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 1-800-627-5162. 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