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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: None
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: None
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: History Channel
  • DVD Release Date: 17 May 2010
  • Run Time: 870 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003GCOQTU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,741 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Relive the fall of one of history s greatest civilizations.

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3.7 out of 5 stars

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185 of 191 people found the following review helpful By PA on 7 Jun. 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
No reviews so far, so I may well post my initial thoughts. Firstly, this set contains the 4 DVD History Channel's set of 'Rome The Rise and Fall of an Empire'. In addition there are two extra DVDs - 'Rome: Engineering an Empire' and 'Ancient Mysteries - Ancient Rome and its Mysterious Cities'. The 4 DVD set alone can be bought for nearly double the price, so already we are into bargain territory. I'm only part way through the 4xDVD set, but in comparison to the Discovery Channel's equivalent there is far less repitition (annoying 'recap' after what would be an ad-break), and the production values are far higher. Also, the DVDs each have two or three episodes each, so although there are less discs the run-time is far greater - I can never understand why many documentary sets contain 6 or 8 discs, each with just 40 mins of material ! In total there are 14hrs of (what so far looks like) quality documentary. If you don't already own it, buy 'Ancient Rome: The rise and fall of Empire' - this BBC produced series is my personal favourite, but if you already own it, then this DVD set is a great companion piece, and represents stunning value.
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71 of 74 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence on 29 Dec. 2010
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I was attracted to this series because I'd read about the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest and I wanted to learn more about one of the biggest defeats suffered by the Roman army.

I'd seen the BBC production that shares the same name as this collection, and I must admit that after watching the first episode I began to doubt the quality of the production and it bugged me. But after watching a few more episodes, I began to realise that the lower quality visuals and re-enactments are actually the series' strength. Unlike the BBC version, this History Channel production is crammed with accurate historical facts, data and critical overview from, mainly American, experts. Whereas it's easy to get distracted by the superior script/plot, stunning visuals and professional actors used by the BBC and lose track of dates, victories and who was in power.

Like others have said/written before, this production covers some relatively obscure chapters and events in Roman history. This is attractive in the sense that it reveals some of the less well known weaknesses of the Roman empire and how it evolved to put them right.

The only downside, which has already been noted, is the droning narrator and the regular references to 9/11 and the war on terror. The intermittent recaps also betray the fact that this DVD collection is an adapted/edited version of what was aired on TV and repackaged as a DVD collection.

Overall, don't expect to be amazed by stunning visuals and quality acting, but the sheer amount of concise historical fact and analysis makes it well worth the expense.
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54 of 57 people found the following review helpful By C. W. Bradbury on 5 Nov. 2009
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If its information on ancient Rome you are looking for, this is the series for you. Made in thirteen parts; on four DVDdiscs, each in it's own slimline plastic cover; this 640min series is absolutely packed with historical information presented in an entertaining manner. The format is the standard historical re-enactments, fleshed out with numerous maps and expert comment, but the factual content is very high indeed, and the commentary by Leif Anders runs like a particularly interesting storytale. Beginning with Marius and the Cimbri invasion in 113BC, this series covers the major events in the long history of Rome through to the final destruction of the Western Empire in 476AD as shown in the episodes listed below:-
1.The First Barbarian War.
2.Spartacus.
3.Julius Caesar.
4.The Forest of Death.
5.The Invasion of Britain.
6.The Dacian Wars.
7.Rebellion and Betrayal.
8.Wrath of the Gods.
9.The Soldiers' Emperor.
10.Constantine The Great.
11.The Barbarian General.
12.The Puppet Master.
13.The Last Emperor.
The re-enactments are on a small scale for such a massive topic, but the programmes are so well made that this minor failing does not detract from their quality. If I had to choose only one programme from the many recently published on Ancient Rome, this would be it.Rome The Rise and Fall of an Empire [DVD] [2008]
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mark Furnival on 21 Feb. 2011
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The historical narrative and expert opinion (in the four main DVDs) is of a high standard, giving the key points of the unfolding events without descending into melodrama or populism. The episodes cover a very long period of complicated history and it is perhaps inevitable that whole chunks are missing (falling, as it were, "between episodes"). You will search for Boudicca, Julian the Apostate and Caracalla in vain, for example. It is difficult to be too critical of this - selections have to be made, and some colourful characters and events must inevitably fall by the wayside. The loss is counter-balanced by the deeper level of detail in the events that *have* survived.

As for the graphical element... Frankly, the entire series would have been better if the "re-enactments" had been omitted altogther. Let's take for example the Roman soldiers, who appear in the same uniforms and armour for the *entire* series, spanning five centuries. As for the generic barbarians (almost always on foot, even the Parthians who were famous horse-mounted warriors), eternally fighting over the same bit of Baltic forest... This not only fails to inform but, far worse, it misinforms. Roman soldiers neither looked like that (for most of the period under question) or fought like that.

Never mind though. For anyone genuinely interested in the broad narrative of Roman Imperial history, this boxed set is a worthwhile addition to the library, albeit better listened to than watched.
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