In Search Of The Trojan War details
|Genres:||Documentary, Television - BBC, Factual, Military|
|Studio:||BBC WORLDWIDE PUBLISHING|
In Search Of The Trojan War - Disc 1
|TBC Disc 1|
In Search Of The Trojan War - Disc 2
|TBC Disc 2|
|Run time:||5 hours 44 minutes|
|Rental release:||10 May 2004|
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Six Hours is Too LongBy a customer from Cheltenham, England , 03 Mar 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]From this 6 hour series, resurrected from 1985, you could distil a gripping documentary lasting about 90 minutes. As it is, it plods : there are frequent re-caps, the pace is leisurely, the photography underwhelming. Wood is fine when he speaks to camera, but his voice-overs are delivered with a breathless piety that put me to sleep. The Iliad story leads to an interesting account of the Bronze Age in the Middle East, the chapter on oral poetry is illuminating, and you'll learn quite a bit about the archaeologist's trade !
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a leisurely and fascinating strollBy rawkmonster (4 reviews) from Longformacus , 29 Nov 2011I got the first disc of this not knowing quite what to expect. I watched all three hours straight, and soon after bought the DVD for myself, along with the accompanying book! Michael Wood has great passion for the subject, but he never tries to stamp himself all over the production. The pacing is leisurely, allowing information to gently soak in, and time for independent thought of your own. Experts are allowed to speak and not cut up into tiny sound bites. Michael occasionally seems to fluff things by stumbling into an unscripted pause on live location, but along with the 1980s clothing and cars this just adds an extra charm in making the documentary seem rather archaic itself. 6 hours is a long time to devote to one subject, but there are so many angles; the obsession shared by those who sought the location of Troy, the archaeology of the sites, the accuracy of the Iliad, the life of Homer (if he existed). Information is sometimes revisited, but to gain a better understanding of a subject it is useful to look at it from many angles even if some of them share common details.
In search of an editorBy tisheau (86 reviews) from Craigavon , 04 Feb 2010Not as enjoyable as it was the first time around even though I am a big Michael Wood fan. Very good material which is in need of updating to make a much slicker programme.
Still currentBy a customer from Hastings , 20 Oct 2009Although this was filmed some time ago, I believe it is still current in the scholarly research concerning Homer and the Trojan War. I found it fascinating and informative, the puzzles and possible answers well-structured within the whole series.
ExelentBy TIMOTHY ANDREWS from Paignton England , 16 Jun 2007A exelent dvd, interesting and informative historical look at the origins of Homers accounts of the trojan war. This was one of the best dvd's I have seen.
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A great introduction to it all!By Jamie Ambler from Glasgow , 30 Jun 2006As someone who has looked at bits and bobs of history, but as for Troy only seen the film, this served as a remarkable introduction. I had heard that the this the series was overly long but decided to give it a go anyway... and how pleasantly surprised was I?!! It was awesome. Michael Wood ducks and dives, revealing startling information and theories as he goes along... And just as you are on the rollercoaster, feeling the excitement of each discovery, Wood reveals other facts or theories, often the very ones that disproved the theories in the first place. Perhaps the most remarkable thing about this, and what made me love it, was the fact that in each and every one of his own ideas, he makes it crystal clear that things aren't in stone yet. It's absolutely brilliant. So good, infact, the Mrs nearly killed me for spending £30 odd quid at the bookshop the weekend after on supplementary reading!