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IMAX Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs [Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray]

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  • Actors: Elana Drago, William Hope, Nasser Memarzia, Crispin Redman, Darwin Shaw
  • Directors: Keith Melton
  • Writers: Arabella Cecil
  • Producers: Arabella Cecil, Don Kempf, Greg Eliason, Hamid Herraf, Myles Connolly
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, 3D, Multiple Formats
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • Release Date: March 29 2011
  • Run Time: 39 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004F4HWRG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33,367 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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In mind-blowing IMAX detail, unravel the enshrouded human time capsules that have become the most fascinating mystery of our time Egypt's mummies. Probe ancient tombs to uncover these carefully hidden phenomena, and experience the dramatic adventure of their excavations. Follow top scientists as they embark on a modern-day forensic investigation of the mummies, extracting clues from our past that could have an enormous impact on medical science in our future.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER on Jan. 14 2010
Format: DVD
Mummies have long been the subject of eerie fascination. These leathery, preserved bodies have fueled the imagination of novelists, filmmakers, and research scientists alike. Originally filmed in large format for IMAX theaters, Mummies: Secrets of the Pharaohs, which is one part recreational docudrama and another part high-tech science, takes a new approach to a general, introductory level overview of Egyptian spiritual beliefs and mummification practices.

Created with the young or general interest viewer in mind, this 39-minute documentary covers territory familiar to most with a passing acquaintance with Egypt. The general techniques and reasons for mummification are touched upon without becoming overly technical. But the unique areas are found in the film delving into modern research revolving around the creation of 'fresh' mummies and the search for DNA in both these and ancient specimens in a search for genetically encoded malarial clues.

With three young children, we're devotees of the docudrama approach wherein historical events are reenacted with narration describing the historical detail. With an approximately 50/50 split between scenes of reenactment and more typical technical documentary scenes, the most memorable for our family is the discovery of the tomb of Rameses III and 40 other royal mummies in the 1880s. The details are unforgettable when given life by the actors.

Be aware that scenes of actual, unwrapped mummies are included frequently throughout the documentary. This can prove to be either the most appealing or horrific aspect of this title depending upon the sensitivity levels of your children (or yourself!).
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Format: Blu-ray
I don't have 3-D yet so I had to settle for Blu-ray.

As I have implied this is a quickie overview of Egypt. It's claimed the same as the eye-popping graphics. And they do a good job of showing Egypt from different views at different times of day under different lighting. While you're enjoying the way that it looks this condensed version of history actually borrows from much longer programs and introduces us to major people that are still involved in Egyptology in the history of people that were involved in Egyptology. The only thing that it lacks is a reading reference.

The disc does have however the standard DVD extras such as "Meet the Mummies" and a 22 minute "making of" Featurette. There was a quiz but I did not take it.

Even if you already know the contents of the disk and even if you seem the longer programs this disc is still worth having for quick synopsis is worth re-watching periodically. I kept trying to figure out where the music came from it sounded like things from 10 Commandments Lawrence of Arabia and other various pictures. It turns out that it was originally written for this presentation.
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If you're interested in Egypt or Egyptology, seeing this in 3D does add a lot to an informative movie. The drama is a bit over the top but still interesting, and as someone who has travelled there and seen many of the sights/sites it was also nostalgic. Having seen this before in 2D and not being as impressed, it is worth added to your 3D collection.
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