WASHINGTON (April 13, 2004)—In anticipation of the blockbuster film set for
for release in May 2004, National Geographic takes an inside look at the ancient myths and unsolved mysteries that inspired the movie “Troy” in the new DVD “National Geographic Beyond the Movie: Troy.” Through dramatic recreations, interviews and expert analysis, the film traces the legend of Troy to the people, places and events behind what has been called the greatest love story ever told and the most sweeping war epic in history.
Available for pre-order immediately and at retailers April 27 for $24.98 SRP, the DVD includes a special movie cash offer redeemable for $6.50 off admission to the feature film opening May 14 at theaters nationwide. Consumers can buy the DVD at most retailers where videos are sold, or order the film in DVD or VHS directly by calling 800-627-5162 or buying it online at nationalgeographic.com. “Beyond the Movie: Troy” premieres on the National Geographic Channel Friday, May 7, at 9 p.m. ET.
Was there a great Trojan War? Was it a battle over love or commerce, and what ultimately destroyed this once great city? Some questions have already been answered, but even more have yet to be resolved. One thing is for sure: The story Homer told thousands of years ago appears to be based upon more than a poet’s imagination.
Comparing fact to fiction, the film reveals a complex story of ancient stones, masked skeletons and stolen gold, perhaps even more fantastic than Homer’s original tale.
The journey begins with eccentric businessman Heinrich Schliemann, who would later be heralded as the father of archaeology. Obsessed with proving the veracity behind Homer’s epic poems, Schliemann traveled from northwestern Turkey to Greece in pursuit of the lost cities of Mycenae and Troy. In the process, he discovered much more, including treasures dating a thousand years before the time of the reputed Trojan War — treasures that would later become the subject of intrigue and the source of conflict among various counties laying claim to them.
But while Schliemann was able to uncover some remarkable finds, it was not until a century later that teams from the University of Tübingen and the University of Cincinnati unearthed information revealing the true size and scope of the ancient city of Troy.
Filled with fascinating insight by contemporary historians, the DVD includes a supplemental feature, “Recreating Troy: Behind the Scenes with National Geographic,” which provides a look at the access, locations and recreations that bring ancient Troy to life.
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“National Geographic Beyond the Movie: Troy”
Street Date:April 27, 2004
Pre-Order Date:March 30, 2004
Suggested Retail Price:$24.98 (DVD)
Feature Run Time: Approximately 60 minutes