9:50]
6. Hieroglyphics [2:27]
7. Rosetta Stone [6:24]
8. SETI [2:42]
9. Arecibo [3:08]
10. Drake Equation and Contact [11:14]
11. Encyclopedia Galactica [11:30]
12. Update/End Credits [3:43]
1. Opening [1:06]
2. Tlingit and Aztec Indians [5:41]
3. Who Speaks for Earth? [10:40]
4. Nuclear War and Balance of Terror [7:11]
5. Alexandrian Library [7:09]
6. Hypatia [5:09]
7. Big Bang and the Stuff of Life [3:21]
8. Evolution of Life [2:37]
9. Star Stuff [6:39]
10. What Humans Have Done [4:03]
11. We Speak for Earth [1:41]
12. Update/End Credits [6:04]

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Cosmos 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Fliud More than 1 year ago
Growing up I was never sincerely interested in science. I never had any ideas about what might be beyond our world and what we can't see with the naked eye on this world. After seeing Cosmos, I devoted my life to the study of physics and astronomy. I went on to read the book and many other books about these subjects, by Carl Sagan and by others. Carl Sagan is one of the most intelligent men to have walked this planet that he speaks of so much of in his proclaimed series. If anyone, interested in science or not, wants to learn more about pretty much everything we know and see every day, this series is a MUST-SEE.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have wanted to see the entire Cosmos programs again for a long time. I found them amazingly still relevent today. The Carl Sagan "Updates" are a terrific add. Cosmos still leaves one with an uneasiness and real concern that man himself may destroy the "Pale Blue Dot" as Sagan has referred to our home planet of Earth as seen from afar in the universe.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Carl Sagan once said, "I believe that the extraordinary should be pursued. But extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence." So when I say that Cosmos is by far the best series ever to come on TV I feel I need to back it up. Here are some of the brief accolades and trivia about this special: Cosmos was the most watched PBS special for more then a decade it won three Emmys, a Hugo, a Peabody, and has since been broadcast in more than 60 countries and seen by over 600 million people. In this updated version, Hubble images are incorporated along with some corrections and new ideas in high quality and in a sequence both explanative and deserving. It was filmed on location in nine different countries where the historic events had happened, or were happening. Cosmos is what inspired me to take the paths that I have taken since seeing it in school. Dr. Sagan has always been, and will always been one of my personal heroes. This special is the combination of all things Sagan and is in itself more of a history of everything and should be mandatory viewing for all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
An elegant and artisitc enterprise for a well-organized, self-correcting way of reasoning and thinking about the universe/time we occupy. After a quarter of a century, this series is as captivating as it is an education in rational thought. I remember being interested in the series when it first came out, yet it seems more compelling to me now. Sagan does what he did best by making the scientific way of thinking understandable to all. A timeless, phenomenal journey from energy to matter, to stars, solar systems/galaxies, life's chemical origins, to the evolution of intelligence, it's power struggles, and predictions for our planet and species. It's accomplished with a style unique to Sagan himself, as well as his production staff. Very Highly Recommended!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I owned the VHS set on this series for many years and now I have the DVD set and could not be pleased more. The DVD set has incorporated newer images of stars and galaxies from more recent pictures taken by the Hubble telescope and earthbound observatories. Also the graphics in some sequences have been improved. The visuals are clean and sharp and I have had no problems playing these DVD in my player. Producer, Ann Druyan, Carl Sagan's widow, opens the first episode and talks a little about when Cosmos was made and what's happened since. She also talks about what were Dr. Sagan's thoughts and how they transpired into what's currently known in science. I found more on the production company for these programs at: Also, most of the episodes end with a 'Cosmos Update' that was filmed 10 years after Cosmos was made. In the updates, Carl Sagan discusses and sometimes demonstrates anything new that's been learned on the material just viewed. The DVD's come in a handsome case with a breif synopsis of each episode printed on it. In the series, Carl Sagan masterfully guides one through the wonders of our Universe and lets us see just who we are in it. From stars to micro-organisms, to trees and whales, to Johannes Kepler and the little-known, woman scientist named Hypatia from ancient Alexandria, to warnings of the perils of human aggression and foolishness of the past and perhaps future, and mostly of our striving, never-ending need to explore and understand through science; Sagan takes us on this journey. This is not just some science documentary, but rather, an experience that gives one a spirit, an appreciation, and a zest for science and understanding, and mostly, for being alive in this marvelous Universe. The photography is lovely. The music is full of wonderment. Sagan explains complex subjects to easy understanding (his greatest talent). They are great for everyone! The best purchase I ever made.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is THE GREATEST television series ever. Its original airing in 1979 inspired me to a love of science, learning, and freedom of inquiry that have shaped both my interests and intellectual curiosity. The only major deficiency here is the absence of the updated animation produced by Discovery Channel for their 2005 re-air of the show. With updated versions of the life-on-Jupiter art, pulsars and stellar nurseries "plus, I'm sure, others", I hope the Discovery version will someday be released. In the meantime, do yourself a favor and watch this. If you have children over, say, seven, watch it with them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Carl Sagan is half poet, half scientist. I watched Cosmos as a kid and was entranced, and have since seen it many times as an adult. If you haven't watched this series, you simply must. You don't have to love astronomy, or even science -this series speaks to every human being who has ever looked up and wondered about this universe, our place and our future within it. It will stay with you days after watching it. My wife and I have been brought close to tears from the concepts and elegance in this series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Cosmos series is the bench mark by which all other astronomy series will be judged. Dr. Sagan and his associates did a fantastic job in presenting a complex subject in easy to understand language. Extremely informative as well as entertaining. This is a must see for anyone interested in our world and beyond. Highly recommended for young and old alike!
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