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MysteryQuest: Season 1 (2010)

History  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Directors: History
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: March 30, 2010
  • Run Time: 470 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,642 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "MysteryQuest: Season 1" on IMDb

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History is filled with stories of the unexplained, from vanishings in the Bermuda Triangle to the lost city of Atlantis.

While they have spawned endless speculation, these mysteries seldom come with clear answers. But can advances in science and technology bring new evidence to light? Each episode of MYSTERYQUEST features a journey to find clues about one of mankind s most enduring mysteries. Through expeditions around the world, experts combine their knowledge of science and technology to look at each mystery in innovative ways. On-site investigation, high-tech gadgetry, video and audio analysis unite with modern-day forensics in an attempt to bring us one step closer to the truth behind history s biggest questions.

MYSTERYQUEST: THE COMPLETE SEASON ONE includes all 10 episodes of the debut season on 3 DVDs:

Hitler s Escape
Devil s Triangle
San Francisco Slaughter
Lost City of Atlantis
Alien Cover-Up
Rise of the Fourth Reich
Devil s Island
Jack the Ripper
Return of the Amityville Horror

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
"Throughout time, there have been mysteries mankind cannot explain..." So begins the narrated opening credits for the History channel documentary series MysteryQuest, immediately letting audience members know what kind of interesting ride they're in for. Even better, the narration continues with the following: "But advances in technology have led to new theories, and the search is underway for evidence that may unlock the most baffling questions of our time...on MysteryQuest." With an opening like that, how could you not be intrigued? If you are, and if you didn't catch the show on the History channel when it aired, not to worry as it will soon be available in a 3-disc set that includes all 10 episodes from the first season - almost 8 hours of footage.

And for the most part, MysteryQuest delivers on its promise to attempt to unlock new answers to unsolved mysteries. With topics ranging from Stonehenge to Aliens to the Lost City of Atlantis, each episode embarks in a new direction, allowing scientists and other researchers on the show to implement cutting-edge technology in search of new evidence. Using carbon-dating, touch DNA, surveillance technology, underwater cameras, and even modeling software the explorers in each episode look to unearth new information at all turns. At times their methods prove fruitful - in the very first episode ("Hitler's Escape" -which questions whether Hitler really died or if he escaped), a forensic examination of skull fragments from the skull Russians claim belongs to Hitler reveals that the skull is actually that of a female.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yay ! MysteryQuest ! July 2, 2011
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This is one of my favorite DVD Set. I have a lot of DVDs about The Paranormal, History, True Crimes and The Mafia. From Unsolved Mysteries to Cities of the Underworld I have a lot of documentaries on DVD, and the investigations you can find on this MysteryQuest DVD are among the most interesting investigations I have seen in my life. The show investigate 10 mysteries, each investigation is around 45 minutes long. Here is the listing:
# DISC 1: Hitler's Escape / The Devil's Triangle / San Francisco Slaughter / The Lost City of Atlantis
# DISC 2: Alien Cover Up / The Rise of the Fourth Reich / Devil's Island
# DISC 3: Jack the Ripper / Stonehenge / Return of the Amityville Horror

As you can see the show investigates a lot of different mysteries: Serial Killers (Jack the Ripper, The Zodiac Killer), UFOs and Government cover up (Area 51), Historical mysteries (Hitler, the 4rt Reich) and more. A lot of time the show investigates two mysteries in one show. For example in the episode about Alcatraz they are both investigating the 1962 escape of criminals Clarence Anglin, John Anglin and Frank Morris, and investigates supposed hauntings at Alcatraz.

All 10 episodes are really interesting. The narrator, the music, the atmosphere, everything is there. If you buy a lot of DVDs about History or the Paranormal then this DVD is a must have, it's gonna be a great addition to your collection.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertainment first, informative secondarily January 15, 2012
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The History Channel typically releases programs that have very good production values. Mystery Quest is no exception. The filming is done well, and the editing is reasonably tight, all of which serves to produce programs that are interesting to watch. These programs also tend to fall slightly more on the "pro" side as opposed to the "con" side of the mysterious and controversial. By that I mean, if you watch an episode of Nova, for example, on UFOs, you can be certain the basic tone of the program will be to "pooh, pooh" the subject a little. Mystery Quest leans in the opposite direction. That's not a bad thing, as it preserves the feeling of mystery, which is what keeps us watching and wanting to know more, and curious minds are minds that remain young. At the same time, Mystery Quest balances with just enough contrary views so that the viewer doesn't feel as though they are getting sucked into an overly New Age-ish black hole of silliness.

With the above in mind, be aware that shows like this are put together first and foremost for the purpose of attracting and holding on to viewers, and that means they are edited with great care to produce just that result, sometimes at the expense of what is strictly factual. Friends of mine have worked on episodes of History Channel's Monster Quest, which is the kissing cousin to Mystery Quest. They assure me that all these programs are scripted in the sense that the writers go into each episode with specific ideas in advance as to how they will be presented, and what the desired outcomes should be. The basic framework for each episode is worked out, and then the film segments and narration are pieced together so as to conform to the overall picture they determined up front to build.

This is not to say there is no truth here.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining exploration of the unexplained June 8, 2012
I'm still not sure how this amazing production was under my radar all this time. I came across it whilst browsing the DVD aisle of my local library and I decided to check it out. I must say I'm quite impressed at the topics covered - a great collection for any mystery lover, especially when dealing with mysteries that have stumped generations.

There are three DVDs in this collection of Season One, featuring the following episodes:
Hitler's Escape
The Devil's Triangle
San Francisco Slaughter
The Lost City of Atlantis

Alien Cover Up
The Rise of the Fourth Reich
Devil's Island

Jack the Ripper
Return of the Amityville Horror

The bonus features are nothing special, just some additional footage. The total running time is 7 hours and 50 minutes. Unfortunately, there is no Closed Caption option.

I thought the coverage of the various mysteries was well-researched though by no means exhaustive. I enjoyed the segment on Jack the Ripper and learned something new, i.e. that there is a theory that a female "Jill the Ripper" might be responsible for the slayings in Whitechapel in 1888. Another theory explored at length here is the one that proposes Francis Tumblety as the killer. There's plenty of archival footage interspersed throughout though I found the jerky camera movements to be mildly annoying at times.

Another feature I found interesting was the one that explores the supernatural goings-on at Wolfe Manor near Fresno, CA. The hauntings here are investigated as being similar to those which occurred at the house that became the basis for the movie The Amityville Horror.

Fans of age-old mysteries and those who are keen to learn theories explaining some of these paranormal and unusual phenomena will find this series intriguing.
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