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Egypt & King Tut: Face of Tutankhamun

4.4 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Bob Brier, Christopher Frayling, V.I. Lenin, Jack Perkins, Joseph Stalin
  • Producers: Derek Towers, Roy Davies
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
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  • Studio: BBC Warner
  • DVD Release Date: May 23, 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EQ5TDS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #457,559 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Egypt & King Tut: Face of Tutankhamun" on IMDb

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By I. J. K. Dunbar on March 19, 2006
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This series was originally broadcast in the UK in the early/mid 1990s. It is superbly constructed, beautifully narrated and is easily the best ever programme in the Egyptology genre. Frayling is brilliant at building the suspense - almost as if he was narrating a whodunnit novel. I have been trying to get a copy for years as my original video was lost. Brilliant. An absolute must.
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This expansive 2-DVD set covers just about everything you ever wanted to know about King Tut's tomb and then some...

* 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.
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Let there be no misunderstanding about this: the series itself is very much deserving of five stars. I saw it as a kid on German television over 20 years ago and it stuck with me ever since.

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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Christopher Frayling's BBC documentary from the early nineties is one of the better pieces of television history on ancient Egypt (second only, in my opinion, to John Romer's 1984 effort 'Ancient Lives'- when will that one be commercially released?). Frayling's penchant for cultural history works tremedously well here as he surveys both the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb itself and the significance of the discovery in the western cultural developments during the twentieth century. From an in-depth analysis of Howard Carter's work to interviews with various assorted Californian hippies with mummy fixations, this is a fascinating, well-researched and very entertaining look at the whole Tut phenomenon. It is a relief also to report that unlike many an American edition the series has not been hacked around with inexpert and insensitive editing. Highly recommended.
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Overall I enjoyed this and think it's a nice addition to an Egypt-phile's DVD collection, however, there was one error so glaring in the 3rd episode of disc one that I HAD to comment, and I am stil boggling that it wasn't caught in post production, let alone when it happened. When the host is discussing the theory of "radioactive" Mummies, the mummy shown is *NOT* Tutankhamun, but the mummy believed to be Seti 1. You can look at a photo earlier in the show and see Tut, and see that the two are not even remotely similar. Other then this, as I said, an enjoyable, in depth documentary, worth the money.
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How wonderful to own the series I saw on TV when writing my own book on mummies! Having had the pleasure of meeting Prof. Frayling on a number of occasions , his lucid, knowledgeable style and impeccable delivery are enchanting. The photography is superb and the discs are a joy to own. Bliss to relive my own journey to look into the face of Tutankhamun.
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Indeed. The entire section on the Tut tour of the 70s plus tutmania is gone. What a shame. Otherwise, well done.
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Very well done, so much so that you felt you were there - segment on Belzoni was especially interesting - EXCELLENT! If I could afford it, I'd send a set to each of my sisters since I won't part with mine.
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