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Is It Real?

2005, Mystery  -   42 Comments
Ratings: 4.71/10 from 14 users.

Is It Real?The program examines popular or persistent mysteries to determine whether the featured cryptozoological creature (cryptid) or supernatural phenomenon is real or not.

The show typically includes interviews with believers or proponents of the featured paranormal claims, and then with scientists and skeptics who attempt to find rational explanations for such phenomena using a scientific approach.

The common and uncommon phenomena: Bigfoot, UFOs, Bermuda Triangle and spontaneous human combustion. But are these legends bona fide or bogus?

NGC chases down more of the hard-to-find truths on an extraordinary journey to separate fact from fiction. It’s time to find the answer to the question, Is it Real?

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11 years ago

Do not watch this if you wanted to learn about bigfoot, the bermuda triangle, or spontaneous-human combustion. This is all about alien-mating mythology.

11 years ago

xbow, you should also consider the alternative explanation to the apparent anthropomorphism that seems to be so pervasive. Xenogenesis theories point to the possibility that life on Earth actually originated outside of the planet and arrived here via various means. Admittedly unlikely, but one can't rule out the possibility. Also, is it not possible that this one, now ubiquitous alien race we've called the greys, could be responsible for seeding life on Earth and guiding its evolution, or at the very least, interferring with evolution enough for homo sapiens to emerge? Perhaps we are a sort of science fair experiment, a control group in a pitre dish? The reality is likely far more mundane than what I've listed above but that is no reason to stop asking questions. As humans, perhaps the greatest gift we have is the ability to imagine and to work with more than we are apparently given, and that is just awesome.

11 years ago

The comments in here are enough to build up a new documentary. Well done guys!!!

11 years ago

Who else thinks the grey haired skeptic scientist seem extremely condescending and obnoxious? Granted the ancient astronauts have many flaws, but his mainstream views don't provide all the answers either. Why do all the mainstream scientists love to ridicule theories that are more revolutionary/strange? Why don't they remember that once upon a time it was sacrilege to say that the earth was an orb until they developed the right tools to measure? Why don't they realise that maybe we just don't have the right instruments to measure/understand things? WHY SO CLOSE MINDED?! ISN'T THE WHOLE POINT OF SCIENCE IS TO FIND OUT/EXPLAIN NEW/MYSTERIOUS THINGS?!

11 years ago


11 years ago

So many comments here.. and hardly any of them about the documentary.

11 years ago

Why are aliens always anthropomorphic? Why can critters that evolved around another star system under completely different conditions than those on earth capable of breeding with humans? And why would they want to? Does anyone here get sexually aroused by chimps, monkys or gorillas ? I sure hope not!

11 years ago

If you wish to believe that the historical St. Nicholas is the same as our modern Santa I won't spoil your delusion. Now Willy, have you been a good little boy this year? The only thing you lack to make it as a smart arse is the smart part.

11 years ago

The voiceover for the French doctor investigating the validity of miracles in the 2nd episode sounds like House! 0_o

12 years ago

'Insulting to the Mayans to be taught by Atlanteans.' LOL
What is insulting in the idea that pretty much all early cultures might have had teachers from somewhere?
'No sign whatsoever that they couldn't have done this themselves.' LOL again!
I refrain from listing all the buildings and records which clearly show that they - and all other early cultures for that matter - couldn't do this with copper chisels, not knowing the wheel! WE TODAY can't build some of these!!!
Of course there is always the option that they did it alone - but then they had some WAY more sophisticated tools and WAY more advanced science! Why don't we find any of these tools? Or did we...?
However - this documentary series is obviously following an agenda, by focusing on a certain main-stream opinion of the usual suspect scientists disregarding the simple fact that these scientists can't explain the evidence either. 'We have no clue - but it wasn't how you say it was.'
Very scientific... But if it would be only that - it's even worse. Many of them KNOW that something is wrong with the main stream theories - but willingly or unwillingly suppress, ignore, and neglect other ideas - which often explain things better.

12 years ago

It looks pretty much like Atlantis could actually have been a real city/kingdom. Look up Alti Plano.

12 years ago

If you are so convinced Atlantis has no basis in historical fact, why do you keep up with research?

12 years ago

This is fun to watch, but really, if you read the description, you know it's all speculation. That's the stated intent of the series, after all.

My personal pet peeve are people who think our ancestors were too stupid for achievements like the pyramids, etc. Doesn't say much for their descendants, does it? And I think there's some racism in that attitude ("how could people with brown/dark skin possibly know/make/achieve whatever?"--what a crock! No one is asking how Europeans could possibly have built, say the Parthenon or Chartre Cathedral.) So I get annoyed at some of the wild-eyed theorists.

