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  • Directors: David Richardson
  • Writers: Frank Delaney
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • 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: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 15, 2013
  • Run Time: 323 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AF7XCHG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,173 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

For 800 years a proud vibrant richly imaginative warrior people swept ruthlessly across Europe. The ancient Greeks called them "Keltoi" and honored them as one of the great barbarian races. Follow their fascinating story from their earliest roots 2500 years ago through the flowering of their unique culture and their enduring heritage today enhanced with stunning reconstructions of iron-age villages dramatizations of major historical events and visits to modern Celtic lands. This fascinating look back at the legends and legacy of the Celtic heritage is underscored by the hauntingly beautiful music of Enya.

Customer Reviews

I also have to recommend the DVD for a special feature called "Gaelic Weekend".
Paul
This documentary gives us the basic history and follows the shift across Europe of the Celtic peoples and the remnant of their language.
John E. Moyer
Again the song from the album is played while she sings and that is all your can hear.
Shawn B.

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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Linda R. Johnson on August 15, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I have watched this 3 video set more than once and always find something new. The host is excellent. I would wish that there was more emphasis placed on ancient Celts and their religion, and legends than on modern day ones and their problems of keeping an ethnic heritage alive, yet it is good see that they are meeting with some success in this area. The movie also focuses on all Celtic cultures, rather than the stereotypical focus of Irish and Scots as being all there is. Enya provided the musical background and of course her music along is evocative both of past and modern Celtic culture. On the whole, enjoyable and informative.
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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 7, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
Delany's "The Celts" gives an in depth view on Celtic civilization from past to present. It shows culture, history, music and language and the struggles of the Celtic people to find their identity. It covers all genres of the culture and is beautifully written. This collection contains a wealth of information and is probably one of the best sources of information on the Celts ever. The music and scenery alone are worth the purchase!
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Someone's Mama on November 24, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I have watched this set MANY, MANY times since I got it 2 years ago. I never get tired of it. I turn it on whenever I'm bored with TV. It has given me insight into some of the things I've read about the Celts, historically and fictionally. Enya's music is wonderful, as always. This is a must have for any Celt or ancient British Isles enthusiast!
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Mark Savary on March 2, 2004
Format: DVD
What Carl Sagan's "Cosmos" was to science, Frank Delaney's "The Celts" is to Celtic history and legacy. Historian Delaney takes us on a journey through the colorful and ultimately tragic history of the Celts, and presents his arguments in an accessible and engaging manner. For those of us who always thought of the Celts as being limited to their Irish or Scots roots, Delaney opens up a much broader Celtic world, and explores customs, rituals, and history still alive in the then-modern world of 1987.
If there is a drawback to this set, it would have to be the lack of updated material. While I appreciate that the series is on DVD in an unmolested format, and while most of the material does not require any changes, there are some points that could have been given a follow-up segment. Chief among these is the phenomenon of the broadcasts in Welsh and Breton, which were completely in the native languages. Does the practice continue, or has funding and viewership declined since 1987? Are young people still interested in trying to learn their native tongues and customs? Are the parades and festivals that celebrate Celtic heritage still being held? Do the Irish storytellers still wander the countryside spinning tales? The series today leaves too many questions unanswered since the episodes originally aired in 1987, despite the excellent description of the historical Celtic world.
For many, the whole point of owning the series is the music of Enya, which was released as a separate soundtrack album, and was her first official solo effort. Enya herself is featured in an 80's music video at the end of one installment, and appears personally in another. The balance of her contribution is to the soundtrack that is still beloved among fans.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Shawn B. on December 29, 2004
Format: DVD
I purchased this DVD set even though I already have the VHS version mainly so I could get the special features related to Enya. I'm writing this review first and foremost as an Enya fan.
The packaging of the VHS version was really wonderful but the packaging of this DVD is absolutely gorgeous! There is gold trim around the edges of sections and titles and the inside of the digipak case has a fantastic mountain and countryside landscape with castles.
The special features are a total of 80 minutes making the 2 discs total running time 405 mins (6 hours, 45 mins). There are no subtitles but it includes CC (Closed Captioning) for the main feature only. It has very well designed and themed menu's.
The documentary series itself is quite good overall although also quite long. It shows the history and traditions of the Celtic people through the ages from ancient times through to the late 1980's with gorgeous countryside and Enya's beautiful music throughout. There are even some battle reenactments. At times it can get a bit drawn out and boring, but not anymore than any other history lesson would. Overall its quite good. Probably one of the best in-depth documentaries on the Celts ever made.
There are six episodes on these discs. In the fourth episode at the end, there is the Enya music video of "I want tomorrow" which is very interesting to watch, very different looking and acting Enya than we're used to in her other videos.
Near the very end of the final episode Enya performs the song "Aldebaran". I hesitate to call it a music video. It features Enya singing in darkness with a warm light shining on her face only near her eyes.
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Robert Thorbury on October 3, 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Being a long-time Enya fan, I've known about the Celts miniseries for quite a few years. Thus, when it came out on DVD, I was eager to view it. Like tens of millions of other Americans and Canadians, I have a significant amount of Celtic ancestry, and have been greatly interested of late in discovering my roots. So, was this miniseries what I'd hoped for?

For the most part, yes. The series covers the Celts from the first time the Greeks encountered them (naming them "Keltoi"), some 2500 years ago, up to the present (or 1987, at least). They came to rule almost all of Europe, but eventually other peoples invaded their lands and pushed them into the far West, where their descendents remain today: the British Isles, Brittany and Northern Spain. They were fierce warriors, but clannish and hence easy prey to the "divide and conquer" strategy. They were also famous for their magic; even down to this day the Druids continue to fascinate us.

We learn that elements of Celtic religion and folklore continue to influence even the non-Celts; people who carve Jack-O-Lanterns for Halloween are unwittingly practicing a form of Druidism, as are people who toss coins into wishing wells, once an act to appease or petition the water spirits. The idea of "romantic love" appears to come from the Celtic tradition, as shown by the legends of King Arthur, himself an ancient Briton. A common theme of Celtic lore were the tales of people matching wits with those from the Other World; I was reminded of Bilbo Baggins trading riddles with Gollum in the dark, Bilbo's life and the fate of Middle Earth hanging in the balance, though he did not know it. Although the miniseries does not mention J.R.R.
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