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Mystery of the Sphinx (Documentary) [VHS] (1993)

Charlton Heston  |  NR |  VHS Tape
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  • Actors: Charlton Heston
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Sphinx Project
  • VHS Release Date: November 16, 1999
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 630309189X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #488,951 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mystery of the Sphinx lives on. February 17, 2004
Hosted by Charlton Heston, it explores the possibility that the Sphinx maybe older than expected. John Anthony West examines that water erosion on the Sphinx can pre-date it to 10,000 years old?. Other mysteries such as how they moved 200 ton stone blocks to build the pyramids, the secret chambers under the Sphinx and the links to the pyramids that are suggested on Mars. Entertaining viewing, recommended. Made in 1993 televised on NBC.
Transfer is very good, very clear picture. One flaw at 13.00 to 14.00 minutes where there is a line at the top of the screen that is very faint but noticeable for 1 minute duration, besides that, the rest of the picture is fine. Audio is 5.1 Dolby Digital, sound is very clear. Extras none. Running time 94 minutes. Menu is a plain screen with the chapter listing. Transfer 4/5, Audio 5/5, Extras 0/5.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Blows the doors off all Egyptogology... August 31, 2003
By D. Hill
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
This is the most important documentary ever done on ancient Egypt, and Egyptologists have done the best they can to ignore it over the past ten years. Geologist Robert Schoch and 'maverick' Egyptologist John Anthony West show that the weathering on the Sphinx is due to rain, not sand, wind, or the flooding of the Nile, as has always been suggested. When did the Sahara desert ever receive such measurable rainfall? Ten thousand years ago, when it was a lush green valley. The consequences of this revelation are devastating and it's almost comical to watch the most famous Egyptologists, Hawass and, Lehner stumble to argue the case against the disclosure on this video because, if it was accepted as true, all they have thought will have been a lie. To th eir credit, the makers of the video gave both sides a fair chance to state their case, as opposed to most traditional documentaries on Egypt, which are simply video travel brochures about the pyramids and the mummies. The fact is, that everything that we have told about the rise and development about Egyptian civilization is wrong, and with that, everything we believe about the rise of civilization is wrong, too. Egyptologists have a different version of events, one often unsupported by other sciences, but, once you watch this video, you will hold everything they say to a higher standard. One would have liked to see a more updated version of this video, to find out what has happened with the secret chamber discovered beneath the Sphinx's paw (the lost hall of records perhaps?), but, as of recently, the Egyptian arheologists have either not been inclined to investigate, or, at least, tell the world of the results. Read more ›
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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The Mystery of the Sphinx contains information about the Sphinx, and Egyptian history and archaeology in general, that is nothing less than explosive. John Anthony West and Robert Schoch offer brilliant and convincing evidence that the Sphinx is much older than the pyramids, possible as much as 8,000 years older than previously thought, indicating that our understanding of Egyptian history and religion has barely scratched the surface. Their convincing testimony is made all the more interesting and entertaining by the inclusion of Charlton Heston as the narrator. And this video is not merely a visual montage of Egyptian images overlaid with mystical sounding rhetoric. This is real science and real history - and maverick archaeology at its best.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Answering Questions about a Most Famous Monument!! November 11, 2005

The information presented in this program is based on the seventeen years of research of an Egyptologist and a geologist. It is hosted by the legendary Charlton Heston.

Experts of what is called "The Sphinx Project" (five people make up this "scientific team") re-examine the Great Sphinx of Egypt. They show that what orthodox Egyptologists claim about the Sphinx cannot be true. Experts other than those of the Sphinx project also give brief comments. There are even rebuttals by opposing experts as to what is claimed by the Sphinx project.

Areas covered in this program include archaeology, Egyptology, geology, mathematics, seismology, paleoclimatology, engineering, and even forensics. All scientific concepts are explained with the aid of computer simulation and animation.

To see how all this new information presented fits together, there is a fantastic computer graphic sequence near the end of the program to illustrate the possible life history of the Sphinx.

Here are some of the questions answered about the Sphinx:

(1) Is the Sphinx older than thought?

(2) How were the huge 200 ton blocks used to build it put in place?

(3) Is there more to the Sphinx than can be seen?

(4) Is the face of the Sphinx really who it is thought?

(5) Is the head of it really the original head?

In this program, there is no mention of UFOs or LGM (little green men). This program presents a serious scientific investigation.

The DVD itself is practically perfect in picture and sound quality. There are no extras.

Finally, to determine what the Sphinx is staring at, I recommend viewing the excellent video "Heaven's Mirror" (1998) hosted by Graham Hancock.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This is of the most interesting, well founded and thought provoking documentaries I have seen (and I've seen my share). It's from '93 but it is still very relevant. Worth owning.
Published 6 months ago by C. beckley
4.0 out of 5 stars The Mystery of the Sphinx
its been several weeks since we have viewed it and we have forgotten some of the details , but it was a very interesting, informative video. Read more
Published 15 months ago by frese
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
I enjoyed every minute of this video because of all the research that was put into it. There is no doubt the Great Sphinx is a mystery and I liked that they presented different... Read more
Published 19 months ago by amanda mock
5.0 out of 5 stars Archaeologist Mark Lehner Ignores Police Sketch Artist In 2/10...
Since I saw the original airing of this documentary on NBC television network on November 10, 1993 I feel I'm qualified to comment. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Edward Lopez
4.0 out of 5 stars Something to think about
I remembered this from the original TV showing, and was looking forward to getting a copy. The material is well presented may have been what staeted me questioning just where our... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Anne Witkowski
4.0 out of 5 stars The Lion's Share of Attention
This DVD edition contains the expanded edition -- the NBC broadcast, plus additional footage not aired. Read more
Published on April 26, 2007 by Holy Olio
5.0 out of 5 stars Answering Questions about a Most Famous Monument!!

The information presented in this program is based on the seventeen years of research of an Egyptologist and a geologist. Read more
Published on February 16, 2005 by Stephen Pletko
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Schoch and West build an overwhelming case for the great antiquity of the Sphinx, predating the other monuments of Giza. Read more
Published on April 18, 2000 by Holy Olio
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