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Lost Worlds (History Channel) (2007)

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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Box set, 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: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 27, 2007
  • Run Time: 564 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KJU1GO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,071 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • 12 programs: Knights Templar, Jesus' Jerusalem, The First Christians, Atlantis, Ramses' Egyptian Empire, Athens: Ancient Supercity, Secret Cities of the A-Bomb, Hitler's Supercity, Churchill's Secret Bunkers, The Real Dracula, Braveheart's Scotland, The Pagans
  • Pilot episode: Palenque

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Product Description

The history of human civilization parallels the history of its cities. From Athens under the rule of Pericles to the Jerusalem that Jesus knew, the great cities of the past defined the eras in which they were built and shaped the minds of countless generations. These places embodied the knowledge and beliefs of entire societies within their walls—and yet due to the vagaries of history, these worlds are lost to us, buried beneath the ruins of time and memory.

The monuments of the ancient world are virtually brought back to life in Lost Worlds, a fantastic History Channel series that combines historical expertise and computer-generated imagery to restore ancient structures to their original condition. Just as the packaging promises, this riveting 13-part series allows viewers to "explore the past rebuilt in stunning detail," following a format as richly educational as it is visually impressive. The 50-minute episodes are loosely grouped by historical epoch, beginning with the Christian emphasis of disc 1, with episodes focusing on "The Knights Templar" (showing the virtual reconstruction of the city of Tortosa), "Jesus' Jerusalem" (focusing on Herod's temple Mount, the Via Dolorosa, and other places where Jesus traveled), and "The First Christians," in which the cities of Tarsus and Ephesus are studied and rebuilt, along with the mysterious cave dwellings of Cappadocia, where some of the earliest Christian churches were built. Disc 2 moves to ancient Greece and Egypt, where new theories connect the remains of a Cretan temple to the lost city of Atlantis; "Ramses' Egyptian Empire" shows us brilliant revivals of the temples of Karnak and Abu Simbel; and "Athens: Ancient Supercity" focuses on 5th-century B.C. Greek structures like the Parthenon and the Senate.

Disc 3 jumps forward to the architectural mysteries of World War II, uncovering the top-secret, high-security structures built in the United States to support the development and construction of the atom bomb; "Hitler's Supercity" of Germania, the Fuhrer's Greco-Roman dream that never came to pass, yet remains evident in the massive structures of the Third Reich; and "Churchill's Secret Bunkers" beneath the streets of London, a fascinating network of underground tunnels used as an allied command center impervious to German bombing raids. Disc 4 focuses on the enigmatic histories of Europe, with episodes on "The Real Dracula" (rebuilding the remote Romanian castle of the notorious "Vlad the Impaler"); "Braveheart's Scotland" demonstrates how 13th-century Scottish culture was far more sophisticated than its depiction in Mel Gibson's popular Oscar®-winning film Braveheart; and "The Pagans" offers an in-depth history of the British Isles, where the pagan people built astonishing, spiritually vital structures like Stonehenge. A bonus episode--the series pilot--focuses on Palenque, the magnificent Mayan temple-city that rises from the jungle of Chiapas, Mexico.

In each of these episodes, historians, architects, and engineers are consulted as on-screen guides to our fascinating journeys to the past. The result is a detailed narrative that combines social, religious, political, and technological aspects of history, until the magic moment arrives when all of this information is used (along with detailed CGI imagery) to unveil these important structures in their pristine form--in many cases more colorful and architecturally impressive than anyone could imagine. All of this makes Lost Worlds a richly rewarding experience, essentially the next best thing to owning a time machine. --Jeff Shannon

