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History: Prehistoric Megastorms (2008)

Prehistoric Megastorms , History  |  NR |  DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Prehistoric Megastorms
  • Directors: History
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: October 30, 2008
  • Run Time: 282 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CQS7LA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #325,687 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Picture the most powerful and destructive megastorm ever to hit the planet: a super hurricane that reached 20 miles high with winds approaching 700 mph. Was it responsible for wiping out 75 percent of the Earth's population some 65 million years ago? Or consider a volcano unleashing a cloud of gas, ash and debris so impenetrable that the sun's warming rays were unable to reach the planet; many believe such a volcanic winter triggered an ice age. Was Great Britain once connected to Europe, then cut off by a violent storm and flood that created the English Channel?

These and other possible supersized disasters from our ancient past, including a gigantic tsunami and terrifying comet storm, are all re-created by HISTORY in this 2-DVD set. With the help of cutting-edge computer-generated imagery, viewers will see what these storms would have looked like and how they may have totally changed the face and population of Planet Earth.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Great idea, killed in transfer to DVD December 8, 2008
The History Channel puts on some very good documentaries, but unfortunately when they transfer them to DVD they don't do any re-editing. When these shows are originally aired on TV, there are commercial breaks of increasing frequency, and before every break there's a "peek" at what's coming up; after the break there's a recap of what's gone before. This is annoying enough WITH the commercials, but without it, one ends up watching the same footage over and over and over until it gets to the point of there being about two minutes' content per segment, bracketed by five minutes of recap and another five of "coming up!" I finally had to just turn this off as it was managing to bore me to death while, at the same time, driving me crazy (no small achievement if you think about it). This seems to be a pattern with History Channel DVDs, which is a pity because the program content is wonderful, but save your money and, if you want to see these messes, rent them from NetFlix.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars On the Cheap December 15, 2009
What the heck is wrong with The History Channel? They re-cycle all of the video graphics and scenes into ad nauseum. They have several hours of programing that can be rightfully pared down to less than an hour.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars 20 Minutes Of Content Stretched In 45 Minute Episodes January 19, 2011
By Robb
I love the topics covered in this 7 episode collection, even if most really aren't about storms per se.

But...

After every commercial break, obviously not shown here on DVD, there's a recap of what was just discussed just a few minutes before... something we expect if a show was continued from the week before. Does the History Channel think we all have ADD? Is it a way to grab the attention of channel surfers?

But when it's a continuous episode, the repetition of content/graphics within each episode gets to be a distraction then extremely annoying. How many times do we have to be told the same scientists are out to prove the same theory! WE ALREADY KNOW THAT!

Each episode is really 20 minutes of content stretched into an hour show. I can't give this collection more than 2 of 5 stars. Best borrow the series from your local library than waste money on this collection.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Documentary But Poor Disaster Graphics February 3, 2013
By MIO
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If I could rate this, I would say a 3 1/2. I was hoping it was more of a docu-drama but it wound up being mostly dry, repetitive, and has poor disaster grahics that almost look cartoonish. Hypercane was horrible in presentation and to me not believeable. The others okay in presentation. Each of the six episodes have about 25 minutes of actual content. The continual repetition of what was discussed before was distracting.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the History channel! November 16, 2009
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The cd's have great simulations of the storms, these are worth your money and time. Even with the advances that will come, it is still useful information since it gives an idea of what the different countries are doing to protect the world from an asteroid strike. The other episodes are very interesting, discusing new and accepted ideas of actual events and possible ones. Very informative and entertaining. They do contain the advertisement recaps and peeks of whats to come, I wish they would edit them out, it is still realy good and I recomend this CD.
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