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Standing With Stones: A Journey Through Megalithic Britain (2008)

Rupert Soskin , Michael Bott  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Rupert Soskin
  • Directors: Michael Bott
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: The Disinformation Company
  • DVD Release Date: May 19, 2009
  • Run Time: 136 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001SGEUBK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,634 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Altogether a beautiful and professional piece of work, and extraordinary value for money. --Fortean Times

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There are about 1,000 stone circles in the British Isles. If you include other megalithic monuments such as stone rows, long barrows, cairns, cists, standing stones and others, the number runs to tens of thousands. Yet most people can only name one: Stonehenge.

This film is a unique travelogue in which presenter Rupert Soskin and director Michael Bott discover the wealth that is Megalithic Britain. They visit over 100 of the magnificent Neolithic and Bronze Age monuments scattered throughout these islands.

More than two years in the making, this broadcast-standard documentary, written and presented by explorer and naturalist Soskin, takes you from the tip of Cornwall to the Scottish Isles on an unforgettable journey through the landscape of our ancient past.

On a scale never attempted before, two and a quarter hours of stunning photography reveals a landscape filled with enigma, mystery and more than a few surprises.

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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best guide there is July 31, 2009
Format:DVD
This DVD is perfect for beginning a journey through megalithic sites. The narrator is very energetic and funny, yet shows a depth of interest and dedication to the subject that most programs lack. He admits what we do not know (instead of postulating along old well travelled "Offficial" theory lines)....very refreshing. Also a keen observer: he notices an amazing fact about one stone that has escaped the notice of professional archeologists for decades......check it out. I have been to Stonehenge and Avebury, West Kennet and viewed Silbury Hill. Watching this, I was given deeper insight into these, as well as a sense of the sheer magnitude of sites that exist today. When you add the sites that did not survive, the scale of this building process boggles the mind! A huge undertaking by a native people.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice, But Low On Content October 10, 2009
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"Standing With Stones" is a two-hour video tour of over one hundred (!) megalithic sites in Great Britain. It's great to visit so many spots at once, but the downside is that very little time can be spent at any given place. Even Stonehenge is given only a very short scene in the video. The film's writer (and on-camera host) is an enthusiast, not an expert; there isn't much interpretation and analysis, nor even many facts, to be had on this video. (It is useful, though, to be reminded how little we really know about these ancient places). The photography is quite well done, and adds measurably to one's enjoyment of the DVD.

To summarize, this is a pleasant video that will appeal to people who would like a brief tour of (lots of) British megalithic sites. However, viewers who want more details about these places are likely to come away disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great documentary January 21, 2013
By James
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So I rented this through my Netflix subscription, and like it so much I had to buy it!!! The presenter goes from the south of England (Cornwall) to the very tip of Scotland, and even goes through out Ireland, and looks at a lot of the neolithic sights from standing stones to chamber tombs. If your like me and find the Neolithic history of the British Isle then this is the the documentary that you should get for your library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning July 24, 2012
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A movie which celebrates the human spirit. The stuff that dreams are made on, that invisible thing inside all of us, that spirit somehow permeates this transcendental documentary like attending a religious service...without any mention of dogma, faith, psalm or prayer. The spirituality of stone and landscape haunts our kind through thousands of years of generations here. Beautifully filmed. One could take away the deepest sense of beauty in this movie, even if not a word were spoken by it's narrator, Rupert Soskin. The Tao of Sky and Stone. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best there is on this topic. Loved it! May 4, 2012
Format:DVD
We mostly hear about Stonehenge when dealing with ancient stone constructions in the UK.
I wanted to learn about the other stone structures. This DVD has it all. Well not EVERY stone construction in the UK since there are thousands. But it offers the most possible in two hours +.
I found it entertaining, enlightening, and very educational. The host offers up thoughts about what these ancient artifacts may have been used for based on the location and construction. The petrified wood giant post in one stone chamber was a surprise since everyone thought it to be stone. The bonuses on the DVD were also very interesting as they explain much more about what is thought about these structures, not to mention what they had to endure while taking 2 years to make this documentary. I say, "Very well done guys"! They also cover Wales, England, Scotland, and Ireland. A masterpiece!
Now I must buy the book! I plan on seeing some of these in person!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Well Done guys! January 11, 2011
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I thoroughly enjoyed this DVD to the very end. Thats partly because I enjoy ancient history and partly because I love the UK countryside, but the approach they used to introduce us to each site makes you REALLY feel like you are there. The extra features are great too, especially when you appreciate all the work and dedication it took to make this DVD. I'm now dreaming of travelling the very same route that they took to see each site in person, and what better way to retrace thier steps that to take this DVD with me!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 12, 2014
By kim
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loved it, really informative
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully done. June 7, 2014
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Well done. Beautiful scenery included in the CD. Very informative. I gained lots of knowledge and so interesting. A must see.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful visually.
This film is great eye candy, but unfortunately you are not left with much to ponder at the end except their ascetic beauty. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Duane R. Wirdel
5.0 out of 5 stars Standing With Stones Review.
I have a general interest in archaeology and the Standing With Stones is a good overview of the megalithic stone archaeological
sites in Britain. Read more
Published 4 months ago by charles
5.0 out of 5 stars Travelogue of various types of Megalithic sites across Britian,...
Being from the U.S; I have been always intrigued by the Megalithic stone sites in the British Isles and Ireland, I picked up this video to try to get a better understanding of what... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Gary E. Welsh
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite DVD!
I had purchased this DVD for myself over a year ago; it is absolutely fascinating, and if Mr. Soskin headed up a tour following the same path around England, I would definitely... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Anna Lucinda
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating
This exploration of ancient stones in the UK is beautifully filmed. The narration is compelling. I'm planning my trip now!
Published 14 months ago by Gale K. Criswell
5.0 out of 5 stars Eery, pregnant with past
After watching this video, you can't help but want to follow this path through the standing stones of our ancient past.
Published 16 months ago by C. McDougall
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Documentary
Stonehenge move over. This is an intriguing documentary of the hundreds of human made stone formations around the British Isles. They are all over the place- both large and small. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Kat
5.0 out of 5 stars Somewhere in Time
This item was exactly what I had been looking for. It was quickly mailed to me and arrived in excellent condition. This is a keeper for my collection.
Published 20 months ago by Kristine L. Robertson
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