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The Mummy Who Would Be King – The Saga Of Pharaoh Rameses I (Nova)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C-     Film: B-



The interest in the past is amazing; especially when it comes to civilizations we do not totally understand and sometimes cannot figure out.  With Ancient Egypt, between the rituals of mummification and the still-mysterious pyramids, new findings and theories are happening all the time.  The Mummy Who Would Be King – The Saga Of Pharaoh Rameses I is a recent installment of the great PBS/WGBH series Nova that tells the sometimes amusing, sometimes frustrating story of how one mummy landed up in a museum at Niagara Falls!


What was any mummy, Egyptian or otherwise, doing in Canada?  That becomes one of the big questions that keep the confirmed identity of the mummy out of reach for decades, decades in which the artifact could have been lost or left to rot.  The saga of the title refers to what happens to the remains more than when what turned out to be the title king throughout the 20th Century until someone is finally able to confirm the truth of origin.  It also shows how much so-called “experts” can be wrong, especially in a field where discoveries are still being made.  This runs about an hour and is a really good show.


The 1.78 X 1 image is not anamorphically enhanced, something WGBH seems to think is not necessary, but the program is nicely shot with the usual addition of stills and historic footage.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo has no real surrounds, but is also nicely recorded.  Except for the usual DVD-ROM printable materials, weblink and (sometimes as in this case) video descriptive services, there are no major extras.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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