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History Specials 1 Season 2010

Season 1
(217) IMDb 7.7/10

101. Who Really Discovered America? TV-14 CC

Did other explorers beat Columbus to our shores? New evidence suggests that America may have been discovered -- and rediscovered -- by Asian, Celtic, and Polynesian tribes, among others. Dramatic recreations augment the story of these amazing journeys.

Runtime:
1 hour, 29 minutes
Original air date:
June 22, 2010

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Season 1

Product Details

Genres Military & War
Season year 2014
Network A&E Television Networks
Producers Michael Stiller
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Jake on March 20, 2012
This was an amazing show! It was factual, engaging, beautiful to the eye, and a very quick 2 hours. I very much enjoyed that Loades didn't dress up in the various costumes for his presentation, but kept his clothes simple and understated, drawing far less attention to himself than his subject, allowing the viewer to see how history LOOKS. I also liked that he didn't dwell on the royalty and nobility, but got in and got his hands dirty with the ploughman and the castle masons. I have ALREADY recommended this video to many of my friends, and will continue to do so. It is an invaluable look at the high medieval period from all the various strata of society.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Tom G on June 19, 2011
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Just got thru watching the Third Reich Part 1 and 2 the Rise and the Fall. This has to be the best documentary I have ever seen of the war taken from a German perspective and how one man could take a nation down to destruction. This should be required viewing for every student in school. I have seen many documentaries on World War II but none that came at it from the perspective of the German people. Thank you history channel for producing a excellent documentary
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ek on July 19, 2012
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As a medieval enthusiast, I'm well acquainted with Mike Loades' work. Once again he creates a program that is both informative and entertaining. Well suited for both the hard core medievalist and the average viewer, Going Medieval is worth your time.
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With its bold promise and provocative title, the History Channel documentary "History of the World in Two Hours" has a lot to live up to. But seriously, anyone who thinks this will be a complete or comprehensive chronicle of almost 14 billion years is probably setting their expectations a little high. For one thing, as this aired on the History Channel with commercials--it actually boils down to 88 minutes from start to finish! Heck, who needs a full two hours? The title is a teaser, a novelty. This is a breezy and entertaining trip through history that starts with concepts related to the formation of earth and ends in contemporary society. In between, we hit certain highlights from the realms of chemistry, biology, astrophysics, paleontology, anthropology and history that help to overview key components that made life possible, sustainable, and able to evolve into its recognizable modern configuration. Certainly, this isn't an in-depth analysis of any one thing in particular, it's just a quick glimpse of important elements that were vital in shaping the earth as we know it.

Perhaps the strongest aspect of "History of the World in Two Hours" comes in its early segments when we're discussing how certain elements were formed that contributed to earth being a viable planet on which life could thrive. The sciences combine to form an intriguing tale of evolution and I like that the piece shows how the physical composition of the atmosphere changed, gives the reasons behind it, and points to future consequences. As the documentary progresses, however, the components can become a bit more hit or miss. And while it seems rather cursory and simplistic, the dispersal of humans, the growth of civilizations, and the union of the continents through exploration give one a lot to think about.
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This is for item # 180 - the devils graveyards. I watched it and must have missed the first part that said it was a fake and a load of BS based on a tales of the weird and psychotic document from 1972 but portrayed as real and happening in 2013/2014.

The film started off with a scientist's son killed by the family dog - complete with blurred/jumping found video type filming of the event (showed at least 4 times during the episode). The scientist is then in pursuit of the truth about what happened to his son and the episode plays like a documentary.

As the film progressed it started to seem more like an episode of Star Gate SG1. Don't get me wrong, I like Star Gate SG1 but I believe it should stay Sci Fi and not be presented as a history special. Essentially Space Aliens bombarded the Earth with energy to release a radioactive metal that is responsible for dead zones and mystery - i.e. Bermuda triangle and other places of mystery. According the episode Nazi's were aware and highly interested in developing this flux as a weapon but were mysteriously destroyed/killed in the process.

The grieving father has now discovered the area where his son was killed was a North Africa version of the Bermuda Triangle (cue strange music). There are 12 triangular zones in all (geometrically spaced across the Earth) including one that was neutralized by Hawaii by nuclear bomb testing. The scientist has collected core soil samples and thus has proof that all the areas except the zone neutralized by Hawaii contains the rare radioactive metal. He now has the top soil removed in the N Africa area and while the History special documenter is there they see it has been placed in a grid pattern similar to old photos from the massively destroyed pole area Nazi site.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MIBirder on September 18, 2012
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This is a comprehensive overview of the Medieval period, approved by my significant other who is a graduate student in history. The quality was fantastic, we watched it on our flat screen in high quality with no pixelation or sound issues. I highly recommend this video!
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