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Greece: Secrets of the Past (IMAX) [Blu-ray]
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The narrative nicely ties in the elements of the story with the voice of Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) bringing the story to life.
The highlights are the volcanic eruption of Santorini in 1646BC and of course the Parthenon. I could try to describe what they have done with the latest computing power but you'll have to get the DVD to see what I'm talking about. I also found fascinating (I'm a Greek History buff) was the piece of pottery they found that had Pedicles name written on it. This was used for his ostracism in 430, 3 years into the war with Sparta and 1 year before his death. Also equally fascinating are the restored art work from a building that was buried in the Santorini eruption. What is surprising was the drawing of a ship showing how advanced the Greeks were in the 1600BC's!
For the layperson and history buff's this is 45 minutes of the past coming to life.
yes, you may learn a few things about ancient greece by watching this - but altogether it was just kind of humdrum and threadbare on content. it is not that there is no great CGI, (and there isn't - great computer graphics do NOT make a good documentary - really don't care about that). and besides being threadbare on content the narration was filled with platitudes and the music i found to be either depressing or bombastic. mostly depressing. again, not much here. sorry i got it - off to my local 'movie stop' store to trade it in!
You will see how the Greeks contributed so much to the foundation of our civilization. They were seagoers. And the God of the Sea was Poseidon. The videos shows evidence of ancient civilization such as on the island of Delos. You will enjoy the findings of archeologists. In Santorini there is evidence of a bronze age city, Akoteri. Here is evidence of the lost city of Atlantis. Plato described Atlantis with gray, black and red rocks. As you sail into Santorini you will see evidence of what could very well have been Atlantis. Wall paintings have been found, displaying life in the Minoan civilization. You can see the lifestyles of these ancient peoples.The video continues with the amazing evidence of this magnificent ancient civilization.
Weaving throughout all this beauty are two bonus themes. One is a historical narrative detailing the Santorini eruption (another great computer simulation) and telling how the financial excesses of the Parthenon led to the downfall of what was at the time the greatest nation on earth, Greece. The other is a collection of original Greek songs written especially for this movie. One song in particular is reminiscent of Andrea Bocelli's best work, although this is all Greek lyrics and music.
I watched this twice back to back, then put the bonus video-and-music track on repeat. I can't get enough! Worth way more than I paid for it!
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I saw this today in IMAX and I must say this was one of the worst documentaries I've seen in a long time.
Positives: The visuals and music were absolutely stunning. Read more
Wonderful and sharp portrayal of the historical past secrets of Greece. I had the standard version before this one and there is so much sharper photography in this version that... Read morePublished on July 10, 2014 by John J. Faklis