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Rameses:Wrath of God Or Man
Columbia/Tri-Star // Unrated // March 1, 2005
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Review by Aaron Beierle | posted March 14, 2005 | E-mail the Author
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The Movie:

Narrated by Morgan Freeman, this Discovery Channel documentary takes a look at the myths surrounding Egyptian ruler Rameses, who, as legend has it, was killed by Gods wrath. Or was he? Throughout this 80-minute documentary, various scholars take a look at the legends surrounding Rameses and the events that took place during his rule, and make their points as to who may have been responsible - God, or man?

Noted Egyptologist Kent Meeks made an incredible find in 1995: an entrance that led into KV-5, a "lost tomb" that offered more than 120 corridors and chambers located. Also held within the walls of the lair were bones - remains that Kent believed belonged to the firstborn son of king Rameses II, the pharaoh linked with the biblical story of Moses and the Book of Exodus. There is so much to uncover at KV-5 that Meeks not only has spent a decade there, but will be leaving some materials uncovered so future generations can approach the site with new questions.

The documentary also visits with forensic scentists, who try to piece together the history of the bones they are presented with - some of which may belong to Amun-Her-Khepeshef, the son of Rameses. There are also CGI-enhanced reinactments of some famed moments, such as the parting of the Red Sea. The program is structured in an enjoyable way, for the most part - we are often presented with an element of the story or legend surrounding Rameses, then the specialists involved provide their arguement as to what they think could have transpired, given the information and evidence that they have to work with.

Overall, this was an interesting program that merged science with legend in order to sort out what appear to be logical conclusions, based upon what's available. It's also fascinating to look into KV-5, the tomb of Rameses' sons, which is a legendary find. The documentary does ask a few more questions than it answers, but otherwise, it's a compelling program.


The DVD

VIDEO: "Rameses" is presented by Columbia/Tristar Home Video with very fine image quality. Images offer very good sharpness and detail, with little in the way of concerns. No edge enhancement was spotted, but some minor shimmer was visible once or twice. No pixelation became noticable during the show, either, and the elements used remained free of debris or wear. Colors looked bright and vivid, with nice saturation and no smearing. The presentation is 1.85:1 non-anamorphic widescreen.

SOUND: The program is presented in Dolby 2.0, and it offers clear dialogue, music and effects.

EXTRAS: The only supplements are a promo for the series and a short featurette that is essentially an overview of the show.

Final Thoughts: "Rameses: Wrath of God or Man" doesn't answer all the questions it asks, but it is still an engaging and generally well-done program that should be worthwhile viewing for those interested in the subject matter. The DVD's audio/video quality was fine, but extras were minimal.

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