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The Lost Book of Nostradamus (History Channel)

3.8 out of 5 stars 19 customer reviews

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Nostradamus, history s greatest prophet, is credited with predicting some of the world s most shocking events hundreds of years before they ever took place. Now, THE HISTORY CHANNEL reveals a recently unearthed manuscript containing cryptic predictions that may have been written and illustrated by the famed prophet.

The book Prophecy of the Roman Popes lay hidden for over 400 years until its recent discovery and may contain new predictions (including the crisis in the middle east and the apocalypse). This feature-length documentary examines the book to shed new light on Nostradamus most famed prophesies and uses forensic analysis to determine its authenticity.

Nostradamus words and illustrations are brought to life through state-of-the-art CGI animation and dramatic reenactments. As we examine both the man and his myth, the LOST BOOK OF NOSTRADAMUS reveals the truth about history s most infamous prophet and the significance of his final words.

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Feature-length documentary Nostradamus: 500 Years Later
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  • 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
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  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: February 12, 2008
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000YKI4MC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,076 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By bunnyrabbit4 VINE VOICE on April 20, 2008
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The material covered in this video is not something that lends itself to simple explanation. Whether you are fan of the man or not, these drawings which draw from numerous traditions are fascinating to decode. As 2012 draws near it will be interesting to reflect back on the interpretations provided here. I would also like to see more written on the Astrological insights provided. Check out the website for an animated tour of the book itself and a cool logic game.
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I was prepared to enjoy this special--not because I had any illusions that it would be intelligent, thoughtful, or well-researched--but because I thought it would be a bit of silly fun and maybe furnish a few ideas for a (fantasy) short story or novel. Unfortunately, the "experts" consulted are so determined to make the quatrains fit historical events that they lose all credibility. The one who made me really furious was the guy who said (and I quote), "[Nine-eleven] was the most important event in world history." This idiot is supposed to be a HISTORIAN? Clearly he has no concept of history, not even American history!

People like him are a direct result of the dry, date-obsessive, self-important way history is taught in this country. If the people who work for the History Channel can't find history interesting enough to discuss and instead feel the need to wildly embellish events (or tell outright lies a la Ancient Aliens), then they shouldn't be working for the History Channel. Or the HC should just change its name to "Silly, Inaccurate Stories about the Past."
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I watched this last night on the History channel and was amazed how all of these IE. bible, Mayan culture and philosophers all have described the end of days using the same symbols without some ever having contact or knowledge of each other. Also amazing how Astronomy plays such a vital role and how they could see and predict what would occur in the year 2012. Today's experts are trying to catch up to the genius of the ancient world.
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The Lost Book of Nostradamus is a great book to understand the way an astrologist knows the future from the past. As the planets were lined up for a certain occasion and the Zodiac figures positions in the sky only show more how life is a cycle. Funny this last time I caught the death of the King that lost his head in 1793 and then there was President Kennedy shot in the head 1993. Cycles repeat and if the great minds of Nostradamus were more interested in finding the cycles instead of proving how they claim to know the astrologer Nostradamus and what Nostradamus is saying, they would have realized Earth was not physically over but the way of life known at this time was ending while the next life cycle begins. That what cycles do. How will we begin this cycle is up to mankind? Even the Bible states: "watch the sun, moon and stars and the planets for signs." How many things are actually cycling in your life today?
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My sons and I watch a lot of history documentaries, and I have repeatedly been appalled at how The History Channel sensationalizes, distorts, and blatantly misrepresents fantasy as historical fact.

I used to think the most blatantly inaccurate and sensationalized 'documentary' The History Channel had ever produced was one on the 'history' of zombies. I checked it out thinking, of course, that it was going to be a history of THE IMAGINATIVE CONCEPT of zombies (since zombies do not exist) but lo and behold within 20 minutes the 'experts' were talking about zombies as if it is inevitable that at some point in the immediate future Earth will be swarming with them! omg!

After watching most of this 'Lost Book of Nostradamus' (I finally had to turn it off because I couldn't take any more) I realize it is just as bad or worse than the zombie doc. First, Nostradamus lived during the years 1503-1566. The 'lost book' is dated 1629, sixty years after Nostradamus' death. Even if you accept the hypothesis that Nostradamus' son painted the images (to reflect predictions made by his father while his father was still alive), per Wikipedia, the images in the 'lost book' are copies of images from a medieval manuscript dating back to the 1300's -- so CLEARLY images drawn over a hundred years before Nostradamus was born are NOT predictions made by Nostradamus, whether his son later painted a copy or not!

Second, the 'experts' consulted are simply people who believe in Nostradamus: no genuine historian would claim that Nostradamus is an 'important historical figure.'

Third, both Nostradamus' genuine quatrains and the medieval water-colors in this 'lost book' can be interpreted to mean almost anything you want -- so it is completely bogus to state (gravely and matter-of-factly) that Nostradamus was a prophet and knew in advance about events happening centuries after his death.
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This goes beyond the Nostradamus of most work. This is the newly found book lost in an Italian library for years that somehow made it from the Vatican to the library and was miss-cataloged for years. Worth watching more than once. Worth having for subsequent reference. It goes into more about Nostradamus than most hype movies and books do; and it actually shows the review teams going through the documents to determine their validity and some rather good speculations. What I like is what they present as to where Nostradamus got his predictions.

Worth the watch and keeping if you're a history buff.
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