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Digging for the Truth - The Complete Season 1 (History Channel)

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Whether investigating ancient tunnels, crossing the icy waters of Lake Titicaca, or scaling the peaks of the Alps, explorer and survival expert Josh Bernstein takes viewers on a rollicking quest to unlock the world's greatest mysteries. DIGGING FOR THE TRUTH: THE COMPLETE SEASON 1 journeys to the most intriguing and dangerous places on earth as Josh uncovers astonishing secrets about some of history's most enigmatic civilizations. In the debut season, Josh voyages far into the Andes to track down the mythic El Dorado, deep into Ethiopia to follow the trail of the Ark of the Covenant, hikes through Utah to investigate the mysterious cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde, and explores the dark tombs of Egypt to unravel the true story of Queen Nefertiti--all the while proving that the ancient past is not so very far removed from our modern lives. In 13 action-packed episodes featuring stunning location footage from across the planet, the blending of modern forensic science and anthropology, and high-flying adventure, DIGGING FOR THE TRUTH: THE COMPLETE SEASON 1 unearths a vibrantly fresh approach to archaeology. DVD Features: History in the Making Featurette; Josh Bernstein Biography; Interactive Menus; Scene Selection

Special Features

  • 13 episodes on four discs
  • "History in the Making" featurette
  • Biography of Josh Bernstein

Product Details

  • Actors: Josh Bernstein
  • Format: Black & White, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • 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: September 26, 2006
  • Run Time: 585 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FOQ02S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,402 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Digging for the Truth - The Complete Season 1 (History Channel)" on IMDb

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More Digging for the Truth and Josh, please--one season is not enough! This program is a great exploration of some of history's greatest mysteries and for each quest, Josh and his crew travel the world to talk to experts, view sites, and check out any and all clues and theories for each topic. Watching Josh dive, rappel, climb, hike, fly, and ride (to name a few of the many things he does) to the sites and use ancient techniques and tools to recreate how ancient people did things makes it come alive and makes the viewer feel like they are there. Josh's down-to-Earth style of hosting and inquisitiveness is refreshing and endearing.

This show has something for everyone. For history buffs, it's a fresh look at things; for history novices, it's a great intro, and for anyone, it's a heck of a lot of fun to watch. The format of the show can entice even the staunchest history-hater to be glued to the TV. The scenery and camera work is top-notch and it's like taking a little mini-vacation (and in some cases, a thrill ride) every time you watch.
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As a long time history buff, I've been frustrated for ages by the dry and uninteresting presentation historical topics usually get on TV. Watching a crusty old professor drone on in front of a blurry still image of something vaguely related to his subject is hardly my idea of fascinating historical programming. I've also been rather frustrated by the general lack of photography (even bad photography) available of many of the most interesting places in history. Cameras are well over 100 years old, and yet even reasonably good photos of many of history's most interesting places are rare on historical TV shows, to say nothing of really top notch video.

Josh and his crew have tackled both of these problems head on with "Digging for the Truth". Their approach is simple ... let's take people to the places where history happened, show them what they really look liked with tons of great videography, and have face to face conversations with historical, archaeological and "alternate theory" experts at or near the sites where the events happened. While I don't think history buffs on a given topic will learn many new facts about their favorite subjects from these shows, I found that I had a much better FEEL for these topics after watching these programs because I felt I'd actually been THERE. I knew what these places looked like ... I had a better feel for how things like weather, geography, technology and the rest factored in to key historical events.

If you're the sort of person that would rather VISIT places from history and discover for yourself what they were like instead of listening to academics talk about them in a class room, then you'll enjoy Josh and his show a lot. If dry presentations of long lists of facts are more your speed ... well ... Amazon sells lots of books on all these topics. :) To each his or her own.
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For three years, real-life survival expert and explorer Josh Bernstein had what I considered to be the coolest job on TV. I'm an avid historian, so probably a lot of people won't award the same number of cool points to the job or Bernstein that I do, but I'm okay with that. When I was a kid, and even now, I dreamed of doing what Bernstein got to do on The History Channel's DIGGING FOR THE TRUTH.

As a kid, I grew up on the novels of H. Rider Haggard, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and reprint pulp magazines of DOC SAVAGE. All of those books, at one time or another, featured lost civilizations or historical conundrums that experts have argued over and wondered about for hundreds and thousands of years. Josh Bernstein got to saddle up horses, camels, motorcycles, and jeeps to ramble around the world in an effort to bring light to several of these puzzles. These explorations weren't without peril, though. Bernstein risks his life through long, high climbs, flash floods, and the real threat of bandits.

I think part of what really makes DIGGING FOR THE TRUTH work for me is Bernstein's obvious enthusiasm for what he's doing and what he's working on. Even before The History Channel discovered him, Bernstein had been involved with survivalist schools and was a double major in anthropology and psychology. He worked his way up from a student at Boulder Outdoor Survival School (BOSS) to CEO.

Throughout all of the episodes, Bernstein remains eager and attentive, a teacher to the television audience as well as a student of the people he meets while researching a subject for the show. He is extremely intelligent, educated, and reachable. I always got the impression that if I ever met him, he'd sit down and talk and be just one of the guys.
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Who Built Egypt's Pyramids?
Nefertiti: The Mummy Returns
Pompeii Secrets Revealed
Hunt for the Lost Ark
The Holy Grail
The Iceman Cometh
Quest for King Solomon's Gold
Passage to the Maya Underworld
The Lost Tribe of Israel
Secrets of the Nazca Lines
The Search for El Dorado
Giants of Easter Island
Mystery of the Anasazi

[About 45 minutes each]
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This has to be one of the coolest documentary style shows ever made. Josh tries to cover the topic from all angles, including getting up to his elbows in doing things how they were done at the time or diving, climbing, or rappelling to wherever he needs to go. This is probably the most fun one will have learning about the pyramids, Nefertiti, the Grail, the Annassassi and the other topics in the show. Plus, the scenery is phenomenal.
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