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Ancient Aliens Collector’s Edition DVD Review

Ancient Aliens Collector's Edition DVD

The biggest question “Ancient Aliens” raises isn’t “Is there alien life?” It’s “Why is this show on the History Channel?”

In this collector’s edition DVD set of “Ancient Aliens,” viewers get 41 episodes from the first 4 seasons spread out over a whopping 13 discs. Among the wide variety of topics that are explored here are the Greys (aliens), NASA having alien contact, bigfoot and aliens, Mayans, Leonardo Da Vinci being inspired by alien tech, aliens and dinosaurs, a Thunderbird in the old west, the Bermuda Triangle, weaponry, ruins, pyramids and temples, natural disasters like floods and volcanoes, lights and symbols, mythic creatures like the Minotaur, ancient rituals meant to symbolize alien contact, diseases, otherworldly places like Mount Fuji, crystal skulls, hidden messages at locations like Stonehenge, and much more. The series also contains interviews with aerospace engineers, archaeologists, philosophy experts, anatomy, and astronomy professors, authors, eyewitnesses, geologists, lecturers, paranormal investigators, radio hosts, the director of the Carl Sagan Center, a magazine publisher, a physicist, etc.

Having long heard about the History Channel series “Ancient Aliens,” I was curious to see what all the fuss was about. As it turns out, I still don’t quite understand the fascination. While the show does tackle some grounded in reality material like cults (Heaven’s Gate) and the Roswell mystery, “Ancient Aliens” is more or less an absurd series that is heavy on what ifs, paranoia, conspiracy theories, far fetched ideas, and “evidence” in texts, landmarks, objects, and places. Look, I want to believe as much as the next person, but when you have episodes like Aliens and the Founding Fathers,” it’s hard to take this show seriously. Most of the time, the interviewees merely interpret things how they want to. Sure, it’s fun to think about some of this material, but to pass it off as truth and history is as silly as the hair of Giorgio A. Tsoukalos.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: Widescreen. How does it look? Picture quality varies in quality as the episodes contain new footage, stock footage, pictures, CGI, etc. I will say that each season looks sharper than the next.

Audio Track: Dolby Digital Stereo. How does it sound? The narration, interviews, and stock footage audio sounded clear to this reviewer.

The only extra is a featurette titled “Chariots, Gods, And Beyond” which is the original pilot episode that mainly delves into ancient monuments.

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May 24, 2015 - Posted by | DVD review |

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