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National Geographic's Egypt - Secrets of the Pharaohs
National Geographic's Egypt - Secrets of the Pharaohs
Actor: Ron David
Genres: Television, Educational, Documentary
NR     2002     1hr 0min

Who built the pyramids? What were the secrets of mummification? Which treasures were selected for afterlife and why? For centuries, Egypt's pharaohs have kept these secrets to themselves... until now. Travel to a land of m...  more »


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Actor: Ron David
Genres: Television, Educational, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Television, Educational, History
Studio: National Geographic Video
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 09/03/2002
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 1hr 0min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 9
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Fascination in the class room
William Gekas | Balboa Island, CA United States | 11/07/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This video has been watched in deadly silent fascination by hundreds of students in my Art History classes. I am ordering it again because sombody liked it so much he borrowed it and never returned it. Not only does if give welcome relief from the artifacts and dynasties as it attempts to explain how average Egyptians lived, it gives plausable explanations for age old mysteries--like how the pyramids were really built. But what interested many of the students most is the sequence on mummification using a recently deceased body donor. You can compare him to Ramses the Great."
Resting place of pharoahs and workers
Annie Van Auken | Planet Earth | 01/04/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Both the hour-long SECRETS OF THE PHAROAHS and its bonus 30-minute companion MUMMIES OF GOLD extensively feature Dr. Zahi Hawass, Director General of the Center for Pyramids. Zahi, as he is called here, appears on many Egypt-related documentaries. He seems a good-natured man who loves the time-consuming work of desert exploration and excavation of archaeological sites.

In "Mummies of Gold" we see work on a Late-Greek and Roman-era cemetery. Zahi estimates it covers two miles and he expects that over 20 years about 500 mummies will be found. His joy over shards of painted death masks is unmistakable and Zahi is not afraid to speculate on the meaning of partially uncovered mummies and groups of remains.

This short film is more engaging than the title piece, "Secrets of the Pharoahs," which poses several questions and offers at best, speculation. Covered are the pyramids' construction and how life was for the tens of thousands of workers engaged in their construction.

We see an area being cleared just beyond the pyramids that Zahi believes to be a village or "downtown Egypt," as characterized by narration.

Of particular interest is an ancient intact Egyptian boat, now on display in Cairo. This over 150-foot-long wooden vessel is said to have deteriorated more in the past twenty years since its recovery and reassembly than it had in the thousands of years before being removed from a tomb. A smaller ship near to where it was found is looked at through a miniature TV camera fed into its chamber via a tiny wall opening. This boat will stay where it is to better preserve it, thus the room is resealed after a good look-see.

The segment on mummification is incrediby sketchy and the modern re-enactment disappointingly brief.

Those who've studied ancient Egypt will find little new here, but for the interested newcomer "Secrets" will surely be an hour well-spent."