Written May 06, 2016
If you have always been fascinated by Pompeii but never been able to go, this movie is for you. Rather than being a walking tour thru the town, you see several items and hear experts explaining them. You learn the difference between how the tragedy affected Pompeii and the nearby city of Herculeneum. Most of these ar every day things found in Roman homesc as well as the casts you expect. Well worth the time to see.
Written May 05, 2016
A great idea to enable folks to see exhibits they would otherwise miss. I am a huge supporter of the effort to film and broadcast exhibits in cinemas. But the organizers need to do some work on presentation. It's nice to have the experts, but we need far LESS face-time with them and far MORE viewing of the exhibit items. Film can show you artifacts and art in great detail, and I was disappointed with how little of the exhibit and of each item we actually saw. The camera needs to spend much more time on the exhibit items than on the experts. Their knowledgeable voice-overs are most welcome, but the audience should generally be seeing the item, not the faces of two experts chatting. That said, I really enjoyed Mary Beard's charm and humor. I plan to get a few of her books. She must be a blast as a university lecturer! DEFINITELY see this film if you can!
Written September 26, 2013
I thought this was a movie about Pompeii, like a walk through the city. I have been there, and wanted to show it to a friend. There were a few good moments but it was more about the museum's display than seeing the city. It definitely wasnt worth $34
Written October 18, 2014
I have been to several exhibits in the past(Titanic, Ancestors of The Incas, Catherine the Great, Imperial Tombs of China-just to name a few). In comparison the Pompeii exhibit was very small and limited. The information provided was good, but also limited due to the small exhibit. I was definitely expecting much more since it was being presented in a world-wide cinema version.
Written September 26, 2013
I have visited the British Museum several times, and their exhibits of artifacts are the most amazing I've seen. Since I probably won't be able to see the Pompeii exhibit in person, this was definitely the next best thing. The archaeologists involved are passionate about their subject, and through them you get a good glimpse into everyday life of the people of Pompeii and Herculaneum. They then take us through the events leading up to and during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and the aftermath. The final images of the exhibit are very moving, because the presenters and archaeologists have made these people real to the viewer. I would recommend it for anyone interested in ancient history.