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500 Nations [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
500 Nations [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by RAREWAVES USA
Price: £30.87

58 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In the name of greed and god., 9 April 2006
I was already aware that many Native People had been killed since the Russians, Portuguese, Spanish, Britons and the newer Americans spread across the continent (I left out the French as they have contributed to a far lesser extent of evil and where at some points willing to live alongside the Natives). I was unaware, however, that there were so many different tribes/clans that where extinguished in the name of greed and god.
I was sickened and tearful at these atrocities even with the understanding that life was somewhat more brutal in those days as societies where forming, but many actions are inexcusable. I saw no bravery from the invaders, just lots of lies, genocide and turning a blind eye.
I am glad that Kevin Costener was behind the production as he is a more serious celebrity with whom the audience and I can associate. As such, there was no fanfare or Hollywood angle; it was just a straightforward history lesson.
Unfortunately, this history is not common knowledge in America. It seems that the pioneers and cowboys where the heroes and the Native Peoples where just a thorn in their side. This should be rectified and instead of simply implying that John Wayne movies where the way it was, maybe the 500 Nations should be shown at school to give some reality and gravity as to how America was really formed. The real heroes were the braves, chiefs and their families; what great statesmen many of the Natives could have made, even today, such was their eloquence.
I recommend this documentary to anyone who has their eyes open to the world around them.


The Blue Planet - 3 DVD Box Set [2001]
The Blue Planet - 3 DVD Box Set [2001]
Dvd ~ Pierce Brosnan
Offered by MyAubergine
Price: £19.74

15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Something new every show!, 26 Sept. 2001
We watched the show on BBC1 and were both amazed at the spectacular scenes unfolding before our eyes. We love Natural History (what's left of it) productions in general, but every so often a real gem turns up and this is one of those. This show is even for the casual viewer as there has been a little effort put in to dramatize some of the scenes.
You will see fish and other species that have never before been shown on television. Those species with which you are familiar will amaze you in their hunting techniques, mating rituals and loneliness in the vastness of the Oceans.
This was a real pleasure to watch and maybe even makes up for some of the less appealing BBC entertainment that your licence fee pays for.
Full marks for an excellent production!


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