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Explorers: A Century of Discovery based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
We get no extras here... just the bare-bones 90 minute TV broadcast first aired on PBS on October 12, 1988. Not that it matters, since most purchasing this will likely be re-watching it a couple times to catch everything. This is a nice crash course on the first century of National Geographic (starting 1888) with all of the primary players and major high-points profiled: Alexander Graham Bell as the guiding spirit, the three generations of Grosvenor as editors, Hiram Bingham in Macchu Picchu, the advent of color photography in the 1910s, King Tut unearthed, Peary up north and Admiral Byrd flying down south, Beebe & Cousteau undersea, Leakey and his fossil humans, Goodall and her chimps, Fossey and her gorillas, multiple Mount Everest climbs, 1920s African safaris, 1950s New Hebrides bungee jumps and 1980s Titanic rediscovered. E.G. Marshall provides the stentorian narration with plenty of nostalgic appeal... and, yes, you are quite aware that this is 1988, an era before the Nat Geo Channel and the internet. This and the same year's CAMERAMEN WHO DARE (also available and as a shorter version "extra" on the 30 YEARS OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SPECIALS DVD) are two of the "must have" DVDs for any fan of vintage TV documentaries.