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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Go Entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 26 July 2010
  • Run Time: 174 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003NFM1NS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108,662 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


King Tutankhamun is one of the worlds icons but what do we really know about him? The boy king died at age 19, leaving behind a legendary treasure and a mystery. For nearly a century weve wondered who was Tut? Who were his mother and father? Why have their bodies never been found? How did Tut live, and how did he die? Now using state of the art technology, DNA testing is carried out on King Tut himself and the royal mummies of Egypts Golden Age. Combined with the latest CT scan technology and hands-on forensic anthropology, Dr Zahi Hawass and his scientific team unravel once and for all the mysteries of the boy king in this landmark investigation.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Grace Poole on 14 Aug. 2010
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From the moment King Tutenkhamun's tomb was discovered by Howard Carter in 1922, the young boy king has been shrouded in mystery. Talk of curses, murder and the like are synonymous with his name. This documentary aims to answer some of the many questions that people have asked about both Tut's life and also his death.

What makes this documentary quite different from the many others I have seen on Tut, is that Dr Zahi Hawass and his scientific team try to use concrete, scientific proof to support their many theories. It is amazing viewing just from a forensic point of view. To think that DNA can be found from mummies so old is a mind blowing concept. Dr Hawass is reminiscent of Hercule Poirot in that he uses his logic and re-examines many artefacts which have just been stored away in vaults and forgotten, finding many clues that help to piece the jigsaw together.

The team attempt to piece together Tut's genealogy, using DNA in the hope of finding his parents and maybe his wife, but the tests reveal even more surprises.

I really enjoyed this documentary. I love anything to do with Egypt or King Tut, but found this even more fascinatiing with the whole scientific angle. Great stuff!

This DVD comes with two disc, two episodes of about 87 minutes.

You may have seen this programme in England on Channel Five not long ago as Tutenkhamun: Mystery Revealed. This version is the same except that it has an American voiceover commentary instead of English voiceover and the four episodes are merged into two episodes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Iset TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 6 Mar. 2011
The programme offers a cursory history of Tutankhamun's predecessors, but the main focus of the programme is the activities going on in the "present", namely the DNA tracing efforts of the genetics team and the explorations of Dr Zahi Hawass across Egypt for clues about Tutankhamun's family, life and death. There have been many theories on these topics over the years, but the scientific analysis showcased by this programme offers stunning new evidence to shed light on these questions.

I really enjoyed the meat of the programme, the scientific team trying to map Tutankhamun's DNA, as this took the programme well beyond the sort of basic history narrative presented in most history documentaries, and more into my world, making new discoveries and offering critical analysis of the evidence. The actual analysis and new information really drew me in and I found it quite engaging. And what new information they discover! I found the conclusions convincing, though I hesitate to say definitive because no doubt these revelations will set the academic world a buzz with debate for years to come. For anyone who's interested in Akhenaten, Nefertiti, Tutankhamun and the Amarna period, you won't be bored watching this programme.

This is a minor point, but from time to time the programme made use of a small camera in Dr Hawass' hat to get an archaeologist's eye view, which was a quirky idea but the shakiness and fuzziness of it gave me a headache.

One thing I will say is that I was inspired to do more research into the programme's results after having watched it, and although the programme is not that old, already the results it showcases have moved on and been added to and expanded upon.
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3300 years since the discovery a landmark investigation - however the beloved king Tutankhamun was adulterated to the point of abuse with the unwrapping of his royal mummy even burnt to melt the resin to separate the body of the royal mummy from the innermost coffin the resin was hard solid they may have been meticulous in the slow process as they torched delicately the resin in the wrappings a very determined time consuming task - discolouring the remnants of the body very little evidence of skin burnt away in such a brutal way breaking the body taken out in slices breaking away the head from the torso breaking the lower abdomen separating the pelvic area breaking and damaging both legs at the knee breaking off the hands at the wrist , the body taken out section by section on sheets for examination to examine and retrieve an unimaginable amount of gold artefacts uncovered within the wrappings. In holy reverence this royal treasure was placed carefully for the personal protection of the royal mummy of king Tutankhamun in the afterlife - all the contents preserved in such perfect preservation within the burial chambers were placed in such a way to preserve the integrity of the kings reign as a military, religious and political leader, extraordinary and striking as the portrayal the gold burial mask suggests. To my intuitive mind Tutankhamun is now asking for a duty of care and consideration with wrapping what remains of the kings body with new cloth to preserve one of the world's most famous historical icons - who has given such an incredible valuable account with the ever evolving story an epic of the lovingly wrapped icon sent into the future as an immortal god after resting for more than three millennia suddenly awakened in 1922.
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Good content if you have not seen the two TV programmes. If you have then you have already seen it.

There is now a considerable ground swell of qualified opinion that the DNA results achieved AND THEREFORE THE CONCLUSIONS REACHED are suspect. I am not qualified to say but I trust those who have voiced an opinion.

As a DVD it is well worth watching but don't take ALL the results as 100% accurate.
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