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National Geographic - Machu Picchu Decoded [DVD]

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3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Fremantle Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 5 July 2010
  • Run Time: 52 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003M8OHWO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,885 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Deep in the Andean mountains lays a mysterious ruin named Machu Picchu. For 400 years it sat abandoned on its misty cliff, the quintessential lost city in the jungle. Rediscovered in 1911, it contained no written records or carvings, nothing that could shed light on its history. For a century since, it has defied the endless scores of visitors and scientists who attempted to understand its purpose. Who were the mysterious people who built it and why did they build it here? Today an international team of archeologists, engineers and scientists are finally piecing together the clues. Together they are discovering astonishing new burials, revealing the intricacies of its ingenious engineering and finally decoding the secrets of Machu Picchu.


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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
By Joanne
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Whilst there were some interesting observations on the engineering involved in the construction of Machu Picchu, such as the terracing, drainage, erosion avoidance and water supply and the possible reasons for the choice of location I was disappointed overall.

There were some nice aerial views of Machu Picchu giving an idea of its location, which probably make the DVD worth buying since it's only 2.99 BUT there are also a lot of sections particularly in the first half of the video which have not been well filmed at all, it is almost like a home video when someone pans too quickly and the video goes out of focus. Also quite a few blurry scenes of fictional re-enactment of the Inca life, perhaps it was supposed to be atmospheric but I just found it a little annoying. Given National Geographic's great reputation for its photography I thought this was very poor.

As I knew little about Machu Picchu I came away with a little more knowledge, but I feel the idea it was "Decoded" is a great over exaggeration. It is a video narrated by one of the slow talking "stereotypical" documentary type voices and they explain how it was discovered in 1911, some possible theories as to why it was built and why in that location. A couple of more current experts show how a few extra things have been found which tend to indicate initial theories are not strongly supported. However except for being impressed by the sheer engineering exercise with the apparent absence of the wheel or steel even in the 15th century, I felt all I learnt were possible theories since nothing was conclusively justified.

Also I don't like getting 10 minutes of adverts for other NatGeo products before I get to the screen which allows me to select viewing the 52 minute show.

Since it's cheap, if you have a passing interest it might still be worth buying but don't expect to be amazed by the quality.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A fair DVD but very American 23 May 2011
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I brought this prior to my trip. It is OK but relies a lot on an American style of mock-action. I am sure the BBC would do it better.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Machu Picchu - explained 10 Feb 2011
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The original title indicates that there is some code in the buildings that make up Machu Picchu. This DVD provides more of an explanantion for the phenomenon that is Machu Picchu. Nonetheless, a delightful, interesting and gripping documentary that I will go back to as a resource and when I have more information on the history of Peru.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Machu Picchu 27 Sep 2013
By Jo
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Fantastic insight and beautifully shot. Some interesting ideas and facts too. Definitely a must buy for anyone who loves history or mystery
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars waste of money 17 July 2011
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This dvd has the title "Machu Picchu", but a large part of it is filled with commercials for NG's other products and general commercials seen too many times on their TV-channel - very irritating, I think. Since I consider visiting this site, I got some basic information, but if you have no special interest in this - this dvd is a waste of money. If I did not consider visiting there, this dvd would deserve one star.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Machu Picchu 10 May 2014
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I have to find some where to take this DVD to have it changed so I can watch it, also the one of Caroline Quentin in India, they won't play on my DVD
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5.0 out of 5 stars Machu picchu DVD 10 Mar 2014
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Excellent dvd. It makes me want to go there and see it in real life, even though it will be quite a challenge to do so!!.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars disappointed
Quite disappointed with the dvd as I wanted to know more about it as I am very interested in the spiritual side of it
Published 9 months ago by Lysie
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative
Any one who will visit it becomes essential reading. Very informative.The lazy mans holiday.Or the pensioner who will never have the money to visit>
Published 16 months ago by awayday
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD
Bought as a gift for my mother who had visited a couple of years ago. She thought it was really well done and brought back good memories!
Published 17 months ago by artyhouse
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good, eventually
At first we thought we had been sold the wrong disc.
So many adverts for National Geographic it took some time to wade through them to the beginning of the programme. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Barry Hodgson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great value
Fast and efficient service. What a great way to see such a place....from the comfort of your armchair. Good quality.
Published 18 months ago by Sophocles
3.0 out of 5 stars It could be better
Its a bit dated looking, but it will keep you watching. Its not very indept, to much speculation on what might be!
Published 18 months ago by Catherine Lambe
3.0 out of 5 stars MACHU PICCHU
A bit disappointing overall. There are a lot of ads for other National Geographic DVDs to sit through before you get to the feature you paid for and as they are in a very crass... Read more
Published 22 months ago by jilly duck
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