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Civilisation: The Complete Series
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- The complete series on four discs
- Sir David Attenborough remembers the making of Civilisation
- Photo gallery of behind-the-scenes stills
- Specially written 36-page illustrated booklet
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Clark is a splendid presenter and teacher whose enthusiasm for his work clearly shows. It's all here, from the ancient Greeks to the modern age (well actually, circa 1969 when the series was made), while "Civilization" is a wonderful introduction to the "humanities"--something that they used to teach in college, but now supplanted by courses and programs of dubious relevance and replete with politically correct content.
If you snoozed during your mandatory art or humanities courses in college or just found them as an opportunity to catch up on some other homework during lecture, let Sir Kenneth Clark explain to you why these things still matter today and help to define our culture and our lives. For slightly more than what you would pay for one class at a local community college, you can enjoy a most superlative achievement in truly "higher education."
Unlike the virtually unletterd commentators and hosts on the "History Channel" who apparently utter a profound "Wow, cool!Read more ›
Created in the 1960,s, this series continues to be a classic television series for those who want to be informed and entertained by a highly, knowledgeable and respected art historian, Kenneth Clark.
Mr. Clark does assume that he is talking to a viewer, who is educated, well-read, and has passionate interest in the history, issues, and flow of western civilization from the end of ancient Rome until the 1960's. As the subtitle, "A Personal View" and his commentary makes perfectly clear, he is presenting his knowledgeable view of the history of western civilization. Drawing upon his years of study and experience, his presentations are carefully crafted to have balance as well as clearly presenting his own personal analysis and conclusions as others. It is obvious that he is not in the entertainment business, but his manner is one of a learned host who is presenting an overview of western of civilization from the point of view of its art. The breath and depth of the subject matter is excellent and is highly recommended today as it was 30 years ago.
Finally, this excellent series is now available on DVD. On the technical side, the image quality DVD is in general very good but it is unfortunate that there are some scenes that do not have the quality that this series deserves.
(At bit of trivia - One of the supporting actors in a brief scene from Hamlet is none other than Patrick Stuart.)
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The DVD set of Civilisation has a number of instances where the video quality is lacking. I was looking forward to the Blu-ray disc set that is digitally restored and re-mastered.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really loved this series. It probably ought to have been called "Art in Western Civilization" as that better captures the subject matter. Read morePublished 6 days ago by dutch-irish
This series would not play on my DVD player. It was obviously made for European DVD players. I am stillinterested in getting a copy of this Dvd. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Niemand
One of the first of the great BBC/PBS series such as "Connections" and "The Ascent of Man," Civilisation is a feast of art and ideas in Western Civilization.Published 1 month ago by Lowell Ponte
This works fine in my Panasonic Blu Ray player. I can't speak to the problems people have with Sony players.Published 2 months ago by John E. Holiday
This is the antithesis of a M. Wood documentary. Whereas Wood's programs are engaging, enjoyable and eloquently written, this Clark series is painfully antiquated and dull. Read morePublished 3 months ago by L. Urness
Better than anything that's been on public TV for years. Should be part of everyone's collection, and every parent should show to his children at some point in adolescence.Published 3 months ago by UES Reader
You must appreciate Lord Kenneth Clark's knowledge of European art.Published 4 months ago by Shmuel Sanders
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