- Additional Details
- Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Rating: Not Rated
- Number of Discs: 1
- Run Time: 50 Minutes
- Region: Region 1
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Language: English
- Studio: History Channel
- DVD Release Date: January 29, 2001
There's no doubt that these strange formations can be "faked," but the evidence has trouble supporting the contention that they are all manmade.
In the 1980s, a series of strange formations started showing up in the farms of southern England. "Crop circles"--uniformly flattened patterns in fields---attracted the attention of the Queen, Prince Charles, Margaret Thatcher, and even Led Zeppelin! Paranormalists speculated that they were evidence of UFO landings or occult activity. Then, in 1991, two men came forward to say it was all a hoax, that they had invented crop circles back in the `70s. One even demonstrated his technique for TV cameras.
But, as the CROP CIRCLE CONTROVERSY shows, this revelation did not end the speculation. For one, there are documented incidents of the circles showing up in fields all over the world--some simultaneously in different countries. For another, the circles have appeared throughout history: in the Middle Ages they were called "witches' circles" or "pixie circles" and a 1678 circle is pictured in a woodcut known as the "Mowing Devil."
Today, it is widely accepted that many formations are manmade. But others resist attempts to explain them by conventional means. Crop circles remain, in large part, a mystery.