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Feature 8.9
Video 8.0
Audio 8.0
Special Features   0.0
Total 8.8
Distributor: Roadshow
Classification: M15+
Minutes: 356
Reviewer: Kyle Sudukis

8.8


Battles B.C.: The Complete Season One

Battles B.C. looks familiar and although it pays homage to the movie "300", itís actually a rather insightful documentary series about some of the worldís most momentous battles B.C. or Before Christ but for political correctness, it should be BCE (Before Current Era). But as many of the great generals and leaders during this time would probably agree with me, Iím sure they would believe that politically correctness is uncalled for in this bloody documentary of the art of war.

As opposed to the battles of today or the last hundred years, the field of war played completely differently Before Christ which is showcased in this slick documentary that although is a little too Hollywood, it will definitely bring forth more viewers to this genre. So whatís it all about? Basically, the History Channel has used historical facts and experts to digitally recreate these great battles that include a variety of periods of pre B.C. countries.  The complete Season one of Battles B.C. contains the following episodes that range from ancient Egypt to the Roman empire and my favourite, the Greeks with Alexander the Great.

  • Hannibal: The Annihilator

  • David: Giant Slayer

  • Joshua: Epic Slaughter

  • Caesar: Super Siege

  • Moses: Death Chase

  • Alexander: Lord of War

  • Ramses: Raging Chariots

  • Judgement Day at Marathon

With a true Hollywood approach, Battles B.C. is quite visual, especially how it highlights the colours of the battle and where it mimics the movie 300. Another interesting aspect is that the series isnít as dry as other documentaries and even though itís a great history lesson, the visuals make the whole process more appealing. It touches upon the masterminds behind the battles quite well such as Ramses the Great or Hannibal and even theorises the tactics they may have used. The series does use some artistic liberty, especially with the stories linked to the Bible such as David: Giant Slayer and is more story than fact but it does mix together some historical evidence. Perhaps it did play like that? Even so, the research is quite slick as are the great reincarnations of the battles.

The video quality is presented in widescreen and at times, looks a little grainy. The battles are perfectly executed with their larger than life presentation and quite vibrant colours. Sound wise, the series only supports Dolby Digital 2.0 which is a shame because some of the battles would have sounded phenomenal through surround sound. Considering the budget of this documentary, it would have faired better with some better video and audio quality but overall, it is still quite acceptable. Even so, I thoroughly enjoyed this surreal documentary experience that not only highlights the violence of the era, itís also justifies it to those involved.

Recommended! 






 
 



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