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Doomsday 2012: The End Of Days [DVD]

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It is a doomsday that is foretold in the Mayan calendar, the Chinese oracle of the I Ching...even in an Internet-based prophetic software program: December 21st, 2012. Is there any truth to the prophecy that the world will end on that specific date? And why do so many oracles throughout history seem to point to that same dreaded doomsday? This fascinating special cuts through the myths and offers a fact-based examination of the Doomsday prophecy.

Also included is a bonus documentary: MAYAN DOOMSDAY PROPHECY which delves even deeper into meaning behind the Mayans and their apocalyptic calendar.

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Roland Emmerich had a rollicking good time directing the fictional disaster pic 2012, but the History Channel's more clear-eyed documentary, Doomsday 2012: The End of Days, offers a more fact-based exploration of the Mayan prophesy of the end of the world. Doomsday 2012, like Emmerich's film, explores the intricate calendars invented by the Maya many centuries ago--calendars that scientists still marvel at (in fact, one of the three calendars the Maya invented, this special reveals, is actually even more accurate than the calendar currently in existence). The Maya, using sophisticated astronomy studies and mathematical formulas, were able to calculate equinoxes, eclipses, and other heavenly events many centuries ahead of time--with remarkable accuracy. In one Mayan calendar and one of the few surviving codices that are a key to the cryptograms, the Maya appear to predict that the world will end in 2012. Therein lies the irresistible tenet of fantasy disasters. But the reality is just as fascinating. Doomsday 2012: The End of Days is an excellent and enthralling history lesson, exploring the richness of Mayan culture, and explaining the studies of their calendars. Several experts illuminate the various means that the Maya had for their impressive measurements, yet most also say that the "doomsday" prediction of 2012 is open to interpretation. The special further looks at other predictions of doomsday throughout human history, which thus far, happily, have been wrong. This terrific boxed set also includes a bonus documentary that explores more deeply the science and methodology of the Maya and is a must-see for fans of Central American culture, as well as of science and science fiction. --A.T. Hurley

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Mayan Doomsday Prophecy: bonus documentary

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  • Actors: Phil Crowley
  • Directors: Jeff Schiro, Tim Evans
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: November 10, 2009
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002M4ZJ08
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #171,293 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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This film makes a worth-while addition to the series of films about ancient and recent prophecies regarding the alleged end of days on December 21, 2012. It certainly makes better viewing than the recent fictional film 2012. This one does not give much screen time to Nostradamus; that has been done in the History Channel film of that name. Since I have reviewed that DVD elsewhere on Amazon, I won't dwell on it here. This film DOOMSDAY 2012 stands on its own merits because it introduces information not touched upon in the former film -- e.g., the real Merlin called Myrddin in the Welsh, the sylbils from ancient Greece and Rome, and even a computer program called WEB BOT, which inadvertently made predictions about 9/11 and 2012 it was not originally created to make. This film also gives more attention to The Revelations of St. John in the Bible.

Of course, we have heard or read about the predictions of the star-gazing Mayans, the Hopis, the Egyptians, and the Masons. Persons we may not have heard about are such characters as Mother Shipton (Ursula Southill) and a real-life seer named Myrddin, perhaps the basis for the fictional Merlin in the King Arthur stories. It also gives needed attention to the ancient Chinese oracle the I Ching, a system of divination that pre-dates the others we have heard about. In fact, this film consults (no pun intended) just about every oracle except the Tarot and the Runes.

The filming of these programs is astonishingly well-done and credit should be given to the efforts of the producers and cinematographers. Credit should also be given to this program in particular for including the skeptics who want to share their "rational" perspectives on this topic.
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(NOTE that this review is for the documentary "Doomsday 2012," NOT to be confused with the science fiction movies "2012: Doomsday" and "2012")

"[December 21,] 2012: a date that is prophesized as the end of the world. But is there any science behind this dire prediction? Could ancient oracles truly predict the future? The answer could affect all of us because history shows a surprisingly good track record for those who say doomsday is almost here."

The above in quotation marks is found in the introduction to this documentary. There are three main threads to it:

(1) The end of the Mayan calendar and its associated prophesies of change. (The early Maya was a civilization of middle America noted for many things but especially for their mathematical and astronomical systems. They were initially established during the Pre-Classic period (circa 2000BC to 250) but disappeared upon the arrival of the Spanish in the mid-1500s.)
(2) The work on the I Ching and the end of its cycle in 2012. (The I Ching {pronounced "EE Ching"} is one of the oldest of the Chinese classic texts. The earliest version of the texts date to the mid-4TH and early 3RD centuries BC. Also known as the "Book of Changes.")
(3) A computer program that scours the Internet for information it can use to predict major events, which also points to 2012 as being a rather nasty year.

Interspersed with these three main threads are several smaller, less specific prophesies that may or may not apply to our present time. It follows the format of combining talking-head comments (mainly authors, book editors, and publishers), stock footage, and dramatic re-enactments.
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Where have all the good script writer's gone? There was so much potential... even a good story line, but a big let down on the ending. Remember the ending from "The planet of the Ape's," you could feel the emotional implication when he realized why the world had changed. The ending to Doomsday 2012 gave us nothing but fluff. This is not a movie I would keep in my "worth a repeat" cabinet.
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This pair of doomsday documentaries delivers a 94-minute dose of death, destruction and deterioration, as outlined by the Mayans and other oracles. It's spectrum-based entertainment; those on extreme poles of prophetic belief might get a kick out of things, but folks residing in the middle won't see much in this facts-light presentation. Will the poles shift when our moon, sun and the earth line up with the black hole in the center of the galaxy? Or will we just go on living our egocentric little lives? As far as this DVD goes, if you Skip It, you'll have more time to contemplate a better tomorrow.
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This was interesting to watch, however, as we all know, it did not happen, so why bother reviewing it, i don't know
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The disappointment here was the Amazon didn't put any notice that this was a History Channel program and I ended up with something very much less than what I wanted. I hope that if your reading this that you take heed to the warning that this is something off the tv and not a movie.
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