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Mystery of the Nile [HD DVD] (2005)

Gordon Brown , Joe Lewis , Jordi Llompart  |  NR |  HD DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gordon Brown, Joe Lewis
  • Directors: Jordi Llompart
  • Writers: Jordi Llompart, Denis Delestrac
  • Producers: Jordi Llompart, Greg MacGillivray, Mark Krenzien
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 8, 2008
  • Run Time: 48 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000X73NBI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,130,520 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mystery of the Nile [HD DVD]" on IMDb

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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 in-surmountable 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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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best IMAX Films August 6, 2006
Over the years I have seen many IMAX films...most were forgettable, a few unforgettable. "Everest" is one IMAX film that still lingers in my memory. This film is almost as good as that film. It is beautiful, educational and exciting. It, at times, kept me on the edge of my seat. My whole family agreed it was a memorable and worthwhile viewing experience. P.S. It also has a wonderful soundtrack.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent documentary and amazing sound track March 11, 2006
It's one of the best documentary I have seen for while.It shows not only the true source of the Nile but also how the ancient civilization connect the Nile river between life and death for living.

"Amazon" Thanks for fast on time shipping. ...AK. from Dallas,TX
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars nile boat trip May 9, 2007
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good but I would like to see more land and river ,less of the people making the boat more of the head waters of the nile...not just 30 sec.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Africa Once Again May 8, 2007
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A four-month-expedition, led by the American geophysicist Pasquale Scaturro, is planned to explore 3000 miles, the entire length of the Nile River from its Blue Nile source high in the mountains of Ethiopia to the Mediterranean Sea, passing through Sudan and Egypt. The expedition is challenging as "many deadly crocodiles and hippos, dangerous bandits ("shifta"), giant rapids and local political upheavals" are awaiting. Mystery of the Nile, an IMAX® theaters film, records this expedition. It is, however, another example of how westerners, in their pursuit to unveil the mystery of Africa, tend to exercise unquestionable authority that results in either misrepresentations or conformity with pre-established stereotypes or both. It is a legacy claimed by the Americans to inherit from their European ancestors in exploring Africa, the Land of Mystery.

The film starts screening Sir Richard Burton's words in capital letters "THE GLADDEST MOMENT IN HUMAN LIFE METHINKS, IS A DEPARTURE INTO UNKNOWN LANDS" - a statement that has inspired many Westerners, Scaturro is one of them, to be obsessed with exploring the unexplorable. Scaturro is excited and expresses his zeal to attempt the first descend in history of the mightiest river, The Blue Nile, so that he can provide an answer for the question that has puzzled the Egyptian farmers who, as he puts it, "every year watched the river and wondered: where is all this water come from?!"

The Europeans have always associated the image of darkness with Africa and the image of light with themselves. Americans in this film are perceived to hold the same attitude of their European predecessors.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Trip Down the Nile November 14, 2006
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This is wonderful documentary. Visit modern and ancient places and shoot rapids with adventurers in inflatable dinghies. The camera sits at the front of the boat and even goes underwater if the cameraman falls in. I watched it on a 10 foot screen and the only thing missing was water to get wet. See magnificent waterfalls and meet fascinating people as you travel the length of the Nile from its source.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Adventure! January 9, 2013
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I enjoyed this movie because I felt like I was on the adventure with them. I never imagined some of the dangers that they encountered and I learned a lot about the Nile from this movie. I highly recommend this!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Way to See the Nile November 24, 2010
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The photography in this video is outstanding, and the commentary is engaging. This is an outstanding way to see a part of the world inaccesible to most people. Very well done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very well done September 17, 2009
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Mystery of the Nile was so well done and enjoyable. It was also educational and informative. The scenes very well done. Desired to know more about the area, and now I do. Thanks, Rev. Joe Pace-Pastor Refuge Baptist Church
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Mystery of the Nile
I have been using this film to begin my Egypt unit for 6th grade history. This film hooks em!
Published on February 7, 2010 by R. Paivanas
5.0 out of 5 stars Myster of the Nile
I had read the book, but missed the movie when it was at the Detroit Science Center. Although seeing it at an IMAX Theater would have been great, the photography was unbelievable. Read more
Published on October 31, 2008 by Claudia Seldon
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
You are there.... well, almost. I am going to buy this DVD. Bravo! Wish it were twice as long!
Published on June 28, 2007 by Robin L. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars A thrill ride all the way
Once again the Macgillivray-Freeman company have produced a superb film. The trip down the Nile is a wonderful adventure.
Published on March 25, 2007 by John A. Pagon
5.0 out of 5 stars Mystery of the Nile
It is an excellent documentary with a high level of quality and well planed.

I had seen another kind of documentaries about the Nile, but none like this.
Published on February 20, 2007 by Jorneti
1.0 out of 5 stars WMVHD doesn't work
The little robotica video works, the menu loads, however the video will not play. When I try to open the video file from the DVD media player encounters a license key error. Read more
Published on November 30, 2006 by D. Meyers
5.0 out of 5 stars about the review on Mystery of the Nile.......
I have bought a copy of the code 1 DVD version of this documentary film and watched....hee hee....The idea of this documentary is to let all take a view of the adventure down the... Read more
Published on September 9, 2006 by Ang Poon Kah
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