At C_and_N; The Minoans were real, there is clear archaeological evidence for them. And, umm, I visited the palace at Knossos in Crete. I can assure you it really does exist.

I think people get confused between the Atlantis that Plato described, which *might* refer to the Minoans and the volcanic eruption that destroyed Santorini, and which was an event local to the Mediterranean cultures; and the Atlantis civilization dreamt by Edgar Cayce, the mystic, which seems to be the inspiration for those searching for it in places like the Caribbean.

But again, in my view this is all entertainment. No need to get serious about it all. And if you come across something that sparks your further interest, so much the better!

His Forever
12 years ago

I like it! Things like this have always interested me. I'm not sure I have 15 hours to finish it, but I will try. I didn't see anything unprofessional or stupid about it. Good video work, interesting questions, nice commentary; great! Buffers way too slowly, however.

Thanks Vlatko!

On-going updates: Is it real?

Episode 1: Atlantis. Grade: 9+
Verdict: I don't believe Atlantis was real. Maybe the Manoans.
Note: The Mayans had a raingod named "Chuck"? You've got to be kidding! Handsome guy, though.

Episode 2: Nostradamus Effect. Grade: 8
Verdict: Nosradamus was not a true prophet. Surprise!
Note: I thought it interesting that none of Nostradamus' predictions have ever been used to successfully predict a future event, but only to apply (vaguely) to events that have already happened. Hum.

Episode 3: Life on Mars. Grade: 7.5
Verdict: No life on Mars. 99.99% sure.
Note: Meteorite 84001 (if indeed from Mars) is inconclusive at best. Life is envasive; even if there was a bacterial fossil (questionable), it may have been from earth after extensive contact here. We have to go to Mars and collect samples we bring back, to conclusively prove life exists there, or not.

Episode 4: King Arthur. Grade: 8.
Verdict: King Arthur was real.
Note: I'm sure the story has been greatly exagerated, but most legends are based in fact in some way.

Episode 5: Haunting. Grade: 7
Verdict: Haunting is real by demonic entities, but I doubt "ghosts".
Note: We don't understand everything about spiritual things, but there are too many experiences by too many people to discount all episodes of "hauntings" as having purely scientific explainable reasons apart from the supernatural or the spiritual.

Episode 6: Ghost Ships. Grade: 7.5
Verdict: I doubt "ghost ships" are really huanted.
Note: 3 million ships lost at sea? Amazing! Interesting.

Episode 7: UFO's -- Grade: 7
Verdict: I don't believe in UFO's at all.
Note: 1 million Americans would say they've been abducted, but few Mexicans where there are more UFO sitings. Gees! Even the Alians are racist! Stop probing all the poor Americans, will ya!

Episode 8: The Bermuda Triangle: Grade - 8
Verdict: Something strong has caused many vessels to disappear; We're not sure why. I believe we'll firgure it out eventually. Methane gas was not mentioned but I once heard that was also possible.
Note: Statistically, the Bermuda Triangle is no more deadly than other portions of opean ocean during bad weather. An interesting episode.

Episode 9: Jack the Ripper Grade: 10
Verdict: I don't know! Both "suspects" were very convincing.
Note: I suspect these cases will never be solved. The most interesting episode so far, but super violent with the reenactments. Grusome.

12 years ago

This was so mind numbingly bad. The entire show rests on contradicting and dismissing absolutely everything - almost to a point of an obvious agenda.

One sided, bad science with scientists specifically picked for their one sided view, no real counter arguments or neutral observations and views.

I thought I was watching a documentary on intelligent design with religious nutcases picked for scientist.

12 years ago

Er - Tomregit. I havent AND WONT - be watching this doco, as stated.

So I have no interest in what it says about Atlantis. OK?

And the location of the proposed site of Atlantis that I refer to, if you bother to research, is a rather small area.

Yes. What you said IS the "stupidest" thing I have read here.

You make no sense whatsoever. Do some research on this please before trying to be intelligent. The city of Troy was also a legend taken from The Illiad, and has now been found and is an archeological fact.

There is NEW research on Atlantis that has NOTHING to do with this daft documentary.

Pull your head in.

12 years ago

could have gone deeper on the scientific part but overall is quit good.

12 years ago

fantastic.. thanks vlatko.. ur site is literally a school

12 years ago


12 years ago

this is one of the stupidest docs I've seen yet