Written September 26, 2013
I've always been fascinated with the history of Pompeii. I hadn't realized there was a second city, Herculaneum. I learned so much from this movie. It was funny in places and very sad in others, but overall it was extremely informative.
The high definition made viewing the artifacts closely and intricate detail was visible. The presenters were extremely knowledgeable, most of whom were involved in the actual archaeological excavation. The two hosts were likable and interesting as well.
Beautifully filmed, well presented, fascinating artifacts, and rich in culture and history. It couldn't have been better.
Written January 22, 2017
Very educational, especially with the world renown experts in the field giving a detailed summary. A very interesting look into the day that was horribly tragic but also a valuable preservation for future generations. The world has learned a ton of valuable information about the Roman culture through this horrible disaster. It was nice to know that about 90% of the population actually escaped that night.
Written August 25, 2016
The presentation from the British Museum was a magnificent scholarly lecture on the exhibit in London. Thank you for making this type of program available to the public.
Written September 26, 2013
Disapointing just to be kind only 10 people came for the one night showing of Pompeii should have been a clue but stayed to the end took all my might to stay awake so many wonderful artifacts in the background but choose to be limited and more focus on the sponsers who were in my veiw "in the way" of capturing the beauty and awe of what was once Pompeii.
Written September 30, 2016
I was at the British Museum this summer when they were hosting the exhibit. Unfortunately, the movie is a walk-thru of the exhibit, not really a movie, and the hosts are simply over the top in their presentation styles. They are all British (should be obvious since it's by the British Museum), and they are generally as giddy as teenage girls at a One Direction concert. It's amusing/charming at first but wore on me after the first 15 minutes. The guest experts they bring in to speak to the artifacts and time period are better, but the hosts' predilections with a) distancing themselves from the slave situation, b) Pompeiian sex mores (one of the hostesses actually says "coc&sucker"), and c) saying 'marvelous', 'simply amazing', 'extroooordinary', etc, takes away from the wonder of the actual exhibit.
Interesting format, and a great way to experience something most will not have the ability to see for themselves. The format and presentation approach just needs some serious tweaking.