History Of The World In Two Hours
History Of The World In Two Hours is actually only 88 minutes long, due to the fact that this was made for TV, but that’s only a minor point of contention. The DVD lives up to it’s purpose however through it’s fast pace and quick editing,condensing what it believes to be our history into 88 sparse minutes.
The trouble lies in the first half of the DVD, the bit that some people will dispute as being accurate or even history. It’s the bit I wasn’t really expecting. Or at least I had been hoping that the documentary would focus on the history of humanity.
The first half is pure speculation about the birthing of our universe and the creation of earth and all the species, including humans. And in the scope of what the show claims is our history, it really got short changed by only having half the show. BUt I guess there is only so much you can show when the process was so long and not a hell of a lot happened.
Whilst human history may only be a fraction of history, it’s where all the action takes place, and where the DVD kicks into high gear. It’s a pity that this didn’t get the full two hours on it’s own.
The value of History Of The World In Two Hours breaks down like this, if your believe we evolved from pond scum, then you’re going to be enthralled by this DVD, because you’re it’s intended audience. If you believe history only started when people began to leave a record then you’re going to feel ripped off.
As far as this review goes, it will be judged for the former.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read