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Format: DVD
Sku: 202095860
UPC: 783421408692
UPC 14: 00783421408692
Category Keywords: Documentary  Nova (Pbs Series)
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At a time when heretics were burned alive for dissent, scientist Galileo Galilei risked his life to advance his revolutionary concepts of the universe. British actor Simon Callow (Shakespeare in Love, Four Weddings and a Funeral) brings Galileo to life, humanizing the great thinker s passion, intelligence, and arrogance while depicting his frustrations with fellow philosophers and scientists, and with Roman Catholic church leaders. Based on Dava Sobel s best-selling biography Galileo s Daughter, this two-hour film offers a vivid re-imagining of Galileo s incredible achievements that forever changed the way we view our place in the universe. It also investigates the momentous personal and spiritual conflicts Galileo faced- most especially in defending the controversial theory that the earth revolves around the sun. Join noted Galileo authorities and experience the remarkable life behind the discoveries, and see letters from his illegitimate daughter, Maria Celeste, a cloistered nun, have shed new light on Galileo s pioneering telescopic observations, his fateful Inquisition trial for heresy, and life in the seventeenth century. Format: DVD MOVIE

"...the science is all there, it is illustrated, explicated and illuminated.  The New York Times
"Top-notch!  The Orlando Sentinel
"An interesting story, backed by characteristic top-notch production values from the NOVA team, this wide-ranging biographical portrait of Galileo and his times is highly recommended.  Video Librarian

Editor's Note
The best-selling biography by Dava Sobel called GALILEO'S DAUGHTER is the basis of this two-hour documentary. GALILEO'S BATTLE FOR THE HEAVENS chronicles the outstanding achievements of one of history's great minds, Galileo Galilei. From his pioneering discoveries within the universe, to his trial for heresy in the 17th century, host Simon Callow (FOUR WEDDINGS AND A FUNERAL) and noted Galileo experts attempt to explore new meanings to his observations on mechanics, astronomy, music, and much more.


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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: PBS
Video Release Date Release Date: 3/28/2006
Video Play Time Running Time: 120 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2002
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 40869
Video UPC UPC: 00783421408692
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Simon Callow
Video Cast Info Liev Schreiber - Narrated By

Professional Reviews

Booklist 9 of 10
Stunning reenactment footage (acclaimed actor Simon Callow plays Galileo) coupled with Liev Schreiber's commanding narration help chronicle the scientist's 'personal and spiritual conflicts,' especially his difficulties with church leaders who brought Galileo before the Inquisition. Interviews with scientists and author Sobel add depth to the compelling portrayal. Highly recommended.

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Product attributeActor:   Nova
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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