Wednesday, July 18, 2018

PBS Distribution to Release The Awe-Inspiring New Series "NOVA: WONDERS" July 31st (Review)

Disclosure:  I was sent a screener from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.


Available on DVD July 31 from PBS Distribution
Available Now on Digital HD

We have been getting our NOVA documentary fix the past couple weeks, thanks to a handful of recent and upcoming DVDs that were sent our way from the folks at PBS Distribution.  A standout recently was NOVA: WONDERS, which is available now on digital, but will be available on DVD on July 31st.  Like the title suggests, this DVD focuses on diving into the many wonders of the world by means of studying the scientific process.  What is go great about this DVD is that it is broken down into episodes, so you don't have to be overwhelmed, or can go to a specific episode.  With over 6 hours of content on 2 discs, this series will take viewers on a journey as they explore the wonders of the world, in a quest to answer scientific questions posed.

There are so many intriguing topics that you are bound to find a topic that that resonates with you and will have you pondering it.  Here are the featured episodes for you to dive in and explore when you pick up the NOVA: WONDERS DVD:

Disc 1:

  • What are animals saying?
  • What's living in you?
  • Are we alone?
Disc 2:

  • Can we build a brain?
  • Can we make life?
  • What's the universe made of?
Cool topics, huh?  We really had fun watching these two DVDs, and will definitely be watching again, and including in our homeschooling studies.  If you love exploring unexpected places, hunting for signs of extra-terrestrial life and learning more about animals and other life that roam the world, then you will love NOVA: WONDERS.

More about this upcoming DVD release:

"PBS Distribution announced today it is releasing the all new series “NOVAWONDERS” on DVD and Digital HD. This tantalizing new program takes viewers on a journey to the frontiers of science and is hosted by three engaging young scientists. The series follows remarkable researchers who are tackling the biggest unanswered questions about life and the cosmos, pushing the boundaries of understanding in ways that could transform our world and the future.

NOVAWONDERS(SRP $34.99) will be available on DVD July 31, 2018, and has a run time of approximately 360 minutes on 2 discs. The program is also available for digital download. 

NOVAWONDERS” is a fresh, lively series that makes complicated concepts accessible while taking a deep dive into the scientific process. Each episode poses a big scientific question and takes viewers along on a journey to explore how far we’ve come in our quest for answers, and how we’ve managed to get here. Among the intriguing topics pondered are the secret language of animals, what’s hidden in the human body, the artificial intelligence technologies that could rival and surpass the abilities of the human mind, the controversial power to engineer life in a lab, and the mysteries of the universe.

The program travels to some unexpected places to look for answers — including deep underwater, where humpback whales are essentially playing a game of “telephone” across the world, with pods teaching each other new songs; deep beneath our skin, where trillions of microbes are living in our bodies; deep below the earth, in mines where researchers are trying to detect elusive dark matter particles; deep into space, where astrophysicists are hunting for signs of extra-terrestrial life, and more.

Three young scientists serve as enthusiastic guides and science communicators. Talithia Williams is a mathematician and statistician who also applies data models to the human body and the environment. She is joined by co-hosts Rana el Kaliouby, a computer scientist developing emotion recognition technology used in artificial intelligence, and André Fenton, a neuroscientist studying the biology of memory. All three set-up the inquiry, demonstrate key aspects of the challenges facing scientists, and ask provocative questions about research carried out on the winding paths of uncertainty and the unknown.

NOVAWONDERS” is a NOVA production for WGBH Boston. Series Producers are Michael Bicks and Anna Lee Strachan. Executive Producer is Julia Cort. Senior Executive Producer is Paula S. Apsell. 

NOVAWONDERS” is funded by Draper, the National Science Foundation, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and public television viewers, with additional funding for “Are We Alone?” and “What’s the Universe Made Of?” provided by the John Templeton Foundation.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DRL-1420749. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation."


About NOVA
Now in its 44th season, NOVA is the most-watched primetime science series on American television, reaching an average of five million viewers weekly. The series remains committed to producing in-depth science programming in the form of hour-long (and occasionally longer) documentaries, from the latest breakthroughs in technology to the deepest mysteries of the natural world. NOVA is a production of WGBH Boston. NOVA airs Wednesdays at 9pm ET/PT on WGBH Boston and most PBS stations. The Director of the WGBH Science Unit and Senior Executive Producer of NOVA is Paula S. Apsell.

About PBS Distribution
PBS Distribution is the leading distributor of public media content around the world, PBS Distribution is a leading distributor of public media content reaching global audiences through multiple platforms including PBS-branded OTT channels, digital download and streaming services, theatrical and inflight entertainment, DVD and Blu-ray sales and international licensing.   


PBS Distribution offers consumers and educators over 4,000 hours of the highest quality factual, scripted and children’s programming, including films from producer Ken Burns, hit dramas from MASTERPIECE, entertaining and educational children’s series and award-winning documentaries from NOVA, FRONTLINE, AMERICAN MASTERS, NATURE, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE and many independent producers. We extend the reach of programming beyond broadcast while generating revenue for the public television system, stations and producers.

Street Date: July 31, 2018
Genre: Documentary
Run Time: Approximately 360 minutes on 2 discs
SRP: DVD, $34.99
Format: DVD and Digital HD

Disclosure:  I was sent a screener from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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