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Ancient Discoveries
Ancient Discoveries
Actors: Ted E. Duran, Karl Warwick, Phil Crowley
Genres: Television, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts, Documentary
NR     2007     1hr 0min

As seen on The History Channel , Ancient Discoveries unearths amazing technologies that we think of as modern, but which actually have their origins in antiquity. The series travels back in time to uncover remarkably sophi...  more »


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Actors: Ted E. Duran, Karl Warwick, Phil Crowley
Genres: Television, Educational, Musicals & Performing Arts, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Television, Educational, Classical, Documentary
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 07/17/2007
Original Release Date: 03/27/2007
Theatrical Release Date: 03/27/2007
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 1hr 0min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
Edition: Classical
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Science did not begin with Copernicus
Gerard D. Launay | Berkeley, California | 05/16/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The History Channel has done a superb job in bringing ancient science to light in this breathtaking series of technological advances. Consider Archimedes' giant claws to capture foreign ships in the harbor or Chinese robots that always point to Beijing wherever they are taken, or skyscrapers built by the Egyptians in Alexandria. In some cases, computer graphics are used to illustrate the inventions..and in other cases detailed precise models of the inventions are made. I have found the series to be humbling and illuminating. Highly recommended."
Ancient Discoveries - Australian TV Version
G. Reiss | NYC | 12/02/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)

"For whatever reason, Koch Entertainment chose to release the Australian TV version of Ancient Discoveries. When the US History Channel showed the first three episodes (which I recorded), the narrator was Michael Carroll. On the Aussie version, the narrator is Sean Barrett. Michael Carroll is the far superior narrator of the two, he avoids assuming a professorial tone. The US broadcast had closed captioning, something these DVDs lack. That absence is because for the hard of hearing Australian broadcasters use subtitles, not closed captioning.

It is too bad that Koch didn't use the US History Channel's narration track and closed captioning, the image quality on these DVDs is far superior to the broadcast version I recorded 4 years ago. For the price Koch is charging for these DVDs, it could have even sprung for an on/off English subtitle track instead of closed captioning. But the big flaw of Koch's version is that they used an Aussie actor with an affected irritating intonation to narrate a documentary meant only for the US NTSC market.

Most likely the reason for these shortcuts was cheapness, which also explains the commercials before the start of the DVD advertising two other Koch releases. At least you can chapter forward to dodge these promos to get to the menu. But dodging that irritating narrator is another story.
Ancient Discoveries
Odysseus Ithaka | Boston | 01/14/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The content is impressive and the information it provides. The presentation, and in general the way the documentary was made, is very informative and quite accurate. What a fantastic documentary."
Ancient Discoveries DVD
El lloron | Australia | 11/20/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The things that made an impact on me are, the detailed explanations and the high standard of the commentary. The quality of the computer reconstructions. The overall presentation, professionalism and quality is of the highest order. Not all the material presented is factual or proven. Speculation and reasonable assumptions have been employed in a responsible manner and are required to a certain degree because of the nature of the subjects being dealt with. All speculative content is sensetively introduced and appropriate within the context of these documentaries. Very worthwhile, a fine series, eye-opening and unique in many ways. You will see things here that you have never seen on any other ancient history documentary. A thourghly enjoyable, informative, quality doucmentary series."