'Earth: The Inside Story'
(DVD / NR / (2014) 2015 / PBS)
Overview: Earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, and extreme weather. Has Earth always been this way? Featuring footage of top geologic hot spots on every continent, the film traces the scientifically-based story of the 4.5 billion-year-old Earth, from the core to the crust and up into the atmosphere.
DVD Verdict: 'Earth: The Inside Story' is one of the most fascinating documentaries that I have EVER seen! In it, for the entire 90 minutes, we trace the geologic story of our home planet, beginning with its formation four-and-a-half billion years ago and continuing with its evolution to the present. Shot in top geologic hot spots on all seven continents, interspersed with footage of earthquakes and volcanoes from Nepal to Antarctica, this film features a diverse group of leading geologists who reveal the latest thinking about how the Earth works, from the core to the crust and up into the atmosphere.
Earth: The Inside Story contrasts Earth's geology with that of other planets in our solar system, dramatically underscoring how unique our planet is, and delves into the unpredictable sequence of geologic and cosmic events that happened before we humans made our appearance on Earth just a few million years ago. Working up to modern times, the film lends scientific perspective to a question people are asking in light of recent news coverage of major earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, and extreme weather: Are the Earth's natural systems undergoing a period of intense upheaval? Watch along at home as the experts give us the results we may, or may not wish to hear - either way, as I mentioned before, there is no escaping the fact that 'Earth: The Inside Story' is a highly fascinating PBS documentary. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.