PBS Presents Tesla Bio In New Episode of ‘AE’ This Fall

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PBS Distribution has announced it will release another new episode of its hit bio series American Experience this fall.

American Experience: Tesla will be released Tuesday, November 22nd.  The new episode of the hit series examines the life of genius Nikola Tesla.  Tesla is revered today as one of the great minds of the 20th Century.  What few people know, though is that Tesla died penniless and unknown.  This new episode of American Experience discusses that and much more throughout its hour-long run time.

Tesla originally rose to fame for creating what would eventually become the basis for the world’s major power grids.  But what few people know of Tesla is that he didn’t stop there.  As this episode of American Experience reveals, he had much more that he wanted to address including the wireless transmission of messages and pictures, and utilizing renewable energy sources among so much more.

For all of his ideas, that were obviously ages ahead of his time, Tesla never received the fame nor fortune that he so rightly deserved.  That is all discussed in this new episode of American Experience, from his fallout with Edison to losing out on countless millions due to a deal gone bad.

American Experience: Tesla will be available on Tuesday, November 22.  It will retail for MSRP of $24.99.  Audiences can view a trailer for this episode of American Experience online now here.  It can be pre-ordered online now via PBS’ online store at a reduced price of $19.99.

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‘Wild Kratts: Creature Christmas’ Is One Of 2016’s Top New Holiday Offerings

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Christmas is still a few months away but don’t tell the people at PBS Kids.  That is because they are already getting audiences in the holiday mood with the new Wild Kratts DVD WildKratts: Creature Christmas.  The new Wild Kratts “movie” will be released Tuesday, October 4th in stores and online.  There is plenty to say to the positive about this new offering from PBS Kids beginning with its story.  That will be discussed shortly.  As enjoyable as its story makes it, Wild Kratts: Creature Christmas is not a perfect presentation.  Even with the movie being a full-hour-long presentation, there are no bonus features included with the movie.  That will be discussed later.  Of course it doesn’t completely ruin the movie.  The movie’s pacing ensures audiences will remain engaged and entertained throughout the course of its hour-long run time.  All things considered even without any bonus material to accompany it, Wild Kratts: Creature Christmas still proves to be an enjoyable holiday flick for the whole family.

PBS Kids’ new Wild Kratts “movie” Creature Christmas is an enjoyable holiday flick for the whole family.  That is due in large part to its story.  The story at the center of this movie stands out because it isn’t just another rip-off of It’s a Wonderful Life or Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol.  Those two movies serve as the basis for so many of today’s holiday flicks.  So it’s nice to see from this movie that it isn’t just another one of those pieces.  In the case of this movie, Chris, Martin and their friends have to stop Zach Varmitech, Donita Donata, and Gaston Tato from kidnapping a bunch of animal babies for their own nefarious purposes.  This means splitting up and going after the trio of villains and recovering all of the animal babies that they have ever saved before.  What audiences will especially appreciate here is that the “movie’s” writers don’t just make it easy for the Kratt brothers and their friends.  They actually present something of a challenge for the gang.  Of course the whole thing comes out with a happy end.  And at no point will it ever leave audiences upset.  Considering this, the “movie’s” story proves in the end to be one of its key elements if not its sole key element.  As much as the story does for the “movie’s” presentation, it is not a perfect presentation.  Unlike PBS Kids’ other Wild Kratts DVDs, this presentation doesn’t include any bonus material.

The story at the center of Wild Kratts: Creature Christmas is an undeniably important piece of the “movie’s” presentation.  The show’s writers are to be hugely applauded for not taking the easy route with this story and just making it another rip-off of It’s A Wonderful Life or A Christmas Carol.  For that reason alone, this “movie” makes itself well worth the watch any holiday season.  As important as that is not note, the DVD’s lack of bonus material is just as important to note as the story.  That is because there are no bonus features included in the DVD’s presentation here.  It would have been nice to see some bonus activities centered on children making their own animal themed holiday decorations or something similar, but none of it is present here.  There is no denying the fact that this detracts from the “movie’s” presentation.  In defense of the “movie,” though the creature features at the beginning and end of the “movie” are present just as with every other Wild Kratts DVD.  To that end, it at least somewhat makes up for the disc’s lack of bonus material.  Considering this, the “movie’s” lack of bonus material doesn’t completely detract from its presentation.  The pacing of the “movie’s” story works with the story and the standard creature features to make Wild Kratts: Creature Christmas even more worth the watch.

