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In The Footsteps Of Alexander The Great (1998/BBC DVD Set)


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



Still unsatisfied with the Oliver Stone film, the 1998 documentary mini-series In The Footsteps Of Alexander The Great has history expert Michael Wood retracing his steps through history by (in a journey that would not be as easy today) going through the Middle East where his conquest of all that land still haunts them today and it holds up better than Stone’s failed film in all of its versions.  Adults (read parents) still tell their children to hide or Alexander will get them.  You can decide if part of this is homophobic, xenophobic and/or almost a way to superstitiously wart-off another conquest of his scale again.


The four hour-long shows hold up as well as when they were first broadcast, but I remember them and though they were good, they were also repetitious and I never felt he was able to go beyond just retracing.  That is interesting and is a side of the story you do not hear enough (Al Qaeda and The Taliban may even still be mad about him), but it was never totally satisfactory despite being so thorough.  Oddly, the extras help the show and bring some closure and conclusion to what he presents, whether he realizes it or not.  Those interested in the subject and disappointed by the Stone/Colin Farrell film will want to see everything here, as it shows just how off-base Stone’s film is.  Too bad he lost his touch.


The 1.33 X 1 full screen image was filmed in 16mm film, but looks warn, has aliasing errors and was finished on PAL analog video, which is why these do not look as good as they could.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono is a little compressed, but holds up better than the image throughout.  Extras include Wood being interviewed looking back on the show and his journey going back and bringing the military with him this time.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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