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  • Actors: Tom Cavanagh
  • Directors: Not Applicable
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Smithsonian Networks
  • DVD Release Date: September 23, 2008
  • Run Time: 189 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001DE29Q0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #326,301 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Ever wondered what's hiding behind the scenes of America s most renowned museum complex? Find out as host Tom Cavanagh (Eli Stone, Ed) takes viewers beyond the exhibit halls on an insider's tour of the private rooms, high-tech vaults and cutting edge labs of the Smithsonian Institution, revealing some of the amazing artifacts and rarely seen treasures that visitors can t see! Boasting more than 342,000 square feet of storage space and more than 31 million items in just one of their facilities... some of the oldest and weirdest artifacts are housed here! In each episode of Stories From the Vaults, the Smithsonian's curators, experts and scientists open their collections and share their distinctive passions by presenting their most prized, surprising or enlightening artifacts, relics or specimens standouts among the 100 million or so items in the Smithsonian's collections currently not on exhibit. Cavanagh climbs ladders, peers in drawers, looks behind doors, stares into microscopes and interacts with old bones, bringing a contagious enthusiasm and off-beat humor to the series. He uncovers the intriguing history of each object - its origins, how it came to the Smithsonian, how it is being painstakingly preserved and studied and what it might tell us about ourselves, our culture, where we came from or where we may be going. Episodes from season one of this original Smithsonian Networks program include: Famous Donors, Superlatives, No Place Like Home, Beauty, Firsts, Life After Death and Random? In recognition of its creativity, the Stories From The Vaults series recently received a Gold World Medal from the New York Festival, as well as a Parent's Choice Gold Award for Excellence.

Review

Stories From the Vaults has something for everyone. The various objects allow us to preserve our history and gain a better understanding of the world.

VALERIE SCHER, RATED G EDITOR --SignOnSanDiego.com

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Juba Kazoo on July 31, 2010
Format: Blu-ray
I have to say, this dvd is a really good way of understanding our history. Go beyond the artifacts and it takes you through doors and windows with a slight sense of humor. Should appeal to all age groups!
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The subject matter is fascinating and never gets old. I could watch ten more seasons. As for Tom Cavanagh, I can't help but like the guy. He brought levity without disrespect, and a fun, spontaneous humor. I especially enjoyed seeing him interact with the occasionally awkward and serious-to-a-fault curators (all of whom I deeply respect, I might add). More than once his jokes fall on deaf ears and he gets blank looks instead of laughs, which makes them even funnier. Some of the curators are surprisingly lively. He talks fast, but I appreciate that because he's getting as much information in as possible in a short time. You'll love him or hate him.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Douglas H. Haden on January 21, 2010
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I usually don't review what I consider one- & two-star items; this DVD is an exception. For some it may be worth more stars. It is at least four-star in quality and content. But Vaults is presented with a continuous flow of sophomoric attempts at humor. The host, Tom Cavanagh, does a lot of things right. He is appropriately hands-on and asks relevant questions. The Smithsonian staff are great. If the intended audience is pre-10-year-olds, raise the number of stars to three.
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