Seven Wonders Of The Industrial World (BBC DVD)
Picture: C+ Sound: C+ Extras: D Episodes: B
endless diatribes about the “seven wonders of the world” and all kinds of
variants, funny and serious. The BBC has
a (surprise) seven-part mini-series called Seven
Wonders Of The Industrial World (2003) that considers the following
achievements the greatest of the Industrial Age and classical Industrial
The SS Great Eastern Ship
The Brooklyn Bridge
The Bell Rock Lighthouse
The U.S. Transcontinental Railway
The London Sewer System
The Panama Canal
The Hoover Dam
had not heard of, all seem like good choices, but may not be the only
possibilities (what about AC power from Westinghouse, for instance?) but the
shows are informative and interesting.
However, my only issue is that there was not enough vintage material in
the shows and too much reenactment. The
actors are amusingly good, but there were times too much made it seem less
documentary-like. Still, this is a
must-see set for anyone serious about technology, history, science and
understanding where we are today.
anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 is a little soft, including much of the recent
footage in HD that has motion blur and looks like 1080i downtraded. For the most part, the shows are clean and
consistent, with some fair digital work.
I would be curious to see Blu-ray in this case, but it is watchable for
the most part, though that gold spike was a little lame in the Railway episode. The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo sound is good,
well-recorded for a simple soundtrack and has no Pro Logic surrounds. There are no extras.
- Nicholas Sheffo