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6 Degrees Entertainment

Human: The World Within
(2-Disc DVD / PG / 2021 / PBS)

Overview: Human: The World Within explores the incredible universe inside each and every one of us. Through an examination of diverse personal stories from around the world, Human reveals how our everyday lives, our passions, and our goals are powered by the amazing systems that define our biology as a species.

DVD Verdict: Human: The World Within is a new documentary series that looks at what makes us who we are as humans.

As Episode 1 Birth opens, we are in Los Angeles, California, and we get to know Alex and Ali, as the voice-over explains to us what attraction is all about from a medical perspective.

Alex and Ali are professional tango dancers, and have been married for 14 years. Turns out that lust and attraction are fueled by hormones (but not the same kind).

We are then introduced to Jacqueline, a 31 year-old immigrant from China and expecting for the first time. At this point, we are 10 minutes into Episode 1.

This is quite a fascinating new documentary series that takes a look at the wonders that are our bodies. As one commentator puts it with amazement: From one cell to a human being. Yet it also goes much deeper than that as the episode also looks at things like infertility (which occurs a lot more frequently that you might think), miscarriages, and other challenges.

And the documentary, of course, also brings us into the pregnancy process itself. Did you know, for example, that the placenta is the only temporary organ that we humans get (only during the pregnancy)?

Episode 2 Pulse looks at the central role played by the heart, in every possible sense. Future episodes look at how we Fuel our bodies, how we Defend our bodies against pain and suffering, Sense and how do the five senses really work, and lastly Birth, and how every single person on this earth has at least one thing in common: they were born.

In closing, the camera work is top-notch and all the six (6) episodes are well-paced and flew by in no time, which means this new 2-disc PBS DVD release is most definitely one for those interested (which should be all of our, right?!) [PA] This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.