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Digging for the Truth - The Complete Season 1 (History Channel) (2005)

Josh Bernstein  |  NR |  DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Josh Bernstein
  • Format: Black & White, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 26, 2006
  • Run Time: 585 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FOQ02S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,495 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Digging for the Truth - The Complete Season 1 (History Channel)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 13 episodes on four discs
  • "History in the Making" featurette
  • Biography of Josh Bernstein

Editorial Reviews

Whether investigating ancient tunnels, crossing the icy waters of Lake Titicaca, or scaling the peaks of the Alps, explorer and survival expert Josh Bernstein takes viewers on a rollicking quest to unlock the world's greatest mysteries. DIGGING FOR THE TRUTH: THE COMPLETE SEASON 1 journeys to the most intriguing and dangerous places on earth as Josh uncovers astonishing secrets about some of history's most enigmatic civilizations. In the debut season, Josh voyages far into the Andes to track down the mythic El Dorado, deep into Ethiopia to follow the trail of the Ark of the Covenant, hikes through Utah to investigate the mysterious cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde, and explores the dark tombs of Egypt to unravel the true story of Queen Nefertiti--all the while proving that the ancient past is not so very far removed from our modern lives. In 13 action-packed episodes featuring stunning location footage from across the planet, the blending of modern forensic science and anthropology, and high-flying adventure, DIGGING FOR THE TRUTH: THE COMPLETE SEASON 1 unearths a vibrantly fresh approach to archaeology. DVD Features: History in the Making Featurette; Josh Bernstein Biography; Interactive Menus; Scene Selection

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Coolest show....ever! October 17, 2006
More Digging for the Truth and Josh, please--one season is not enough! This program is a great exploration of some of history's greatest mysteries and for each quest, Josh and his crew travel the world to talk to experts, view sites, and check out any and all clues and theories for each topic. Watching Josh dive, rappel, climb, hike, fly, and ride (to name a few of the many things he does) to the sites and use ancient techniques and tools to recreate how ancient people did things makes it come alive and makes the viewer feel like they are there. Josh's down-to-Earth style of hosting and inquisitiveness is refreshing and endearing.

This show has something for everyone. For history buffs, it's a fresh look at things; for history novices, it's a great intro, and for anyone, it's a heck of a lot of fun to watch. The format of the show can entice even the staunchest history-hater to be glued to the TV. The scenery and camera work is top-notch and it's like taking a little mini-vacation (and in some cases, a thrill ride) every time you watch.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Bliss for the Armchair Historian/Archeologist January 21, 2008
For three years, real-life survival expert and explorer Josh Bernstein had what I considered to be the coolest job on TV. I'm an avid historian, so probably a lot of people won't award the same number of cool points to the job or Bernstein that I do, but I'm okay with that. When I was a kid, and even now, I dreamed of doing what Bernstein got to do on The History Channel's DIGGING FOR THE TRUTH.

As a kid, I grew up on the novels of H. Rider Haggard, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and reprint pulp magazines of DOC SAVAGE. All of those books, at one time or another, featured lost civilizations or historical conundrums that experts have argued over and wondered about for hundreds and thousands of years. Josh Bernstein got to saddle up horses, camels, motorcycles, and jeeps to ramble around the world in an effort to bring light to several of these puzzles. These explorations weren't without peril, though. Bernstein risks his life through long, high climbs, flash floods, and the real threat of bandits.

I think part of what really makes DIGGING FOR THE TRUTH work for me is Bernstein's obvious enthusiasm for what he's doing and what he's working on. Even before The History Channel discovered him, Bernstein had been involved with survivalist schools and was a double major in anthropology and psychology. He worked his way up from a student at Boulder Outdoor Survival School (BOSS) to CEO.

Throughout all of the episodes, Bernstein remains eager and attentive, a teacher to the television audience as well as a student of the people he meets while researching a subject for the show. He is extremely intelligent, educated, and reachable. I always got the impression that if I ever met him, he'd sit down and talk and be just one of the guys.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Show January 11, 2007
This has to be one of the coolest documentary style shows ever made. Josh tries to cover the topic from all angles, including getting up to his elbows in doing things how they were done at the time or diving, climbing, or rappelling to wherever he needs to go. This is probably the most fun one will have learning about the pyramids, Nefertiti, the Grail, the Annassassi and the other topics in the show. Plus, the scenery is phenomenal.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thirteen episodes are: November 23, 2008
Who Built Egypt's Pyramids?
Nefertiti: The Mummy Returns
Pompeii Secrets Revealed
Hunt for the Lost Ark
The Holy Grail
The Iceman Cometh
Quest for King Solomon's Gold
Passage to the Maya Underworld
The Lost Tribe of Israel
Secrets of the Nazca Lines
The Search for El Dorado
Giants of Easter Island
Mystery of the Anasazi

[About 45 minutes each]
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sure to please everyone December 2, 2006
By Bast
My only complaint is that there's no closed captioning. But other than that...

