DVD TITLE: ARTHUR C CLARKE COLLECTION
REVIEWED BY: CINEMA LATTE
GRADE: 4 OUT OF 5 REELS
RELEASE DATE: APRIL 16, 2013
DISC INFORMATION: 8 discs, color, widescreen
RUNNING TIME: 1315 minutes
SPECIAL FEAUTURES: None
RATED: Not Rated, but probably falls in the PG range due to subject matter
GENRE: Documentary Series/Science-Fiction
STARRING: Arthur C. Clarke
Arthur C. Clarke hosts this science-fiction documentary series which looks into real-life mysteries from around the globe and throughout time. This collection encompasses his collection of three series from the 1980’s. The very dated and very 80’s look into well-documented cases of the unknown and unexplained is very entertaining. The size of the computers, the equipment and vehicles, the clothes, the hair styles are all just as entertaining as the actual episode as it delves into the depths of secrets and mysteries around the planet.
The first series is “Mysterious World” containing 2 discs with 13 episodes as he looks into the enchantment of dinosaurs, the mystery of Loch Ness, and the visitations of UFO’s throughout the centuries as well as across the Earth.
- The Journey Begins
- Monsters of the Deep
- Ancient Wisdom
- The Missing Apeman
- Giants for the gods
- The Monsters of the Lakes
- The Great Siberian Explosion
- The Riddle of the Stones
- Out of the Blue
- Dragons, Dinosaurs, and Giant Snakes
- Strange Skies
- Clarke’s Cabinet of Curiosities
The second series is “Mysterious Universe” containing 4 discs with 26 episodes as he looks into the Pyramids, crop circles, zombies and other strange events.
- Snake Charmers, Wolf Children and Holy Men
- On the Trail of the Big Cats
- Where Giants Walked
- Relics of the Saints
- Mysteries of the Sea
- The Psychic Detectives
- Keys to the Past
- The Burning Question
- A Crop of Circles
- At Death’s Door
- Callers From the Cosmos
- The Evil Eye
- Secrets of the Pyramids
- Mysteries of Maya
- Squaring the Bermuda Triangle
- Doom of the Dinosaurs
- Cracking the Code-Writings, Runes and Other Riddles
- Zombies—The Living Dead?
- The Strange Powers of Animals
- Into Thin Air
- Baffling Bombardments
- Meeting Mary—Visions of the Virgin
- Secrets of Ancient worlds
- Spirits of Place—Haunting and Spectres
- True or False? – More Than Meets the Eye
- Mysteries of the North
The third series is “World of Strange Powers” containing 2 discs with 13 episodes as he looks into the supernatural world of ghosts and hauntings.
- Warnings From the Future
- Things That Go Bump in the Night
- From Mind to Mind
- Stigmata—The Wounds of Christ?
- Ghosts, Apparitions and Haunted Houses
- Fairies, Phantoms and Fantastic Photographs
- Have We Lived Before?
- An Element of the Divine
- Walking on Fire
- Messages From the Dead?
- The Roots of Evil
- Metal Bending, Magic and Mind Over Matter
- Strange Powers—The Verdict
This is a very entertaining and informative series. Well done but very dated. Interestingly told with interviews and experiments and moved along at a steady pace with Arthur C. Clarke’s mediating. It would be very interesting to have someone look at these mysteries with the science that we have now. This is an early version of William Shatner’s “Weird or What?” and Joe Rogan’s “Questions Everything” series found on the Sy-Fy channel today. An informative series for any science fiction fan to have in their libraries; even if it has last century’s data and computers the size of hotel rooms.
That’s my review and I’m sticking to it.