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Seven Wonders of the Industrial World (2003) DVD

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Seven Wonders of the Industrial World (2003) DVD

Meet the most brilliant pioneers of the industrial age, and see how - their burning ambition, extravagant dreams, passion and rivalry as great minds clashed, produced seven key technological achievements of the Industrial Revolution. This series uses a compelling mix of computer-generated and dramatic re-creations to bring these fascinating stories to life. The seven stories that are revealed here are: The Great Ship; the Brooklyn Bridge, the Bell Rock Lighthouse; the US Transcontinental Railway; the London sewer system; the Panama Canal; and the Hoover Dam.

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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 6, 2008
  • Run Time: 343 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0013D8LJ0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,434 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Seven Wonders of the Industrial World (2003) DVD" on IMDb

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kevin R. Oppendike on July 20, 2008
Format: DVD
This is a great set of shows. It is almost 100% dramatic re-creations but very well done. It is put together as if modern documentary film crews were on the scene for the creation of these impressive engineering marvels. The acting is first rate and other than the occasional use of an obvious CGI effect the re-creations are very well done. If you enjoy reading about how these monumental engineering feats were done you will enjoy "seeing" parts of it on this video. This is all based on factual information an often truth is stranger than fiction. I wish the BBC would do additional shows of the same type for DVD release.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By J. Leman on November 22, 2008
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Started to watch this with family, but awfully intense for smaller kids (dramatically depicts head trauma with splattered blood, cutting off toes, etc).

Very well done, not too long. Good stories. We really enjoyed them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jimbo on June 20, 2011
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I got this video from Netflix and I liked it so much that I purchased a copy from Amazon to send to an old friend in the construction business, He enjoyed it so much that he watched it a second time, with his adult children.

The Seven Wonders are huge construction projects, ranging from the Panama Canal to a lighthouse off the coast of Scotland, built on a rocky island that is under water 20 hours a day. This lighthouse still stands and functions 200 years later.

The several hour long BBC production is broken into manageable segments on each of the seven projects, I personally found the lighthouse episode the best, and the only one I would skip is the piece on the building of the huge British ship the name of which escapes me. For the most part the men, and in the case of the Brooklyn Bridge a woman, who had the vision to begin and the unwavering courage to complete these epic projects make for fascinating watching.

Compelling viewing to be watched more than once.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Allen Charles Cacioppo on October 29, 2008
Format: DVD
This DVD is almost 6 hours of entertainment, which is incidentally educational. The production value is excellent, and the story lines and narration are enjoyable as well. I highly recommend this DVD simply for the high amount of quality and quantity included,in it's well told semi-documentary style.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Thomson on November 24, 2008
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I am amazed by the high quality of this production. Seven Wonders of the Industrial World should be seen by everyone---especially younger students. There are many heroes long dead who deserve our admiration and thanks. Three cheers for the engineers of the world. They have indeed richly improved our lives. Sadly, however, they are normally ignored. I particularly enjoyed the segment regarding the construction of the London Sewer System. One is also encouraged to read W. Hodding Carter's Flushed: How the Plumber Saved Civilization.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Gaines on June 27, 2013
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I love this doco series. I bought it because I am a fan of Isambard Kingdom Brunel's ships, especially The Great Eastern. I admit I wasn't sure about some of the other episodes but was pleasantly surprised and I certainly learnt a great deal. The re-enactments (something I usually hate) are very well done. Another reviewer hoped for another series to be made, I am crossing my fingers for this aswell.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chameleon on April 8, 2014
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Brilliant show and highly recommend anyone to watch........but the price of $129 and one here for $300+ is ludicrous. I bought for $20 ( including postage) on Ebay , I see other re-packaged versions for around 18 pounds on UK Amazon which seem reasonable, but DO NOT PAY THIS PRICE.
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