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Relive the triumphs and the tragedies, alongside the heroes and the villains, of the most influential empires in history as HISTORY explores the spectacular glory and gory spectacles of the past in this 14-DVD megaset.

From the most brutal and feared leaders of the ancient world to the first Roman-Barbarian War and every gruesome battle that followed during the empires slow decline to the mind-boggling construction feats and gravity-defying masterpieces of the ancient Egyptians and Greeks and the origins of the Huns, Goths, Vikings, and Mongols, powerful leaders whose military strength and overwhelming drive kept empires on three continents in terror for centuries, this collection of acclaimed programming details every facet of the world s greatest civilizations.

The EMPIRES megaset includes episodes from the highly praised HISTORY series Rome: Rise and Fall of an Empire; Engineering an Empire; Ancients Behaving Badly; and Barbarians.

BONUS FEATURES:
*Engineering an Empire Season 1 Behind-the-Scenes Featurette
*Egypt Featurettes Inside Look, From The Directors Chair, and Everything You Wanted To Know About Egypt
*Rome Behind-the-Scenes Featurette
*Bonus Documentary Modern Marvels: Barbarian Battle Tech
*Genghis Kahn: Terror and Conquest Episode of A&E s award-winning series BIOGRAPHY
*Barbarians Behind-the-Scenes Featurette

Special Features

Engineering an Empire Season 1 Behind-the-Scenes Featurette
Egypt Featurettes Inside Look, From The Directors Chair, and Everything You Wanted To Know About Egypt
Rome Behind-the-Scenes Featurette
Bonus Documentary Modern Marvels: Barbarian Battle Tech
Genghis Kahn: Terror and Conquest Episode of A&E s award-winning series BIOGRAPHY
Barbarians Behind-the-Scenes Featurette

Product Details

  • Actors: Peter Weller, Michael Carroll, Leif Anders, Christopher O'Neill
  • Directors: Oscar Chan, Andy Webb
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 14
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: October 5, 2010
  • Run Time: 1935 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003X2P95S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,924 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By DaChipmunk on April 27, 2011
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I think Alexander M. Walker did a pretty good review of the basic
megaset, so I won't restate his points.

Currently at under a dollar per episode/program for $29.95 I think it
would be very hard to beat the bargain this set is - especially considering
how expensive the individual sets and bonus programs were originally.
They vary considerably in quality, and I personally wouldn't buy a couple of the
series singley, but the best ones are worth more individually than the
total cost of the Megaset alone.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By C. W. on January 16, 2012
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This "series" is really just a collection of History Channel series episodes bundled together to create the impression that it is a comprehensive history series covering the empires of the ancient world. The set includes individual episodes come from HC's "Engineering An Empire"(e.g., Greece, Age of Alexander, The Aztecs, etc.), HC's "Rome: Rise and Fall of an Empire", "Ancients Behaving Badly", and "Barbarians". If you are expecting a presentation of even a good historical survey of each of the major empires of the world, you will be disappointed. If only the History Channel would actually produce in depth history series', but alas, we are stuck with "Ice Road Truckers" and other such nonsense.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By B. Hannibal on October 5, 2011
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For a low price, you get a lot of history in this set.

The set includes the series, Engineering an Empire. Here they cover various civilizations and talk about how there empires were built. This is a great look at how the various empires were built. It does not go into super deep detail but it's a nice small overview.

Rise and Fall of Rome is included. This talks Rome; here they cover as much as they can. Overall it's a great series and gives a nice overview of Rome.

The final two series included is Barbarians and Ancients Behaving Badly. These are two great series and give a nice overview.

Overall this is a great set for school teachers or history buffs. They do not go into super great detail but give a nice overview so the person has a better understanding of history.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Karl Janssen on December 10, 2013
The Empires Megaset is a bundle of four History Channel television series collected on 14 DVDs. The only common thread binding them together is that they all deal with ancient cultures. Rome is by far the most represented in the set, but many other civilizations are also touched upon. Overall, this collection is great for fans of sword-and-sandal history. I had a minor technical difficulty with these DVDs. My flatscreen has four different aspect ratio settings, and in all cases the image would not display properly and was stretched horizontally. Obviously this won't be a problem for everyone; it depends on the versatility of your TV. (The aspect ratio is not specified on the packaging.) I played them on my Mac, and they looked fine.

Among the four programs included here, the best of the bunch is Engineering an Empire, which takes up about 13 hours over six disks. It combines a study of ancient architectural wonders with a historical overview of the civilizations that built them. Actor Peter Weller is the host. He travels to the featured locations and interviews expert scholars. This is combined with period reenactments. The best part about the show is that it doesn't limit itself to Greece, Rome, and Egypt. The 14 episodes also cover the Maya, Aztecs, Persians, Chinese, and other not-so-ancient cultures like the Italian Renaissance, Czarist Russia, and Napoleonic France. The architectural achievements covered are a nice mix of obvious world wonders and more obscure works like water, sewage, and irrigation systems. It's incredibly interesting, immensely educational, and very well-produced.

The next two discs contain Rome: Rise and Fall of an Empire. This 13-episode series combines period reenactments, voice-over narration, and commentary by expert professors.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lurch on January 29, 2012
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For History nuts like me this is a great colection. Only problem is that I had bought some earlier colections and found them to be compleate in this searies so check the wording closely to see what you already have so you don't end up with doubles. But a great colection of leaders how empires were built and so much more worth every penny.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By R G Upton on November 25, 2011
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This is a fine product but it is just a collection of old series, I.E Ancients behaving badly,Rome Rise and fall of an Empire,Barbarians,Engineering an empire with extras Rome and Egypt Engineering an Empire, I think this should be made much more clear when advertising this product.
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