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National Geographic's Egypt - Secrets of the Pharaohs [VHS]


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  • Actors: Alexander Scourby, Leslie Nielsen, Joseph Campanella, Richard Kiley, Orson Welles
  • Directors: Alexander Grasshoff, Aram Boyajian, Bert Haanstra, David Seltzer, Jack Kaufman
  • Producers: Alexander Grasshoff, Al Giddings
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Nat'l Geographic Vid
  • VHS Release Date: October 6, 1998
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0792250982
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #507,791 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Ancient mysteries revealed at last...Who built the pyramids? What were the secrets of mummification? Which treasures were selected for the afterlife and why? For centuries, Egypt's pharaohs have kept these secrets to themselves...until now. Travel to a land of mystery and marvel as archaeologists investigate how the pyramids were actually built. Follow scientists as they re-create the ancient ritual of mummification and discover how the bodies of the pharaohs were preserved. And be there as cameras reveal the ancient underground vault that houses the mysterious ship of the Pharoah Khufu: his magnificent vessel for eternity.

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Who's buried in Khufu's tomb? Find out in National Geographic's Egypt: Secrets of the Pharaohs, a wide-ranging look at the rituals and relics of one of the first monumental civilizations. Watch as one team of archaeologists braves the arid plains to investigate the construction of the great pyramids. Back in the lab, a group of medical archaeologists try to re-create the ancient Egyptian process of mummification step by step in a macabre sequence that vividly portrays the first steps toward immortality. Finally, venture deep into Pharaoh Khufu's tomb as one of the strangest treasures of all is unearthed: a complete ship destined to carry him through the Land of the Dead. A National Geographic map of the Nile Valley accompanies the video and is both helpful for reference while viewing and a valuable resource in its own right. --Rob Lightner

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars

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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By William Gekas on November 7, 2003
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
This video has been watched in deadly silent fascination by hundreds of students in my Art History classes. I am ordering it again because sombody liked it so much he borrowed it and never returned it. Not only does if give welcome relief from the artifacts and dynasties as it attempts to explain how average Egyptians lived, it gives plausable explanations for age old mysteries--like how the pyramids were really built. But what interested many of the students most is the sequence on mummification using a recently deceased body donor. You can compare him to Ramses the Great.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Annie Van Auken TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 4, 2010
Format: DVD
Both the hour-long SECRETS OF THE PHAROAHS and its bonus 30-minute companion MUMMIES OF GOLD extensively feature Dr. Zahi Hawass, Director General of the Center for Pyramids. Zahi, as he is called here, appears on many Egypt-related documentaries. He seems a good-natured man who loves the time-consuming work of desert exploration and excavation of archaeological sites.

In "Mummies of Gold" we see work on a Late-Greek and Roman-era cemetery. Zahi estimates it covers two miles and he expects that over 20 years about 500 mummies will be found. His joy over shards of painted death masks is unmistakable and Zahi is not afraid to speculate on the meaning of partially uncovered mummies and groups of remains.

This short film is more engaging than the title piece, "Secrets of the Pharoahs," which poses several questions and offers at best, speculation. Covered are the pyramids' construction and how life was for the tens of thousands of workers engaged in their construction.

We see an area being cleared just beyond the pyramids that Zahi believes to be a village or "downtown Egypt," as characterized by narration.

Of particular interest is an ancient intact Egyptian boat, now on display in Cairo. This over 150-foot-long wooden vessel is said to have deteriorated more in the past twenty years since its recovery and reassembly than it had in the thousands of years before being removed from a tomb. A smaller ship near to where it was found is looked at through a miniature TV camera fed into its chamber via a tiny wall opening. This boat will stay where it is to better preserve it, thus the room is resealed after a good look-see.

The segment on mummification is incrediby sketchy and the modern re-enactment disappointingly brief.

Those who've studied ancient Egypt will find little new here, but for the interested newcomer "Secrets" will surely be an hour well-spent.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jose Lopez on February 12, 2012
Format: DVD
I was able to see this along with other Interesting Egypt material on Netflix Instantly.The problem though I have is this is suppose to be about The Pharaohs and Instead it becomes the Pharaohs and the Workers,That's not a problem for me but it should be re-titled Secrets of The Pharaohs and Workers.Were the Egyptians Proto-Marxists? or is this Some Sort of ProMarxist work?
Because If I wanted to know about the workers I would look at another documentary,but besides this little problem it seems extremely Informative to the point of boring.and again the There only seems to be Egyptologist in the world the zawi guy whatever his name/face is.I would watch it again but not buy it,there is way more interesting documentaries and material on Egypt out there.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joe Owen VINE VOICE on September 15, 2013
Format: DVD
This fascinating DVD is 3 subjects about different aspects of Ancient Egypt. The first subject is about how archeologists have discovered the quarry of stone that was used to build the great pyramids of Ancient Egypt. One of the archeologists shows how they were able to build ramps that the workers used to pull the huge slabs of rock to put the pyramid together. The material that was used to make the ramps was discarded and the rocks used was ground up and thrown into a quarry. A great explanation that has baffled archeologists for decades was how were they able to build the pyramids thru ancient technology? This is partly answered with this segment.

The second segment is about mummification that the Egyptians used for their dead. An archeologists describes the way the mummies were wrapped. They were inscribed with various hieroglyphics written on the wrappings for protections and also inside the layers of wrappings were many little religious charms that were for protection as well. An Egyptolgists then explains the different herbs that were used in mummification such as myrrh, frankensence, and other naturual plants that were used for embaliming. Then the egyptolgists takes an actual human cadaver and takes out the organs the way the Ancient Egyptians did and puts them in jars. They he takes the cadaver and buries it in a special salt and sand that was also used by the Ancient Egyptians. The body is wrapped and burried in the salt and sand for over 30 days, and then you have your mummy. The Ancient Egyptians were masters at the craft and the more rich and powerful you were the better mummificaiton was.

The third segment is about the discovery of an ancient boat that was buried near an Egyptian Pharaoh.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. V. LIPPERT on January 5, 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This Egyptian documentary is very dated. Low quality picture. Maybe a VHS transfer to DVD. Looks terrible on a flat screen. There are no closed captions as well. Not recommended.
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