- Rated: G
- Run Time: 1 hours, 24 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: April 15, 2014
- Originally Released: 1991
- Label: Criterion
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: New, restored 4K digital film transfer, supervised by director of photography John Bailey and approved by director Errol Morris
- New interview with Morris
- New interview with Bailey
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
- Dolby Digital 5.1
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
New York Times - 08/21/1992
"...Something of a delight....A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME is a kind of adventure that seldom reaches the screen, and it's a tonic..."
Los Angeles Times - 08/21/1992
"...Iintellectually challenging....It offers a glimpse of eternity, a peek under the curtain of time..."
USA Today - 06/11/1993
"...[Hawking] has a twinkle in his eye, which is the only way to go when explaining big bangs and black holes to scientifically obtuse film folk..."
An exhilarating journey through time and the universe with professor Stephen Hawking, the most renowned scientist since Albert Einstein. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.
Theoretical physicist Steven Hawking discusses his ideas on the origins of the universe and its future fate, which he first set forth in his bestseller "A Brief History of Time." Through interviews with friends, relatives, and colleagues of this brilliant man, the filmmaker paints a picture of how a truly ingenious mind works, and how the onset of ALS, the progressive disease that has destroyed Hawking's body, helped him to focus his mind and shape his theories.
- Errol Morris, a respected American documentary filmmaker, for a long while before this film, maintained a reputation for working outside of the mainstream. His film "The Thin Blue Line" (1988) caused the release on appeal of a man who had been convicted of shooting and killing a Texas policeman.
- The documentary appeared in several film festivals, including New Directors/New Visions in NYC, and the Sundance Film Festival in Utah.
- Hawking's book, "A Brief History of Time", was on the bestseller lists for 100 weeks.
- According to Variety, the film allegedly was supported by Steven Spielberg and his production company Amblin Entertainment when Morris first began work on it, but neither Spielberg nor Amblin appear in the final credits. There is no indication of why Spielberg might have dropped the project -- or why Morris might have dropped Spielberg.