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Ancient Mysteries - Pompeii: Buried Alive
Ancient Mysteries - Pompeii Buried Alive
Actor: Narrated By Kathleen Turner
Genres: Television, Educational, Documentary, Mystery & Suspense
NR     2005     0hr 50min

Two-thousand years ago, Rome was an all-powerful empire and Pompeii was one of its prosperous provincial towns-until Mount Vesuvius exploded in the largest eruption ever recorded. In a matter of hours the thriving city was...  more »


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Actor: Narrated By Kathleen Turner
Genres: Television, Educational, Documentary, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Television, Educational, History, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: A&E Home Video
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 12/27/2005
Original Release Date: 01/01/2005
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2005
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 0hr 50min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 6
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Very Intersting
R. J. Martinez | USA | 06/20/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This history has always interested me. This DVD lives up to satisfy anyones curiosity. Buy cheap and you will not be disappointed."
79 a.d. Pompeii revisited
C. A. Heim | Oil City, PA USA | 12/24/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a well-done production using a lot of imagination with real facts and images. I recently toured Pompeii and felt like I knew the people who died there. This DVD worked well with my Latin students after we studied Pompeii. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in Pompeii's history."
Very Disappointing
Amber Pippin | Dublin, OH | 03/28/2010
(2 out of 5 stars)

"I'm not sure why the other reviewers have given this DVD such high marks. I received this DVD as a Christmas gift. My family and I excitedly sat down to watch it the day after Christmas, and all of us felt let down afterwards. First of all, you can't go into any real depth in just 50 minutes. It's a really cursory overview - and not a very good one. Second, they didn't even focus solely on the event itself! There were pontificating "experts" going on about how horrible the Pompeiians were to own slaves and how women weren't treated equally. Could someone please tell me what the &^#$^% that has to do with Pompeii being buried alive? I was expecting some video and photos of the Pompeii ruins as they are today, with those being tied in to what happened on that fateful day. No such luck. I was hoping for some insight into the people of Pompeii whose remains were found - what might they have been doing at the time this happened? What was the city of Pompeii like pre-eruption? What would have been some of the daily activities of those people? I know, given the short length of the documentary, that they couldn't have gone into any real detail; but couldn't they have then at least focused all of the time they did have to painting a real portrait of what happened that day? Did we really need the preaching from modern-day historians about how un-enlightened the people were 2,000 years ago? The crowning hallmark of any documentary is the viewer walking away from it knowing more about the subject than he/she did before. In that, it failed miserably."
An excellent primer
John E. Poast II | 07/17/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I saw this documentary just before going to Pompeii. It was very informative even though made several years ago (what the heck, the eruption was in 79AD.)

A good way to prepare yourself for visiting the real thing."