 

The story at the center of Wild Kratts: Creature Christmas and its standard creature features, which bookend the special, do plenty to make it a holiday flick that the whole family will enjoy.  That is the case even though the special comes without any bonus material.  The movie’s pacing through its hour-long run time never once lets up nor does it move too fast.  The special’s writers balanced the pacing just enough that no viewer will ever feel lost or left behind at any one point.  It is that easy to follow from beginning to end.  Being that it is so easy to follow audiences will remain engaged and entertained throughout.  By the time the story ends, audiences will agree that the story’s pacing is indeed an important part of the special’s presentation, and just as important as the story itself.  When it is set alongside the “movie’s” story and the standard creature features that bookend the story the presentation in whole proves to be one of the year’s best new holiday offerings.

Wild Kratts: Creature Christmas is one of 2016’s first great holiday offerings.  It is a special that is a great holiday flick for the whole family.  That is due in part to the special’s story.  It is an original presentation that stands out clearly from all of the rip-offs of It’s a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Carol.  Even though the DVD lacks the bonus material that is commonplace in the series’ previous DVDs, the creature features that bookend the movie make up for that lack at least to a point.  That is because they are standard to the series’ standard episodes.  The story’s solid pacing works directly with the story itself to keep viewers completely engaged and entertained from beginning to end.  When all three elements are combined, they reveal the “movie” to be one of the year’s best new holiday offerings and an enjoyable holiday flick for the whole family. Wild Kratts: Creature Christmas will be available in stores and online on Tuesday, October 4th.  It can be ordered online direct via PBS’ online store.  More information on this and other Wild Kratts DVDs is available along with all of the show’s latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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‘Mr. Selfridge,’ ‘Inspector Lewis’ Full Series Sets On The Way Next Month

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PBS Distribution has announced it will release complete series sets from its hit import series Mr. Selfridge and Inspector Lewis next month.

Masterpiece: Mr. Selfridge: The Complete Series and Masterpiece: Inspector Lewis: The Complete Series will be released Tuesday October 8th.  Both full series sets will be released exclusively on DVD and can be ordered online direct via PBS’ online store.

Based on the real life Harry Selfridge, Mr. Selfridge follows the meteoric rise of the American businessman in early 20th Century London and his equally shocking downfall.  The series starred actor Jeremy Piven (PCU, Entourage, Serendipity) as the groundbreaking, playboy entrepreneur.  He was joined by Amanda Abbington (Sherlock, After You’ve Gone, Ghosted), Tom Goodman-Hill (The Imitation Game, Everest, Humans), Katherine Kelly (Coronation Street, Happy Valley, The Night Manager) and Frances O’Connor (The Missing, Artificial Intelligence: AI, Bedazzled) among many other accomplished actors and actresses on screen throughout the series’ four-season run.

The Wall Street Journal called the series “A treasure box of tales about love, loss, ambition, and the spirit of a new age” in its first season.  In its second season, The Los Angeles Times lauded the series as “lush and lovely.” The New York Daily News said of the series in its third season “visually glorious.”

Masterpiece: Mr. Selfridge: The Complete Series will be spread across twelve discs and will retail for MSRP of $89.99.  It can be ordered online direct via PBS’ online store.

 

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Courtesy: PBS Distribution/PBS

Also being released on Tuesday, October 8th from PBS Distribution will be Masterpiece: Inspector Lewis: The Complete Series.

Finally after eight seasons, one of the most beloved crime dramas on British television—and one of PBS’ most beloved imports—has come to its end.  The series just recently finished off its eighth and final season and released Season Eight on DVD and Blu-ray.  Now thanks to PBS Distribution, fans of the long-running crime drama can own the entire series for themselves on DVD.

Masterpiece: Inspector Lewis follows Inspector Robert Lewis (Kevin Whately—The English Patient, Peak Practice, The Broker’s Man) as he steps out of the shadow of his mentor Inspector Morse.  Lewis is joined by his partner Detective Sergeant James Hathaway (Laurence Fox—Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Becoming Jane, Gosford Park) as he takes on some of the most brutal and mysterious cases that Oxford, England has seen.

Masterpiece Inspector Lewis: The Complete Series will be released Tuesday, October 8th.  It will be spread across 18 discs and will retail for MSRP of $99.99.  It can be ordered online direct via PBS’ online store.

