Stories from the Vaults
I have never been to any of the Smithsonian family of museums.  That fact makes me sad.  I love a fantastic museum and nothing in the world gets more prestigious than the Smithsonian.  They are a cultural icon in and of themselves.  Now there is a new channel and a new series out to commemorate that greatest museum. 

Starting this September 23rd, now available on DVD from Infinity Entertainment Group and Smithsonian Networks comes the first season of the history show for the ultimate insider.  Stories From The Vaults – Season One is ready to burst into your living room and show you all the secrets you never knew you wanted to know.  Bring home this wonderful season today!

This first season consists of seven episodes.  The first, “Famous Donors,” is all about famous people who have made significant material donations to the Smithsonian, such as TR and John Steinbeck.  “Superlatives” is all about the smallest this, the strangest that.  “No Place Like Home” is an exploration of homes of many kinds for many different creatures.  “Beauty” takes a look at what is beautiful when it comes to orchids, advertising and ants.  “Firsts” is a look at a collection of first of a wide variety of things.  “Life After Death” is a look at ways to gain immortality, at least in the museum system.  “Random?” shows that the Smithsonian does indeed have purpose in what it picks up, it just has a huge range on interests.

This disc does not include any special features.

I was completely enraptured by this series.  I especially found the episode which featured one of the best American writers of all time, John Steinbeck, to be completely incredible.  Also, the episode where they talked about how they have a special family of bugs which eat the flesh off of dead animals so they can study the bones was great.  When they have greasy bones, like those from sea mammals, they actually stick those inside of a compost heap so the grease is dissolved.  I was amazed by how interesting this series was, not to mention that fact that Tom Cavanaugh did a great job as a host.  I wholly recommend this series to everyone and anyone.

These Stories are compelling and fantastic television.

This DVD is available at smithsonianchannel.com.

Nathaniel Jonet

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