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Neil Oliver's Vikings: The Real Warriors (2014/BBC DVD)

Picture: C+ Sound: B- Extras: D Episodes: B

Neil Oliver's Vikings: The Real Warriors (2014) is a 3-part BBC documentary series that takes us on a fascinating journey into the past as we see the epically fast evolution of these people in the wake of the fall of the Roman empire.

The question in the piece ultimately is: Were the Vikings blood soaked pillagers or intelligent adventurers or entrepreneurs? Host and historian Neil Oliver answers this question as he takes us on a journey digging for clues and discovering exciting new evidence as we travel to archeological dig sites in Norway, Sweden and Denmark where Norsemen had been known to dwell.

We see the transformation as these brave warriors settle from Britain, Iceland and Greenland as they evolve from illiterate pagans into farmers, statesmen and even kings. Neil Oliver tracks the evolution of these people and is both charming and keeps the show's pace interesting. Some of even the smallest artifacts that he finds unlock bigger clues later which keeps you guessing while fascinating you. It would definitely be a good tool for a history teacher to use in a classroom setting on the subject.

The picture and sound are fine for the DVD format but could definitely benefit from a Blu-ray transfer and edition. The standard definition presentation preserves the original 16 X 9/1.78 X 1 aspect ratio of the original presentation and is accompanied by a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track. Subtitles are also available for the deaf and hard of hearing.

There are three episodes on the disc totaling around one hundred and seventy seven minutes in total length.

Vikings: The Real Warriors is a fun and factual journey that is ideal for viewers that are looking to learn something new or to add to whatever knowledge you may have had before. Expertly shot and presented, BBC does it again!

No extras are on the disc.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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