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When The Moors Ruled In Europe (Acorn Media DVD)


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



Contrary to current myth perpetuated by many against Islam, their civilization has been buried more than even the least bashing (most politically correct) person might think and it turns out the famed Moors were Islamic Civilization, lasted 700 years and their conflicts with Western Europe forced them to break out of their troubles, Dark Ages, separate church & state and move on to greatness of their own.  While some are sick enough to think they are continuing a war that goes that far back, in real life, the innovations turn the “terrorist” stereotypes on their ear.


Bettany Hughes hosts this detailed, revealing, in-depth look at a history that is still being deliberately buried, made countries like Spain and Portugal possible, plus brought on innovations for which there is more than fleeting evidence of that are landmark.  It helps that some key buildings remain, including some built on advanced mathematical ideas that have more to do with progress than destruction.  Turns out El Cid (see the review of the film elsewhere on this site) had a Moorish ancestry.


Many will have jump reactions to reject this series in an instant, but it is worth going out of your way for, especially if you are a fan of the recent cycle of fantasy and ancient battle films.  If anything, they’ll make more sense than ever.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is a little sharper, clearer and more colorful than expected, nicely shot and edited.  So many HD productions seem undercut by DVD, but this one survives better than most and a Blu-ray should reveal even more.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is just fine for such a production, with a good recording, but no pro Logic surrounds.  The only extra is very brief text on Hughes.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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