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Greece: Secrets of the Past (IMAX) [Blu-ray]
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The narrative nicely ties in the elements of the story with the voice of Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) bringing the story to life.
The highlights are the volcanic eruption of Santorini in 1646BC and of course the Parthenon. I could try to describe what they have done with the latest computing power but you'll have to get the DVD to see what I'm talking about. I also found fascinating (I'm a Greek History buff) was the piece of pottery they found that had Pedicles name written on it. This was used for his ostracism in 430, 3 years into the war with Sparta and 1 year before his death. Also equally fascinating are the restored art work from a building that was buried in the Santorini eruption. What is surprising was the drawing of a ship showing how advanced the Greeks were in the 1600BC's!
For the layperson and history buff's this is 45 minutes of the past coming to life.
I did the math once and noted that I had about 5,000 minutes of class time to cover 5,000 years of recorded history. I keep that fact in mind when I am looking at movies that I could use in class. This movie is very beautiful and enthusiastic but just does not cut the mustard for classroom use. Instead, I recommend "Greece: A Moment of Excellence" in Time Life's Lost Civilizations [4 DVDs]. Certainly, the set costs more than this one DVD but it includes 10 movies in total.
yes, you may learn a few things about ancient greece by watching this - but altogether it was just kind of humdrum and threadbare on content. it is not that there is no great CGI, (and there isn't - great computer graphics do NOT make a good documentary - really don't care about that). and besides being threadbare on content the narration was filled with platitudes and the music i found to be either depressing or bombastic. mostly depressing. again, not much here. sorry i got it - off to my local 'movie stop' store to trade it in!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I saw this today in IMAX and I must say this was one of the worst documentaries I've seen in a long time.
Positives: The visuals and music were absolutely stunning. Read more
One of the best videos about Ancient Greece you will ever see. I bought two copies. I first saw this imax film at the Museum of Science in Boston. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Arnelli Paparelli
As a fan of Greece I absolutely loved this. The first half includes beautiful aerial shots of Santorini, while the second half focuses on Athens. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Casper Chauncey
Wonderful and sharp portrayal of the historical past secrets of Greece. I had the standard version before this one and there is so much sharper photography in this version that... Read morePublished 19 months ago by John J. Faklis