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PBS Kids’ Latest ‘Wild Kratts’ Collection Will Educate And Entertain Audiences Of All Ages

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Courtesy: PBS Kids/PBS/PBS Distribution

Chris and Martin Kratt are back again with yet another new collection of episodes from their hit PBS Kids series Wild Kratts in the form of Wild Kratts: Wild Reptiles.  Released late last month, the new four-episode collection is another enjoyable presentation that audiences will find just as enjoyable and useful in the classroom as the living room.  That is due on part to the episodes that make up the body of the collection.  That will be discussed shortly.  The lessons that are taught within each episode are just as important as the episodes themselves to the collection’s presentation.  The bonus material that is included with the collection rounds out its most important elements.  Each element plays its own part in the collection’s overall presentation.  All things considered, Wild Kratts: Wild Reptiles proves to be, again, yet another enjoyable collection of Wild Kratts episodes whether in the classroom or the living room.

PBS Kids’ latest collection of Wild Kratts episodes is yet another enjoyable collection whether in the classroom or the living room.  It is a collection that elementary school science and biology teachers will find to be as effective of a teaching tool as parents would find it to be in the home.  That is due in part to the episodes that make up the body of the collection.  There are only four episodes featured in this collection.  But all four episodes follow the central theme presented in the collection’s title.  This is important to note because of the number of compilations from other companies out there whose episodes hardly follow the theme of their titles.  Believe it or not there are compilations out there that suffer greatly from that issue.  To be fair even PBS has released compilations that suffer from this problem.  It hasn’t happened a lot but it has happened.  Luckily though, that didn’t happen here. Rather, a different reptile was profiled in each episode complete with original story line to make the episodes even better.  These two elements, when combined, show why the episodes featured in this collection are so important to its presentation.  They are, collectively, just part of what makes the collection so enjoyable.  The lessons that are presented within each episode are just as important to the set as the episodes themselves.

The episodes that make up the body of PBS Kids’ new Wild Kratts compilation are in themselves hugely important to the set’s presentation.  That is because they each follow the collection’s main theme rather than deviating from that theme.  They are, collectively, just part of what makes the collection so enjoyable.  The lessons that are presented within each episode are just as key to the set as the episodes themselves.  That is thanks not just to the fact that each lesson is different from the others but because of how each lesson is presented.  “Crocogator Contest” is a prime example of this.  Audiences are taught the difference between crocodiles and alligators when Chris and Martin take part in a race to see which one—a crocodile or an alligator—would perform best against the other.  The episode points out the physical traits and even gait of each that separates the massive creatures from one another.  It’s a great way to both entertain and inform audiences.  Considering that few adults can tell the difference between the two, some older audiences might even find this episode enjoyable and informative, too considering this.  The set’s opening episode “The Gecko Effect” teaches viewers how geckos are able to stick to walls when the Kratt brothers have to keep the villainous Zach Varmitech from shrinking every animal in the world.  In “Rattlesnake Crystal” viewers learn about rattlesnakes’ sensory abilities and how they are used to help the snakes survive. The lesson is taught when the Tortgua runs low on power and is forced to crash-land in the Sonoran Desert. It’s up to Chris and Martin to find more tellurium crystals, the crystals that power the Tortuga so that the gang can get the ship running again.  Yet again, here is a story line that is entirely separate and original from the others.  The same applies with the other noted episodes and in the case of “Chameleons on Target.”  Simply put, the different lessons presented within each episode and the difference in the ways that they are presented prove to be just as important to this set’s presentation as the episodes themselves.  They are still not the only important elements to note in examining the collections presentation.  The bonus material that is included in the set is just as important to examine as the set’s episodes and their associated lessons.

The episodes that are featured in PBS Kids’ new Wild Kratts DVD and their associated lessons are both undeniably important to the set’s presentation.  Each element is important for its own specific reason.  They are not the set’s only key elements, though.  The bonus material that is included in the set is just as important to its presentation as its episodes and their lessons.  The bonus material is important to note because it comes in the form of two more lessons that are both fun and educational.  The first of the bonus lessons is directly associated with the featured episode “Rattlesnake Crystal.”  The lesson teaches children about how rattlesnakes use their rattles by having children make their own “rattlers.”  In this case they get to make homemade shakers.  So not only do kids get an extra biology lesson here but also the starting point in an elementary level music lesson, too.  The second of the bonus lessons teaches about the difference between reptile eggs and bird eggs.  On the surface it is a basic lesson.  On a much higher level, educators in higher education (believe it or not) could use this lesson in discussions on whether or not today’s birds are ancestors of ancient dinosaurs because of the difference in the species’ eggs.  That surprising lesson adds even more interest and importance to this lesson.  All things considered here, it is clear why this collection’s bonus material is so important to the set’s overall presentation.  When they are set alongside the set’s featured episodes and their associated lessons, all three episodes show undeniably why Wild Kratts: Wild Reptiles is yet another set of Wild Kratts episodes that is just as fitting in the classroom as it is in the living room.

