Written October 24, 2014
This movie is full of interesting facts and insights from experts. Many Artifacts gathered from different places so you get to see a lot of things you wouldn't see without a lot of travel. It was filmed inside the British Museum so the sound quality is a bit off and would have liked to see more individual artifacts but you get a good insight into the everyday life of the people of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Having visited Pompeii it gave me broader knowledge and insight about the site. Some definitely X rated topics so not for young children.
Written October 29, 2014
Informative and very fascinating look into the everyday lives of people in two cities prior to and during the volcanic disaster in 79 A.D. Household items, artwork, and actual body castes are shown and used to tell the tale of their final moments. Be warned that this show is NOT for very young children. Not only are there vivid descriptions of deaths, but also the Roman practices of slavery, paganism, and sex are discussed very frankly by the hosts. My almost 12 year old son may have gotten a bit too much "education"! But that said, I don't regret taking him because this is such an excellent show.
Written May 05, 2015
This museum tour of the exhibit on Pompeii and Herculaneum was most interesting to me as I've always been fascinated by what happened there in 79AD.
I've been fortunate enough to visit Pompeii twice but I've never been to the site of Herculaneum. The opportunity to see relics from both sites and have experts point out significant details was great!
Written September 26, 2013
This movie is showing items on display at the Britch Museum discovered in Pompeii and Herculaneum. It duscusses what happened in 79AD and how the volcano eruption impacted these two cities. Some of the pieces discovered are incredible like mosiacs, a loaf of bread, the body cast formations, and a dresser which is basically a huge black mess, and some are more typical like urns and pottery. The movie tries to explain the last 24-48 hours of people of the time and who they were and what their lives were like. The museaum brings in experts to explain the pieces and what they mean. Is it riviting or a must see? No. Is it an interesting documentary about the pieces and times? Yes. Does it exceed a visit to Pompeii itself? No. Walking the streets of Pompeii itself was an eerie and incridible visit. This movie I enjoyed. I would go to the exhibit if i was in Britain. Getting to see the pieces photographed up close and explained was worth the 90 minutes & cost.
Written October 28, 2014
We have attended numerous Fathom and Fandango events: this is one to skip. To start things off on a bad foot, the theater in Port Charlotte, FL said they were told to start the film at 7 pm; we walked in at 7:24 pm and it was running; then it ended at 8:40 pm, fairly expensive evening for 2 at $ 30. Won't be attending events there again; will travel to Sarasota theaters, haven't had that problem with early starting up there. If it hadn't been for the verbal diarrhea from the 2 women narrating the film, making crude jokes, saying over and over, "This is my favorite piece from the collection" about 10 times, I might rate the film higher. I am sure the women are very educated and scholarly, but their verbose presentation, combined with a strange fascination for the erotic aspects of Pompeian life, was bizarre, to say the least. Many aspects of the film were very interesting and enjoyable. The two male narrators were quite factual in contrast to the women. I am female, by the way.