Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Unauthorized documentaries

On tonight's Darkstream, I had the privilege of announcing that Unauthorized.TV is now presenting documentaries, beginning with Reclaiming the Blade, an intriguing documentary from Galatia Films about the history of the sword. It's available for all subscribers and we plan to add one new documentary a month. We're also producing the first Unauthorized documentary, which we plan to release on Unauthorized this fall.

If you're a subscriber you can watch Reclaiming the Blade by clicking on the image below or by selecting Catalog/Books, Films & Comics/Documentaries.

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Blogger Frank Lee June 12, 2019 8:38 PM  

Goodness. Unauthorized is going to be a smash. You are well on your way to becoming a serious Netflix alternative. May I suggest you explore getting the rights to some classic old movies that are only available on DVD and possibly not SJW friendly enough to be streamed? I bet you could buy up some old libraries on the cheap. Perhaps some old sexy Rachael Welch spy films? Or some classic WWII war movies? Maybe even decent transfers of public domain films.

Blogger Pasitelidas June 12, 2019 9:14 PM  

I have Reclaiming the Blade on dvd, from back when. It's absolutely worth watching.

Blogger InformationMerchant June 12, 2019 9:26 PM  

Awesome. Every Unauthorized post is a really strong announcement.

Blogger Cataline Sergius June 12, 2019 9:45 PM  

Reclaiming the Blade is really good.

I've seen that one before.

Blogger Quilp June 12, 2019 10:19 PM  

Off Topic but..
Jordan Peterson Is Creating A New Social Media Platform. Here Are The Details.
Talk about a trolling opportunity..

Blogger Quilp June 12, 2019 10:19 PM  

Now that Sounds interesting. I will watch tonight.

Blogger Wolfman June 12, 2019 11:01 PM  

Will watch tonight and keep track of the number of times I involuntarily mutter Deus vult under my breath.

Blogger Fargoth June 12, 2019 11:07 PM  

Halfway through this, got it on in the background cleaning the apartment.

Sweet documentary. The score gave me Elder Scrolls vibes.

Blogger Toris June 12, 2019 11:19 PM  

As a kid, loving Flash Gordon, I was always curious to see what older family members were talking about re: "Fu Manchu". I tried looking for them on youtube a while ago but no luck. Looking up the dialogue, I can see why, 'folk of colour' characters spouting anti white rhetoric.

Blogger Doktor Jeep June 12, 2019 11:52 PM  

Well that's good news.

Blogger LastRedoubt June 13, 2019 12:37 AM  

Haven't rewatched it yet, but I recall it also had the late Hank Reinhardt, author of , who I met at a book signing for John Ringo because his wife Toni Weisskopf, Baen editor, was there as well. Good guy.

Blogger Jack Ward June 13, 2019 12:58 AM  

This about swords was very good. Had not seen it before.
I have a reproduction of an Roman Gladius. Its authentic in every aspect. The makers claim this reproduction is actually far better than a Gladius carried in the Legions; primarily due to the far better steel we make today. I know this sword is extremely sharp; you handle it carefully. The Romans trained their soldiers with a gladius that was much heavier than one used in combat. The battle blade probably felt like a feather compared to the conditioning blades. Therein the utility. The Romans were famous for the extreme conditioning of their troops. Usually. Even so, the ranks of the legions would fight for a time, then shift ranks to bring onto the front rank a rested row of swordsmen. This was illustrated quite well in the opening scenes of the first installment of the made for tv series Rome. As long as the Legions maintained their discipline and were well lead, they were usually unbeatable.

Blogger Gregory the Tall June 13, 2019 4:29 AM  

Very glad to see that you are moving things forward in interesting and never quite foreseeable ways!

Blogger Cataline Sergius June 13, 2019 7:24 AM  

I should have mentioned. I hadn't been able to find this for a long time.

If you have any interest at all in WMA then it is a must see.

Blogger Silent Draco June 13, 2019 7:51 AM  

Enjoyed this, and learned several more things. The closing 15 minutes contain the real lessons of the masters: fold mind and soul into the physical, blend the layers and repeat, like constructing a fine Toledo blade. The common phrasing was to find roots, who we are and why we are this way. Put the techniques into context, then find and exceed your boundaries. Adventure comes in many forms.

Jack Ward's point about conditioning and training heavy is spot on. The Anduril seen in the LOTR fight scenes was made from aluminum, not steel. We visited Weta Studios some years back, and were able to lift and heft copies of both practice/scene and fight blades. The blade moves much faster in combat scenes because it was a pound and a half lighter.

Blogger MightyKevster June 13, 2019 10:24 AM  

Watching this now and it is wonderful! Thank you for continually improving Unauthorized.TV, the subscription is absolutely worth while.

Blogger ar10308 June 13, 2019 10:48 AM  

Reclaiming the Blade is a solid documentary for its time. We have since learned quite a bit more about how swords were used throughout Europe during their prime. A lot of manuals on their usage have been uncovered and translated and what we see is a tremendous wealth of knowledge on the topic. An entire Martial Arts has been derived from them known as Historical European Martial Arts (HEMA) or Western Martial Arts (WMA).

A lot of the misconceptions have been dispelled, including the notion that these weapons were slow and heavy (a view mainly perpetuated by people in the Victorian Era). They weren't. They were lightning fast. A properly made single-hand sword weighed about 2-2.5lbs. A properly made Longsword, about 3-4lbs. The techniques for these weapons were fast and insanely lethal. The main target was the head, either to 1st blood or to kill.

To give you some idea of the techniques these weapons were really used and the speed and intensity at which they were deployed, this link below is a choreographed fight using historical techniques.

Blogger tublecane June 13, 2019 2:39 PM  

It's lamentable that shows like Game of Thrones will take advantage of the power and sentiment behind swords, only to undermine it because "subverted expectations." Or because they forgot.

When the Good Guys fight a zombie army led by Ice Demons, there are five or so blades forged thousands of years ago. They possess special magic that one character a few seasons back discovered allows them to kill the Ice Demons.

We follow these swords over the course of seasons, observing them change hands. Knowing their final destination will be significant. And sure enough they're all together at the right time in the hands of the most capable fighters. (And Jaime, who used to be a great swordsman before he lost a hand.)

Then what? Well, one of them wins the battle, quite unconvincingly in grrl power fashion. The rest go completely unused. Except to kill mooks that can as easily succumb to obsidian-based weapons and fire. None of the swords clash with Ice Demon weaponry.

What is even the point? The blade that won the battle didn't even have a name, though the other four did.

Blogger Daniele Grech Pereira June 13, 2019 3:40 PM  

Perfect timing. I was just thinking about joining a new fencing club.

Blogger Jack Ward June 13, 2019 9:34 PM  

Came back to visit this post. I weighed my Gladius. Right at 2 lbs. Of course, in any long lasting battle swinging a 2 lb. weapon whose blade length is 20 inches [overall..27] will tend to wear you down. Do keep in mind that, while the Gladius is designed to be a cut and thrust weapon, with the Legions in row and locked into shield wall it was primarily thrust. Not much room to swing for a cut unless you managed a side cut, say side of neck or whatever, on the thrust and pull back. There is where the energy was used up. Trying for maximum thrust force on each movement. Thats why the legion centurions would signal for row change if the enemy showed the slightest pull back from the points of the Legionaries.

Blogger Ska_Boss June 14, 2019 7:39 AM  

I really enjoyed this one, thanks to Vox and crew. I ended up digging out some old katanas I had in storage and placed them on a stand on my fireplace as a centerpiece and it looks great, I forgot I even had them.

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