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Alexander's Lost World

Acorn Media // 2013 // 276 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge David Johnson // June 17th, 2014

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All Rise...

Judge David Johnson walked in the footsteps of Alexander the Great, until he hit an overpass and gave up.

The Charge

A remarkable journey through an ancient civilization.

The Case

From the big thinkers at Athena, Alexander's Lost World is a slick-looking six-part documentary miniseries following the hoof-prints of Alexander the Great's conquering horde, as they traipsed through modern day Afghanistan and the surrounding terrain. Your host is David Adams, the renowned photojournalist, who is more than happy to put himself in mortal danger to bring you sweeping vistas of sand and rocks.

• "Explorations on an Ancient Sea"
Adams takes his cue from the legendary band of explorers and skeleton-punchers, Jason and the Argonauts. He jumps on a boat and begins navigating through the paths of ancient Greek sailors, putting himself in the seafaring shoes of Alexander.

• "Mother of All Cities"
Adams wades through the vacation destination of Afghanistan, tasting exotic food, playing around in aqueducts, poking through caverns, and driving through Taliban-infested mountains, following in the steps of Alexander and hunting for great, action cities that have long since turned to dust.

• "Alexandria on the Oxus"
With Afghanistan and the delightful promise of decapitation behind them, Adams and his crew make their way into Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. Their target: the great, lost city of Alexandria.

• "City of the Lady Moon"
It's back to Afghanistan as Adams attempts to unravel the persistent mystery of how Alexander found the time amidst his slaying and conquering to build humongous cities. The next stop on his epic travel is the Greek city of the Lady Moon, which sounds awesome but, today, is—surprise!—a pile of sand.

• "Land of the Golden Fleece"
Alexander's thirst for riches is examined here. Again, the man was busy, and now you can add "hoarding valuables" to "trampling his enemies underfoot" and "living a real-life version of Sim City" to his CV. Adams maps his travel once more with Jason and the Argonauts in mind.

• "Source of Civilization"
Adams' grand quest comes to a close. For the finale, he makes his way to the Oxus, a no-man's land made up of glaciers and rocks and snow-blasted peaks and very little humanity.

As for the DVDs, Athena/Acorn offers up a very clean 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer, Dolby 2.0 Stereo, deleted scenes, a photo gallery, a text-only bio of Alexander, and a hefty 16-page viewer's guide.

There you go. Alexander's Lost World is a must-own, if you consider yourself a fan of Alexander and Afghanistan.

The Verdict

Not guilty.

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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 85

Perp Profile

Studio: Acorn Media
Video Formats:
• 1.78:1 Anamorphic
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (English)
• English (SDH)
Running Time: 276 Minutes
Release Year: 2013
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
• Documentary
• Foreign
• Historical

Distinguishing Marks

• Deleted Scenes
• Viewer's Guide
• Gallery
• Bio


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