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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: The History Channel
  • Format: 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: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: April 17, 2012
  • Run Time: 184 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006J6CELC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #118,061 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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It was the world's most important ancient civilization and lasted longer than any other. In this exciting four-part miniseries, HISTORY explores the technology, culture, religion, wars and peace that unified Egypt for 3,000 years. PLANET EGYPT investigates Egypt's legacy through portraits of its most influential Pharaohs: King Narmer, who united the disparate tribes of Upper and Lower Egypt into the first Egyptian Empire; Thutmose III, who expanded and secured Egypt's borders; Amnenhotep III and his revolutionary son Akhenaten, who attempted to break the power of the priests and reorganize the traditional role of religion; and Ramses II, the great builder of temples and tombs who devoted his life to the cult of death. Threaded throughout are intimate details of typical Egyptian daily life. From feats of engineering and the most ambitious construction projects in history, to its obsession with life, death and immortality, the amazing story of ancient Egypt still astounds us today.

DISC 1: Birth of an Empire / Pharaohs at War

DISC 2: Temples of Power / Quest for Eternity

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By moultrie1861 on January 24, 2013
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The two discs are packed with information & the cinematogy is great. The re-enactments seemed filmed from real life -- the ancient ruins are spectacular. Disc one is "Birth of an Empire" & "Pharoahs at War". The second: "Temples of Power" & "Quest for Eternity". Present-day ruins are transformed into what the ancients saw & the amount of gold the ancient Egyptians used is unbelievable.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amy on January 27, 2013
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I love any thing evey thing Egyptian. This documentary was interesting and well done. The reenactments were cool and not all cheesy. If you like documentaries on ancient Egypt you'll like this.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jim Clark on April 17, 2012
By Jim Clark, publisher, Lee County Courier, Tupelo, MS

Egypt is on my short list of countries I'd love to visit.
Most all archaeologists believe the first man appeared in Africa. Since Egypt is located in northern Africa, it was clearly one of the first highly developed societies and therefore, one of the most interesting.
One of the reasons this society was able to flourish was the fact it was located in the Nile River valley. The Egyptians were one of the first to develop a writing system, agricultural projects, trade with surrounding regions, medicine, and of course, feats of amazing architecture.
The History Channel's Planet Egypt has created a four-part miniseries that covers these areas and more. It explores its humble beginnings, the wars that took place and the peace that followed during its first 3,000 years as an empire.
I was especially interested in the religious aspect. After all, this was the dawn of man searching without the use of books for those paramount questions -- Where did I come from? Why am I here? etc.
Most of these early Egyptians were farmers, and therefore, felt connected to the land. Since they faced all nature could throw at them -- they called upon many different gods for help or for protection. When simple words would not bring relief they would add sacrifices. Eventually they would move to having Pharaohs (who actually ruled like kings) but were considered one of the more important of all the Egyptian gods. They were to be mediators between the people and the gods.
This is a must-see for any ancient history buff.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Locutus on February 24, 2014
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This is comprehensive history of Egyptian history. It is informative and rather interesting. I recommend this to classroom teachers or just those interested in this period of history.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Kuhn on August 27, 2014
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Do not pay crazy money for this DVD set. Unbelievably listed at over $100 at some stores and I still can not figure that out! Just a decent documentary, not bad, not great.
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