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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: The History Channel
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 31, 2011
  • Run Time: 376 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004MCGNW6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,951 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Take a journey across the globe and through time with HISTORY Classics Ancient Mysteries: Lost Cities. Marvel at the power and glory of ancient Rome… discover the enchanting secrets behind the mystical Forbidden City… take to the high seas to learn the grim and gritty history of legendary pirates… behold the wonder of Machu Picchu… embark upon the odyssey of Troy… visit the remarkable city of Pompeii… search for the hidden utopia that is Shangri La… explore the crown jewel of the Roman Empire. This collection offers you an unprecedented look at these archaeological, historical and cultural wonders of the world with expert interviews, extensive location footage and stunning reenactments.

ANCIENT MYSTERIES: LOST CITIES contains 8 acclaimed documentaries on 4 DVDs

DISC 1: Ancient Rome And Its Mysterious Cities / The Forbidden City: Dynasty And Destiny

DISC 2: Lost City Of Pirates / Machu Picchu: City In The Sky

DISC 3: The Odyssey Of Troy / Pompeii: Buried Alive

DISC 4: The Search For Shangri-La: The Potala And The Dalai Lama / The Sunken City

Customer Reviews

For the sound track.
Howard M. Kindel
Sometimes the music is way too loud and it would be nice just to hear the speaker.
Ben
Very informational and a great diversity of cultures and cities.
Zachariah Kitzman

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Howard M. Kindel on September 1, 2012
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The bad news is these shows are from the 1990's (I know: a mini-eon ago). The good news is these shows are from the 1990's: they may not be the most up-to-date shows in The History Channel's repertoire but you can get them at a cut-rate price - and they're worth every penny, even if you've seen them all. In fact I hadn't seen them, except maybe the one about Machu Picchu, which is primarily why I bought this DVD. But, to my surprise, the seven I hadn't seen were almost better than Machu Picchu.

The most intriguing is "The Forbidden City: Dynasty and Destiny." Besides giving a history of the Dynasties ruling China from The Forbidden City, the show details its size and architecture: not just a palace complex in the heart of Beijing, it really is an entire city within a city. There's a haunting, otherworldly aura to "The Search For Shangri-La" - as you might expect since this seems to be a mythical place. But the Buddhist monks believe it really exists, somewhere in the Tibetan Himalayas. "Ancient Rome And Its Mysterious Cities" is far more interesting than you might expect; it makes it clear that, however much you've seen and read about Rome, there's still a lot you may not know.

Two other shows - "Pompeii: Buried Alive" and "The Sunken City" relate as well to the Roman Empire. The Pompeii show, as with the one about Rome, includes a great deal more historical data about the city itself and its inhabitants than is generally given. "The Sunken City" is about Rome's port of Ostia, which did not, as the name of the show suggests, sink into the sea or even into the ground. Rather it was swallowed up in time, almost completely forgotten and overgrown after the early Middle Ages; and only began to be excavated within the past hundred years.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Serge J. Van Steenkiste on June 7, 2011
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This DVD set is made up of documentaries of variable quality. The documentaries "The Forbidden City: Dynasty and Destiny," "Lost City of Pirates," "Pompeii: Buried Alive," and "The Sunken City" are worth watching. Unfortunately, the quality of the image is at times sub-optimal. These documentaries were made between 1994 and 1997. The documentary "The Odyssey of Troy" has music that at times makes it difficult to listen to the narrative. In summary, the DVD set will probably appeal the most to those history buffs who want to further develop their own comprehensive collection of historical documentaries.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Richard B on January 17, 2013
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For the history enthusiasts and educational folks out there this DVD is for you. However, if you are the average person that knows some facts about the lost cities, such as Pompeii near Rome you might want to pass on this one. But you can't beat the price if you are looking to add to your collective historical library. The documentaries were done back in the 1990's but there is good educational information here for the taking. I was familiar with most of the cities mention, but I was able to pick up some interesting pieces of information. I still find the discussion on the Forbidden City and its colorful history worth revisiting and even though I had heard about Port Royal - lost city of pirates I didn't know it was in Jamaica. All in all I would recommend this DVD for those looking for a little more information on the subject matter or someone who does not know anything about the cities.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Zachariah Kitzman on August 24, 2013
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Very informational and a great diversity of cultures and cities. Good for learning about lost cultures and mankinds lost past
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By Tabitha K Geer on December 15, 2012
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This came in good packaging and the contents are unharmed. We have watched it several times and it is a good product.
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By Tom Brooks on October 5, 2014
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the world has many lost cities but some have been found and they continue to unlock many surprises with each new discovery.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jr on June 17, 2013
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it was okay, a little dry and tedious. The information just wasn't presented in a very fastinating way, didn't really hold my attention.
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By Patrick M. Holwagner on December 15, 2014
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I enjoyed this history set.
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