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Monday, 27 May 2013

Movie Review - Pompeii and Herculaneum

Movie review number 9!! 

This is a two disc DVD we got from the British Museum earlier this month when we went to see the Pompeii expedition with Bob, Dilly and Arnty Helena.  It's not really a movie, but we wanted to review it anyway!
Disc One is called "Life, Love and Death in Pompeii" and is all about the Pompeii and Herculaneum sites and what was found there and when, and how and the whole history.  It also explains the layout of the houses there, what the rooms were used for, and where the shops were located.  Each house was for a whole family, so granny and grampa lived there with their grown up children and the grandchildren too.  They had slaves too who did all the cooking and also had shops at the front of the houses where they sold stuff like woven fabric or bread or whatever they were good at making.  When the slaves reached the age of 30, they were freed, and then they went and got their own houses and opened their own shops.
Disc Two is all about the Archaeology Museum in Naples which has a lot of the stuff found at Pompeii and Herculaneum.  The collection was started by the Farnese family ages ago back in the 1400s or something after one of them got to be Pope and started buying lots of statues.  This one we thought was particularly interesting because it explained how the collection started, and how it got moved to the current museum and a whole bunch of background stuff!
These DVDs are an Italian production but has translations in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Russian and Chinese, so you can pick which one at the beginning of each disc.  It's on the Pal system and can be played in all Regions so if any American people want to buy a copy, it'll still play on your machines!  It can be bought from the British Museum online shop here for £19.99 and it also suggests on the DVD box that it comes from so have a look there too. 

Yes - we thought disc two was more interesting than disc one but if you're into history and archaeology, then this one is definitely worth getting!

Beanie gives this 9.5 squeaks out of 10!!

Bruscetta with tomato, cheese and Italian ham!!


  1. Great review Beanie! Did they cover any of the geological aspects of the volcanic eruption?? That would be super interesting!

  2. We have to confess, we read the snack recommendation first! Nice review, we love Pompeii history too.

  3. Scooby snacks are VERY important!!!