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5.0 out of 5 stars When Bad News = Good News
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...
Published on September 1, 2012 by Howard M. Kindel

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3.0 out of 5 stars Lost Cities Back to the Limelight
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"...
Published on June 7, 2011 by Serge J. Van Steenkiste


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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When Bad News = Good News, 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. Unlike Ostia, however, the "Lost City of Pirates" did indeed sink into the sea. This was Port Royal in Jamaica, during the pirate era one of the largest and wealthiest cities of the new world, essentially a British city perfectly capturing Britain's love/hate relationship with the Caribbean pirates. Port Royal succumbed to an earthquake and tidal wave which all but destroyed it.

"The Odyssey of Troy" seems to have been the earliest entry in this series - and almost earned the series three stars. For the sound track. It wasn't bad but it was so loud it nearly drowned out the narration, and did drown out some of the experts. The producers more or less fixed this problem in subsequent shows, partly by changing narrators, partly by lowering the volume; but even so the sound track never quite blended in perfectly with the presentation. It's only because the rest of the production was so excellent that I gave it five instead of four stars.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Lost Cities Back to the Limelight, 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 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is ok not great just ok, 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Watch, August 24, 2013
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Zachariah Kitzman (COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, US) - See all my reviews
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Good, 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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5.0 out of 5 stars off to the lost cities, October 5, 2014
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Tom Brooks (massachusetts) - See all my reviews
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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
3.0 out of 5 stars interesting, 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, December 15, 2014
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I enjoyed this history set.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars BORING, June 11, 2013
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Really says nothing, waste of time waiting for something of interest to come but never did. Cannot suggest a purchase
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, July 25, 2014
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Wayne Wieland (Brisbane, Australia) - See all my reviews
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