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LOVED BY A KING. HATED BY AN EMPIRE. ERASED FROM HISTORY. SHE COULD BE THE BIGGEST FIND SINCE KING TUT. Has the famed Egyptian beauty, Queen Nefertiti, been found in a secret chamber deep in the Valley of the Kings? A Discovery Channel Quest expedition, led by Dr. Joann Fletcher and a team of internationally renown scientists from the University of York Mummy research Team, hopes to find out. If they're right, the finding will be one of the greatest archaeological discoveries since Nefertiti's stepson - King Tutankhamen - was discovered in 1922. "Great Royal Wife" of the "renegade" pharaoh Akhenaten, Nefertiti was a mother of six who helped lead a religious revolution that changed Egypt and the world forever. Yet after her death, her enemies destroyed all evidence of Nefertiti's life. Now, drawing on 13 years of research, Fletcher and her team bring Nefertiti's turbulent reign to life as never before using cutting-edge computer animations to recreate ancient Egypt's great temples; x-rays to reveal the telltale signs of foul play on her mummy; and forensic graphics to recreate the mummy's face. Have they found the ancient world's greatest beauty?

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  • Actors: Tamara Tunie, Joann Fletcher, Jason Yates
  • Directors: Matthew Wortman
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Discovery Channel
  • DVD Release Date: October 21, 2003
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000CDLC4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,820 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Nefertiti Resurrected" on IMDb

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21 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Holy Olio on June 19, 2006
Format: DVD
I just read that Joann Fletcher got banned from doing Egyptology in Egypt because she didn't follow Zahi "Zowie" Hawass' procedure of letting him announce everything. He does indeed appear in the video, making quite reasonable remarks about how there's no evidence in favor of Fletcher's thesis. Kent Weeks, excavator of KV5, also appears, suggesting that her claim isn't that farfetched, but that it will have to wait for better technology in coming years to rule it in or out. That is also reasonable.

The real reason to watch this video is to laugh and laugh and laugh. Fletcher has an unfounded belief that she has found the mummy of Nefertiti; she refuses to be convinced otherwise; she takes every single disconfirmation (which is every test performed for this video, other than her own subjective views about the mummy's hairstyle and ear piercings) in stride, getting more and more wild-eyed, and making one unsubstantiated claim after another.

Perhaps my favorite is her trip to the unfinished tomb of Akhenaten -- Fletcher stands at the head of what would have been the sarcophagus and claims that Nefertiti stood there and conducted the rites for her dead husband. Fletcher also refers to Akhenaten as "such a terrible politician" and grants Nefertiti entirely imaginary characteristics and abilities.

All existing evidence shows that Nefertiti predeceased Akhenaten. It's possible that her tomb was plundered shortly after her death and the end of the 18th dynasty, as a gold artifact bearing her name was found on the Ulu Burun wreck. There is a modern drive to turn Nefertiti into some kind of feminist anachronism and have her rule as a man. Fletcher appears to subscribe to that view, but gives no attribution for or reference to its originator.
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14 of 19 people found the following review helpful By bixodoido on October 26, 2003
Format: DVD
I saw this documentary when it originally aired on the Discovery Channel, and was more than a little disappointed. All the hype it got made me think they had FOUND Nefertiti, and that the discovery was the greatest thing since Tut himself. After spending two hours (excessive--it could have easily been one) waiting for the moment of groundbreaking acheivement--nothing more than speculation.
Essentially, there's a lady who claims to have found Nefertiti's remains stashed away in an out of the way place in the Valley of the Kings. The figure is deformed, the valuables gone, and only the damaged corpse remains, yet through various tests of sorts (which are very fascinating themselves), she is convinced that she has, indeed, found the lost queen. That's the claim, but it is really nothing more than speculation. There is some compelling evidence, sure, but nothing conclusive.
The sad thing is that several other major Egyptologists--the guy who found KV5 and the Egyptian in charge of approving digs in the Valley of the Kings--aren't convinced it's Nefertiti. It is possible that they don't want to admit that their work has been overshadowed, but I doubt that's the case. Essentially, this woman is convinced she's found Nefertiti, but she's about the only one convinced of that.
Again I have to say that this documentary was substantially less interesting than it was hyped up to be. It's a dig, maybe there's some cool stuff, that's it. Overall it was interesting, but certainly not worth owning unless you are into Egyptology in a big way. If you want a great documentary on recent finds, try Egypt: Beyond the Pyramids.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Terri L. Weekley on January 10, 2008
Format: DVD
This whole video is based on twisted facts and outright lies. The author Joanne Fletcher has been banned from entering Egypt. Her career is over because of the absolute abuse of the facts. The mummy she identified as Nefertiti has been proven to be a teenage boy. The Discovery Channel should be ashamed of themselves.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John J. Schauer on November 1, 2011
Format: DVD
In a subsequent TV show, Zahi Hawass demonstrated that Fletcher's main piece of evidence--that the mummy she claims is Nefertiti has one of its arms in a bent position used only for royal mummies--is fake; the arm that she claims proves the mummy is Nefertiti's has been shown not to belong to the body in question. While I agree that the ubiquitous Hawass is an egocentric jerk and probably has a personal ax to grind, he is not at all the only one who has found Fletcher's work to be worthless. Fletcher, who (according to colleagues) believes that she is the reincarnation of Nefertiti, drifts from one unfounded supposition to another--to cite only one example, she finds marks on the skull of her supposed Nefertiti mummy that would seem to indicate a tight wig had been worn. (And really, would wearing a wig actually cause your skull to change shape? Just how tight was it?) She then looks at one wig that has been preserved in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo and immediately jumps to the conclusion that it was Nefertiti's wig. Yeah, right--in 3,000 years of Ancient Egyptian history, apparently one of the few wigs that survives just HAPPENS to have been Nefertiti's. (There are endless shots of Fletcher looking at artifacts or locations and gushing, "Oh, this is incredible," or "This is amazing," as if saying it makes it so.) The dramatizations are cheesy--why in Ra's name would they cast an actress with prominent freckles to portray Nefertiti? There are MANY extant portraits and sculptures of her, and not one shows her with a freckled face. And the laughable idea that she would have dressed up in her ceremonial robes, jewels and royal crown to go riding in her chariot like a tomboy is just another revisionist attempt to make Nefertiti into a modern feminist, brazenly defying conventions.Read more ›
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