Some of the historical recreations were nicely filmed, HD is generally well done. Some of the scenes at Mecca were really impressive. However, I had hoped for something more informative, and the fish-eye lens shots just don't look good for smaller screens (meaning not on a huge IMAX screen). Both the 3-D and 2-D versions on are on one disc (not a big deal), but the feature is only 46 minutes long, the making of is 26 minutes long, more than half the length of the actual "feature". It really felt like a project by a serious film-school student (not helped by the main narrator being basically that), with some animated aspects that really take you "out of the experience". You find yourself wondering about the production, about why do we need to have fisheye lens shots, animations, shots of the student greeting his brother, etc. Helen Mirren does not do the majority of the narration. I don't think the description is terribly misleading, but you do not get anything truly in-depth. Yes, you see Madain Saleh, but you don't get a terribly thorough history or details about it. Yes they show the frankincense trade route (another animation, of course). Some of the shots of cities and landscapes are very nice, but I don't think I would have bought this, even at this price, knowing what I know now. I'm kind of glad I watched it for the few nuggets of intriguing history about the golden age of Islam, but I wish I could return it and look for something more educational. Amazon's return policy does not allow for the return of opened "movies", that's why I felt I should provide some of this information for others considering the purchase.