National Geographic's Mysteries of Egypt [VHS]

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9780792297529: National Geographic's Mysteries of Egypt [VHS]
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Legendary actor and native Egyptian Omar Sharif and Kate Maberly join National Geographic's award-winning filmmakers to weave a fascinating stroy of a grandfather who enchants his granddaughter with tales of tombs and treasures. Travel back more than 4,000 years to a time when the Great Pyramids of Giza were built. Through the magic of breathtaking large-format cinematography, you'll soar over the Nile, the longest river on Earth... cross the deathly quiet Valley of the Kings... and peer inside the shadowy chambers of King Tut's tomb. Then go behind the scenes in a special 17-minute bonus program, THE MAKING OF THE MYSTERIES OF EGYPT, to get a rare insider's look at what it takes to create a film that's shown on a movie screen eight stories tall.

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Spectacular cinematography used in an innovative framework featuring noted actor and native Egyptian Omar Sharif provide a highly entertaining glimpse of ancient Egypt in this documentary from National Geographic. Sharif, playing a grandfather who is explaining the archeological wonders to his inquisitive granddaughter, does a fine job of explaining such puzzles as how the pyramids would have been built and what knowledge their builders must have possessed. The interludes between grandfather and granddaughter are handled well, but the star of the production is Egypt itself. Gorgeously composed shots linger over the pyramids, the Sphinx, and a plethora of temples, and a camera flown over the Nile provides stunning footage of the great river's meanderings. Reenactments of events, such as the building of the pyramids, the burial of King Tut, and the 1922 opening of his tomb, are presented intelligently. This production is sure to spark curiosity about ancient Egypt, and even without the careful handling of the history it would probably be worth watching just for the wondrous cinematography. A bonus at the end of the tape is a making-of documentary detailing how the film was shot on location. --Robert J. McNamara

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Experience the magnificence of Egypt like never before! "...gorgeously photographed."--the Toronto Star. Legendary actor and native Egyptian Omar Sharif and Kate Maberly join National Geographic's award-winning filmmakers to weave a fascinating story of a grandfather who enchants his granddaughter with tales of tombs and treasures. Travel back more than 4,000 years to a time when the Great Pyramids of Giza were built. Through the magic of breathtaking large-format cinematography, you'll soar over the Nile, the longest river on Earth...cross the deathly quiet Valley of the Kings...and peer inside the shadowy chambers of King Tut's tomb. Then go behind the scenes in a special 30-minute bonus program, The Making of The Mysteries of Egypt, to get a rare insider's look at what it takes to create a film that's shown on a movie screen eight stories tall. Explorers of all ages will enjoy the never-before-seen perspective of an ancient civilization brought to life in Mysteries of Egypt.

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