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DISCOVERY CHANNEL - 3 DISC BOX SET - ANCIENT ROME - THE POWER & THE GLORY - NEW AND FACTORY SEALED - VERY COLLECTABLE AND RARE TO FIND - 3 DISC BOX SET

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  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003DGC40C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 228,438 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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By Marcia TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Aug. 2010
Very simply, dont bother with this tripe. There are three discs each with two programmes. However each disc covers simular ground to each other and uses and re uses the same low budget images. Dreary music helps to make it even more tiresome as we get bits of old black and white film clips that look as if they are from silent films with the odd statue or brief photo. Some times we get images of historical sites but very rarely. The documentaries often compares the Roman Empire to the present day United States of America.
And it takes for ever to make a point of interest.
Generally there is some historical information but its not worth the money.
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By S. H. Smith TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 3 Jan. 2013
Judging from the previous comments, this series has certainly divided opinion. I have to say, however, that I gravitate more to the one-star review than the five. There is a good deal of repetition, both between and within individual DVDs in the series, and the same pointless images keep cropping up with monotonous regularity - sunsets over the sea, ruins of Roman cities which are never identified, interminable combat scenes and busts of Rome's (in)famous sons. The narrator's drawl is highly soporific, and the "experts" are almost exclusively American, with one or two Brits thrown in for light relief. The music, I agree, is tediously unrelenting and largely unnecessary. The Jewish revolt of A.D. 66-73 and the Neronian persecution of Christians in A.D. 64 are both accorded a disproportionately detailed coverage, given that in the context of the history of Rome these events are no more than footnotes. The survey of early emperors, on the other hand, covering Augustus through to Nero, omits Claudius entirely. Whatever would Robert Graves have said!

What can be said in its favour? Not very much, I fear. The coverage is much too superficial, but I suppose that is only to be expected in a series of six 50-minute programmes dealing with over a thousand years of Roman history. The material, as far as I can judge, is broadly accurate, and most of the chief players are given a mention. The broad brushstrokes, too, provide something of an overview of the period under consideration, and might whet the appetite of some viewers to discover more, but this is possible only with a firm commitment to book-work which, for some, may be more of a chore than a pleasure.

I picked up my set of DVDs for less than £10.00, which works out little more than £1.
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I find the remarks of "milkchocgirl" odd.
To call this series tripe is very strange to me. I thought I knew quite a bit about Ancient Rome but I certainly learned a lot from it.
So there is quite a bit of black and white footage, obviously from old films. So what?
Incidentally, the colour footage of Roman soldiers isn't real, you know!
This is a first-rate DVD set and well worth the money (although perhaps not to milk chocolate-befuddled brains).
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