WASHINGTON, March 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Obsessed with their mortality, ancient
Egyptians built glorious monuments to ensure everlasting life. While many
still stand, countless more are buried under the heat and sand of the desert.
Their mysteries wait to be rediscovered in National Geographic Home Video's
two new DVD titles "Egypt Eternal: The Quest for Lost Tombs" and "Into the
Great Pyramid." The DVDs, a must-have for any history fan, are available in
retail stores Tuesday, March 4 for the suggested retail prices of $24.98 and
$19.98. Consumers can order the films in DVD and VHS directly by calling
Limited editions of the DVDs will include special 2-for-1 bonus DVDs
"Secrets of the Pharaohs" and "Quest for Eternity" co-bundled with "Egypt
Eternal" and "Into the Great Pyramid" respectively. Special features include:
* Ancient Egypt Timeline
* Interactive Pyramid Map ("Into the Great Pyramid" only)
* Pyramid Quiz ("Into the Great Pyramid" only)
Originally aired in the fall on FOX and the National Geographic Channel,
"Into the Great Pyramid" made headlines with its discovery of a second door
within the Queen's Chamber -- one of the most significant discoveries in the
Great Pyramid in 130 years, and a find that helped redefine how Egyptologists
viewed the architecture of these great structures. The film uses the latest
cutting-edge technology and cameras to take viewers on an archaeological
expedition deep inside the secret and complex shafts within the Queen's
chamber in Khufu's Great Pyramid.
The DVD also features National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Zahi
Hawass, head of Egypt's antiquities, and renowned American archaeologist Dr.
Mark Lehner, who attempt to answer two of history's most perplexing mysteries
-- how the Great Pyramid of Giza was built and who executed the awe-inspiring
enterprise. During the course of the film, Hawass also reveals the oldest
intact Egyptian sarcophagus ever found by modern archaeologists.
"Egypt Eternal: The Quest for Lost Tombs" takes viewers under the sands
and into the tombs of Egypt's lost aristocracy -- the noble class who served
the Pharaohs. Leading the charge are Dr. Hawass and French archaeologist Dr.
Alain Zivie. Their recent, unprecedented discoveries help paint a picture of
an ancient civilization at fascinating periods in its incredible 3,000-year
history. With evidence they uncover, a clearer record of the past comes to
light. Among other discoveries Drs. Hawass and Zivie reveal throughout the
film, "Egypt Eternal" documents as Dr. Zivie enters the tomb of Maia, wet
nurse to Tutankhamun, the famous boy-king, and uncovers a vital clue to
understanding the ancient mystery of King Tut's lost childhood.
"Into the Great Pyramid" is executive produced by John Bredar and Lisa
Truitt for National Geographic Television & Film (NGT&F) with Michael
Rosenfeld serving as senior executive producer. For the National Geographic
Channel, the executive producers are Andrew C. Wilk and John Bowman.
"Egypt Eternal: The Quest for Lost Tombs" is a production of NGT&F.
Michael Rosenfeld serves as senior executive producer, Lisa Truitt and John
Bredar as co-executive producers and Amy Bucher as producer.
National Geographic Home Video titles are distributed by Warner Home Video
(WHV), an AOL/Time Warner Company, operating in 57 countries including the US
and Canada. WHV is one of the worlds leading suppliers of pre-recorded
videocassettes and videodiscs and a market leader in family entertainment.
Building on its global reputation for remarkable visuals and compelling
stories, NGT&F augments its award-winning documentary productions (116 Emmy
Awards and more than 800 other industry awards) with feature films, large-
format films and long-form television drama programming. Worldwide, National
Geographic's television programming can be seen on the National Geographic
Channel, MSNBC and PBS, home video and DVD, and through international
broadcast syndication. The National Geographic Channel is received by more
than 200 million households in 25 languages in 144 countries, including the
United States. For more information about NGT&F, log on to
nationalgeographic.com, AOL Keyword: NatGeo.
SOURCE National Geographic Society