'Secrets of the Dead: Resurrecting Richard III'
(DVD / NR / 2014 / PBS)
Overview: In 2011, a group of amateur historians made an incredible archaeological find: the bones of King Richard III, hunchbacked, with an arrow through the spine. Richard is thought of as the most evil king to have ruled England and also as a fearsome warrior, despite the extreme curvature of his spine. Now, scientists are testing the bones to find out more about the king and also conducting fascinating experiments to determine whether Richard could have fought so ferociously in battle with such a severe deformity.
DVD Verdict: PBS' wondrous TV series, 'Secrets of the Dead' are always part detective story, part true-life drama. 'Secrets of the Dead' unearths evidence from around the world, challenging prevailing ideas and throwing fresh light on unexplained events. Using the most up-to-date science in the laboratory and in the field, scientists and researchers examine the missing pieces of each puzzle, completing the picture of what had been merely an assemblage of suppositions.very convinced - "beyond reasonable doubt" even - that the skeleton found during an archaeological dig in Leicester, central England, in August of 2011, was that of the former king, who was killed at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485.
So, once the dust had settled, and NO spoilers here, 'Secrets of the Dead: Resurrecting Richard III' came to now be; unearthing the true evidence and outcome of a distinct verdict, thereafter. Along the fascinating journey we learn that what was initially thought to be a barbed arrowhead found among the dead king's vertebrae turned out instead to be a Roman nail, disturbed from an earlier level of excavation.
Further more, Archaeologists said their examination of the skeleton showed Richard met a violent death. Indeed, they found evidence of 10 wounds - eight to the head and two to the body - which they believed were inflicted at or around the time of death. Painful way to go, no matter who he was, for sure.
"This has been an extraordinary journey of discovery," Screenwriter Philippa Langley says during the program. "We came with a dream and today that dream has been realized. This is an historic moment that will rewrite the history books." So, take the mysterious journey alongside PBS and find out for yourself what the end result proved to be. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.