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Ice Age Columbus: Who Were the First Americans? DVD

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In the Ice Age Columbus DVD, fascinating new archaeological data and DNA research suggest that Europeans may have discovered the Americas 17,000 years prior to the birth of Columbus. A high definition production, the film takes you on the journey of a determined family from southwestern France as they cross 3,000 miles of ocean. A drama DVD, which includes the risk of starvation and treacherous storms, shows these Europeans settling in what is now the Northeastern United States.

Contrary to the Ice Age Columbus DVD, traditional history tells us that European settlers discovered America about the time of the Renaissance. But revolutionary new archaeological data and the latest DNA research reveal that Europeans visited our shores far earlier – some 17,000 years before Columbus was even born.

A drama DVD, filmed in glorious high definition, is a two-hour epic story, which follows an intrepid family of stone age hunters as they trek from their homeland in southwestern France, cross 3,000 miles of ocean and eventually make their first permanent settlement in what is today the northeastern U.S. As you will see in American history DVDs, they overcome starvation and storms along the way, with the help of a revolutionary weapons technology they would later bequeath to the native peoples of the Americas. But awaiting the pioneers' arrival is a stark, empty continent, filled with a plethora of bizarre and lethal animals – all brought to life by brilliant computer animation. The Ice Age Columbus DVD, firmly rooted in the latest scientific discoveries, is a compelling vision of the greatest migration in human history.

Presented in full screen format.

Buy an Ice Age Columbus DVD and explore the possibility that Europeans discovered America long before the Native Americans or Christopher Columbus during the Renaissance.

Chart the epic journey of stone age hunters from their homeland in France to their first permanent settlement in the northeastern U.S. 100 minutes.
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4.6

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4.6

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88%

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Pros

  • Informative (14)
  • Entertaining (12)
  • Great cinematography (10)
  • Original (10)
  • High production value (8)

Cons

  • Not what I expected (3)

Best Uses

  • At home (10)
  • Adult viewers (6)
  • Younger viewers (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Casual viewer (10), Avid moviegoer (4)

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4.0

Interesting ideas

By outlook

from Manitoba

About Me Casual Viewer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Great Cinematography
  • Informative
  • Original
  • Very Interesting Ideas

Cons

  • Poor Visual Effects

Best Uses

  • Adult Viewers
  • At Home

Comments about this product:

I enjoyed this film a great deal, it was very original and informative.

 
5.0

ice age

By stashy

from denver, colorado

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Entertaining
  • Fantastic Show Very Inte
  • Great Cinematography
  • Great Program
  • High Production Value
  • Informative

Cons

  • none

Best Uses

  • ANytime
  • At Home

Comments about this product:

fantastic program ,learning something new every time i watch it, so far 4 times

 
5.0

History worth repeating

By Rick

from Grand Forks, ND

About Me Avid Moviegoer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Entertaining
  • High Production Value
  • Informative

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Adult Viewers
    • At Home

    Comments about this product:

    Liked it. Found it educational. Live action of possible scenario's played out was a nice touch.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Beyond expectations, a must see, stellar

    By Kirk Mallette

    from Vernon, B.C., Canada

    About Me Casual Viewer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • 2005 Award Winner
    • Canadian origins
    • Defective DVD replaced
    • Engaging Characters
    • Entertaining
    • Great Cinematography
    • High Production Value
    • Historically valuable
    • Informative
    • Original
    • Personal Favourite

    Cons

    • DVD malfunctioned

    Best Uses

    • Docudrama production
    • Early Man Education
    • North American History
    • Scientific Inquiry method

    Comments about this product:

    As an educator and someone fascinated with Early Man I originally viewed this show as "The First CAnadians" on the " Aboriginal Peoples Television Network" in 2005. It never showed again and was totally buried - no copies available for love or money. It was random chance that I found it listed on Discovery Channel while searching for other products. Kudos to the USA and Discovery Channel. This is a hypothesis that needs academic and broad social discussion.

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Ice Age Columbus DVD

    By rattler

    from Seattle, Wa.

    About Me Casual Viewer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Entertaining
    • Informative
    • Original

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • At Home

      Comments about this product:

      This is a surprising video in that it pretty clearly shows that the "Solutrean Theory" is more than a theory. Solutreans from Europe obviously arrived in North America first, as evidence shows by the discovery of Kennewick Man, a skeleton in Nevada, and the female skeleton in Idaho, tools and other artifacts, and god knows what else that have been basically taken from scientists who were carbon dating, studying the bone structure, etc. of these skeletons that pre date Asiatics in North America by thousands of years, before the end of the last ice age. It is a crime that this kind of discovery is hidden or reburied under the misguided idea that they are "native American remains." Kennewick Man's remains sit in a corner of the Burke Museum of the University of Washington, hidden from any more scientific research, much the same as censorship.

