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Ancient Egypt Unearthed (2009)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, 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: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Discovery - Gaiam
  • DVD Release Date: January 13, 2009
  • Run Time: 525 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001HB1K32
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,107 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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For more than three thousand years its wealth and magnificence were unrivaled...and then lost to the desert sands. Now take a marvelous journey down the mighty Nile and back through time as we uncover many of ancient Egypt?s long-lost mysteries. It's all here - pyramids and temples, pharaohs and mummies - in this fascinating collection that explores one of the greatest cultures the world has ever known.

Disc 1: Egypt Uncovered In five revealing episodes, world-renowned Egyptologists employ the latest technology and modern archeological findings to breathe life into one of history's most fascinating cultures. A startling new picture emerges of the civilization that dominated the world for millennia.

Disc 2: Egypt's Ten Greatest Discoveries Egypt's preeminent archaeologist, Zahi Hawass, and his team have selected the ten most important discoveries in Egypt. From major battles, to mega-construction, these discoveries reveal the amazing stories of the lives of kings, queens and ordinary people. Secrets of Egypt's Lost Queen More powerful than Cleopatra or Nefertiti, Hatshepsut was Egypt's greatest female ruler...and then she disappeared. Dr. Zahi Hawass investigates several mummies, one of which may well be the remains of this powerful queen.

Why Ancient Egypt Fell Once the envy of the ancient world, the mighty civilization of Egypt stood for thousands of years until it underwent a swift decline and eventual fall. Given its wealth, power and rich culture, how could such a magnificent empire collapse so entirely?

Women Pharaohs Cleopatra, Nefertiti, Nefertari and Hatshepsut were icons of beguiling beauty and power who once dominated ancient Egypt. Their command rivaled that of the mightiest male rulers in history. A startling new discovery unveils the secrets of their charms.

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61 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Discovery channel masterpiece August 27, 2009
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Produced by Discovery channel, it is over 8 1/2 hours of a mind-blowing documentary on the pharoahs of Egypt. You are shown the discoveries of the Kings and Queens and the painstaking trouble they take to identify the mummies. They show the out-of-the-way inscriptions that spell out a detailed look at everyday life, as well as the secret personal lives of these pharoahs. From the Egyptian museum, and the Giza pyramids, to Luxor and the Valley of the Kings, and on to the Aswan quarries, they cover everything in exquisite detail, and with the best professionals in their fields to support their findings. You could watch it 5 times and see something new each time. On the 1-5 scale, I would have to rate this video a 7. In a word -- FANTASTIC!!!
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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ancient Egypt Unearthed September 28, 2009
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Searched for good information on Egypt for years and this is by far the best I've come across. Was at first just going to buy Egypt Uncovered until I came across this Dvd set and was pleasently surprised to find it contained all of Egypt Uncovered as well as much more. And at only a fraction of the price!! Over eight hours of information on two Dvd's. Highly recommend this set to anyone interested in Ancient Egypt.
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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazingly interesting September 18, 2009
To dismiss Ancient Egypt Unearthed as simply an educational video for kids would be foolish and shortsighted. Not only is it extremely well produced, it's also incredibly interesting and brilliantly edited, making it nearly impossible to stop watching it once you begin. When it comes to programs and information on Egypt, this history of the pyramids, tombs, and pharaohs, it would be hard to find a title that does it better than this one.

Experts at this sort of production, this series of documentaries from the Discovery Channel features famed archaeologist Dr. Zahi Hawass as he "digs deep to uncover new clues regarding some of ancient Egypt's greatest mysteries." Of course they cover the basics- pyramids, pharaohs, and the famed Cleopatra, Nefertiti, etc.- but they also take it a step further, exploring things like Egypt's extraordinary military strength, the reason for their fast decline as a society, and the role that powerful women played in the country's rule.

The footage is stunning, and includes looks into tombs that have never before been explored, as well as detailed examinations of pyramids and other archeological and architectural wonders. The series comprises five complete Discovery programs: Egypt Uncovered, Egypt's Ten Greatest Discoveries, Secret's of Egypt's Lost Queen, Why Ancient Egypt Fell, and Women Pharaohs. This is truly a thorough look at the rise and fall of this incredible civilization.

