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Secrets of the Dark Ages (1992)

Richard Rudgley , Mark Elliott  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Richard Rudgley
  • Directors: Mark Elliott
  • 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: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Granada/BFS Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 24, 2003
  • Run Time: 148 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000087EY3
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #416,467 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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When you think of brutal hand to hand warfare, you think of the soldiers of the Dark Ages -- the Vikings, the Goths, the Vandals and the Huns. This program will reveal their revolutionary fighting styles, and demonstrate what their greed-inspired aggression achieved for them. Where did they come from? Who are their descendants? Are any of their techniques and inventions still used? Watch this show and find out.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite good July 28, 2005
By Oavde
Not a bad documentary, a bit "groovy" at times (Hells' Angels?) but some good information, interviews with historical re-enactment groups, good footage of places set out as they were in the times, many interviews with experts and lots of re-creation (e.g a dark ages boat reconstructed by enthusiasts and taken out to seas - they went to a lot of effort).

Quite worth watching if you are interested in these topics.
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This three-part video series is subtitled "They drew a map of the world...in blood." Thankfully, this is just an attention grabber on the cover of the DVD jacket! This is actually a very thoughtful, well-researched, well-presented and thoroughly enjoyable documentary on what has been called the "Dark Ages".

This is a three-part series with each segment about 50 minutes in length. Each segment covers a differnt topic.

The first segment is entitled "History's Hell's Angels" and covers the period when the Roman empire is being assaulted on all fronts by "barbarians". The video does a good job of explaining that the Germanic people were actually settled, agricultural peoples who were being pushed against and through Roman boundaries by steppe horsemen - the Huns. Covers topics such as the Roman frontier defences, the Germanic people and their arts and outlook, the nomadic culture of the Huns. There is a very good segment on the composite bow and the military capabilities of the Huns. The DVD shows Germans such as Theodoric who very much become "Roman" in many ways.

The second segment is entitled "In A Time Of Shadows" and is the real gem in the series. Covers Germanic migration/conquest of Britain beginning in Denmark and Germany. One notices how many combs are recovered from graves (male graves just as often as female) showing that these "barbarians" are not savages that Hollywood movies show them to have been. Covers Saxon ships and their capabilities for long-distance travel. Anglo-Saxon/Germanic pattern-welded sword making is covered well. The video covers Anglo-Saxon village life at West Stow and other sites and confronts the myth of dirty, knuckle-dragging barbarians living short and mean existances.
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