Wild Kratts: Wild Reptiles is hardly the first ever collection of episodes to be released from the hit PBS Kids series.  It is, though another collection that parents and teachers alike will enjoy and appreciate.  That is due in part to the set’s featured episodes. All four episodes follow the set’s theme, which is set by its title.  The lessons that are featured within the episodes are each different from one another and different in how they are presented.  The bonus material that is included in the collection is just as important to note because of the extra lessons that it introduces.  Each element is obviously important in its own unique way.  All things considered, the noted elements make this collection, once again, yet another piece that will be just as welcome in the classroom as in the living room.  It is available now in stores and online, and can be ordered online direct via PBS’ online store.  More information on Wild Kratts: Wild Reptiles is available online now along with all of the latest Wild Kratts news, activities and more at:

 

 

 

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‘NOVA: Vikings Unearthed’ Will Impress Audiences Of All Types

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Christopher Columbus was not the first person to reach America.  The Vikings discovered North America centuries before Columbus.  This is a fact that has been well-known for ages yet still seems to be ignored by so many people.  This has been known as a Viking settlement was found in Newfoundland as far back as the 1960s proving without a doubt that they reached “the new world” well before Columbus.  However, it might not have been the only Viking settlement in the region, as is revealed in a recent episode of PBS’ hit series NOVA.  This past July, PBS Distribution released NOVA: Vikings Unearthed on DVD.  The special two-hour episode, presented in partner with the BBC, follows researchers as they work to uncover what they believe may be a second Viking settlement in North America.  If it is indeed a settlement, it would be the first discovery of a Viking settlement in North America in more than fifty years.  The story that is presented in this extended episode of NOVA is the most important of its elements.  It will be discussed shortly.  The information that is presented throughout the story is just as important to note as the story itself.  It will be discussed later.  Last but hardly least of note in the program’s presentation is its pacing.  It is tied directly in to the program’s information and story and is, in turn, just as important as those elements.  Each element is important in its own right.  When they are assembled together, they make NOVA: Vikings Unearthed a program that audiences of all interests will enjoy.

NOVA: Vikings Unearthed is an episode of PBS’ hit history and science based series that audiences of all types will enjoy.  It is a program that students and lovers of history will enjoy just as much as students and lovers of archaeology and even anthropology.  That is because its story touches on all three sciences.  The story in question follows a group of researchers from The University of Alabama at Birmingham as they chase down what they believe could be a long-lost Viking settlement at Point Rosee.  Point Rosee is a location in Southwestern Newfoundland.  As a setup to the central story, the program provides an in-depth history of the Vikings and how they eventually became the infamous seafaring people that are known the world over today.  While the central story isn’t presented until later in the second half of the program, it is still fully engaging.  It leaves audiences engaged because of the surprises that are revealed in the group’s research.  Even up to the end, the answer is still not entirely conclusive.  That means that the program’s story still leaves plenty of room for discussion even after it ends.  Considering this and the story itself, the story forms a solid foundation for this episode of NOVA.  The story is by itself an important part of the episode’s presentation.  It is not the only key element to consider in examining the episode’s presentation.  The information that is presented within the story is just as important to the program’s presentation as its story.

