Mankind The Story Of All Of Us 1 Season 2012

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Season 1
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Mankind takes on godlike powers: to feed billions of people, reshape the landscape, re-engineer the human body. The greatest power of all was unleashed over Hiroshima on August 6, 1945.

Starring:
Anton Blake, Josh Brolin
Runtime:
47 minutes
Original air date:
December 18, 2012

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Season 1

Product Details

Genres Documentary
Starring Anton Blake, Josh Brolin
Supporting actors Candice D'Arcy, Henry Louis Gates, Aoife Lennon, Richard Machowicz, James Meigs, Mehmet Oz, Patrick John Walton, Brian Williams
Season year 2012
Network A&E Television Networks
Producers Ahmed Abounouom, Steffan Boje, Vlokkie Gordon, Mark Hubbard, Michael Webster, David Wicht, Simon Willgoss
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

I really enjoyed watching this series very much on my own time at my own pace.
Pamela Greaf
There are times where they focus too long on something that really doesn't need it, just for the sake of another (frankly kinda cheesy) reenactment.
Crashlanding
THE STORY OF ALL OF US: MANKIND is a good way to get students to learn some history, while entertaining them!!
ritahouse

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Format: Blu-ray
For good or for bad, "Mankind: The Story Of All Of Us" is the quintessential History Channel miniseries. In twelve episodes that span the globe, the show has broad ambitions that sometimes provide interesting facts and sometimes merely spectacle. It's a glitzy effort that is loaded with dramatic recreations and CGI effects and oftentimes seems content to be more entertainment oriented than educational. As actual history, one can't really hope to boil down the rise of civilization across the world to a mere 9 hours (without commercials) but "Mankind" gives it a go with intermittent success. This is not a text book lesson or a college course, though, if you're looking for a classic presentation. This is an ADD whirlwind across various cultures and time frames hitting on subjects both vital and somewhat arbitrary. The episodes don't slow down for an in-depth analysis of any particular topic, but race across time jamming as much content as possible into each segment. Its focus, by its own description, is on "Big History."

Made by the creative forces behind the successful series "America: The Story of Us," this new docu-series is stretched across 12 distinct episodes and 3 discs (in both Blu-ray format or DVD) for a total of nine hours and twelve minutes. The Bonus Features include a random selection of additional footage, but nothing in these choices added much value content for me. The show, however, does look terrific in the hi-def Blu-ray transfer which makes the most of the recreations (which get bolder and more battle-centric as the series progresses).
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116 of 123 people found the following review helpful By R. Imhoff on December 6, 2012
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I am a middle school history teacher so I purchased this to show my students. So far we have only watched about the Stone Age but my students BEGGED me to leave it on! They can't wait until we get to Egypt to watch more. I have several students who have been less than enthusiastic about history so when I hear those students leaving to go home & saying they're going to go home to watch the History Channel, and come back the next day actually having done it...very encouraging :)
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40 of 46 people found the following review helpful By K. N. on December 11, 2012
Format: DVD
As an AP art history teacher, this series helps my students "see" the progression of time and allows them visual references to help place artifacts they have studied into their rightful place in history. Watching the Viking burial scene and recalling the artifacts from the Sutton Hoo ship brings it all together better than reading Beowulf. I've enjoyed it and look forward to having for my classes on sub days, or to wrap up segments before exams.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Peter T. Wolf on December 20, 2012
Format: DVD
Let me start by writing that this series was considerably better than I thought it would be. It is a big challenge to create a series of this scope without making major mistakes. And the creators have managed that.
First let me pay tribute to Josh Brolin's excellent narration. Working from an excellent script, he combined the right balance of gravitas and breathless awe in describing the man's greatest achievements. Peter Coyote and David McCullogh have always been my benchmarks for big-scale documentary narrations, and Brolin easily matches them.
Second: The pacing and editing was well done over all these hours of material. I especially liked the zeroing in on specific people ( some of whom even I, as an historian, was unaware of), to bring this vast story down to a manageable scale.
Third: The program bravely emphasized the paramount importance of war in the development of human 'progress'. I was continually amazed at the courage of the producers in making this very clear despite our anti-military, poltically correct era.
Fourth an most important: The producers overall selected the right events and people to tell the story of mankind. I have some disagreements, like where was the Renaissance?? Incredibly it received virtually no mention. But given the thousands of years to be covered, not everything could be tackled. I was not particuarily impressed with the resident 'experts' that punctuated the narration. None of them were of sufficient renown for such a vast undertaking as this program. Contrast that with the recent 'The Men Who Built America' program, where a veritable whos-who of American tycoons showed up for pithy observations.

Summary: This program well deserves a place in your DVD collection and should be required viewing in High School history classes.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Danielle Elisabeth Sanders on December 22, 2012
Format: DVD
I am so surprised at these negative reviews. I am not a historian, but I do have a great love for travel and history. I think that the illustration brought to life my memories from high school and college history classes. Of course you can't properly tell the entire story of mankind within 9 hours of video but for me, I became interested in researching topics that I wanted to learn more about on my own. I only wish that this mini series could have lasted a couple of seasons to dig a little deeper. But overall I think that's the point of this series: to get the average person to be more interested in the history of our world, and for me, it worked. It was fun, full of action, and I can't wait to purchase the DVDs!
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