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  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Feb. 2012
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0051GHTOI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,525 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This extraordinary and eye-opening, four-part series reaches back in time to explore realms that rivaled Egypt, buildings as inspiring as medieval cathedrals, and art that speaks to us across the centuries. Lost Kingdoms of Africa casts new light on a long-neglected area of the world s cultural heritage.

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Gus Casely-Hayford is a great presenter and the series is very enjoyable. Among other things, his willingness to get in among the action was great. Participating in a Sufi ritual and challenging a local wrestler stood out. I do not think Casely-Hayford's brief was easy. Apart from the first episode, which worked beautifully, I got the feeling that he was working too hard to find connections, which to a novice in African History like me sounded too far fetched. Historical research may have, or will soon, show that he is correct but I had difficulties following the rather large steps in his reasoning at times. If this was Casely-Hayford's idea or came from some script writer is hard to tell. I was a bit annoyed by the subtitles that seemed to occur when an African spoke, though the English was often very good. On the other hand, a Frenchman whose English was less clear was not subtitled. Nevertheless, I would recommend this DVD to all keen travelers like myself, not to talk about History buffs. A few places in Africa went up several positions on my list of places to visit before I kick the bucket.
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I followed this series when it was first televised in 2010 and still enjoyed watching it again. The series is composed of four episodes:

Nubia
Ethiopia
Great Zimbabwe
West Africa

I felt that the first episode was most probably the weakest in the series and the treatment of Southern Egypt (i.e. Nubia) could have been somewhat better. My favourite was the final episode which had Gus Casey-Hayford visiting Benin, Timbuktu and other parts of West Africa.

At the time of writing of this review, the second series has just finished it run on the BBC and I hope it will be released on DVD as well.

Recommended viewing and I would also recommend the companion book for the series.
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I found this series rather disappointing, the photography was splendid, but I felt that the actual content was weak. This is probably because of the lack of written history, but we were presented with what seemed like a lot of conjecture with the entertaining and erudite Gus pretending to be making it all up as he went along. At the end we were left with a lot of footage of fascinating vestiges (some very well know) and no real sense of what we really know about the history. I was amused by the fact that most of the African scholars had their English put into subtitles, but the most incomprehensible English came from a French archaeologist, but he did not need subtitles, presumably because he was a European! Apparently some colonial attitudes linger on.
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Excellent from both an educational as well as entertainment perspective. Brings to light the traditions ans well as the development of Africa, this is not a continent devoid of culture and tradition, rather it is one which has evolved to include many different influences
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At last! I have been waiting for this DVD to be released in the UK for months. How come you could buy it for a US market last year? This was such a great series and has inspired me to go travelling for my 50th birthday to some of the places shown.
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This series is of great interest, very lively and well presented. Thanks for this excellent intiative bringing information about some much less known cultures which merit to be widely known.
J. Shejbal (Rome, Italy)
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Given that this DVD is being release by Acorn Media, who often release BBC series, hopefully this is the BBC series presented by Gus Casely-Hayford that often aired with Africa's Great Rift in 2010. That show was one of the best BBC4 have made.
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Purchased this mainly for lovely photography of a continent of whose history I wanted to know more about. There is a dearth of photography/ video on some African sites and the DVD went a long way to remedying this.
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