      (0 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Not great for the classroom

      By Everts

      from Columbus, OH

      About Me Casual Viewer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Engaging Characters
      • Entertaining
      • Great Cinematography

      Cons

      • Not What I Expected

      Best Uses

      • At Home

      Comments about this product:

      I teach 8th grade American History and wanted something to show my students about the first Americans. It was not what I thought it was going to be. I was entertained, but knew right away it isn't right for the classroom.

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Truth about the first North Americans

      By History teacher

      from Florida

      About Me Casual Viewer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • High Production Value
      • Informative
      • Original

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Great for schools

        Comments about this product:

        Finally, proof about the real first Americans. The Europeans really were the first Americans, the Indians came thousands of years later.

        Required viewing for all History buffs, students, teachers, and those who prefer to keep up with the latest in archaeological research. Buy a copy and when you are done watching it, donate it to your local middle or high school history department. Too many people and textbooks continue to push false history..........use this video to get the truth out.

        (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Excited to see more on this!

        By Susan wanting to retire

        from Jackson, MS

        About Me Casual Viewer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Answered alot of question
        • Engaging Characters
        • Entertaining
        • Great Cinematography
        • High Production Value
        • Informative
        • Original

        Cons

        • Not enough answers
        • Not What I Expected

        Best Uses

        • Adult Viewers
        • At Home
        • In The Car
        • Younger Viewers

        Comments about this product:

        I think I was expecting more of a strict documentary, but I enjoyed the added hypothetical storyline. I feel that there are more possible scenarios and I would love to hear more on this subject. There seem to be so many inconsistencies with dating early human archeological sites in the Americas. And now the DNA questions! I really want to know more about that!

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent intro. to Solutrean Theory

        By twins

        from upper midwest

        About Me Casual Viewer

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        Pros

        • Engaging Characters
        • Entertaining
        • Great Cinematography
        • High Production Value
        • Informative
        • Original

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Adult Viewers
          • At Home
          • Perfect Gift
          • Younger Viewers

          Comments about this product:

          Simply put, this is a stunning depiction of early European survival and exploration.

          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Learning history I never knew before

          By A history buff

          from Ohio

          About Me Casual Viewer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Great Cinematography
          • Informative

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • At Home

            Comments about this product:

            My sister-in-law's DNA showed that her very ancient ancestors came from Europe 18,000 years ago and not via Siberia centuries later which is commonly thought to be how humans first came to America. She tried to explain how it could happen but I couldn't understand as I had never before heard of a "land bridge" of ice spanning the Atlantic Ocean. This explained it all to me. I showed it to my sister-in-law and now she has ordered copies for all of her children to explain this curious lineage.

            (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Solutreans -- What Kind Of Europeans?

            By CherokeeBob

            from Virginia

            About Me Avid Moviegoer

            Pros

            • Entertaining
            • High Production Value
            • Informative
            • Makes One Think
            • Original
            • Spurs the Imagination

            Cons

            • Characters Too Modern

            Best Uses

              Comments about this product:

              I would love to see more DNA studies done on eastern North American tribes to support or dispute this theory. I realize such DNA testing is made difficult by the fact that so many of these groups have gone extinct or commingled with whites and blacks to the point that it might be well nigh impossible to separate out ancient from modern European DNA. Still, there are some relatively "pure blood" (I know, a loaded term) groups whose haplogroups might show a European connection.

              Then there is this question -- just what would these Solutreans have looked like 20,000 years ago? I doubt that they would resemble modern day Spaniards or Frenchmen, not with all of the Italic and North African mixing that has occurred in the past 2000 years. Were they tall, red-haired and blue-eyed or were they stocky, black-haired, and dark-eyed? Or something in between? There was so much variety in the appearance of North American Indians and their languages so mutually unintelligible that one can imagine quite easily that some newcomers came from across the Atlantic and not Siberia. And, what language did the Solutreans speak? Probably impossible to know.

