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Ancient Aliens (2009)

~ , History  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: ~
  • Directors: History
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: July 28, 2009
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001UW599E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,568 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Is it possible that intelligent life forms visited Earth thousands of years ago, bringing with them technology that drastically affected the course of history and man s own development?

Presented in the 1968 bestselling book Chariots of the Gods by Erich von Daniken, the theory of ancient aliens rocked people s beliefs in mankind s progress. Ancient cave drawings of strange creatures, remains of landing strips in Peru, and Indian texts that describe the flying machines of the gods were just a few of the odd archaeological artifacts cited by von Daniken as proof that ancient astronauts were well known to our ancestors.

Produced with the exclusive cooperation of von Daniken himself, Ancient Aliens launches all-new expeditions to seek out and evaluate this evidence, with a concentration on the latest discoveries of the last 30 years, including unusual DNA findings on man s evolution and newly decoded artifacts from Egypt to Syria to South America. It is a balanced investigation into a theory some believe cannot be true, but many agree cannot be ignored.

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103 of 112 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and Enlightening May 12, 2009
By S. R.
It goes without stating that the controversial theory of extraterrestrials interacting with ancient humans works best as a thought-provoking alternative to more widely accepted scientific theories. To expect that irrefutable proof of alien involvement in mankind's past will be presented in this 94-minute TV special is illogical and hypocritical, to say the least. Consider for a moment that the vast majority of ancient artifacts and ruins can only be interpreted by historians and archaeologists as to the original intent, usage, construction, etc. No one knows with absolute certainty how or why the Peruvian Nazca lines were created, or how the ancient pyramids were built, or what the Easter Island statues represent. There are commonly accepted theories (which keep changing or evolving as more evidence is unearthed) and then there are deviant and less "credible" theories such as other-worldly intervention. It was certainly never the intent of this special to convince viewers without fail that many of these mysteries were in fact the result of alien meddling. Rather, the aim was to explore this alternative, less popular notion with a mixture of facts and conjecture from the vantage point of proponents and opponents from various fields of study. It is to the History Channel's credit that such a wide spectrum of human interests continue to be explored by the network.

Perhaps this program's greatest strength is the examination of some of mankind's most enduring mysteries, which are fascinating regardless of one's personal beliefs. It is safe to assume that some will find the mysteries themselves more entertaining than any potential explanations or theories.
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58 of 65 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Step Out of the Box May 11, 2009
Please give this dvd a chance by opening your mind and stepping out of the box that you have built in your lifetime. Certainly the ability to see past what most people have been programmed to believe with regards to our history as human beings is not a common trait. There is a wealth of information available for anyone who will take the time to look for it...some of that information is presented here. The monumental structures and technology that was utilized to build them is exhibited here in some detail, but certainly warrants further investigation. There have never been anything but theories put forth to explain how such advanced building techniques and inexplicable knowledge of the earth existed thousands of years ago. Personally, I can tell you that there is alot of truth to it, and the technology used to build some of these structures, such as the great pyramid in Giza, does not exist even today. Moving the stones and fitting them so tightly, cut with a precision that modern tools could duplicate, but unlikely hammers and chisels would never attain to.
Another point worth mentioning here is, the fact that this technology has been attributed to the influence of extra-terrestrial beings, this is not necessarily true, since this technology could have existed here on earth in the advanced civilizations of Mu and Atlantis to name two. Human history is older than many people think, and evidence of advanced civilizations in the ancient past is not uncommon, if one is willing to search for answers with an open mind.
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45 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I agree with "supes" & "infinity" August 14, 2009
This program was very interesting and the cinematography was great. This is more of an "open your mind" type of program. I realize that some theories presented in this program are a bit far fetched but the entertainment value more than makes up for it. The great scenery shown of Pre-Columbian sites in Central & South America were particularly interesting as well. History Channel obviously put in a lot of time and effort into the production and quality of this program. The people who gave this program a bad review, I think, forgot to take the content with a grain of salt.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Harmless speculation that boggles the mind November 30, 2009
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I remember watching this for the first time on tv and being absolutely blown away. ANCIENT ALIENS, a documentary produced by the History Channel, details a string of theories pertaining to some of humankind's greatest achievements, and how they might not be OUR achievements after all.

With a documentary like this, you really have to press "play" with an open mind. The folks at the History Channel have not made it their business in the past to convert people to a certain way of thinking, and they're not starting now. They are objectively displaying a premise that many, including myself, had never heard before.

Most of the film mostly centers around the theories postulated by Erich von Daniken in his book Chariots of the Gods. Most of these theories assert the possibility that extra terrestrials actually intervened in Earth's history, and sort of nudged us down the right path toward creating monuments such as the Great Pyramid of Giza and Teotihuacan, and toward creating things unique for the time, such as the Antikythera Mechanism.

The documentary goes to some very unique places and interviews believers and skeptics alike. The History Channel was very, very thorough in assuring that all the bases were covered. It was a very fun experience, and is now one of my most favorite documentaries.

I realize that in the plothole-ridden history of humanity, there are events that will never be fully understood, and mysteries that will never be solved. Dawkins calls them "gaps," and within such gaps we can see marvelous possibilities of what COULD and MIGHT HAVE happened. In the case of this "intervention theory," it really is no harm, no foul.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ancient Aliens for the History you don't know
There are really so many unanswered questions and inconsistencies in life. Lots more clarity from these folks than I ever heard in a church.
Published 1 month ago by Lauren Werner
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great
Published 1 month ago by Joseph Rosselli
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite tv series.
I love all the thought provoking ideas even though I feel sometimes there are some huge leaps that really don't make any sense.
Published 6 months ago by Leslie Cady
1.0 out of 5 stars "Ancient Aliens" is an unfortunate betrayal of The History Channel's...
Granted many people will write the entire subject off as baseless pseudoscience, and there is enough evidence to suggest many of the claims are that. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Colten
4.0 out of 5 stars Ancient Aliens
Ancient people were not the backward people that the history books indicates that they were. We still have people who live in caves today just like they did 5,000 years ago.
Published 10 months ago by Ben Watson
5.0 out of 5 stars Had to have for my Collection.
Had to have for my Collection. I have been a fan of Chariots of the Gods since I first read it in the '70s. Read more
Published 10 months ago by L. Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
attention grabbing. It is always refreshing to learn more things about how we may have been visited by aliens in the past.
Published 11 months ago by bountyful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ancient Aliens
I love the show for the most part and "I want to believe" as they say. So, if you are unfamiliar with the show or the premise - It takes the concept of highly criticised... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Manfred J Felsmann
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
I really enjoyed watching. I would recommend this for any one who may want to have an open mind and would like to explore posibilites.
Published 14 months ago by Matt
4.0 out of 5 stars The Beginning of It All!
Erik Von Daniken is credited with being the first author to present the theory of "gods" from another planet visiting our own world in the distant past and leaving behind... Read more
Published 16 months ago by audie snyder
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