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Cities of the Underworld: The Complete Season One & Two (8-Disc Set) [DVD]

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  • Format: Box set, 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: 8
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: History Channel
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Feb. 2010
  • Run Time: 1030 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002QVOSFY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,215 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

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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As entertainment I've given it four stars though some episodes wain a little in terms of interest, I think there will be some part of quite a lot of watchers that want more in depth knowledge about the locations, archeology and history, and you might want to consider reading more in depth afterward.

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.
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By Chinatown Blue TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 3 May 2010
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I rarely watch tv these days, having little patience for advertising, so when a series happens along that interests me I tend to go for the dvd. In this case, I saw a trailer on the internet and the price for the set was actually less than renting the discs, so I went for it. I have a fascination with things underground, so I was eager to see the hidden treasures this had to offer. But while I was not at all disappointed with the subject matter, I have to say there was a lot about the programme which was disappointing. The two seasons in this set cover a lot of territory, from the more well known (Hitler's bunker) to the seriously obscure (the subterranean world of pagan Turkey), and manage to fit in quite a few surprises. But the style of the show lets it down. Obviously it was made to fit the requirements of television, each episode split into ten-minute chunks to allow for advert breaks, and each segment starting with a precis of the past one. This makes it seem choppy and repetitive when viewed on dvd without advert breaks. The direction and camerawork also favour a lot of rapid jumps, peculiar angles and rapid movement, which adds to the jerky, disjointed feel of the show. And the narration is often over-simplistic and patronising. The extras were actually much more enjoyable viewing, since they told a story smoothly and without excess of stylistic tricks. I don't regret buying this, since I had over 17 hours of viewing, much of it giving me a fascinating glimpse of our subterranean past, but I think it's a pity that the director allowed the ADD generation to dictate the presentation of material which deserved a much more leisurely approach.
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Sorry but can only review based on having watched it on TV as never received it or the £20 I paid for it. A great series for the explorer in us and it is told like you would expect Indiana Jones to do so if he was a real person. This concept of underground tunnels and secret places beneath our feet is appearing from other presenters but this guy is the most enthusiastic I have seen.Very hard to get and someone out there has my copy which they will never value as I would have.
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An excellent DVD collection from the History Channel people, showing the caves, caverns, sewers and hidey-holes loitering under a variety of cities across the world. Presentation style is a bit like Time Team meets Cupcake Wars, but don't be put off as the things uncovered ( or underneath ) are well worth seeing. Highlights include Russian sub bases, Viet Cong tunnels, Metro 2 under Moscow, Secret stations under New York, lost rivers under London - all thrilling stuff for the armchair adventurer. A good buy to keep outdoor types quiet on rainy days.
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This set covers so many different places not mentioned in the review of the product. I have been hooked from the beginning and am already planning on buying Season Three.

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.
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