The story at the center of NOVA: Vikings Unearthed is in itself a hugely important part of the program’s presentation.  That is because of its ability to keep audiences completely engaged throughout the course of its two-hour run time.  It is not the program’s only key element, though.  The information that is presented within the story is just as important to note in the program’s presentation as its story.  The in-depth background on how the Vikings became the feared seafaring raiders that the world knows of today is one of the most interesting pieces of information provided within the program’s story.  It explains how the Vikings went from living in the northern regions of Europe to eventually becoming the feared seafaring pillagers that the world knows of today.  It does this by explaining how the Vikings built their sturdy ships and expertly crafted their weapons.  This is just some of the interesting information presented within the program’s story.  Just as interesting to note is the revelation that the Vikings might not have in fact been the blonde-haired, blue-eyed warriors that have become the stereotype today.  The program reveals that many of the Vikings encountered early in their history were red-head, not just blondes or even brunettes.  That is such a surprise because of the stereotype of the Vikings being big, burly, dark-haired (and blonde) warriors.  The only redheaded Viking that most people know of is Erik the Red.  So the seeming prominence of the red-head gene among the Viking community is in itself an interesting revelation.  It is yet another key piece of information that is presented within the program’s story.  It is not the story’s only other key piece of information.  There is much more information that audiences will find interesting throughout the program.  When that other intriguing information is joined with the information noted here, the importance of the story’s overall information proves to be just as much as that of the story.  It still is not the last of the program’s important elements.  The program’s pacing is just as important as its story and its information.

The story at the center of NOVA: Vikings Unleashed and the information provided therein are both key pieces of the program’s overall presentation.  When they are coupled, they give audiences plenty of reason to view this episode of NOVA.  They are not the program’s only key elements.  The program’s pacing ties in to both its story and its companion information.  That is because the pacing of the information and the pacing of the story in whole is what determines the program’s ability to keep audiences engaged.  Audiences will be glad to see that between the program’s main story, its background story, and all other elements, the pacing remains relatively stable from one segment to the next.  The end result is a program that, despite being two hours without any real segment breaks, is still very well-balanced in its pacing from beginning to end.  In maintaining their engagement, viewers will agree that it works with the program’s story and information to make the program in whole another wholly enjoyable episode of NOVA.  It is an episode that audiences of all types will enjoy.

NOVA: Vikings Unearthed is a program that audiences of all types will enjoy.  Those audiences include lovers and students of history, archaeology, and anthropology.  That is due to the program’s central story, the story’s companion information, and the balance of the pacing throughout it all.  There is no denying the importance that each element presents to the program’s presentation.  All things considered, they make this episode of NOVA another enjoyable installment of PBS’ hit science and history based series.  It is available now and can be ordered online direct via PBS’ online store.  More information on this and other episodes of NOVA is available online now at:

 

 

 

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PBS Distribution To Release ‘Nazi Mega Weapons: Season 3’ On DVD Next Month

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PBS Distribution has announced the home release date for the third season of its WWII-based series Nazi Mega Weapons.

Nazi Mega Weapons will be released on DVD Tuesday, September 13th. The latest installment of episodes from the series, Season Three focuses on the Blitzkrieg, Hitler’s mountain powerhouse topped with what has come to be known as The Eagle’s Nest, U-Boat Type 21 and the Nazi fortifications of the Channel Islands.  That is all just in the season’s first disc.

The set’s second disc expands beyond Hitler’s mega weapons and into the weapons used by the Japanese military including the battleship Yamato and the Tunnels of Okinawa.

Nazi Mega Weapons: Season Three runs 360 minutes (6 hours) and is spread across two discs.  It will retail for MSRP of $34.99 and can be pre-ordered online now via PBS’ online store.  More information on this and other titles from PBS is available online now at:

 

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‘SOTD: Teotihuacan’s Lost Kings’ Is Another Enjoyable Discovery From PBS

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The ancient Mexican city of Teotihuacan has for centuries been a source of mystery and intrigue for people around the world.  That is because of how little has been known about the city including how it came to be built, its people and their culture and even what happened to the people who once called it home.  That was until 2003 when a rainstorm revealed a long-hidden tunnel that some surprising finds.  Late last month PBS presented a new episode of its hit history based series Secrets of the Dead that was centered on that find in Secrets of the Dead: Teotihuacan’s Lost Kings.  Now audiences can own that episode for themselves on DVD.  There is a lot to appreciate about this DVD beginning with the story at the episode’s center.  The information that is provided within the story is just as important to note as the story.  It is just another of the program’s most important elements.  The footage that is used in order to tell the story rounds out its most important elements.  It brings the program’s presentation full circle and shows together with those previously noted elements why this episode of Secrets of the Dead is yet another enjoyable experience for educators and history buffs alike.

