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on 26 September 2013
The DVD is interesting, but the background music I found a little irritating. It is an old film, so do not expect too much, compared to present day documentaries. However, I plan to watch the film again, as there is a lot to take in with just one viewing. Finally, top marks to Amazon for delivering the DVD within a few days. Lovely surprise.
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on 12 June 2013
Groundbreaking when first released (initially as a book), the subject matter (mysteries and wonders of our history), has since become mixed (with egyptology for example), and expanded as technology improved. It has been updated and released as COTG2 since.
This release initially showed the viewer mysteries around the planet that had been generally unknown to the masses previously - hence the popularity and explosion of interest in this subject, as those interested looked with more acute minds at our own planets history, there are now very many publications (DVD and Books), available for the viewer - but this is of imense interest as it initially 'opened the door/mind' on this subject, and is therefore highly recommended to the viewer as such.
if you have more than a passing interest in knowing what happened in the Planet's early history then this is the beginning for you to start from, and prepare to have your knowledge of our early human development questioned.
Also recommend The Ancient Aliens series (1-5), which includes many comments from Mr E.V.D.
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on 27 July 2009
I first read this theory as a series of newspaper articles some forty years ago, conveniently released at the height of public interest in America's moon landings. The basic idea is very simple but deeply profound. According to Erich von Daniken, the all-powerful immortal Gods of ancient legend, were in fact the captain and crew of an interstellar starship; which visited this planet some 10,000 years ago. Using the technology available to any advanced race capable of intergalactic space travel, these very humanlike 'Gods from the Heavens' then proceeded to colonise this planet and possibly another within this solar system, with a view to permanent settlement. As this colonization programme involved large amounts of hard physical work; genetic science was employed to create a hybrid species capable of intellegent labour, Mankind! who were then deployed as workers to the farms, mines etc... in a form of sacred slavery. The produce of these enterprises being collected as tribute/sacrifices for use by the Gods.

At this point Von Daniken's theory tends to peter out, and some of his 'evidence' has since been shown to be disputable; but the writings of Zecharia Sitchin, translator/researcher of the ancient Sumerian culture; develops Von Daniken's ideas with revelations from that earliest recorded human society which; if accurate, are both amazing and highly plausable!

According to the Sumerian historical/religious record as translated by Mr Sitchin; the major problem which arose in due course, was that some of the Gods were sexually atracted to 'the daughters of men'. The resulting semi-divine children were not as content with their place in the social hierarchy as were their fully human relatives. Often motivated by desire for the same 'eternal life' as enjoyed by their Godly sires; the most daring of these Titanic offspring attempted to steal both this, and other 'Sacred Wisdom's', for their own and mankind's benefit.

The result of this challenge to their supremacy was a clash between Gods and Men which developed into an all out war, fought both in the Heavens and on Earth, with awesome weapons; the Gods hurled thunderbolts which destroyed cities, whilst plagues decimated human populations. Ultimately a great mountain(an asteroid?) was hurled down upon the Earth; triggering the flood of Biblical legend which swept all away, and left the few surviving humans as masters of a devastated world.

As is always the way with pioneering achievements, Erich von Daniken's writings include some points which have since been shown to be wrong; but the basic message seems to have become more rather than less probable over these last forty years.

Bearing in mind that the ancient Sumerian city of Ur was the birthplace of Abraham, patriarch of the Hebrew tribes, whose Jewish religion formed the basis of first Christianity and later the Islamic faith; it is a relatively simple matter to show that these three major world faiths all have their origins in the religious legends of ancient Sumeria. If these ancient legends are actually based on real events, as the Sumerians, ancient Egyptians and Babylonians amongst others firmly believed them to be; the modernday dispute between 'scientific evolutionists' and 'religious creationists' becomes meaningless. A further benefit is that with an understanding of what the deeper message contained within religion really was, any modernday conflict based upon interfaith rivalry should also become pointless.

In concluding this review; I suggest that the ideas contained within this DVD, may one day be held in as high esteem as those of other great thinkers such as Copernicus, Galileo and Darwin, who were all ridiculed in their own times.Chariots of the Gods [DVD] [1970] [US Import] [NTSC]
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on 21 July 2010
Although made nearly 40 years ago it can still possibly make you wonder..well worth the return visit to see again after all the years and all the debunking of this movie
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on 28 February 2013
The DVD was in excellent condition considering it was second hand. I had seen the film many years ago, and the subject came up in discussion recently. I thought it would be interesting to be reminded of its content. It took almost ten days to come, but was within the dates stated.
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on 27 August 2014
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on 15 October 2015
Bought for a friend who remembered it from when it was first shown, He was delighted
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on 30 December 2014
interesting, but outdated
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on 22 February 2015
interesting dvd.
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on 13 November 2013
Exactly as described, very nice, It was recommended to me by a friend, excellent film, I enjoyed every minute of it.
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