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SECRETS OF ANCIENT EGYPT

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Editorial Reviews

“Compelling” —The Times (U.K.)

Explore the mysteries of tombs, temples, mummies, and pyramids

Comprising the fertile banks of the Nile River and the dusty edges of the Sahara, Egypt developed one of the world’s earliest advanced civilizations. For millennia—after the pharaohs fell and sand reclaimed the Sphinx—the mysteries of this ancient people have fascinated scientists and laymen alike. Featuring leaders in the fields of biology, archaeology, geology, zoology, and Egyptology, these four documentaries seek to reveal what was hidden, unearthing the mysteries of the great civilization by calling on the power of modern science.

Secrets of the Pharaohs: A Quest for Ancient DNA—Did genetics lead to the downfall of Tutankhamen’s dynasty?
Oasis of the Golden Mummies—Archaeologist Zahi Hawass excavates a catacomb filled with mummies to learn the legacy of a lost people.
Secrets of the Sands—A former Apollo program scientist looks beneath the sands of the Sahara to discover the origins of the pyramids.
The Sacred Animals of the Pharaohs—How did the ancient world view animals? A massive cache of mummified creatures provides clues.

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Special Features

BONUS FEATURES
• Bonus program: Realm of the Dead (50 min.) explores funerary practices
• 12-page viewer’s guide with a map and articles on the eras of ancient Egypt, the story of the Sahara, Pharaoh Akhenaten, and Egyptian gods

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Product Details

  • Actors: Zahi Hawass
  • Directors: Bo Landin, Christopher Hale, David Barrie
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: ACORN MEDIA
  • DVD Release Date: January 14, 2014
  • Run Time: 207 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00GAHKY12
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,651 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on December 20, 2013
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A 4-documentary set, with Egyptian civilization as a common link. Of course, the Pharaohs are as much a part as the common people. Egypt has always been a mystery--a never-ending puzzle the world continues to research. This DVD set is rife with new technology findings, newly revealed history. Very educational as well as entertaining for the Egypt culture enthusiast. I found much of my formerly learn head knowledge to be out of date. Glad I watched.

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1~~ SECRETS OF THE PHARAOHS: A QUEST FOR ANCIENT DNA
A high-tech contemporary look at a civilization's leaders the world has fascinated over for millennia. Young King Tut comes to the forefront once again. Will DNA offer new enlightenment or new questions? Excavations in a late commoner desert cemetery filled with mummy remains is a fascinating segment I've never previously observed.

2~~ OASIS OF THE GOLDEN MUMMIES
WOW, an entire mummy catacomb revealed through film and Egypt's leading archaeologist. What can be discerned from these people's remains in North Central Egypt desert, miles from the Nile? A Canadian genetics lab assists in this legacy search amid a site located by accident only 4 years ago. In a South Central oasis proof is found of the world's earliest leprosy cases.

3~~ SECRETS OF THE SANDS
A space scientist reverses direction and looks underground (under Egyptian sand) for new discoveries. How did the pyramid culture begin? Modern space photography aids in understanding buried history and landscapes. With amazing results! I was captivated in this episode.

4~~ THE SACRED ANIMALS OF THE PHARAOHS
Animals are also found in mummified remains. This is a look at ancient Egypt's ancestral animal relationships. Were the Pharaohs kind to animals?
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Acorn Media/Athena brings more good documentary programs our way and at their usual exorbitant price. These are good shows, although they are a collection of 5 independent 45-50 minute programs that do not constitute a series persay (dating from 1994-2011). My complaint is the price. For $50 list price you get 2 DVDs with around 240 minutes of programming and a tiny pamphlet with facts. Amazon currently doesn't offer much of a discount from the list price on these.

Again, the programming is excellent and I try to support the release of such material. Acorn has always thrived on charging these premium prices because they have exclusive rights to some quality UK programming that people WILL pay for. I'm not sure they'll pay as much for educational programs such as these. Sad.
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We try to watch anything we can find about ancient Egypt, and this series is very well done and comes at the subject matter from a few different angles than other similar series have. One section delves heavily into the DNA subject. Great find.
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Really interesting documentaries on Egypt. The Oasis of the Golden mummies is a most fascinating episode.
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