Each episode features an in-depth look at one aspect of ancient Egyptian culture, exploring it in a way that's both fascinating and educational. On their own, each episode is interesting; together the series is incredible.

Although children and young adults will surely love this series, it's most certainly not just for kids; anyone with an interest in history, ancient civilizations, world politics, archeology, architecture, or world societies would certainly enjoy this series.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars information and more information August 20, 2010
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we enjoyed this dvd and learned so very much. have to admit there were times we both fell asleep. this dvd has to be watched in segments to stay awake. it's not that it's boring, but the sameness of the constant music put us to sleep. it covers so many areas of ancient egypt with great photos and detalied information. there are several divisions in the set and it is easy to separate them and watch them at different times. don't anticipate watching this entire production in one setting. egypt has such an interesting history and an amazing culture and should be appreciated. enjoy!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ancient Egypt Unearthed September 13, 2009
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This History DVD was terrific and present different facts about Ancient Egypt that
I was not aware of. I would recommend this to anyone interested in ancient history.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Infotainment DVDs October 21, 2014
By Diotima
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"Ancient Egypt Unearthed" includes 5 episodes of "Egypt Uncovered" on Disc 1 and 4 miscellaneous episodes on Disc 2.

Disc 1 is a 1998 John Gwyn Production for S4C in association with Discovery Channel and La Cinquième comprising the following episodes:

* Chaos and Kings
* Pyramid: The Resurrection Machine
* Age of Gold
* Deities and Demons
* Mummies: Into the Afterlife

These 5 episodes are said to be based on the book "Egypt Uncovered" (ISBN 0714119113 hc 1998 British Museum Press) - aka "Egypt" (ISBN 978-1556708183 hc 1998 Stewart, Tabori & Chang) - by Vivian Davies & Renée Friedman. According to the Review, this book was published "to coincide with a five-part series on the Discovery Channel ... Written for general readers ...". In other words, the book is a TV documentary tie-in.

The narrator is Philip Madoc (1934-2012), a Welsh born RADA trained actor and linguist.

Amongst other things, these episodes include the temples "Look·saw" and "Car·knack", the pharaohs "Toot·in·car·moon" and "Hat·shep·suit", the goddess "Hat·whore", and that irrepressible archaeologist "Czar·he Ha·was" (who appears a couple of times but only briefly).

Disc 1 is the same as "Egypt Uncovered" released by Kultur in 2010. The Kultur release, however, was made for obsolete cathode tube TVs with an aspect ratio of only 1.33:1.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If you are a lover of ancient Egypt history this is a great one for...
This dvd is very well stuffed with informative and visual art. There are a number of different shows that others have already listed. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Timothy Schilling
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME!!
AWESOME!!! That's all I got to say about this DVD set! So much info in all these DVDs! You get to see dr. Read more
Published 1 month ago by poe
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best collections of documentaries on Egypt
One of the best collections of documentaries on Egypt. 2 discs covering a wide range topics on the ancient Egyptian empire with up to date info, very well done.
Published 1 month ago by Mark Kuhn
1.0 out of 5 stars I don't recommend buying this
DVD fails half way through each episode. I don't recommend buying this. I didn't pay enough to warrant returning it. It will just hit the trash. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Angelyn Hayes
3.0 out of 5 stars A very good documentary series until Hawass enters the scene
A very good documentary series until Hawass enters the scene. He's fake and forces his opinions on the events.
Published 3 months ago by David Patrick Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars very informational
This was a great purchase. Loved the commentary and the pictures. Found in to be very informational history and the sights were fabulous.
Published 4 months ago by Judith Pritchard
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD
This was more geared to older students but it was school appropriate and my third graders still enjoyed it a lot.
Published 4 months ago by Nmteacher
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
A wonderful collection of documentaries that can be watched over and over again. great visual quality and very informative! Recommended.
Published 7 months ago by michelle mondragon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
This is a good product. The description was accurate. It works as expected. I like it a lot. Thank you!
Published 8 months ago by Jim Yu
5.0 out of 5 stars Good introduction to the long history of ancient Egypt
This DVD provides a concise history of ancient Egypt. I personally found it informative although the coverage for each indidual dynasty is brief. Read more
Published 8 months ago by MadDog
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