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Planet Egypt, A Fascinating Historical Account

Making its way into home video, Planet Egypt gives a stunning view of an ancient civilization on DVD.  Divided into segments and on two discs, you can take you time exploring all facets of a nation that survived more than 30 centuries. I highly recommend the DVD for students of all ages, historians, archeologists, and those with an inquisitive mind.

Brilliantly filmed, each of the four chapters is powerfully stunning and highly educational.  It’s more than a documentary as it captures the beauty of Egypt while digging into its amazing past.  Through portraits of its most influential Pharaohs we can see the development of this great civilization that lasted longer than any other.
Starting with the first ruler, King Narmer, we see how he united the Southern Tribes with the North in order to make Egypt on huge country under one leader.  This helped to make the region strong and move forward.  Thutmose III followed expanding the country to the edges of the continent.  The film goes on from there introducing Amnenhotep III, Akhenaten and Ramsses II.

Planet Egypt became an eye opener for me from amazing feats of engineering to their ideas on death and the afterlife. Temples to pyramids the interest continues over the three plus hours.

The whole story is shown on two discs leaving nothing out from the History Channel’s brilliant original showing.  The narration by Mark Rossman is extremely good and never boring.  For those who do not hear well the discs have both English and Spanish subtitles.

FINAL ANALYSIS: A very good educational tool. [rating=4]

Specifications and additional film information:

  • Narrated by: Mark Rossman
  • Directed by: Stephan Koester and Daniel Gerlach
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Running Time: 3 hrs 4 min
  • Street Date: April 17, 2012
  • Language: English
  • Audio: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Video: Color, Widescreen
  • Subtitles: English and Spanish
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Distributed by: A&E Home Video
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Film Editor John Delia has been on all sides of the movie business from publications to film making. He has worked as a film critic with ACED Magazine for more than 12 years and earned a Bachelors degree in communications from the University of Florida. John is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association. Follow John on Twitter @staragent1 or send John a message at