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The True Story of Hannibal (2008)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 24, 2008
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0016OKQNA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,475 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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One of history's greatest military leaders, at age nine Hannibal accompanied his father Hamilcar Barca on the Carthaginian expedition to conquer Spain. Before embarking, the boy vowed eternal hatred for Rome, his people's bitter rival. Twenty years later, in 218 BC, he left New Carthage (now Cartagena, Spain) to wage war on "The Eternal City" with an army of about 40,000, including cavalry and elephants. After crossing the Pyrenees and Rhone River, he traversed the Alps while beset by snowstorms, landslides, and hostile mountain tribes. This 2-hour special brings to life the story of the Carthaginian general who struck fear in all Roman hearts and wreaked havoc with his masterful military tactics, bringing the mighty Roman Republic to the brink of ruin. Archaeologists, historians, and military experts guide us through ancient Carthage and give insight into his military strategy up to defeat at Zama in 203 BC.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good DVD May 20, 2009
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I bought this for a friend's daughter to help get more information for a project. This video was amazingly detailed for not being too terribly long. Great reference material for reports, or just interesting to watch if you like Carthage, or Rome, or battle strategies and are eager to learn more about them.
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2.0 out of 5 stars History in Cinema? September 22, 2009
I found the movie quite entertaining but historically inaccurate in several key details. It would have been far better to have produced a film that gave a more balanced description of the two great figures of the 2nd Punic War, namely Scipio Africanus and Hannibal. The film flirts with Scipio's character, but does absolutely no real justice to him and his great achievements - after all, he was the victor! Among the details badly treated are 1) P. Scipio's (i.e. Scipio's father) monumental decision to send his legions,with his brother, onto Spain after learning of Hannibal's crossing of the Alps - the film has us believe he faced Hannibal with his full legions which, of course is untrue. This decision is absolutely paramount to the development and outcome of the War! 2) The film keeps juggling and confusing numbers - for example, 70,000 of Hannibal's men died crossing the Alps? Really? 3) The film tells us that Hannibal was forced to remain in Italy by command of the senate in Carthage, but that is, of course, untrue - he only left Italy when he was recalled by Carthage after Scipio had destroyed all the armies in Spain and Africa! He is said to have cried over having to leave Italy. The film should not be looked at as history, but merely entertainment - as such it is certainly that. The truly interested viewer needs to know they are not being educated as to historical facts. But what else should one expect from the BBC?
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK. December 23, 2012
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This is just someones version of this general,history is decided by the ones who win the war, so the real truth no one wants to know!
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