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Civilisation: The Complete Series
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- The complete series on four discs
- Sir David Attenborough remembers the making of Civilisation
- Photo gallery of behind-the-scenes stills
- Specially written 36-page illustrated booklet
Top Customer Reviews
Clark is a splendid presenter and teacher whose enthusiasm for his work clearly shows. It's all here, from the ancient Greeks to the modern age (well actually, circa 1969 when the series was made), while "Civilization" is a wonderful introduction to the "humanities"--something that they used to teach in college, but now supplanted by courses and programs of dubious relevance and replete with politically correct content.
If you snoozed during your mandatory art or humanities courses in college or just found them as an opportunity to catch up on some other homework during lecture, let Sir Kenneth Clark explain to you why these things still matter today and help to define our culture and our lives. For slightly more than what you would pay for one class at a local community college, you can enjoy a most superlative achievement in truly "higher education."
Unlike the virtually unletterd commentators and hosts on the "History Channel" who apparently utter a profound "Wow, cool!Read more ›
Created in the 1960,s, this series continues to be a classic television series for those who want to be informed and entertained by a highly, knowledgeable and respected art historian, Kenneth Clark.
Mr. Clark does assume that he is talking to a viewer, who is educated, well-read, and has passionate interest in the history, issues, and flow of western civilization from the end of ancient Rome until the 1960's. As the subtitle, "A Personal View" and his commentary makes perfectly clear, he is presenting his knowledgeable view of the history of western civilization. Drawing upon his years of study and experience, his presentations are carefully crafted to have balance as well as clearly presenting his own personal analysis and conclusions as others. It is obvious that he is not in the entertainment business, but his manner is one of a learned host who is presenting an overview of western of civilization from the point of view of its art. The breath and depth of the subject matter is excellent and is highly recommended today as it was 30 years ago.
Finally, this excellent series is now available on DVD. On the technical side, the image quality DVD is in general very good but it is unfortunate that there are some scenes that do not have the quality that this series deserves.
(At bit of trivia - One of the supporting actors in a brief scene from Hamlet is none other than Patrick Stuart.)
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The DVD set of Civilisation has a number of instances where the video quality is lacking. I was looking forward to the Blu-ray disc set that is digitally restored and re-mastered.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A fantastic series and for the price it's an absolute steal. Everyone should have a basic understanding of art history if for no other reason than it provides a basic understanding... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Ashley
I have looked on Amazon periodically for years, waiting for this to appear in a DVD, and later Blu-ray, that could be playable on my American electronics. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I think this is the greatest TV series ever made. An understanding of this material is the mark of a well-educated person.Published 2 months ago by John Milton
All of Ken Clarks are outstanding and this is one of the best of the lot. W. Williamson, Jr., Ph.D.Published 5 months ago by William Williamson Jr.
Doesn't work in BluRay players made for the US market. :(Published 5 months ago by Zaphod Beeblebrox
Beautiful production, lots of sites that one doesn't expect to see. One of the best documentaries ever madePublished 5 months ago by Santini
The BBC is working on a new version for "a new generation." Should be fascinating, especially the changes made. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Lost in Siberia
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Bought the dvd today and am very happy with it. I've been watching a bad VHS copy for years and the dvd is as clean as one could reasonably expect form a series shot nearly 40 years ago. I'm no expert, but I do buy Criterion because I really appreciate the increased quality and I think the series... Read More
Jun 27, 2006 by Amazon Customer | See all 5 posts
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