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Ancient Egypt Unearthed

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For more than three thousand years its wealth and magnificence were unrivaled...and then lost to the desert sands. Now take a marvelous journey down the mighty Nile and back through time as we uncover many of ancient Egypt's long-lost mysteries. It's all here - pyramids and temples, pharaohs and mummies - in this fascinating collection that explores one of the greatest cultures the world has ever known. Egypt Uncovered In five revealing episodes, world-renowned Egyptologists employ the latest technology and modern archeological findings to breathe life into one of history's most fascinating cultures. A startling new picture emerges of the civilization that dominated the world for millennia. Egypt's Ten Greatest Discoveries Egypt's preeminent archaeologist, Zahi Hawass, and his team have selected the ten most important discoveries in Egypt. From major battles, to mega-construction, these discoveries reveal the amazing stories of the lives of kings, queens and ordinary people. Secrets of Egypt's Lost Queen More powerful than Cleopatra or Nefertiti, Hatshepsut was Egypt's greatest female ruler...and then she disappeared. Dr. Zahi Hawass investigates several mummies, one of which may well be the remains of this powerful queen. Why Ancient Egypt Fell Once the envy of the ancient world, the mighty civilization of Egypt stood for thousands of years until it underwent a swift decline and eventual fall. Given its wealth, power and rich culture, how could such a magnificent empire collapse so entirely? Women Pharaohs Cleopatra, Nefertiti, Nefertari and Hatshepsut were icons of beguiling beauty and power who once dominated ancient Egypt. Their command rivaled that of the mightiest male rulers in history. A startling new discovery unveils the secrets of their charms.

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Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Discovery - Gaiam
  • DVD Release Date: January 13, 2009
  • Run Time: 525 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001HB1K32
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,583 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Harry W. Bellaire on August 27, 2009
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Produced by Discovery channel, it is over 8 1/2 hours of a mind-blowing documentary on the pharoahs of Egypt. You are shown the discoveries of the Kings and Queens and the painstaking trouble they take to identify the mummies. They show the out-of-the-way inscriptions that spell out a detailed look at everyday life, as well as the secret personal lives of these pharoahs. From the Egyptian museum, and the Giza pyramids, to Luxor and the Valley of the Kings, and on to the Aswan quarries, they cover everything in exquisite detail, and with the best professionals in their fields to support their findings. You could watch it 5 times and see something new each time. On the 1-5 scale, I would have to rate this video a 7. In a word -- FANTASTIC!!!
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Searched for good information on Egypt for years and this is by far the best I've come across. Was at first just going to buy Egypt Uncovered until I came across this Dvd set and was pleasently surprised to find it contained all of Egypt Uncovered as well as much more. And at only a fraction of the price!! Over eight hours of information on two Dvd's. Highly recommend this set to anyone interested in Ancient Egypt.
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A very good documentary series until Hawass enters the scene. He's fake and forces his opinions on the events.
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This History DVD was terrific and present different facts about Ancient Egypt that
I was not aware of. I would recommend this to anyone interested in ancient history.
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This miniseries is the most in-depth and worthwhile documentary on Egypt I've ever watched. There are 10 episodes and every one is different. Explanations are in great detail with video and still shots to backup the interviews. Mostly contemporary within the last 15 years. There is nothing published within the last 5-8 years out there yet.

All discoveries are covered in detail. Lineages are explained. 'Lost' pharaohs are found. Women pharaohs are covered as well. It also covers mummification, tomb choices, why Egypt fell, when this culture and government by pharaohs actually began, when monuments began and who built them, ancient makeup explanations, etc.

You won't be disappointed at all.
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Great group of documentaries on things Egyptian! My favorite was the documentary on how Budge discovered and rescued/stole the papyrus of Ani, the complete book of the dead. The dramatization was so interesting and the papyrus so beautiful that I ordered a copy of the Egyptian book of the dead /the book of going forth by day/papyrus of Ani translated by Faulkner and Goelet. It truly is beautiful and fascinating. Every documentary here is educational and fascinating. Well, well worth the price!
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Everything you want to know about Egypt from its history, culture and key pharaohs can be found in this DVD set. I have a large collection of DVD's on Egypt and I have found this DVD set to be one the key educational documentary films out on the market today. The Discovery channel has put together a very good informative piece on such key subjects as Queen Hatshepsut, the pyramids, various tombs and pharaohs. Many new discoveries are discussed in detail with commentary from well known Egyptian and author Dr Zahi Hawass. I recommend this DVD for all ages.
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we enjoyed this dvd and learned so very much. have to admit there were times we both fell asleep. this dvd has to be watched in segments to stay awake. it's not that it's boring, but the sameness of the constant music put us to sleep. it covers so many areas of ancient egypt with great photos and detalied information. there are several divisions in the set and it is easy to separate them and watch them at different times. don't anticipate watching this entire production in one setting. egypt has such an interesting history and an amazing culture and should be appreciated. enjoy!
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