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The History Channel: Warrior Empire - The Mughals
A&E Video // Unrated // October 31, 2006
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Review by Thomas Spurlin | posted December 23, 2006 | E-mail the Author
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A healthy dose of conquest with a strong dash of brutality is the recipe that lay within the blood of the 16th century Indian Mughals. This History Channel presentation of the Warrior Empire: The Mughals truly illustrates the bloodthirsty nature these individuals had to expand their reach. The result is a story that involves young princes that learn of domination from a young age, technological wonders that would further escalate their capabilities, and the extraordinary spoils of war that lay within these conquered locales. Plus, the overall weight and influence this "moving city" obtains would affect the world, specifically the full quarter of population the Mughals acquired.


The Documentary:

From the start of the empire in the power of Babur to the decline starting in the 1780s, these people fought tooth and nail for their land. And they did so with some amazing artillery. From war-dressed elephants sporting full plate and chain armor to rockets with swords for launch support, the Mughals were sophisticatedly barbaric. Even the crafting of their legendary bows is interesting to behold. The Warrior Empire places clear emphasis on these items and how technically important they became.

However, throughout the documentary, beautiful locations and immense riches illustrate exactly what these people fought for. Such beautifully adorned structures and lush gardens appear in the Warrior Empire like the Agra Fort (and its inlaying Khas Mahal once adorned with jewels) and the ever famous Taj Mahal crafted by one of the later Mughal emperors Shah Jahan as a shrine to his wife. Plus, secrets are revealed in this documentary like the Taj Mahal's "black" opposing shrine and the placement of many, many jewels amongst these gorgeous places. These buildings and garden architechure's accuracy, symmetry, and majesty are amazing. In addition to luxuriant surroundings, the added splendor of the jewels they would horde and utilize for their cause is staggering. From their plethora of assorted jewels to the eternal conquest for diamonds, the amounts they obtained by today's standards is staggering.

As a documentary, Warrior Empire grips the viewer early. The story of the Mughals was not made aware to this viewer before this documentary. This history is a marvel to unfold. The most gripping portions lie within the exact tactics and tools the Mughals utilized to obtain their locales. Armaments experts are present many, many specific times throughout the documentary that fully explicate how these gothic, splendidly garish tools were used. What's even more fascinating is that they re-create these items before the viewer's eyes by physically demonstrating the construction.

To say the least, the story of the Mughals in The Warrior Empire is amazing. It's got just about everything that captures the attitude of the Mughals themselves: splendid weapons, phenomenal spoils of war, and the overall headstrong drive to expand their influence on the world. Warrior Empire fluctuates a bi on the interest level, but that'll all depend on the viewer and what grips them specifically. However, Warrior Empire should have elements that will grip just about any viewer. An extraordinary story, cool gadgets, wealth, power, and intense desire for world domination are all packed within this 91-minute piece that's pretty darn astonishing.


The DVD:

A & E Video has presented Warrior Empire in a standard keepcase DVD with some rather interesting cover and disc art, as well as a brochure insert that'll tantalize further History Channel interest.

The Video:

Presented in a non-anamorphic widescreen presentation, The Warrior Empire hits the nail on the head pretty well. Detail was very nice, and the beautiful colors of the scenery, artwork, and the jewels truly shine through the transfer. An anamorphic transfer would have been wonderful, but other than that this presentation works very well.

The Audio:

Presented in Dolby 2.0 Auio, the narrator's voice and the complete array of dialogue sounded very adequate. Never did voices seem muffled or inaudible, even from those individuals with accents. The score during the film was decent, but not nearly as memorable over the material's context. The audio mixed worked just fine for the presentation.

The Extras:

No extras are present on this documentary disc except for a very well segmented scene selection.


Final Thoughts:

If a story of conquest, power, and the expansion of a rich empire is tantalizing the tastebuds, then Warrior Empire: The Mughals is right up that alley. Filled with a plethora of fascinating locales, brutal tales of succession atop the throne, and utterly engrossing artillery of weapons, the Mughal Empire is a true wonderment to behold. It's especially terrific for those that know very little about the history. Packed with beautiful scenery and informative, yet interesting narrators and guides, this documentary comes Highly Recommended for its generally fluent flow and engaging story.



Thomas Spurlin, Staff Reviewer -- DVDTalk Reviews | Personal Blog/Site
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