Pyramid 2003 NR

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Based on the latest archaeological discoveries and combining dramatic reconstruction, location shooting and state-of-the-art CGI computer effects, this film travels back in time to reveal how the mighty structure of the Great Pyramid was built.

Starring:
Hisham Abdullah, Mohamed Awad
Runtime:
50 minutes

Pyramid

Product Details

Genres Documentary
Director Jonathan Stamp
Starring Hisham Abdullah, Mohamed Awad
Supporting actors Marc Bator, Christian Brückner, Tom Hewitt, Michael Pennington, Omar Sharif
Studio BBC
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)

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Customer Reviews

The actors, overall, did a good job.
Neil
The "drama" part of this docudrama really brought the methods used and the scale of work and sacrifice necessary to build the pyramid to life for my kids.
M. Desmond
The volume of people required is so great we cannot really imagine how many were required.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Neil on June 20, 2004
Format: DVD
There are actually two versions of this film. One was shown on the Discovery Channel with about 5 minutes or so cut from it and with a different narrator and this one. Of the two, this one is a bit better. The DVD says it has a "making of" part and it does but this part is quite lacking. It is like they slapped it together.
Historical points. Overall they were quite good in their presentation but they made a few errors. One of which was saying "Egypt had no need of slaves." This is absolutely historically false. Egypt had slaves like every nation in the area. Their slaves, though, would not have built the pyramids or holy places. They were doing other tasks. Also their portrayal of the copper smithing is off. A book called "Technology in the Ancient World" does a better job of describing metal working/discovery in detail.
Outside of these minor points, the story is engaging. It follows the life of one man from anonymous villager to a foreman over a work gang on the great pyramid. Some of the shots are quite beautiful and the reconstructions are well made. The actors, overall, did a good job. They didn't overdo their roles nor look like stiffs. This is a great DVD for people who are casually interested in ancient Egypt or for classroom activities.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 26, 2003
Format: DVD
i don't know who wrote the review giving this show 1 star ... Watching it i was just pleased to see someone trying to visualise Ancient Egypt rather than go through the various (constantly repeated) mysterious , multi-million dollar book selling,... (atlantean) theories. It seemed to be based on the latest conventional archaeology and gave a broad view of how the workers would have lived and the pyramid erected. A visual treat set against a plethora of acedemic documentaries that abound in this field.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Peter Gerlach on February 20, 2007
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I've come to expect generally good fare from the BBC, and this was no exception. The visual richness of Egytian life and scenery along the Nile was unbelievably real - it looks like a film crew was transported back to 2400 BC to make this engrossing saga. The main character was marvelously genuine and real, as were the many supporting people. I appreciated that the answer to "Why were the pyramids built?" was artfully woven into the unfolding story, letting us glimpse something of the political and spiritual beliefs of these amazing people.

I highly recommend spending an hour 4,500 years in the past, watching the remaining Wonder of the World being built, and glimpsing the lives of those who accomplished this.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bernie HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 14, 2007
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The BBC story of building the great pyramid as told by Nakht (a fictional conscript). It is beautifully told. This is a visually stunning reenactment of what it must have been like to have lived and worked at the time. We follow his story from the time he was a child being told that he owed everything to the king. Then the day he was conscripted and his journey to Gaze where he embarked on a journey through life. There is no space alien speculation or secret powers.

There is really no time for any in-depth Egyptology but the story will hold your attention and is worth re-watching.

Pyramid
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Desmond on September 15, 2009
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I first checked this book out from the library when doing a second grade unit study on Ancient Egypt with my kids last year. They enjoyed it so much they watched it several more times on their own before I had to return it. Later in the year they asked me to check it out again. I did and they watched it over and over. They asked for it again today, over a year from the first time they saw it. The "drama" part of this docudrama really brought the methods used and the scale of work and sacrifice necessary to build the pyramid to life for my kids. I really enjoyed this movie as well. I highly recommend this video, especially for helping kids, who often find regular documentaries boring, understand just how amazing these structures are.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul F. Warms on January 10, 2010
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A treat to watch with the visual effects that make you feel part of the action. This is the story everyone should see that offers to explain how a civilization can marshall its resources to build an enormous structure. You go inside the levels of workers that labored for decades on the Great Pyramid and discover that very few were slaves. The fact is the Great Pyramid was the work of inventive Egyptian engineers and thousands of conscripts who made possible pharaoh Khufu's final resting place. This video's debunks many myths that have surrounded the building of the pyramids. It is a must see for families of all ages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Arena TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 27, 2009
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Building the Great Pyramid is great family educational entertainment made much more valuable by the extra "making of" feature! Although academics and museums participated in the creation of this video, it seemed to need more "footnotes," so to speak, to add to the credability as I watched. For me, Building the Great Pyramids was something meant to stimulate research rather than offer it.

Overall, this DVD has the quality you would expect from the BBC, and I do heartily recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Emily's Buddy on March 18, 2011
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I was asked to substitute teach in a math class, high school level, and the teacher left this DVD for me to show the class. I was hugely impressed, and the class was riveted. Why math? Because the geometry of the pyramids as related to astronomy was one of the emphases in this film.

The voice-over by (for crying out loud!)Omar Sharif was hugely impressive, and the narrative involving two young Egyptian brothers who take part in the building of the Great Pyramid made the "lesson" more personal and highly memorable.

I ordered it in time for Christmas to give as a gift to a grandson who loves to build complicated structures. Sadly, the first order was simply not fulfilled-- but that was a different seller. After two months I gave up and re-ordered, and this seller was swift. Excellent service.

(I have no idea why this review is tagged as coming from Emily's Buddy. That's not me.)
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