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Instant Expert: Beowulf

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HISTORY introduces INSTANT EXPERT, an exciting new line of titles offering on-the-spot knowledge to students and lifelong learners on a wide variety of topics.

Myths are often the first stories we learn as children--iconic tales where good and evil clash, and humanity and fantasy collide. Thousands of years ago, myths were created to help frame the world of the ancients, and dictate the guidelines of their societies. But could these mythological warriors--and the tales they inspired--have been real? The legend of Beowulf, the Viking world s most famous warrior, is the ultimate tale of courage. Pit against thirsty invaders, barbaric monsters, and a fire-breathing dragon, Beowulf emerged as Norse mythology's greatest hero. HISTORY explores this epic legend, including unearthed burial mounds and ancient carvings that suggest the story of Beowulf could be more than myth.

BONUS FEATURES: Interactive Quiz, Study Guide Featuring Discussion Questions, Activities and more!

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Product Details

  • Actors: History
  • Directors: History
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: July 27, 2010
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003EQN6SU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,874 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This is a great documentary series from the History Channel, and I think this DVD is a perfect visual aid during a Beowulf unit. Experts discuss Anglo-Saxon culture, religion, mythology, the facts behind Beowulf the myth, and much more. There is also an interactive quiz component!
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By Mike Shaw on October 11, 2010
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This dvd is very well done. The dramatization of the story is better than the recent movie with Ray Winstone and Anthony Hopkins; as such you almost get two pleasures for the price of one, you get a thorough introduction into the story of Beowulf and you get a dramatization that pulls you right into the story. I highly recommend this dvd.
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The video on this CD is from a History Channel series about mythological heroes. The specific segment is from "Clash of the Gods." It is a series of scholars explaining the backstory of "Beowulf" with a few interspersed film segments that are pretty low-budget. There's also a fair amount of re-showing of the same graphic or image. In other words, it isn't a movie. That said, my high school said it was helpful because they got to see the settings of the story, heard some historical context, and also learned some theories from noted scholars. The story section is 47 minutes long followed by a lousy 10-question multiple choice quiz that was good for a chuckle with the kids. Next year I'll show this 10-15 minutes per class over a few days instead of all in one setting.
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This is an excellent introduction to one of the most important epic poems ever written in English literature. Instant Expert gives the summary of the entire poem as well as historical connections such as the archaeological finds at Sutton Hoo. This documentary is interesting and well-made.
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I purchased this video to enhance the background knowledge of my 12th grade honors class. I have NEVER seen a more terribly produced piece, and I was actually angry that I wasted my time in ordering, paying, and previewing this dvd. I would never, ever insult my students by showing them this. Absolutely awful. If there was a zero, I would rate this a zero starts. I would like a refund.
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Clash of the Gods version of Beowulf. This was a great overview/review for my English 12 British Literature class. The production, action and narration hold the students' attention very well.
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