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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on March 20, 2012
This was an amazing show! It was factual, engaging, beautiful to the eye, and a very quick 2 hours. I very much enjoyed that Loades didn't dress up in the various costumes for his presentation, but kept his clothes simple and understated, drawing far less attention to himself than his subject, allowing the viewer to see how history LOOKS. I also liked that he didn't dwell on the royalty and nobility, but got in and got his hands dirty with the ploughman and the castle masons. I have ALREADY recommended this video to many of my friends, and will continue to do so. It is an invaluable look at the high medieval period from all the various strata of society.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on June 19, 2011
Just got thru watching the Third Reich Part 1 and 2 the Rise and the Fall. This has to be the best documentary I have ever seen of the war taken from a German perspective and how one man could take a nation down to destruction. This should be required viewing for every student in school. I have seen many documentaries on World War II but none that came at it from the perspective of the German people. Thank you history channel for producing a excellent documentary
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on December 24, 2014
This is for item # 180 - the devils graveyards. I watched it and must have missed the first part that said it was a fake and a load of BS based on a tales of the weird and psychotic document from 1972 but portrayed as real and happening in 2013/2014.

The film started off with a scientist's son killed by the family dog - complete with blurred/jumping found video type filming of the event (showed at least 4 times during the episode). The scientist is then in pursuit of the truth about what happened to his son and the episode plays like a documentary.

As the film progressed it started to seem more like an episode of Star Gate SG1. Don't get me wrong, I like Star Gate SG1 but I believe it should stay Sci Fi and not be presented as a history special. Essentially Space Aliens bombarded the Earth with energy to release a radioactive metal that is responsible for dead zones and mystery - i.e. Bermuda triangle and other places of mystery. According the episode Nazi's were aware and highly interested in developing this flux as a weapon but were mysteriously destroyed/killed in the process.

The grieving father has now discovered the area where his son was killed was a North Africa version of the Bermuda Triangle (cue strange music). There are 12 triangular zones in all (geometrically spaced across the Earth) including one that was neutralized by Hawaii by nuclear bomb testing. The scientist has collected core soil samples and thus has proof that all the areas except the zone neutralized by Hawaii contains the rare radioactive metal. He now has the top soil removed in the N Africa area and while the History special documenter is there they see it has been placed in a grid pattern similar to old photos from the massively destroyed pole area Nazi site.

This is seen as further proof of space aliens and it is discussed how global warming is not due to man but due to this potential alien intervention. Essentially given the technology and the pattern of the radioactive metal it could not have been placed there by human 10,000 years ago and must have been done from space (since the grid formation within a triangle is not a natural pattern). So to save the world (earth from slowing down, losing its magnetic protection, and the solar winds blowing off the atmosphere) the scientist team has devised a way to neutralize the triangular zones.

Then we are treated to a small test to neutralize the metal (which works) then to the scale up tests which fail 2 of them. Then the scientists, workers, and crew argue. The camera crew decides to leave for the night leaving one of their cameras accidently rolling. When the camera crew gets about two miles out there is a huge recorded EMP blast that when the crew returns next day there is no one around and total destruction.

Then the history special documenter states that they discovered some missing video from the internet webcam hook up that shows the last few minutes at the destroyed camp. Essentially a crew member pulls some cable across the site previously disrupted from the first two attempts and it sets off an explosion vaporizing everyone. Then there is hypothesis that this must have been what happened to the Nazis when they were investigating the zones and had the destructive accident.

There is a bit of pleading from the history documenter regarding how governments need to wake up to the danger to the world. At this point (and way before this) I am thinking this is the History channel on drugs. Then all of a sudden some words flash on the bottom of the screen for a sec or two. I run it back and pause it to read the words and it is a disclaimer that the episode is an enactment based on a 1972 document about the 12 triangles.

So why am I giving this one star. If this were an episode of Beyond, In Search of, or Ancient Aliens, I would say the production is good and the story is interesting. The actors seem a bit hammy especially at the end but they are enjoying their roles. We are just missing the bit where they say "ancient alien theorists believe".... However, this is a History special and the disclaimer is blink and you miss it. Granted most people are going to watch this and laugh. However, others are going to be baffled like the Mermaid specials (which did have tons of disclaimers) and think it is real. So the one star is for trying to push an end of the Earth narrative as reality and using the credibility (or lack there of now) of the history specials to promote it.

