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Egypt : Rediscovering A Lost World (3 Disc Box Set) [DVD] [2005]

Andrew Sachs , Stuart Graham    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Andrew Sachs, Stuart Graham, Julian Wadham, Caroline Langrishe, Alexandra Weaver
  • Producers: Al Burgess
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Feb 2006
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AWKSX2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,712 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Focusing on three of the most important discoveries from the world of the ancient Egyptians, this series journeys back in time to explore Howard Carter's discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun, the Great Belzoni's finds from the reign of Ramesses II and Champollion's deciphering of the hieroglyphs. Join Carter, Belzoni and Champollion as they overcome immense obstacles to unlock the secrets of an as-yet undiscovered world and reveal their seminal finds. Then travel even further back, to the amazing period of Egyptian history unveiled by their astounding work.

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91 of 92 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Egypt brought to life 21 Mar 2007
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This documentary series for the BBC focuses on three of the most important men in Egyptology, their discoveries and their troubles. The first two episodes follow Howard Carter's discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamun. Carter is played brilliantly by Stuart Graham as is Lord Carnarvon by Julian Wadham. There are a couple of liberties taken with events, such as Carnarvon contracting malaria in the tomb rather than on a cruise down the Nile as actually happened, but these are generally minor things that do not distract from the quality of the documentary.

Episodes three and four are about Giovanni Belzoni the former circus strongman who went on to collect antiquities for the British in Egypt. These episode were fascinating because I new little about Belzoni prior to watching it. As well as this Matthew Kelly was brilliant in the lead role. Having only previously seen him on Stars in Their Eyes, I had never realised he was such a talented actor.

The final two episodes of the series follow Jean-Francois Champollion in his race to decipher hieroglyphics. Champollion is again very well played, this time by Elliot Cowan who gets the character just right.

This box set also includes a bonus documentary in the form of Pyramid, a documentary about the building of the Great Pyramid of Giza. Although older than the other documentaries in the box set, it is still generally up-to-date with the current theories about the construction of this wonder of the world. Overall all the documentaries in this box set are brilliantly cast, well acted and expertly researched. Anyone interested in Egyptology should see these DVDs.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Carter/Belzoni/Champollion/Great Pyramid 22 Mar 2008
This is an excellent set for Egytology enthusiasts, offering on the first two discs
1. a two-show account of Howard Carter's discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb,
2. a two-show account of the work of Belzoni (about whom there is little attention elsewhere) and
3. a two-show account of the discovery of the meaning hieroglyphs by Champollion (dramatically, the high point).
It is easy to criticise the woeful acting and the cliched script, but actually these shows are probably better than previous docu-drama efforts on the same subjects. However, the shows are beautifully filmed, special effects are excellent and the BBC clearly spent a few bob on reconstructing means of transport, housing, and others bits and pieces. These shows are also excellent for education purposes - students in secondary education would be interested, even captivated, and amused by these programmes.
4. There is also the BBC's account of the building of Khufu's pyramid at Giza from the perspective of a fictional ancient Egyptian. I hated this show when I first saw it, but warmed to it when watching the DVD recently. It explains a lot, the special effects are excellent and the twee acting, and indulgent scripting, are less detracting.
The other bits and pieces (the extras) don't add to much, but overall the 3-disc set is excellent value for money.
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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top quality from the BBC 6 Feb 2006
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I very much enjoyed this series – it’s the kind of thing that the BBC does so well and very few other broadcasters around the world can attempt: a mixture entertainment and education that doesn’t patronise. I learned a great deal from the series – particularly from the marvellous final two episodes on the race to translate hieroglyphs, something I knew nothing at all about. I was surprised and delighted that there was a bonus disk with this set but I wonder whether the BBC was caught out by the success of the series. I would love to have seen a “Making Of” documentary, given the newspaper stories of what a struggle it was to film in the harsh Egyptian summer. Despite that omission I would give this DVD set top marks – it’s something I will watch again, and my children will no doubt watch for their Egyptian history projects at school. In the immortal words so often heard on Points of View: “Well done, BBC. More please!”
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The BBC's Archaelogical History of Egypt 12 Dec 2011
This fantastic series from the BBC about the archaeological breakthroughs made in Egypt by the British, French and Italians. The series is done recreatively or re-enacted by actors and scripted dialogue.

The series consist's of six episodes. The first two episodes with Howard Carter's discovery of the tomb and treasure of Pharoah Tutankhamun. Episodes three and four look at the discoveries of ex Italian Circus showman Giovanni Belzoni.
The final two episodes chart the work of Jean-François Champollion and his work on deciphering Hieroglyphs on the Rossetta Stone.

The only disappointment for me was the acting and script which was a bit wooden which is why I awarded this four stars. But saying that the content and production is great.

As a special feature the series also contains the excellent BBC special Pyramid which narrated by Omar Sharif dramatises the construction of the Great Pyramid of Khufu.

Altogether an excellent DVD series and with the Pyramid special on top very good value for money.
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 11 Feb 2006
Just before this DVD was finished on the telly, I emailed the BBC direct asking if it would be available to buy, the reply from them was that it wouldn't, be so imagine my delight when I came across it, obviously they must have changed their minds, WELL DONE BBC! for me this series really captured each of the subjects it was obviously very well researched, and all the actors did wonderful jobs re creating each of their subjects, I particularly loved the Howard Carter episodes, I have a couple of biographies of him and I felt the actor who played him really 'got inside his skin' and understood the complexities of the man, this is a wonderful DVD and with the added bonus of the 'Pyramid' dvd as well it is excellent value!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars My only gripe was some repeat of items that had already been seen on...
A very enjoyable and instructive set of discs and well worth the money. My only gripe was some repeat of items that had already been seen on previous discs which seemed pointless... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Mr M Bradshaw.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic series. I do not get tired of watching. Learning. Bit more each time.
Published 3 days ago by Connie Ewin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Geoff Milward
3.0 out of 5 stars tutankhamun
this is a great dvd set with balzony and a feature disc going through an ancient Egyptian mans life being called from the farm to start the building of pharaohs pyramid. Read more
Published 2 months ago by davidhattermann
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent series, would recommend
Quick delivery. Excellent series, would recommend.
Published 2 months ago by sylvia cram
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD set
Great DVD set vary well made 10 out of 10 for filming an story line .by the BBC .will be looking out for more DVDs of this type
Published 4 months ago by maureen a chapman
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd
one of the very best tapes i have brought. the viewer was taken back and forth in time with stories, facts , pictures etc totally brillant . good price and fast delivery
Published 4 months ago by ptricia
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun but a tad shallow and shoddy
This triple disc set is good value and entertains more that it informs although that also depends on the depth of your own information and width of your own education but what it... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ken Raus
I Did not like this box set I thought it would be narrated all the way through by Andrew sachs and not acted out by actors very disappointing
Published 6 months ago by andrew holloway
5.0 out of 5 stars Egypt
interesting and informative, Egypt has the most fascinating history and modern day could learn a lot from it, this film could be shown in schools
Published 6 months ago by Felicity
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