Pompeii: The Last Day

Pompeii: The Last Day

2003, History  -   36 Comments
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Pompeii: The Last DayPompeii: The Last Day is a dramatized documentary that tells of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius on 24 August 79 AD.

This eruption covered the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum in ash and pumice, killing all those trapped between the volcano and the sea. The documentary portrayed the different phases of the eruption, although the digitally created images of the city itself are not entirely accurate.

Step back in time and visit the vanished city on its last day, as the mighty volcano Vesuvius explodes in a 24-hour reign of terror. On August 24th, AD79, Pompeii's citizens witness day turning into night as 4 billion tons of pumice, rock, and ash burst forth from Vesuvius.

Pompeii: The Last Day uses archaeological evidence, including the writings of one survivor, to unravel the mystery of those final hours. Lavish special effects reconstruct each stage of Vesuvius's cataclysmic eruption and its impact on soldiers, slaves, families, and lovers as they struggle with the unfolding tragedy.

One of the greatest natural disasters - and most fateful days - comes to vivid life in this critically acclaimed dramatization.

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Femke Klompmaker
Femke Klompmaker
2 years ago

this is a super documantary. but i wish it wouldn't play a add every 5 or so minutes.... it was very annoying because i was intently watching this documantary

Inaya
Inaya
3 years ago

Amazing

OOfer
OOfer
5 years ago

ehhhhh they added the fam causedey wants mor drama$

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bobwatersel
7 years ago

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Wop
Wop
8 years ago

Worth watching 8out of 10

Wop
Wop
8 years ago

Prettygood as far as docos go

Leigh taylor
Leigh taylor
8 years ago

Watched this three times love it.

Ipsa Ipsissima
Ipsa Ipsissima
10 years ago

What is a shame is that Pompeii, after sleeping for centuries under its protective covering, seems to be on its final death throes. What the volcano didn't do, incompetence, neglect and bureaucratic do-nothingness are sure to finish the job.

Woodat
Woodat
10 years ago

If you are not yet sure where to go on holidays this coming summer, do consider Pompeii in Italy. Visiting Pompeii is an experience like no other... It is like walking the streets of Antiquity, a travel travel journey. I was there last week and came back wanting to go again. Absolutely amazing. I sometimes felt I was trespassing every time I entered their houses. Pompeii is that well preserved. -- A little further north is another excavated ancient Roman town, Herculaneum, just as amazing although I was amazed at how massive, how large Pompeii is. The arena, coliseum in Pompeii is 100 years older than the one in Rome and unlike Rome's Pompeii's arena is almost in pristine condition.

kevtheiceman
kevtheiceman
10 years ago

I blame the British for this

Kitty
Kitty
10 years ago

AWESOME!

RodolfoLeonMartinez
RodolfoLeonMartinez
11 years ago

Excellent. Not only do you learn facts, your sucked into the story of the people that are based on what was found during the hundreds of years of excavation.

Deandra Myrie
Deandra Myrie
12 years ago

I totally do not understand. the volcano should be extint . it hasn't erupted in 1000 years. Well at least they were smart they had really sturdy buildings.

pswill
pswill
12 years ago

The inexcusable flaw in this docudrama and absent in the narrative--all in order to instill an emphatic pessimistic gloom throughout the plot--is that these ancients had never seen or experienced an eruption before. NOT! The citizens had indeed experienced within living memory over a decade earlier in 63 AD an earthquake/eruption that had structurally weakened much of the city's buildings which had failed to be repaired by the time of the 79 entombment. Yes, it's costumes are exquisite, but with Pliny the Elder acting as though this was a novel, scientific phenomenon deserving study morphs it into pure pseudohistory.

Ella Silver
Ella Silver
12 years ago

seeing the remains cuddled in each other's arms was pretty sad..

Giorgi Merabishvili
Giorgi Merabishvili
12 years ago

The most interesting Documentary which I've ever seen!

Layla Phelps
Layla Phelps
13 years ago

This must have been an incredibly scary experience. I loved that they reenacted it.

TonyIII
TonyIII
13 years ago

Wow! This is an unforgetable Historial ecperience.It is all due to Pliney the younger's account.

tmorizuka
tmorizuka
13 years ago

I visited the ruins of Pompeii last March (2011) . This documentary has given me a lot to understand what actually happened there on the fatal day.
I always appreciate BBC's documentaries like this very much.

Michael Fedoseyev
Michael Fedoseyev
13 years ago

Awesome Doc... Really enjoyed it... And imo, if the Dramatic parts are made well, they actual help you remember the facts, because you associate them better with actions (semantic processing)...

athenascurse
athenascurse
13 years ago

I think docudrama's are brilliant. they allow us to see through the eyes of those who were killed. the suffering that they endured so do we.

Richie Cahill
Richie Cahill
13 years ago

I love docudramas as long as the acting is top notch. will watch this shortly.

g isaac
g isaac
13 years ago

I'm sure that many of the details were 'made-up' or dramatized but it doesn't discount the fact that a volcano erupted and killed thousands. Tragic!

g isaac
g isaac
13 years ago

This is very sad. Think of how many times this has occurred around the world over thousands of years but the stories were never told.

Gary V
Gary V
13 years ago

Personally I don't like these Docu-dramas, they should either be one or the other. The over dramatised parts distract you from learning the facts. If I wanted to watch a drama (which I don't) then I would watch a drama, I want to learn something, so just give me the facts.