History Channel: Journey to 10,000 BC
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JOURNEY TO 10,000 B.C. brings this unique and thrilling period to life, and investigates the geologic and climate changes that scientists are just beginning to understand. In a major forensic investigation, HISTORY visits early human archaeological sites to uncover fossilized bones, ancient dwellings, and stone weapons, and uses state-of-the-art CGI to recreate the treacherous mammoth hunts and the devastating impact of a comet colliding with Earth.
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After the unfortunate popularity of Hollywood's "10,000 BC" (a movie so horrible it makes every self-respecting history teacher cringe), this is heaven-sent. It paints a much more accurate picture of the time period, while being extremely relevant.
10,000 BC (History Channel) is fast enough paced to allow students to view the whole DVD, but I would recommend showing it in clips to maximize its impact. Some of my favorite parts include their hunting tactics, ability to survive prehistoric animals, and the segment explaining several theories as to how people "settled" the North American continent.
It's worth the investment to your teaching collection.
hard facts to go on are few and far between, but they do the best they can with what they have got. The theories presented are
sometimes at odds with each other, but with so little hard evidence that is to be expected.
The theories are presented without bias (well, without much bias anyway) so that you get a good picture of several veiwpoints.
If you are looking for a lot of flashy cgi animations, you will not find a lot of it in this film. And what there is tends to
be of fairly low quality. But if you are looking for information, you will find a wealth of it.
Would be excellent for use in a middle school or high school science class, or great for anyone who has an interest in pre-history.
I was hoping – naively -- that this documentary series would be good. How humans came to North America, how they survived, and the changes they wrought, should be a good story, and should make a great subject for a prehistory documentary. Journey to 10.000 BC is a round up tour of some of the conflicting theories of how prehistoric human beings colonized this continent.
Unfortunately, it is spoiled by some of the worse science writing I have seen. It makes me wish the producers had spent a little less money on dramatic re-enactments of humans hunting Mammoths, Saber-toothed cats hunting humans, and Mammoths trampling over humans, and spent a little to hire some writers who could actually write. Producer-writer David Padrusch and writer Ian Stoker-Long apparently cannot.
As soon as I heard the first few lines, I suspected it was going to be bad. It is almost all written in the present tense (aside from an occasional slip up back into good sense). Bad documentary writers think the present tense gives their writing a sense of importance, of immediacy – they are wrong. When writing about history, especially pre-history, it is even worse. Inevitably, the reader or listener will end up confused about what thing came before what other thing. As this series rambles about back and forth in time, it is sometimes impossible to figure what came before what. The past tense, and the past perfect tense, evolved in our language so that we could avoid some of those confusions – for a writer to discard the past tense is just hubris.Read more ›
In the end I think you have to judge for yourself. But you may not wish to pay for the DVD just to find out if you agree with the theories - maybe get it from a library or from a friend?
May I also suggest The First Americans: In Pursuit of Archaeology's Greatest Mystery (Modern Library Paperbacks) if you liked this DVD?
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Good documentary,but slow to get to its point. The movie was very repetitive. Great color,animation,storyline, would but it for my teenager for educational reasons. PaulPublished 3 months ago by Paul burns
I was astonished when I learned that paleo-indians did not resemble neither Asians nor Native Americans; they're white guys according to the representations in this documentary.Published 6 months ago by louiejc
Love the DVDs on pre history that have scientific data and interviews with paleontologists on them.so interesting!Published 9 months ago by morninglory
The history channel over states the veracity of the information that accompanies their presentations of history and evolution. Read morePublished 14 months ago by R. Burns
This was a documentary type movie. It had very little drama & in my opinion it was boring & conclusions if you could call some of them conclusions were weak at best. Read morePublished on July 2, 2014 by Jim