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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cooool October 25, 2007
Pretty cheap for 9 hours of running time. The animations are very cool, lots of good footage of old castles in the knights templer episode, very interesting historical story's like the real dracula, hitlers supercity , amazingly huge constructions displayed in many of the episodes in great detail, Three thumbs up.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AN AMAZING GLIMPSE INTO HISTORY January 3, 2008
I agree with the previous reviewer that LOST WORLDS gives you a great value for your money. I bought the series based on that review and was pleased I did. If you are a history buff, LOST WORLDS is a must for your DVD collection. I was particularly fascinated by the World War II era stories - HITLER'S SUPERCITY and SECRET CITIES OF THE A-BOMB. Historians take us on a journey of secret and forgotten cities of recent history. Computer images recreate what the cities looked liked. The series is fun, entertaining and visually stunning. A+++
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 5 star computer stimulations, 2 star hype & repetition February 28, 2008
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My husband & I love documentaries. We tend to like the BBC ones because they treat the viewer as intelligent adults and slide in dry humour every so often all the while without shouting. This documentary is a little more dumbed down & we needed to take brakes from the extra hype and constant repetition. The computer stimulations are 5star and I wish they would have given them more screen time.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars LOST WORLDS DVD BOXED SET November 20, 2008
These documentaries contain an element of speculation, and employ a degree of imagination. Having said that if they are viewed with an open mind and appreciated for what they are intended to be, (not entirely based on fact, but making reasonable, educated assumptions as to what might have been) then these documentaries are very enjoyable in their own right. How seriously the viewer takes what is being said is an indication of how well informed or feeble minded he or she is. In other words how much you choose to believe is entirely up to you. If you are a well informed discerning viewer you will take what you see with a grain of salt and fill in the blanks for yourself. Nothing is set in stone. The viewer is merely presented with reasonable assumptions, possibilites and probabilites. The computer generated reconstructions are well done and make visualization a pleasurable experience. Well worth viewing.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great DVD set for any history fan May 12, 2008
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This DVD set was a fantastic buy. The episodes basically take a period of history and recreate it with modern day computer generated graphics and explain the significance of the structures, the events surrounding the structures, and the people involved. The episodes generally consist of the camera crew going to the area being covered and showing what it currently looks like. They throw in the comp generated version if what it used to look like. The archeologists/historians/narrator explain the historical significance of things throughout. There are also some dramatizations, but they are pretty minimal.
There is a wide variety of topics that are covered, so chances are you would find at least a few interesting episodes.
Some of the episodes include Rameses the II's Egypt, Knight's Templar, Jerusalem, Hitlers under ground bunkers, Greece, Pagan's in the British isles and more. My personal favorites were the 14th century Scotland, the early Christianity episode, and the episode on Vlad Dracula was fantastic.
For the price this DVD costs used you really can't go wrong, I highly recommend it.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Mostly Speculation June 29, 2008
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First I would like to say that I am a big history channel fan. I own quite a few of their documentaries. This series is one of the worst I own.

The titles of the episodes seem exciting at first, but when one finds out the sheer non-fact based history behind most of the episodes, the result is disappointing. I mean honestly; how much can you really know about "LOST WORLDS" if there is little evidence to support their existence in the first place?

Most of the episodes run the same course. The introduction is given. The "experts" then find a tiny piece of circumstantial evidence. The rest of the episode is spent on a wild completely speculated tangeant of non-history based imagination. There is very little fact that goes into most of these documentaries.

If you are looking for a history channel documentary series that is truely historical, and is extremely factual I would go with "Engineering an Empire" with Peter Weller. The History Channel Presents Engineering an Empire - The Complete Series (Collector's Edition) However my suggestion is to steer clear of this series. Save your money!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost Worlds June 17, 2009
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This is an excellent series. Very informational. The information is presented in a way that makes it very interesting. Recommended!
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor production April 23, 2008
I was disappointed by this "documentary" style series. It seemed like a fairly low-budget production as much of the film revolved around a few shots of the same place over and over again with not much in-depth exploration or archeological background. Also, the over-dramatization of very un-interesting little bits of footage was rather droll, especially in the first DVD. In my opinion, it's not worth the time to watch it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars bang on
to some who view this the critics i say was trying to get it right or was it pointing out all the things that cannot be answered to those who expect the impossible but if you... Read more
Published 4 months ago by tim huxoll
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Covers a wide range of history and culture. Very well written and done. I definitely recommend this for all history lovers
Published 14 months ago by Zachariah Kitzman
1.0 out of 5 stars Totally incomprehensible.
What is the point of making a series that is obviously meant for the international market and giving all the measurements in feet and miles? Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mrs. B. Lawrence
5.0 out of 5 stars Worlds You Never Knew Of
As far as our planet goes, there are worlds inside of worlds and with this package you will be amazed as to how many lost worlds there really are. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Brenda L. Fillbrandt
5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased
I wanted it to add to my reference collection also to increase my knowledge on the subject to Enhanced my collection
Published 22 months ago by Lance Ross Lewis
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but Disappointing
I had very high expectations for this DVD Set. I am a sucker for documentaries about History and I thought this serie would be really really great. Read more
Published on June 30, 2011 by Jonathan Turbide
5.0 out of 5 stars Good set, more info would be good
If I could give this 4 1/2 instead of 5, I probably would, as I would take away 1/2 for lack of depth, but do not want to take a whole star for that. Read more
Published on December 6, 2010 by D. Jester
3.0 out of 5 stars Extremely liberal, but interesting details...
It's pretty good video to view, really just a few episodes I've seen. Thought the Paul & Early Church info was interesting, same as Jesus' Jerusalem. Read more
Published on December 22, 2009 by Jonathan Esterman
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad. very interesting
It's a pretty good series....but some civilizations weren't mentioned at all. Maybe, needs a part II. (Where's Asia and Africa??????) ... should be titled, "Lost White Worlds".
Published on December 13, 2008 by Marvin Taylor
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