The human body is such an interesting structure. That is because it is so contradictory in itself. It is made of thousands of miles of nerves, veins, and full of fluids and organs (at least two of which – tonsils and the appendix – are not even needed). For all of its immense complexity, the human body is so frail and fragile. As the past year-plus has shown, it is so simple for humans to fall sick and worse. All it takes is one virus for the human body to fail, even being so complex. PBS examines that contradicting duality of the human body in its recently released documentary, Human: The World Within, showing just how deep it runs. Having originally aired May 5, the six-part program was released on DVD June 22 through PBS Distribution. This five and a half hour documentary will appeal widely to medical students, those of the biological sciences, and anyone with any interest in said topics. That is due in no small part to its content, which will be discussed shortly. The presentation of said content adds to the documentary’s appeal and will be discussed a little later. The set’s packaging rounds out its most important elements and will also be addressed later. Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of this presentation. All things considered, they make the documentary just as appealing to the noted audiences in its home release as in its recent TV presentation.
PBS and PBS Distribution’s Human: The World Within is a presentation that will appeal to a wide range of audiences. That is due in large part to its topic. As the documentary’s title suggests, it focuses on all of the inner workings of the human body. More specifically, it examines each of the body’s systems – circulatory, reproductive, digestive, immune, nervous, and sensory – and how each does its own part to make the human body work. One of the most interesting of the segments focuses on the circulatory system. Viewers will find interesting, that the circulatory system can actually be “trained” in a manner of speaking. This is explained through a profile of a woman living in Colorado who spends her free time scaling ice walls. It is explained here that because of her choice of free-time activity, her circulatory system works differently than that of most other people. It can handle environments in which oxygen levels are lower, whereas more “normal” people would have far less chance of survival in such situations. As another example of the interest in the segments, “Birth” — which focuses on the reproductive system — is more than just a refresher on how the system works. It explains that sometimes the body’s reproductive system can and does fail, leading to an issue, such as a miscarriage. It is an emotionally difficult incident, but understanding it from a biological aspect might help some families make better sense of those sad events, leading to more ability to cope. “React,” which opens the documentary, presents its own interesting explanations of how the body’s nervous system works. It helps understand how back pain is connected to the nervous system, for instance, and how the so-called funny bone is also connected to the body’s nervous system. It is just one more way in which the content proves so important to the documentary’s presentation.
Staying on the matter of the content, it is delivered through a mix of narration, discussion from medical professionals, and average, everyday people. From a cell phone technician, to a distance runner, to a boxer, to the noted ice climber and more, the discussions from these noted everyday figures will connect with viewers. That is because viewers will see themselves in these figures even more than the medical professionals. The medical professionals who are also featured here present their discussion in simple terms, rather than trying to use complex language. This ensures viewers’ engagement and entertainment even more. Making for even more engagement and entertainment is the general fashion in which the documentary is presented.
The documentary is presented through six separate segments. Each segment runs just under an hour. The separation of the segments encourages audiences to watch the documentary at their own pace. This means that as audiences do watch each segment, they are more inclined to remain engaged in each discussion. The segments’ run times create their own psychological impact. The impact in question is that audiences will be more comfortable take the time to watch. That overall encouragement to watch will ensure viewers will catch everything discussed in each, especially considering the segments’ pacing. Taking that into account along with the content itself, this proves even more, just how much the program has to offer viewers.
The content featured in Human: The World Within and its overall delivery style does much to make this documentary appealing. It is, collectively just a portion of what makes the program so appealing. The documentary’s packaging in its home release rounds out its most important elements. The packaging finds the documentary split into two discs, with three segments each on each disc. The discs are placed on their own spindle separate from one another inside the standard size DVD case. The separation of the discs inside the case ensures the discs will not get marred in any way since they cannot touch one another at any point. The use of a standard size DVD case saves space on viewers’ DVD/BD racks. This creates its own appeal. These two items are each positive aesthetic elements. When they are considered along with the documentary’s content and its overall presentation, the documentary in whole proves a complete success.
PBS and PBS Distribution’s recently released documentary Human: The World Within is a program that proves a successful presentation that its targeted audiences will enjoy. Its appeal comes in large part through its content. The content in question focuses on the body’s systems and how they make the body work in their various ways. The relatively simple way in which each is examined makes that content accessible for any viewer. The separation of the content into segments – each of which runs less than an hour – adds to the appeal. That is because it will encourage audiences to watch each portion that much more. The documentary’s packaging will appeal to audiences because of its aesthetic value. Each item noted is important in its own way to the whole of the documentary. All things considered, they make the documentary just as appealing on DVD as in its TV premiere. Human: The World Within is available now. More information on this and other titles from PBS and PBS Distribution is available at:
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