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5000 Years of Magnificent Wonders

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Here in one box set are over sixty-seven of man's most spectacular achievements from around the world. Learn the secrets behind history's most awe-inspiring creations. What inspired them? Why do these magnificent creations continue to instill a sense of awe-inspiring wonder? Spectacular photography, state of the art computer animation, and insightful commentary capture the astonishing beauty and power of 5,000 Years of Magnificent Wonders to experience time and again.

Disc 1: Ancient Greece
* The Palace of Knossos - did this building house the terrifying Minotaur?
* The Theatre of Epidaurus - a front row seat for this dazzling feat of engineering.
* The Colossus of Rhodes - a lost triumph that has baffled experts for centuries.
* The Lost City of Atlantis - join the search for this legendary lost civilization.
* The Parthenon - a scandalous foundation for the greatest wonder of ancient Greece.
Extra Features: Acropolis; Inside ancient Greece.
Disc 2: Ancient Rome
* Circus Maximus - twice the number of spectators as today's biggest stadiums.
* Trajan's Forum - the world's first indoor shopping mall.
* The Baths of Caracalla - the most lavish public building ever conceived.
* The Pantheon - the largest domed temple of its time in the world.
* The Coliseum - what chilling stories are locked within its dark corridors?
Extra Features: Coliseum, House of Terror; Flamma, Gladiator Superstar; Fearful Facts; Inside Ancient Rome.

Disc 3: Ancient Egypt
* The Sphinx - what secrets lie behind its silent gaze?
* Hatshepsut's Temple - why was the face of the Pharaoh erased?
* The Valley of the Kings - how did the Pharaoh reach the afterlife?
* Karnak Temple Complex - who tore it apart?
* Temple of Ramses the Great - how could it vanish for thousands of years?
Extra Features: Cleopatra; Treasures of Tutankhamen.

Disc 4: Seven Wonders of the Ancient World
* The Pyramid of Giza - the last of the Seven Wonders still standing.
* The Hanging Gardens of Babylon - a monument to love.
* The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus - the largest temple ever built by Ancient Greeks.
* The Pharos of Alexandria - once the tallest building on Earth.
* The Statue of Zeus at Olympia - the greatest and grandest work in Greek sculpture.
Extra Features: What did they really look like?; Alexander and the Seven Wonders; The Seven Alternate Wonders.
Disc 5: Secrets of the Holy Land
* The Church of the Nativity - what bloodthirsty secret does one of the holiest places in Christendom conceal?
* Mount Sinai - stand where Moses received the Ten Commandments.
* Galilee - the land of Jesus and his miracles.
* Jerusalem - the humble beginnings of the holiest place on Earth.
* Masada - the stone fortress where 1,000 Jews defied the mightiest empire on Earth.
Extra Features: The Mystery of the Lost Ark; The Riddle of the Dead Sea Scrolls; The Gates of Jerusalem (narrated by Richard Kiley).

Disc 6: World Wonders Beyond Time - They are tombs, temples, shrines and monuments: wonders sacred, mysterious and breathtaking to behold. Discover their histories and probe their mysteries in this mesmerizing program that travels the world to bring home incomparable sites that continue to fascinate and inspire.
Includes:
* The Taj Mahal - a king's towering monument to his queen.
* Stonehenge - the world's most famous and mysterious prehistoric site.
* Machu Picchu - the extraordinary and enigmatic Inca ruin.
* Mount Rushmore - a man's daring dream comes to life on a mountain's granite canvas.
* Angkor Wat - a map in stone of the mythological Hindu cosmos.
* The Great Wall of China - the largest edifice ever built by man.

Special Features

None.

Product Details

  • Actors: Pierce Brosnan
  • Directors: N, a
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Questar
  • DVD Release Date: June 16, 2009
  • Run Time: 600 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00280W8RI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,018 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Buddy2Mello on March 30, 2012
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I have always been a fan of National Geographic, the Discovery and History Channels. I purchased the Planet Earth BBC collection and enjoyed it tremendously. That was not a cheap package, but you get what you pay for. That's partly why I had reason for pause with this 6-Disc set.

This set seems so cheap at under $30, that I was worried that the whole thing could turn out to be trash. I did a bit of research, and found it on the World Book Encyclopedia website with an official recommendation. I happen to love World Book, but those collections are around a thousand bucks so I can't afford to go that far. Regardless, that did give this collection a valid source of reference and I ordered it.

When I opened the box I was a bit under-whelmed. Its a flimsy outer sleeve with six thin DVD jewel cases inside. There is very little in the way of descriptions or information on the box. You won't recognize any big film studio seals like Sony or NatGeo or anything like that. It almost looks bootleg, because its so plain.

So with deflated expectations, I popped in the Egypt DVD and... WOW! The quality of the footage is amazing! This is like your very own little history class. They have excellent narrators who seem to be bona fide experts. I am thoroughly impressed. I actually watched the entire 100 minute documentary on Egyptian architecture and even watched the extra feature on Cleopatra. I was just as impressed with Disc 2, "Rome." They do an excellent job highlighting the significant advances that each culture made in constructing these human marvels of construction.

I look forward to watching the rest of this great collection. You are actually getting MORE than you pay for with this deal!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By OXBastetXO on March 13, 2012
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This is a great documentary series and well worth the money! The extra feature are great and very up to date. The documentary on Cleopatra was very interesting and covered some info that has just come to light in the last few years. The images and places covered are amazing and a joy to watch. Well worth it!
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Susan E. Reiter on January 4, 2010
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If you've ever wanted to learn about the many wonders of the world- this set is for you. A great price for invaluable materials. All in all this is the perfect way to take a trip without having to do the airport thing and lay out all that $$$.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Richard B on February 24, 2013
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This is a 6 DVD set in which the first 3 disks are like a travel guide in which if you happen to be travelling to Greece, Egypt or Rome, Italy these are the points of interest you should consider visiting. The next disk is about the 7 wonders of the ancient world. A lot has been written about these monuments so there is nothing new here. The secrets of the Holy Land has I think the most to offer in the way of new informative information and the monuments are for the most part still standing. The last disk is the best disk in the whole set for it includes several of the official new 7 wonders of the world and is why I recommend you purchase this set. The educational value of the whole set is about a 4 and a half stars in my book.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Thomas V. Inman on May 22, 2011
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An expectation fulfilled, this is an adventure few will ever see, along with a basic geographic lesson on mankind's progress in these few generations.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MOVIECONOSIEUR on March 11, 2011
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THIS IS A COMPILATION OF OTHER MEDITERRANEAN HISTORY VIDEOS BY READERS DIGEST AND YOU MAY HAVE PREVIOUSLY PURCHASED WHAT MAKES UP THESE>>>IT IS INTERESTING TO A MEDITERRANEAN EMPIRE HISTORY BUFF
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Clark on January 22, 2013
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An interesting set of DVDs, broken down into periods of great civilization times. Each was interesting, and I've gone back to watch a couple of the discs over again.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jacqueline Williams on April 22, 2013
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i love this daumentry. wonderful, makes tv travel interesting and colorful. i learned a lot about different places and people on the planet and their culture. thank for this one
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