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Brad Meltzer's Decoded: Season 2 [DVD]

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Best-selling author and history buff Brad Meltzer has studied and written about some of the most revered institutions and documents in human history including the Supreme Court, the presidency, the Secret Service, Wall Street, and the bible. Along the way he's uncovered countless clues, stories and theories he hasn't been able to fully scrutinize until now. In BRAD MELTZER'S DECODED SEASON TWO, he explores the hidden codes and symbols that surround us. Drawing from Brad's fascination with history, this captivating HISTORY series serves as a foundation to inform the past and reveal valuable stories about the future.

BRAD MELTZER'S DECODED SEASON TWO includes all 13 episodes.

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DISC 1: Ft. Knox / Declaration of Independence / Mount Rushmore / Patton

DISC 2: Spear of Destiny / Billy The Kid / UFO


DISC 3: Da Vinci / 2012: The Beginning / Mafia: Alive?

DISC 4: Vatican / Houdini: Murdered? / Devil s Graveyard, Alaska / Bonus

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Author Brad Meltzer and his crew take on another batch of mysteries, myths, alleged conspiracies, and long-hidden secrets in this second season (13 episodes, plus bonus material, on four discs) of the History Channel's Decoded. In the first season, Meltzer addressed a broad variety of subjects, from the prophesies of Nostradamus to the fates of John Wilkes Booth and airline hijacker D.B. Cooper, and this season's topics are equally wide-ranging. Did such historical figures as outlaw Billy the Kid, Gen. George Patton, Pope John Paul I (who was in office for just 33 days), and magician Harry Houdini all meet their deaths as the history books tell us, or were there other, perhaps more sinister causes? Is it possible that Fort Knox, the world's most famous bullion depository, actually contains no gold at all, or that Mt. Rushmore, that glorious symbol of American patriotism, is in fact a monument to white supremacy? And will Doomsday really be upon us on December 21, 2012, as has been foretold?

These are interesting, provocative questions, and Meltzer dispatches his field team (professor Buddy Levy, engineer Christine McKinley, and lawyer Scott Rolle) to track down the answers. The problem is, they rarely do; much of what's presented here amounts to little more than overheated hunches, guesswork, and speculation, backed up by precious little in the way of evidence or facts. "What if [America's] superpower status is based on an empty room?" Meltzer asks in the Fort Knox segment, predicting that world economic chaos would be the result--but no one from the team actually gets inside to find out if it's empty or not. As for Mt. Rushmore, they do uncover indications that sculptor Gutzon Borglum was a member of the Ku Klux Klan, but there is no proof that he intended his work to signify anything racist or separatist; meanwhile, suggesting that Adolf Hitler possessed the "spear of destiny" (the lance used by a Roman soldier to pierce the side of Jesus Christ as he died on the cross) and had it stashed in a secret base in Antarctica, so this sacred and mystical object could be used to establish a Fourth Reich after World War II, comes off as mere sensationalism. Then again, much of this is also good fun--and any TV show that prompts viewers to discuss something deeper than the latest Kardashian shenanigan definitely deserves a look. --Sam Graham


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  • Actors: Brad Melzer
  • Directors: The History Channel
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: June 12, 2012
  • Run Time: 636 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (230 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006QVRXDO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,538 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Even the most common, ordinary objects in the modern world and history may contain secret messages, steeped in codes and symbols. Brad Meltzer's Decoded is a show where the viewer follows a team of investigators who try to determine the meanings behind various symbolism, alleged secret codes and conspiracies that surround us everyday. In each episode, these credible researchers will travel far and wide to examine the clues and decode the hidden meaning behind these seemingly innocuous origins. They will canvas the darkest reaches of the world to connect dots toward revealing a deeper truth.

I love this show. I'm not a Conspiracy Theorist or a Conspiracy buff, I just enjoy watching shows dealing with Historical and unsolved mysteries. I agree with some critics that the show is far from being perfect, but each episode is full of interesting and fascinating information, and I've learned a lot while watching these episodes. Keep an open mind while watching this show, and don't take EVERYTHING they say too seriously. If, like me, you buy a lot of Historical documentaries on DVD then add this set to your collection, you won't regret it. The show is not perfect, maybe not for everyone, but it's definitely a fun show to watch. Enjoy ! :)

This set contains all 13 episodes from season 2, on 4 DVDs. Each episode is 45 minutes long.

1. FT.Knox
Brad's investigators look at one of the most secure places on Earth - the Bullion Depository at Fort Knox, where the U.S. Government reportedly keeps 147.3 million ounces (over 4,600 tons) of gold. Because there has not been a public audit of the gold since 1974 however, the team looks into rumors that the vault is now empty, and if true, it could devastate the nation's economy.

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The best part of these programs was the historical background for the various subjects. Unfortunately, I was never completely convinced that the conclusions were valid because so many possible avenues of investigation were not followed. Some of the investigators brought along their own presuppositions and let their prejudices color their view of the evidence. They could have been more objective. While the topics were interesting and entertaining, the depth of the research was shallow. I would love to see this series shot again with a budget about four times as big and with a team of scientifically trained investigators.
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The series is good enough to find some exciting things. The team risks a lot going in some places where is forbidden to be. That's most of the excited thing :)
Don't expect though to have a real explanation or mystery solved.
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I was really excited to watch the episode on Ft. Knox...I mean hey, who wouldn't want to know what's inside that vault, right? In the end, I was disappointed with their answer (or really a lack thereof). The journey was interesting though. Learned some interesting facts. Made me interested enough to do a little more reading on the history of the Bouillon Depository. In the end though, it felt a bit like watching an episode of Scooby Doo where they don't take the mask off the monster at the end. Oh, and they made like a five minute production about being passed on the freeway by a weird looking SUV. It was distracting and the show lost about 10 credibility points with me because of it.

The Declaration of Independence episode was more of the same...they're not really decoding anything, it's more like giving you a bunch of trivia you probably didn't know. A lot of it was actually really interesting, but again disappointing when they bill it as solving some sort of mystery...but then not really solving anything.

Still, it's (mostly) watchable and entertaining. I like the trivia. Don't like the "feeling like I just ate a candy bar and figured out that's not what I was really hungry for after all." feeling the show leaves me with. Three stars.
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I like how this series presents evidence without thinking for you.

The topic of each episode is almost always intriguing, even the episode I initially thought would have been dull.

I watch so many shows in this genre, as well as read about these topics, but through this series I almost always learn something I didn't already know.

Worth watching.
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The Melzer team should get together with the guy on America unearthed and discuss the Lewis Meriwether case, because I know Lewis Meriwether was killed, and not for any prior claim to part of America.
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I enjoy this show because it falls into a genre that has recently attracted my interest: events from history around which there are unresolved questions. Based on the data available today, so many years after the events in question, and using new techniques of investigation, is it possible to learn anything new? In nearly every case the answer turns out to be "yes". And while the question may not be fully resolved, you learn about other factors in operation at the time that led to the question in the first place.
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This is entertaining, and you do learn some things that you might not have known before, but the actual "decoding" or getting to the actual reality of the subject leaves a little to be desired. The final analysis comes down to the consensus of opinion between the three people who actually do the leg work in the "getting to the real skinny". So, in a good few cases, you really don't end up knowing any more than you did when the program began. Still, it is a way to pass the time and I like documentaries and such like very much, so I give it four stars.
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