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NOVA: Arctic Passage

4.6 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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In this two-hour mini-series, NOVA dramatizes two extraordinary sagas in the quest for the Northwest Passage, the legendary Arctic sea route between the Atlantic and the Pacific that was the prize objective of merchants and adventurers for centuries.

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Product Details

  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: PBS
  • DVD Release Date: May 9, 2006
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EOTE8G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #158,127 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Ruthanne Davis on April 6, 2008
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Finally, the truth, or as much as we shall ever know, about the tragic fate of the crews of the Erebus and the Terror. Even the names (Erebus is Greek for the Gates of Hell) sound like a precursor to doom.
I have read two books on this expedition and the mistakes that Commander Franklin made himself were enough to undermine their voyage. You need only to compare his leadership to that of the great Antarctic explorer, Shackleton, who faced equally dire conditions, to see why he failed.
NOVA, as always, brings the facts and does it in a fair and impartial way. I recommend this to anyone who has any interest in global exploration, particularly the Arctic and the Antarctic.
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Excellent reenactment the doomed Franklin expedtion and subsequent success of Amundson's discovery of the Northwest passage linking the Atlantic with the Pacific.
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Lots of information. Well done reenactment. Perhaps there is a lot of ice because it is easier to depict on film -- thereby cheaper?

Some scary images of the dead bodies unearthed by later explorers. Might not be suitable for younger children because of this.

I bought the DVD for the Franklin report, but was pleasantly surprised by the Amundsen expedition reenactment.
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The documentary on Amundsen is good. It is very informative. The documentary on the Franklin expedition is good and is still contraversial.. The package arrived in great condition and very promptly.
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