Cities of the Underworld: The Complete Season One & Two (8-Disc Set) [DVD]
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Discover the hidden worlds beneath our feet. With each step below street level you travel back decades, even centuries, into the fascinating past of the world's great cities. What mysteries await discovery in the dark corners of these subterranean realms? For two seasons, Cities of the Underworld has explored secret chambers and forbidden passages beneath city streets, unlocking mysteries of the past and discovering forgotten relics. With infectious enthusiasm and runaway curiosity, and aided by instructive computer animations and maps, hosts Don Wildman and Eric Geller explore hundreds of feet below street level to transport you underground and back in time. Check your batteries, it's dark down there!
In the first season of this runaway hit show, Eric and Don take you beneath the streets of the most beautiful cities in the world - Paris, Budapest and Bucharest. From secret meeting halls and dungeons to the footings of modern civilization itself they explore vaults, chambers and catacombs to bring the past alive.
In the second season, Cities of the Underworld takes you to the darkest recesses of New York, Dublin, Berlin, Moscow, Washington, DC and many more places. You explore the relics of the ancient Maya, the Vikings and the Knights Templar. You delve into the secrets of Stalin, Hitler and the Viet Cong. It's amazing what lies just beneath our feet, and what Cities of the Underworld reveals!
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The presentation is well... you know... Discovery Channel so expect it to be overly dramatic, but you can't have someone talking about how amazing, exciting and historically important a concrete room full of broken walls is without a little drama; its that Time Team syndrome, unless your a pottery shard loving nerd, a lump of brown broken pot is not going to float your boat, someone has to chuck on some music and tell you its a first century amphora that once held the head of a roman gladiator or something, or you'll be snoring and drooling on the remote.
The program also suffers in transfer because it was designed to fit around endless adverts, so it can seem a bit choppy.
The CGI mostly is good quality and sometimes its vital as your imagination will need some awesome help envisioning some of these places as being anything other than smelly damp tunnels full of spiders or bats.
But honestly you could forgive all that easily just for the opportunity to see places you're never likely to ever see any other way being either too dangerous, sealed off or forbidden to tourists... Well that and being knee deep in effluent, there kudos goes to the presenters I mean seriously it would take a six foot deep block of cash in front of me before I wandered in some of those places...
It is worth mentioning there is a lot of hours watching here... 8 disks with up to four episodes a disk, it will wear thin watching them back to back, so I'd recommend dipping in and out.
The very first episode of Season One is on Edinburgh, being a Scot I found this really exciting. The only negative thing is that it is an American made series and the presenter for this episode as a little too enthusiastic and of couse kept pronouning the name Edinburgh, in the very annoying American way. It was still worth watching though and was very intersting to hear and see about my own capital city. Many other major cities are also covered in this set. It really is amazing what is happening beneath our feet!
Really, if you read the review and it even slightly appeals to you, then I would recommend it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this set because I wanted to acquire the first/pilot episode on Istanbul. The season 1&2 box set does not have this episode. It is not on season 3 box set either. Read morePublished on 3 Sept. 2012 by Anwar Ahmad
This show is fantastic and amazes me that places like this exist underground. Especially places from 1000 of years ago. Read morePublished on 4 April 2011 by mrs j a pearce's (daughter)