My recommendation is wait for it to go on Prime, realize it is total BS, and watch it for laughs with some popcorn (though the kid eaten by the dog video is not really funny however it is blurred but if you are scared of dogs it might give you nightmares).
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful
With its bold promise and provocative title, the History Channel documentary "History of the World in Two Hours" has a lot to live up to. But seriously, anyone who thinks this will be a complete or comprehensive chronicle of almost 14 billion years is probably setting their expectations a little high. For one thing, as this aired on the History Channel with commercials--it actually boils down to 88 minutes from start to finish! Heck, who needs a full two hours? The title is a teaser, a novelty. This is a breezy and entertaining trip through history that starts with concepts related to the formation of earth and ends in contemporary society. In between, we hit certain highlights from the realms of chemistry, biology, astrophysics, paleontology, anthropology and history that help to overview key components that made life possible, sustainable, and able to evolve into its recognizable modern configuration. Certainly, this isn't an in-depth analysis of any one thing in particular, it's just a quick glimpse of important elements that were vital in shaping the earth as we know it.

Perhaps the strongest aspect of "History of the World in Two Hours" comes in its early segments when we're discussing how certain elements were formed that contributed to earth being a viable planet on which life could thrive. The sciences combine to form an intriguing tale of evolution and I like that the piece shows how the physical composition of the atmosphere changed, gives the reasons behind it, and points to future consequences. As the documentary progresses, however, the components can become a bit more hit or miss. And while it seems rather cursory and simplistic, the dispersal of humans, the growth of civilizations, and the union of the continents through exploration give one a lot to think about. Very little time is spent on the modern world as we are still but a blip on the scale of history, and again we're left with random points of significance.

I don't know that if you're looking for a serious study of complex topics that "History of the World in Two Hours" will fulfill all your needs. It is meant for the more casual viewer. It might serve as a nice introduction for some, or an interesting conversation starter for others. Employing the trademark History Channel CGI effects and plenty of quick cut editing, the film flies by at a rapid pace and is great to look at. At the end of the day, I may not have learned much new from this documentary--but it was never less than fascinating to see what someone else thought were the high points in nearly 14 billion years of existence. Thoroughly entertaining, occasionally enlightening, this is a fun overview as long as your expectations are realistic. At 88 minutes, it's quite a ride. KGHarris, 3/12.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on July 19, 2012
As a medieval enthusiast, I'm well acquainted with Mike Loades' work. Once again he creates a program that is both informative and entertaining. Well suited for both the hard core medievalist and the average viewer, Going Medieval is worth your time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 18, 2012
This is a comprehensive overview of the Medieval period, approved by my significant other who is a graduate student in history. The quality was fantastic, we watched it on our flat screen in high quality with no pixelation or sound issues. I highly recommend this video!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 21, 2011
This is the best documentary I have ever seen. It takes you from the Big Bang to today and shows how the physics and geology of the universe led to the rise of human civilization. It is truely an amazing video!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 6, 2012
This video covers all sorts of information in the 13th and 14th century, it demonstrates not only medieval combat but also building castles, the foods eaten and the way of life in medieval times. Not to mention the host, Mike Loades brings an enthusiasm that makes everything interesting.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 17, 2014
I'm actually ashamed of history channel for making this complete piece of crap. A 1/2 second disclaimer at the end says it is fiction but through the whole show the play it off as real. Very bad science fiction with a survival" mentality. Especially grating is the load mouth supposed to be electrical engineer who needs to go back to stuffing envelopes. All the acting is bad but to make it worse they pass it off as real and it's a stupid lie. Zero stars really. ...yuk
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 26, 2011
I thought the Pirate Island show on History Channel H2 was interesting, well done, and left me wondering what really exists below the waters of Sainte Marie harbor and inside the Pirate Island tunnels. I am also interested in learning more about the pirate cemetary on the island and hope history Channel follows this up with another episode from Madagascar.
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