TV Show Review – Arthur C. Clarke: The Complete Collection

Arthur C. Clarke Collection: The Complete Collection
(Mysterious World, Mysterious Universe, & World of Strange Powers)
Courtesy of Visual Entertainment Inc.
Release Date: July 9, 2013

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Chances are, you’ve heard the name Arthur C. Clarke before; if you haven’t, you owe the man a debt of gratitude anyway. After all, he invented the communications satellite! Clarke was a genius and had an amazing imagination to boot. In a twist of ingenuity, he decided to incorporate both into a trio of series’ that investigated the fantastic. The resulting shows influenced millions of viewers all over the world during their air-time. I’m happy to report that this complete set of shows is now available on DVD for the first time.

If you are not familiar with ARTHUR C. CLARKE: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION, here is a description of the collection courtesy of VEI:

Hosted by acclaimed sci-fi author Sir Arthur C. Clarke (2001: A Space Odyssey), Arthur C. Clarke: The Complete Collection investigates the inexplicable, abnormal and mind-boggling wonders of the world. Included in the set are three popular, documentary series originally aired on Britain’s ITV network.

Mysterious World (1980), narrated by author, actor and newscaster Gordon Honeycomb (Then She Was Gone, The Medusa Touch), looks at unexplained phenomena from Stonehenge to the Loch Ness Monster. Narrated by English journalist Anna Ford, World of Strange Powers (1985) investigates goose bump-raising paranormal activity from haunted houses to magical spirits. Mysterious Universe (1995), narrated by British TV personality Carol Vorderman, examines mystical secrets from the ancient world.

In each episode, Clarke tackles the daunting task of finding a reasonable explanation for some of the most bizarre phenomena ever known to mankind from such “mysteries of the first kind” as solar eclipses to the more inexplicable, including messages from beyond the grave, the stigmata, lost planets, UFOs and zombies … Making Arthur C. Clarke: The Complete Collection a must-have for every science-fiction fan!

I am so glad they decided to release these. I had heard of these shows but never had the chance to check them out. They definitely live up to the hype I had heard, and I am glad I can now share them with my children.

Each show is shot well and includes exposition from Clarke himself. This gives an almost one-on-one air to each episode and therefore strengthens the draw that each has on the viewer.

I particularly enjoyed the Mysterious World series. It is filled with numerous concepts and possibilities that are still highly discussed today. These are also the basis for a wide variety of story ideas as well.

ARTHUR C. CLARKE: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION is a must-have for science-fiction buffs of all ages. Whether you are young or old, you’re sure to enjoy this set. The collection is available now, so give it a look for sure.

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