Frozen World: The Story of the Ice Age (DVD)

The History Channel presents a collection of shows which will make you wonder how humans ever managed to make it this far while leaving a bleak outlook for our collective future.

Frozen World is a grouping of four documentaries which aired on History Channel anywhere between 2006-2008, and they’re gathered here because of their shared subject matter: the Ice Age.

* “Clash of the Cavemen” — This 2008 show is a blend of documentary and historical re-enactment, and it’s actually pretty interesting stuff. The crux of it is a re-imagining of Cro-Magnons and Neanderthals, and what may have led to the eradication of Neanderthals.

* “Volcanic Winter” — This 2008 offering is a terrifying program. Not for its imagery but rather for the facts presented. A super volcano could erupt at any time. And it’s not if it’s when. When it happens the likelihood of survival is not optimistic, to say the least. There’s no planning for it and I was left reeling with the knowledge I have one more thing to be irrationally paranoid about.

* “Journey to 10,000 B.C.” — This 2008 program discusses the extinction of several large mammals at the same time during earth’s history and posits not only the reasons but also how humans were able to escape the same fate.

* “Mega Freeze” — The 2006 story deals with climate change, and is thus the special that the broadest audience can relate to. Details of how just a few degrees of temperature difference impacts the ecosphere are related, as well as worst case scenarios based on what’s actually happening in the world right now. Again, another terrifying show.

The visual effects are decent quality CGI and the reenactment footage is serious if not a little hokey now and then. Sure there is some recycling of footage here and there but it’s hardly so prevalent as to be insulting. The video levels are in keeping with a show broadcast in the past few years with no discernible grain or blow outs on either end of the color spectrum. The 2.0 Dolby stereo is pretty outstanding, actually, although the soundtrack and narration hardly put it through its paces.

There are no special features.


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