Judge David Johnson's 20th century experience involved lots of NBA Jam.
Captain Slow explores the innovations that made the modern era.
James May of Top Gear fame lands some lucrative part-time work for the BBC, offering his impressive presenter skills in the service of heaping praise on some of mankind's most impressive technological achievements in the 1900s.
James May's 20th Century consists of six 30-minute episodes on two discs:
• "Honey, I Shrunk the World"
• "Blast Off!"
• "Body Fantastic"
• "Take Cover!"
• "Inventing the Teenager"
• "Big City, Bright Lights"
Episodes receive decent standard definition 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfers, joined by a Dolby 2.0 Stereo mix. The third disc features three bonus episodes of James May's Big Ideas, another fun documentary series very similar to this one.
James May's 20th Century is a nice little show, anchored by the supremely watchable James May. There's lots of "edutainment" to be had here and May exhibits a tangible earnestness and excitement about the content. It's quirky, yet substantial in its transmission of trivia; my favorite episode, "Blast Off," is filthy rich with awesome info and watching May traipse around NASA is a gas.
Not Guilty, Captain!
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