Connections 2
Ambrose Video (1994)
TV Series  /  Documentary, History
In Collection
Seen ItYes
7 hr 40 mins UK / English
DVD  Region 1   UR (Unrated)
James Burke Himself - Presenter
Mandy Maxwell
Alan Gibbs
Sarah Davies
Mark Losley
Richard Herriot
Mike Slee
Michael Slee
Producer Richard Sattin
Writer James Burke

The original ten volume series was made in 1978. The popular success of the series led to two sequels, Connections 2 (sometimes written Connections2) in 1994, and Connections 3 (or Connections3) in 1997, both produced for TLC. By turning science into a detective story James Burke creates a series that will fascinate students and adults alike. This interdisciplinary approach has never before been applied to history or science and it succeeds tremendously. Winner of the Red Ribbon in the American Film Festival, the scope of the series covers 19 countries and 150 locations, requiring over 14 months of filming. As the Sherlock Holmes of science, Burke tracks through 12,000 years of history for the clues that lead us to eight great life changing inventions-the atom bomb, telecommunications, the computer, the production line, jet aircraft, plastics, rocketry and television. Burke postulates that such changes occur in response to factors he calls "triggers," some of them seemingly unrelated. These have their own triggering effects, causing change in totally unrelated fields as well. And so the connections begin...
Disc 01
 0 hr 50 mins  1.  Revolutions
Discover how the steam engine led to safety matches, imitation diamonds and the moon in a wild ride.
Director:  Mick Jackson  Writer:  James Burke 
Guest starring:  James Burke
 0 hr 50 mins  2.  Sentimental Journeys
What has Freud got to do with maps? Or prison reform with blue dye? Or the inside fo a star with the Himalayas? India reveals teh answers.
 0 hr 50 mins  3.  Getting It Together
Start by examining a SWAT team, which leads to hot air ballooning, the root of many inventins.
 0 hr 50 mins  4.  WHODUNIT?
Who stole a set of billiard balls in 1902 and why was he the most famous crook in history? The clues:maps from 1775, Charles Darwin's cousin and the FBI.
Disc 02
 0 hr 50 mins  5.  Something For Nothing
Something impossible happened 400 years ago. And we wound up in outer space, thanks (en route) to pigeon lovers, the Pope, and electric Italian frogs.
 0 hr 50 mins  6.  Echoes of the Past
On his way to finding the secret of the universe, Burke takes us to the Buddist tea ceremony, ties it to international spies and Lincoln's assassination.
 0 hr 50 mins  7.  Photo Finish
The Le Mans 24-hour race is the backdrop for linking photography and bullets, relativity and blimps.
 0 hr 50 mins  8.  Separate Ways
Two trails split over slavery in teh 18th Century. One leads to the Wild West and Brooklyn Bridge, the other coining money and TV. Both end with a threat to peace.
Disc 03
 0 hr 50 mins  9.  High Times
Unwrap a sandwich and you're on a path to World War II radar and Neo-Impressionist painters.
 0 hr 50 mins  10.  Deja Vu
History repeats itself, when you know how to look. Pizzaro beats the Incas, the first stock market opens. The Queen of England salutes a Mexican beetle and Hitler's plans misfire.
 0 hr 50 mins  11.  New Harmony
Microscopic bugs inpired the novel "Frankenstein" which aided the birth of Socialism.
 0 hr 50 mins  12.  Hot Pickle
The connections between a cup of tea, opium dens, the London Zoo and a switch that releases bombs.
Disc 04
 0 hr 50 mins  13.  The Big Spin
The greatest medical accident in history starts a trail that leads to Helen of Troy, 17th Century flower-power, the invention of soda pop and and earthquake detection.
 0 hr 50 mins  14.  Bright Ideas
A Baltimore man invented the bottle, which led to razors, clock springs, and the Hubble telescope.
 0 hr 50 mins  15.  Making Waves
Hairdressers, Gold Rush miners, Irish potato farmers and English parliamentarians are really tied together.
 0 hr 50 mins  16.  Routes
A sick lawyer in 18th Century France changes farming and triggers the French Revolution and new medical research.
Disc 05
 0 hr 50 mins  17.  One Word
One medieval word kicks off the investigation into different cultures with the same stories that ends in cultural anthropology.
 0 hr 50 mins  18.  Sign Here
Dutch piracy starts international law and French probability math, phonetics, and Victorian seances.
 0 hr 50 mins  19.  Better Than The Real Things
How the zipper started with technology Jefferson picked up in Paris during a row about Creation.
 0 hr 50 mins  20.  Flexible Response
Robin Hood starts us on a trail from medieval showbiz to land drainage, to the invention of decimals that end up in U.S. currency, thanks to the guy who started the Erie Canal.
Edition Details
Edition Set
Series Connections
Release Date 9/2/2003
Packaging Jewel Case
Screen Ratio Fullscreen (4:3)
Subtitles English
Audio Tracks Stereo [English]
No. of Discs/Tapes 5
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