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The War File: The History of Warfare - Hannibal and the Punic Wars


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  • Actors: Bob Sessions
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Cromwell Productions
  • DVD Release Date: August 11, 2009
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001LX4BU0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #363,508 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

This DVD tells the story of Hannibal, a true military giant who forged his formidable reputation during the Punic Wars of the 2nd century BC. Superb reconstructions and re-enactments convey the savagery of battle in the ancient world. The DVD features expert commentary and analysis, period imagery, and narration by Bob Sessions. NTSC, Color, Dolby Digital.

Scene Selection
* Introduction
* The First Punic War
* The Roman Navy
* Carthage Fights Back
* Deadlock
* March Over the Alps
* Hannibal Draws Blood
* The Tide Turns
* Carthage is Beaten
* Carthage Destroyed

Special Features
* Test Your Knowledge
* Picture Gallery
* Interactive Menus
* Excerpts From Other Titles In The Series

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By CGScammell TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 3, 2010
I was pretty impressed with this low budget movie. Narrated by Bob Sessions in his usual monotone, what you get here is not some splendid CGI or expensive special effects. Instead, you get to-the-point narrative with the help of four British historians who analyze the Punic Wars and Hannibal's actions. It was the demise of Carthage, afterall, that gave way to the strength of the Roman Empire.

Carthage needed to be destroyed for two reasons: to defeat it as a competitor in sea trade, and to prevent the city-state from falling to the Numidian Empire of northern Africa.

If you want high dramatic war footage, look elsewhere as the warriors here act like theatre stage actors waving rubber swords around. There is no blood (except in a short eye-poking scene involving "Hannibal"), no screaming except in the background, and no graphic death scenes.

All the acting takes place in the background as Sessions narrates the scenes. The era clothing was pretty accurate except perhaps that the armors depicted here were too shiny (Scipio's armor had nipples on the outside?!) and the red cloaks were perhaps too red. Although it is mentioned that Hannibal crossed the Alps with 37 elephants, what isn't told is that only one elephant survived the trek, However, there is enough authenticity to make the 52 minutes of narration worthwhile.

The ageless actor depicting Hannibal, a fair-skinned middle-aged man wearing a full beard streaked with two white strands in the brown beard, was never credited. I wish I knew who he is. And seriously, did Hannibal really look so fair-skinned?

There is nothing new revealed in this work. Everything we know about Hannibal was recorded by the Roman historian Livy, who is quoted in a few scenes with great theatrical drama. Because of the lack of gore and outright violence, this would be a decent movie to show high school students.
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Poorly produced film, it's like a bad B movie.
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average at best .not what i was expecting.
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