A really good review of the 5 civilizations covered
Michael Okey | Tulsa, OK United States | 03/09/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I've been reviewing areas of history that I don't usually cover to balance out my general knowledge. No video can compress into a couple of hours the libraries that have been written on these subjects, but I watched them with a pad nearby and started searching names and topics for further study. Then I added books on those areas to my wish list here on Amazon.
All in all, each disc is a great review if you're rusty or a place to start if you're moving into new areas of history."
Not informative, dumbed down
D. Campbell | Ithaca, NY USA | 09/02/2008
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I had hoped for better from this collection. The "documentaries" are little more than highly costumed re-enactments that shed little light on their purported subjects. These are typical drivel, in that they show the same re-enacted scene repeatedly with non-informative voice-over unrelated to the ridiculous scene. There is no analysis, no real information beyond the most basic, lots of fighting and blood, lots of slo-mo and overacting, lots of camera "techniques", lots of costumes, lots of tense scoring. There's also lots of ridiculous dramatic set-up. For example, the Medici story tries to build up tension regarding the radical design of the Florence cathedral dome. Will it be built? Will it work? Is the architect mad? Is Cosimo Medici going to survive politically? It's ludicrous--we all know that the dome was built and that Cosimo survived (hence the Medici dynasty). It would have been way more interesting and informative to look at the challenges of the dome's construction with some illustrative models or animations, to hear some real analysis of the political situation in Florence. The "talking head" segments offer slightly more insight, but there's really not much to this collection. If you like actual documentaries, this will not satisfy."
A Dream Collection
S. L. Koziol | Chicago, IL U.S.A. | 11/02/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For those of you who love Ancient History and would like to know more about it this is the collection you must have.
When i first watched those programs i was astonished. The detail explanations of events and people really can make a person wonder.
In general this collection will proof a worthy buy, i recommend this for teachers, students and anyone interested in world history, you really CAN learn much by watching this, and as for me it will be of great help for my academic purposes.
If you get it you will NOT regret it!!"
Great series, great productions
A. Flanders | San Francisco, CA United States | 01/12/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This PBS series was way ahead of it's time for documentaries and taking it to the next level. I'm a big history buff and have enjoyed countless documentaries on these subjects, but the lavish productions, thorough scripts and thoughtful viewpoints are brought together in this great set. If you or someone you know is a history buff, get this series!"