              (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              emerging understanding - human migration

              By ciarraighli

              from san diego, ca

              About Me Avid Moviegoer

              Pros

              • Informative
              • Original

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • At Home

                Comments about this product:

                there are several sites, not just from virginia, that have yielded evidence of occupation from this time period. not only that, evidence fr south america shows that people were there as well. one thing that needs to be made clear, particularly to those like 'anonymous', is that these people were not 'white'. they were caucasoid, a group that includes europeans & people from the levant, india, etc. there are old skeletons from post-clovis time that appear to be from population groups of asia before the advent of the modern asian look. the south american skeleton resemble the people who colonised australia. most likely, people were coming from all over.
                sorry to disappoint you, 'anonymous'. we were no more 'first' than the ancestors of the aborigines, it seems.

                (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Great historical fantasy.

                By Salsassin

                from Atlanta, GA

                About Me Movie Buff

                Pros

                • Engaging Characters
                • Entertaining
                • Great Cinematography
                • Incredible Visuals

                Cons

                • Ethnocentric
                • Innacurate

                Best Uses

                  Comments about this product:

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                  (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Another take on human migration patterns

                  By Estelle

                  from Nova Scotia, Canada

                  About Me Avid Moviegoer

                  Pros

                  • Engaging Characters
                  • Entertaining
                  • Great Cinematography
                  • High Production Value
                  • Informative
                  • Original

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Adult Viewers
                    • At Home
                    • Perfect Gift
                    • Younger Viewers

                    Comments about this product:

                    I think this is an informative story based on actual historical evidence that was found, and I really enjoyed the new perspective it gave me on human migration patterns. I don't understand all of the "one-upmanship" racially motivated comments that have been made about who was really here first (mentioned in previous reviews). I am disappointed that this story is being used to discredit the history of people of any background, European or Native. It certainly has less to do with who is right or wrong than it does with considering other possibilities as to how North America was settled. I mean, really, we all originated from the same place, we're all human, so get over it. I loved this story, and would gladly watch it again, just as much for the fact as for the fiction.

                    (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Discovery leads the way to the truth

                    By Dalan

                    from Wisconsin

                    About Me Casual Viewer

                    Pros

                    • Engaging Characters
                    • Entertaining
                    • Great Cinematography
                    • Informative
                    • Original

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Adult Viewers
                      • Younger Viewers

                      Comments about this product:

                      As more mt-dna and y-dna is collected the picture will become clear why the Anishinaabe (Ojibwa) called themselves the "Original People". This description didn't refer to Columbus and settlers in the last 500 years but toward the Asian settlers that came thousands of years ago. Over the last 10,000 they have merged into a proud and nature loving people.

                      (1 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      3.0

                      Eurocentric and slim science

                      By Irish

                      from Milaca, Minnesota

                      About Me Casual Viewer

                      Pros

                      • Entertaining
                      • Informative

                      Cons

                      • Not What I Expected

                      Best Uses

                      • Comparison of theories

                      Comments about this product:

                      Strong visuals and an interesting theory, but that Europeans "discovered" the Americas is stretch. Also, this video gives Euro-and Americentric racists an argument that the Native Americans cannot claim these continents as their own, thus allowing Euro-Americans to feel guilt-free about the taking of the land and the subsequent genocide of Native Americans. My feeling is that many peoples (Asians, Polynesians, Europeans) came to the Americas as far back as 70,000 years before present.

                      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      My 5th graders loved it!

                      By Anonymous

                      from Texas

                      Comments about this product:

                      Great movie about early people. No nudity whatsoever! I was confused about how the Europeans came to North America. Our Social Studies textbook talks about how early people crossed the Bering Strait into North America. This video was mainly how early Europeans came over. Is this a theory or fact? I bought this dvd on sale for $5.00, It is well worth the original price.

                      (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      A nice little show. ...

                      By Alex

                      from Hong Kong

                      Comments about this product:

                      A nice little show. Interesting and kept me glued to the tv screen. Longer clips of the Ice age animals would be great. Sadly The Saber toothed Cat and Short faced bear are only shown for less than two mins. This show is based on a flint spear point found in the usa 17,000 years ago. Its a slim chance that two groups would meet up so far away across the ocean. But its tv not real life. If you got the money to spare, Then buy it...

                      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      An excellent explanation ...

                      By Neil

                      from Providence

                      Comments about this product:

                      An excellent explanation to the discovery of the American continent based securely in archealogical evidence. Very compelling and entertaining as well.

                      (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      A very compelling ...

                      By Norbert

                      from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

                      Comments about this product:

                      A very compelling narrative. This illustrates the beginning of the intrepid and hardy spirit of the European peoples that have made our society great.

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