Egypt & King Tut: Face of Tutankhamun
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* King Tut's life and times
* Forensic analysis & theories on King Tut's death
* Howard Carter's personal life and struggles
* On-set visits to Carter's & Carnarvon's homes
* On-set visits to other Valley of the Kings tombs
* Step by Step analysis of the discovery & clearing of King Tut's tomb
* Eroding Egyptian Antiquities in modern times
* Modern-day religious cults and embalming practices
* The state of modern-day Egyptian and future of archaeology
Christopher Frayling excellently wrote & narrated this expansive documentary. The only drawback: grandstanding. Frayling's relentless onscreen appearances are just plain awkward at times - tending to distract rather than engage.
I still have many vivid memories of an episode detailing "Tut-Mania", which left its marks on contemporary art and architecture. There were bits on the Chrysler Building and Harrods, commercials of mummies trying to get those pesky blood stains out, the story beind the Tutankhamun-exhibition, Ramses-brand condoms ("Ramses fathered over 100 children", says Professor Frayling), a story of Howard Carter getting litigitious over a replica of the Tutankhamun-tomb at the world fair and excerpts from De Mille's "The Ten Commandments" and Lang's "Metropolis". All this made for a colorful and highly entertaining episode. Like I said, it stuck with me in rich detail and that alone should tell you something about the quality of the series.
However, said episode is not included on this set. Nowhere can a warning be found on the front or back of the cover. No mention whatsoever of an episode having been removed for whatever reason. To top it all off, one of the episodes' synopses DOES talk about Tutankhamun's influence on then-contemporary pop culture and Tut-mania, whereas the actual episode is about something else entirely.
Extra material is decent, if - with the exception of audio recordings of Carter himself - somewhat forgettable. It does in no way excuse the excision of an entire episode. At a price like this, you might feel inclined to think that they would have bothered to bring you the complete series. Avoid!
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I saw this on the A&E channel many many years ago and am thrilled to have a DVD copy. ThanksPublished on March 7, 2014 by Adela Gott
was not what I expect for that price and what it tell about king tut is little of nothing put it on thePublished on December 1, 2013 by randy burke
A wonderful experience of the discovery of the most famous tomb is history.Published on March 16, 2007 by Julie Davey