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|IMAX Greece - Secrets of the Past|
Actors: Christos Doumas, Nia Vardalos, Georges Vougioukalakis, Greg MacGillivray
Genres: Educational, Documentary
The magic of ancient Greek civilization comes to life in a giant screen adventure! From the Academy Award-nominated producers of Everest, comes a dynamic tale of science, archeological adventure and discovery. Greece: Secr... more »
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The Parthenon as in Pericles day!
Mike Beri | 10/02/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I bought this IMAX DVD mainly for the special effects of the Parthenon fully resorted and in it's full glory. I wasn't disappointed! The musical score brought life to the flawless video quality that is the hallmark of all IMAX DVD's.
The narrative nicely ties in the elements of the story with the voice of Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) bringing the story to life.
The highlights are the volcanic eruption of Santorini in 1646BC and of course the Parthenon. I could try to describe what they have done with the latest computing power but you'll have to get the DVD to see what I'm talking about. I also found fascinating (I'm a Greek History buff) was the piece of pottery they found that had Pedicles name written on it. This was used for his ostracism in 430, 3 years into the war with Sparta and 1 year before his death. Also equally fascinating are the restored art work from a building that was buried in the Santorini eruption. What is surprising was the drawing of a ship showing how advanced the Greeks were in the 1600BC's!
For the layperson and history buff's this is 45 minutes of the past coming to life.
Greece Revealed Through Eye Candy
Serge J. Van Steenkiste | Atlanta, GA | 04/23/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The producers of Greece Secrets of the Past transport their audience mainly to both Santorini and Athens. They provide some background information about Ancient Greece so that a modern audience can better relate to the achievements of Ancient Greeks. The aerial photography is simply stunning, especially when the film is viewed on an IMAX screen. The producers use computer-generated imagery with great dexterity to restore the Parthenon and Goddess Athena in all their greatness as contemporaries could admire them on the acropolis in the fifth century BCE. As a narrator, Nia Vardalos makes this journey entertaining. However, Greece Secrets of the Past is ultimately just eye candy compared to Secrets of Archeaology, a six-DVD set about 27 archeological sites. Secrets of Archeaology contains among other destinations several unforgettable journeys to the most remarkable sites of Ancient Greece."
Very well done
Alan Mayfield | Ashburn, VA | 03/25/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I just returned from living in Athens for four years and wanted something to remember Greece by. This is a wonderful video. It takes you there to the sites on Santorini and around Greece. The aerial vantage adds to the beauty. It is what I remember and want to remember."
Interesting, but Limited
John S. Robinson | Raleigh, NC | 02/22/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I found the video interesting for what it contained, but was disappointed by the large focus on one volcanic island and relatively little information and perspective on the large and more complex history, art and culture of Greece. For those with a broader interest, I would recommend the National Geographic videos as a better investment."