'NOVA: Iceman Reborn'
(DVD / NR / 2016 / PBS)
Overview: Murdered more than 5,000 years ago, Otzi the Iceman is the oldest human mummy on Earth. Now, newly discovered evidence sheds light not only on this mysterious ancient man, but on the dawn of civilization in Europe.
DVD Verdict: Murdered more than 5,000 years ago, Otzi the Iceman is Europe's oldest known natural mummy. Miraculously preserved in glacial ice, his remarkably intact remains continue to provide scientists with discoveries about a crucial time in human history. As the Iceman is reborn from 3D printing, resin, clay and paint, new revelations about Otzi's life and legacy come to light, including surprising secrets hidden in his genetic code.
Otzi was 110lbs, brown eyes and 5'7". His last meal included wheat and animal flesh. No one will ever see Otzi except his doctors who keep him in a 19 degree germ free freezer away from all, for his protection. We quickly learn that Otzi's body is smashed due to the weight of the lake's frozen water on top of him when he was laying down on his face after being murdered by an arrow in his chest. Otzi had 61 tattoos all over his body and he was from the Italy's Sardinia's region.
What scientists can find about humans after some five centuries is amazing but this documentary is not only about Otzi. Half of the documentary is about the renowned artist and paleo-sculptor Gary Staa who gets to make a plastic mold of the Otzi for museum reproduction. How he gets to mold and reproduce Otzi from 3D printing, resin, clay and paint is out of this world. One very interesting and well informed documentary. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.