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DVD Reviews: Seapower Vol. 1

The Final Say!

Review Score
Reviewed by Tory Favro
Review Date: 05 January 2003
Distributed by: Magna Pacific
Running Time: 150 Minutes

Seapower follows the history of naval warfare from ancient times to modern times covering all facets of this fascinating subject.

On this disc, which is volume one of a two part series we see the development from the Egyptians and those of Crete design. Using diagrams from ancient drawings by the Egyptians and other civilizations, we are able to follow the progression of how sea going vessels were adapted for warfare.

The presentation of the DVD is clear and concise. The narration is of a very high quality and the general effort makes for some very interesting viewing without becoming boring as could have easily become the case considering the subject matter.

In depth analysis is provided throughout and I must confess to being most interested in the very ancient warfare waged by the Egyptians and Greeks who employed great amounts of men to row and power their ships into battle. An interesting point that I did not know was that the ancient Greeks actually used free men as oarsmen and not slaves as is the belief. These ships were incredibly powerful and the high speeds combined with the powerful rams located on the ship made them very potent weapons indeed.

The latter parts of the DVD cover facets of the Tudor Navy and the wooden ships and Iron Men of Nelson's Victory.

Whilst there are no extras, there are a number of features utilised throughout the disc as listed below:

Seapower Vol. 1 Features

  • Powerful new film footage of reconstructed ships
  • Full scale reconstructions
  • 3D computer animated sequences
  • Illustrative maps and sequences
  • Analysis by leading historians and military experts


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