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Nova: Iceman Murder Mystery

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He s been dead for more than 5,000 years and probed by scientists for the last 20. Yet today, Otzi the Iceman, the famous mummified corpse pulled from a glacier in the Italian Alps nearly two decades ago, continues to keep many secrets. Now, a new autopsy yields fresh clues to his way of life and the mysterious circumstances of his murder. If he was a warrior or a hunter, what was he doing so high up in the mountains, armed with an unfinished bow and useless arrows? If he was fleeing for his life, why did he eat a big meal less than an hour before he was killed? Besides clues to this original cold case, Otzi s frozen remains reveal intriguing details of his life and times in the ancient Copper Age. Join NOVA as we defrost the ultimate time capsule, the 5,000-year-old man.

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PBS (DIRECT)
  • DVD Release Date: January 10, 2012
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005DJ7B00
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,570 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Pam on December 17, 2011
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My students enjoyed this as a supplement to our social studies curriculum. It fit the bill when I wanted more information on this curious case. I'd seen it first on PBS and wanted a copy of my own for my room.
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By KATELAND on August 18, 2012
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What an interesting specimen the ICEMAN is. To think he was murded 5,OOO years ago, yet his mummfied body is here today. This is a great discovery for science, and for the rest of the world. He was found by hikers up in the alps, at first they thought it was the body of a climber who had lost his life up there. But on further shoveling they discoverd primitive tools near the Icemans body, and knew they had come across something unbelieveable. It was the body of a stone age man. This documentary shows you performing an autopsy on the body, to try and unravel the mysterys surrounding this frozen man. And you will learn how he died. The Iceman lived all those many centurys ago, even 3,OOO years befor Christ was born, so that is a very long time ago. Some of his community were farmers, others were nomads. But he was just a person. Like us. He looked the same as we do. He ate meat too. They found the contents of a meat and bread meal still in his stomach. The only difference with this man, is he carried bows and arrows around with him. This documentary is well worth watching. As they will never find another, quite like him.
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"Frozen for more than 5000 years, on a remote mountain pass, and now, preserved for the ages in a refrigerated tomb; he is the Iceman, a frozen relic from the Stone Age. The oldest human body ever found. He's a messenger from the past, bearing secrets of how humans lived nearly a 1000 years before the [Great] Pyramids [of Egypt]. He is also a homicide, waiting to be solved.

Who was he? And who shot an arrow into his back? Was it warfare? Or murder?

Now a rare and dangerous procedure [autopsy] leads to some startlingly fresh clues. A piece of bone, a copper axe, and a last meal surprise the experts, as they come closer to understanding our ancient past and to solving the Iceman murder mystery."

The above is said by the narrator at the beginning of this extraordinary documentary.

The mummy was found and pulled from a glacier Sept. 1991 in the Otztal Alps near the border between Austria and Italy. Thus, the Iceman is also known as "Otzi."

An autopsy was performed (including a DNA analysis) giving details of Otzi's death and life.

Throughout the program brief comments are made by an alpine archaeologist, radiologist, etc.

Near the end of the documentary, all the evidence that's found is considered leading to an unexpected conclusion of who killed Otzi.

Finally, the DVD itself (the one released in 2012) is perfect in picture and audio quality. There are no extras.

In conclusion, this is an exceptional documentary that may have solved the "world's oldest open case of homicide!!"

(2011; 55 min; wide screen; 6 scenes; PBS-NOVA/National Geographic)

<<Stephen Pletko, London, Ontario, Canada>>

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Fabulous documentary on the Iceman. My students tell me each year that this is this is "the most awesome DVD." Nova explores who the Iceman was, how he remain hidden for so long, possible events that lead to his death, and the various scientific tests being done on him to reveal his mystery.
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Much more interesting than the book, thank heavens I ordered both and not just the book as I usually would. Maybe it was just the action!
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The discovery of a frozen man 5300 years old is one of the most breathtaking events to have happened in archaeology in the past 50 years. This pathetic DVD trivializes the event into a 'Murder Mystery" which is completely unsubstantiated and completely NOT the most interesting part of what we can know about this man. Focus, focus focus. If this kind of whispering voice over and loud drum-beating music is the best "science" can do with this astonishing discovery then give this film a complete miss and read, or have your students read, some of the more substantial descriptive articles that have been published about Otzi, This film is just low-level "entertainment." The event itself is major. Everyone involved in this joke of a film should have to find other work.
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This tells the story of a mummy found in the Alps!!!! We also read about THE ICEMAN!!!! Intriguing and well done!
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By aldo ray on February 18, 2013
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this scientific study of the discovery of a frozen mummy is engaging, and becomes a murder mystery that even when rewatching it leaves one guessing. the clues and questions the documentary askes and the personal questions one asks of oneself go deep if you let it. on the other hand it is a visually intreaging piece, well recorded, easy to follow and crosses generations and cultures. this is the story of one of our ancestors and his untimely death! yikes! i watch it and never tire of it.
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