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DVD Reviews: Discovery Channel - Age of Terror

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Review Score
Reviewed by Tory Favro
Review Date: June 2004
Distributed by:
Magna Pacific
Running Time: 208 Minutes





This brilliantly chilling 2 DVD documentary chronicling the history of terrorism in the 20th century. From the first documented attack in the early part of the century through to the attack on the Twin Towers in the USA, this series looks at the attacks that have taken place and amazingly enough actually interviews the terrorists that actively participated in them.

I found the content of this doco absolutely riveting and could not stop watching from start to finish. For some reason one of the most chilling on the disc is the attack in Egypt. I won't go into detail here but it is shocking.

The disc doesn't glorify any of the attacks at all, nor does it attempt to justify anything, it simply presents what happened and lets the sides of law and terror tell their own tale. Not surprisingly, most of the terrorists have been interviewed after stints in jail and are now aware of the fact that they did not have the right to kill anyone regardless of the cause. Others it appeared to me, thought their positions to be somewhat romantic and are entirely unrepentant.

The series is broken up into four key areas that get a good looking over. The way that it is presented is almost clinical and very well organised. I liked the way that it was done as it made for a more thorough breakdown and analysis of the topic.

I highly recommend this title to anyone with an interest. Some parts of it are genuinely distressing as if you are like me, I honestly cannot get into the mindset why folks would want to hurt others on this scale and for these reasons. Age of terror tries to explain it a little through the words of those who carried the attacks out. Not one for the squeamish.


Full frame presentation with no errors that make watching unpleasant. This is a very clear, made for television, documentary.


Serviceable stereo mix. Audio is very clear and easy to hear and understand.



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