Secrets of the Dead: Teotihuacan’s Lost Kings is yet another enjoyable installment of PBS’ hit history-based series Secrets of the Dead. This is proven in part through the story presented at the heart of the episode.  The story at the heart of the episode follows archaeologist Sergio Gomez as he searches long-hidden tunnel that lies below the Temple of the Plumed Serpent.  The tunnel was discovered after heavy rains uncovered it in 2003.  As Gomez and his team of researchers dig through the site, surprising theories and revelations are made about not just the tunnel and the temple under which it runs but also about the city and its history.  The theories and revelations come from evidence uncovered in the operation including what looks like a hand print that had long been preserved and stones found at the heart of the tunnel among other items.  Throughout it all the ancient city and its central temple are put in a whole new light thanks to the story.  It is thanks to all of this that the episode’s central story will keep audiences of all ages engaged and informed from beginning to end.  Of course even as informative and engaging as the story proves to be in the long run, it is just one part of what makes this episode of Secrets of the Dead so enjoyable.  The information that is shared throughout the course of the episode is just as important to its presentation as its story.

There is no question that the story at the center of Secrets of the Dead: Teotihuacan’s Lost Kings is an important part of the episode’s presentation in its new home release.  The episode’s central story is just one part of what makes this episode so enjoyable.  The information that is included in the story is just as important to its presentation as its story.  The most important information presented in the episode is the factual historical information.  That information includes not just the city’s (and temple’s) known history but also the theories and revelations made through the group’s work.  Among that material is the belief that the ancient city was built by people who came from its surrounding areas.  It is theorized that the very first people to settle the city did so after fleeing their own former homes, which were destroyed by a volcano.  As the city grew and thrived, it is said that it grew outward, with its growth even being compared to that of Rome. That comparison comes from the belief that the city’s people spread out into its surrounding regions and conquered those regions, thus expanding its empire.  Perhaps most intriguing of the provided information is the belief of how the city met its end so to speak.  It is speculated by researchers that a natural disaster dramatically impacted the area and that the city was unable to fully recover from that disaster, thus leading its inhabitants to simply leave the city and search for a safer area.   This is so interesting to learn because of the belief that the city’s original inhabitants had themselves ironically fled another natural disaster before founding Teotihuacan.  These are just some of the interesting pieces of information that are shared over the course of the program.  There is much for audiences to take in over the course of its roughly hour-long run time.  They will discover it all when they order the DVD themselves via PBS’ online store.

Both the story at the center of Secrets of the Dead: Teotihuacan’s Lost Kings and its information are key elements in the program’s presentation.  The pair works hand in hand to make this episode of Secrets of the Dead well worth the watch both by educators and history buffs alike.  They are not the program’s only key elements.  The footage that is used to help tell the city’s story rounds out the episode’s most important elements.  It brings the presentation full circle. The footage that is used throughout the episode includes both actual footage of the dig and computer animations to help tell the episode’s story.  There are even some re-enactments that are incorporated into the story alongside the dig footage and computer animations.  Audiences will be glad to see that throughout the course of the movie all of these elements are expertly balanced.  No one piece of footage is ever used more than another at any one point in the story.  Each piece of footage is used at just the right moment and in just the right way.  The end result is a story that is just as visually entertaining as it is educational and informative.  When that balanced footage is set against the episode’s central story and the information provided through the story, all three elements work together to make the episode in whole, again, well worth the watch among educators and history buffs alike.  They combine to make Secrets of the Dead: Teotihuacan’s Lost Kings one more of 2016’s top new documentaries.

Secrets of the Dead: Teotihuacan’s Lost Kings is yet another impressive episode of PBS’ hit history-based series Secrets of the Dead.  It is also one more of 2016’s top new documentaries.  That is proven in part through the story at the heart of the episode.  The story focuses not just on the legendary city’s history but also uses actual evidence to make educational theories about the city’s foundation and the fate of its people.  It doesn’t even try to tackle the countless conspiracy theories that abound in regards to both topics.  Audiences will be especially appreciative of that.  Speaking of those conspiracy theories (and the lack thereof), the information that is provided throughout the course of the story adds to the episode’s interest.  The information presented includes factual information, educated hypotheses, and revelations made via physical evidence.  There are no conspiracy theories to be heard at any point.  That makes the program all the more engaging.  The footage that is used throughout the program is just as well-balanced as the episode’s information and story in general.  All three elements work together seamlessly to make this episode of Secrets of the Dead wholly engaging and entertaining for educators and history buffs alike.  It is available online now via PBS’ online store.  More information on this and other episodes of Secrets of the Dead is available online now at:

 

 

 

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