Marvellous job, great camera work, and Josh is a delight as a host. He makes makes history interesting.

I'm looking forward to season two.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Teresa
If you love history, and archeology mysteries, and learning about this vast big world's past, with a handsome man, then this series is just for you! If you want to see the PYRAMIDS OF EGYPT, and KING SOLOMONS'S GOLD, and EL DORADO'S GOLD, AND POMPEII, AND EGYPT'S NEFERTITI, and THE ARK OF THE COVENANT and get to see much more, then buy this collection! I highly recommend this series! I really enjoyed it, and I loved it!

Wow! Josh Bernstein is so beautiful, with his bright pretty smile, and his wonderful sense of humor, he just melts your heart, Josh can take your breath away! Wow! In fact,he is the reason I started watching this series when it was on TV, his handsome self is what caught my eye! And then ,I started realizing that this history series, was more than a just a handsome face, there was a lot of hard work going on behind the scenes to make this show so successful, and Josh was the perfect host, Josh did not mind getting his feet wet, and getting his hands dirty, he did not mind giving it his all, and with him being a real-life survival expert, and explorer, and I also feel that he is also a cowboy at heart ,who loves horses, they could not have found a better host, he was the perfect, outstanding, qualified choice!

And there was all these wonderful history experts of all kinds who where specialist in their chosen fields of archeology, and history, they explained things in a way where everyone could understand it! I loved it! This series was very well done, everyone did a awesome job! I praise the hard work everyone did, especially the ones behind the scenes, and I loved the camera man's way of catching those perfect shots! Awesome!

(There is another episode that is not in this series, and that is DIGGIN FOR THE TRUTH: SEARCH FOR KING DAVID! I recommend getting this single episode to add to your collection, it was very interesing! I made a request for this episode, to the HISTORY CHANNEL/PBS, and they ordered it for me!)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I looked for a long time
I originally saw this on Netflix. I watched it repeatedly, but then one day it was gone. I couldn't remember what it was called at first (I know-- I do pay attention, just not to... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Yvonne Roche
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent series from the History Channel!
Josh Bernstern is an excellent host and takes you to interesting places around the world! Really enjoy the local experts he interviews as well!
Published 11 months ago by science luver
5.0 out of 5 stars The story on the Mayas is great.
This is the third time I order this video. Of course, I have it in digital form save in my computer. It just happens that my school still need a dvd to project in the classroom.
Published 16 months ago by Cecilia Porrua
5.0 out of 5 stars Digging Truth History Archaeology Exploration
As someone interested in history and prehistorical civilizations, I have to say this is the most informative documentary series I have ever watched. Read more
Published on February 15, 2012 by Dominic Dodrill
5.0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Series
I bought this for my daughters (teen, tween, and precocious) as a way to introduce archaeology and wonders of the world. I got much more than that! Read more
Published on May 21, 2009 by C. Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply, Superb, the film, the text and the music !!
Excellent TV series !!
We can learn ancient history and we can see beautiful landscapes.
Congratulations to the whole team of History Channel for making this kind of... Read more
Published on February 27, 2009 by J. CALDERON
5.0 out of 5 stars Educational and very entertaining
This series is very informative, beautifully done and hosted by Josh Bernstein. He keeps your intrest, sets good examples for people to follow and is respectful of other cultures. Read more
Published on January 11, 2009 by d nilson
5.0 out of 5 stars History is amazing!
For all those out there interested in history or archeology...this is for you! My family has "family T.V. Read more
Published on October 21, 2008 by DaBrowns
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a Wonderful Series
This is like pure entertainment with some education thrown in, comedy, splash of drama, and when he tries to be all serious, he don't make it, the body language of the females that... Read more
Published on August 28, 2008 by Charles L. Roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the cost and the time to watch them all
If you are interested in history or archeology or the mysteries in our world's past...get these. I have both the first and second season and they were great. Read more
Published on July 16, 2008 by Amazon Customer
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