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Mystery of the Nile [Blu-ray] (2005)

Michael Gambon , John Harlin  |  NR |  Blu-ray
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael Gambon, John Harlin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 14, 2008
  • Run Time: 47 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001BEK89C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,259 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Join a team of explorers on the expedition of a lifetime as they set off to become the first to navigate the Blue Nile from source to sea. The epic 3,260-mile descent down the world's greatest and deadliest river has eluded humankind for centuries - until now! Ride shotgun on the team's 16-foot rafts as they crash through the rapids in Ethiopia's desert canyons. Battle through some of the world's most extreme whitewater rapids with renowned kayaker, Gordon Brown. Over the arduous, four month journey, the team faces nearly insurmountable challenges - from crocodile attacks to armed bandits and arrests. Through breathtaking cinematography, Mystery of the Nile reveals a wondrous region and abundant treasures from Tissisat Falls and the wonders of Egypt to the forgotten black pyramids of Meroe and 12th century churches that were carved into sheer rock.

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful with the sound off January 5, 2009
Format:Blu-ray
Like many films in this genre, this one is often better viewed with the sound off. The blu ray transfer is good in most places and some of the cinematography is exactly what you want on a big LCD via blu ray. The narration is pedestrian at best, adding little and sometimes detracting from the enjoyment. It's a bit overwrought and melodramatic. If you can pick it up inexpensively, it does have some impressive eye candy.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Short Film of a Long River December 30, 2010
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Having recently returned from a week in Egypt absorbing the history around the Nile and spending 3 days on the very well traveled Egyptian section of the Nile, my husband and I were interested in more insight and knowledge. This looked just right. Soon, I realized I'd seen this years ago. The photography was beautiful, though with such an exciting and groundbreaking adventure, I found the accompanying narration and facts sadly lacking in detail. Just as an interesting section would begin, like in Sudan, the narration and film skimmed on and provided nothing of value. Had I realized how cut up the film was, I would not have bought it. It's only 47 minutes long and much of it is spent covering the characters instead of the Nile. I wouldn't buy again or recommend it to others unless they wanted to see the scenery. A great disappointment.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Fake documentary July 16, 2010
By Edwin
Format:Blu-ray
Mystery of the Nile is an enjoyable movie. But many (re)viewers do not seem to realize that the whole "expedition" never took place. The "expedition" is pure fiction and mostly filmed in studios. The Lake Nasser storm scene is a very clear example. All team members are actors or at least playing a role. Saskia Lange is no Spanish journalist but a German soap-actress. I think they should not have pretended that this was real, they even made a book about the so called "expedition". Mystery of the Nile is a fake documentary, but a very good one.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent adventure! July 23, 2005
Caught this at an Imax Dome theater and LOVEd it!

You really feel as though you are a part of the expidition from the source of the Nile in Sudan all the way to the end in Cairo where it empties into the Mediterranean Sea.

Dangerous, awe-inspiring, and educational. This film achieves in 45 min. what Hollywood only dreams of.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Amazing images, bad writing February 14, 2011
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The images were amazing, but the narrative was kind of insipid. Watching with the sound off would have been better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed... December 27, 2009
By PM
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This video is not a beautiful travel log of the Nile, it is a documentary about a journey on ONLY A PORTION of the Nile, and a lot of it was about the travelers difficulty getting the movie made and what they had to go through.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A short history, good image and good sound May 5, 2009
By Fabian
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The history is short and simply: "travel the river from start to finish"

The film shows an expedition of 100 days aprox across the Nyle. there are differents situation and different people in this period

The best value is the image quality and audio track, the music (very good multi channel) is like "tribal music", and is perfect according to the topic.

The aerial images are very well realized, and achieve an interesting effect
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great adventure January 25, 2009
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We thorougly enjoyed this blu-ray and highly recommend it. The photography was excellent with some great whitewater photography. The Blue Nile scenery was spectacular.I wish the culture along the Nile was covered more, maybe as additional chapters since this was made for IMAX theaters and the main feature was limited on time.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars More like documentary than a movie
From the write up, I expected more scenary shots. Had lots of facts, many I don't remember learning before. I thought I paid a little too much for this.
Published 16 months ago by Virginia L. Tracy
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Visuals Feeble Script
Some of the best footage I have seen of Ethiopia, my home for 2 years, and the upper Nile. It was thrilling to see the falls again. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Richard A. Edwards
2.0 out of 5 stars More About The Travelers Than The Nile
Some of the Nile, but much more of the travelers (whose situations seemed "dramatized" several times), and very little "mystery. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Scott Clifton
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging
I purchased Mysteries of the Nile because I had heard that the photography was terrific. What I did not expect was to be so engaged by the story. Read more
Published on May 21, 2010 by D. Wolf
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Cinema Interesting and Educational
This falls in line with all of these series, the filming and narration are first class on all of them, the picture and sound quality are absolutely fantastic, and the narration and... Read more
Published on February 3, 2010 by D. Ruhlman
2.0 out of 5 stars Egypt the Non mysterious bore nile
Oh man this was so boring. We expected more then what it was. It was a 100 day journey in 70mins. This was a disappointment. Read more
Published on December 29, 2009 by Raul Sanchez Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars mistery of the nile
immagini molto definite audio non da meno è sempre uno spettacolo vedere un filmato in imax superconsigliato
Published on December 2, 2009 by Bruno Brambilla
5.0 out of 5 stars Great blu-ray video
This was really informative and stunning to watch. Really enjoyed it, look forward to watching it again.
Published on July 26, 2009 by gaedfly
5.0 out of 5 stars Mystery of the Nle
I learned a lot about the Nile River that I did not know. The color and picture in 1080P was jaw dropping. I plan to buy more for Birthdays.
Published on July 4, 2009 by G. A. Reed
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