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Mystery of the Nile [Blu-ray]

3.8 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews

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Join a team of explorers on the expedition of a lifetime as they set off to become the first to navigate the Blue Nile from source to sea. The epic 3,260-mile descent down the world's greatest and deadliest river has eluded humankind for centuries - until now! Ride shotgun on the team's 16-foot rafts as they crash through the rapids in Ethiopia's desert canyons. Battle through some of the world's most extreme whitewater rapids with renowned kayaker, Gordon Brown. Over the arduous, four month journey, the team faces nearly insurmountable challenges - from crocodile attacks to armed bandits and arrests. Through breathtaking cinematography, Mystery of the Nile reveals a wondrous region and abundant treasures from Tissisat Falls and the wonders of Egypt to the forgotten black pyramids of Meroe and 12th century churches that were carved into sheer rock.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Michael Gambon, John Harlin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 14, 2008
  • Run Time: 47 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001BEK89C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,281 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: Blu-ray
Like many films in this genre, this one is often better viewed with the sound off. The blu ray transfer is good in most places and some of the cinematography is exactly what you want on a big LCD via blu ray. The narration is pedestrian at best, adding little and sometimes detracting from the enjoyment. It's a bit overwrought and melodramatic. If you can pick it up inexpensively, it does have some impressive eye candy.
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Having recently returned from a week in Egypt absorbing the history around the Nile and spending 3 days on the very well traveled Egyptian section of the Nile, my husband and I were interested in more insight and knowledge. This looked just right. Soon, I realized I'd seen this years ago. The photography was beautiful, though with such an exciting and groundbreaking adventure, I found the accompanying narration and facts sadly lacking in detail. Just as an interesting section would begin, like in Sudan, the narration and film skimmed on and provided nothing of value. Had I realized how cut up the film was, I would not have bought it. It's only 47 minutes long and much of it is spent covering the characters instead of the Nile. I wouldn't buy again or recommend it to others unless they wanted to see the scenery. A great disappointment.
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Mystery of the Nile is an enjoyable movie. But many (re)viewers do not seem to realize that the whole "expedition" never took place. The "expedition" is pure fiction and mostly filmed in studios. The Lake Nasser storm scene is a very clear example. All team members are actors or at least playing a role. Saskia Lange is no Spanish journalist but a German soap-actress. I think they should not have pretended that this was real, they even made a book about the so called "expedition". Mystery of the Nile is a fake documentary, but a very good one.
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Caught this at an Imax Dome theater and LOVEd it!

You really feel as though you are a part of the expidition from the source of the Nile in Sudan all the way to the end in Cairo where it empties into the Mediterranean Sea.

Dangerous, awe-inspiring, and educational. This film achieves in 45 min. what Hollywood only dreams of.
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Some of the best footage I have seen of Ethiopia, my home for 2 years, and the upper Nile. It was thrilling to see the falls again. Almost replicates the sensation of hiking toward their sound in what seemed the middle of nowhere and then the amazing visual reality of the falls themselves. Good shots of Ethiopians in the countryside & even the staged shot of Coptic priests with colorful umbrellas is a taste of life in that country. The narration pushes too hard attempting to make drama and suspense with the result it seems contrived. One wonders why that is necessary with such awesome cinematography.
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Some of the Nile, but much more of the travelers (whose situations seemed "dramatized" several times), and very little "mystery."

When you title a film "Mystery of the Nile," the buyer should expect to receive a little more history, in-depth information, and...mystery. This film is mostly just a travelogue of a group going down the Nile.

And the soundtrack--awfully done! The music itself was interesting and appropriate, but it was mixed at such a high volume that you literally *cannot* hear what the narrators are saying much of the time. It's like trying to have a conversation with someone in a car while the radio is turned up all the way.

Nice photography, but a very frustrating experience overall.
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The history is short and simply: "travel the river from start to finish"

The film shows an expedition of 100 days aprox across the Nyle. there are differents situation and different people in this period

The best value is the image quality and audio track, the music (very good multi channel) is like "tribal music", and is perfect according to the topic.

The aerial images are very well realized, and achieve an interesting effect
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We thorougly enjoyed this blu-ray and highly recommend it. The photography was excellent with some great whitewater photography. The Blue Nile scenery was spectacular.I wish the culture along the Nile was covered more, maybe as additional chapters since this was made for IMAX theaters and the main feature was limited on time.
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