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The Civil War

(DVD - 2004 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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An epic documentary bringing life to America's most destructive - and defining - conflict. Here is the saga of celebrated generals and the ordinary soldiers. A heroic and transcendent president and a country that had to divide itself in two in order to become one again.
Title: The Civil War
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Published: Burbank, CA : PBS Home Video : Distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment, [2004], c1990.
Edition: Full screen version.
Characteristics: 5 videodiscs (700 min.) :,sd., col. with b&w sequences ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Special features: behind-the-scenes: "The Civil War Reconstruction" ; commentary track by Ken Burns ; interviews with George Will, Shelby Foote and Stanley Crouch ; biography cards and battlefield maps.
Originally produced as a television mini-series in 1990.
Summary: An epic documentary bringing life to America's most destructive - and defining - conflict. Here is the saga of celebrated generals and the ordinary soldiers. A heroic and transcendent president and a country that had to divide itself in two in order to become one again.
Audience: MPAA rating Not rated.
Awards & Distinctions: Emmy Awards, 1991: Emmy Outstanding Individual Achievement - Informational Programming (Geoffrey C. Ward (writer), Ric Burns (writer), Ken Burns (writer) - For episode #9: "The Better Angels Of Our Nature") ; Outstanding Informational Series (Ken Burns (producer), Ric Burns (producer), Stephen Ives (co-producer), Julie Dunfey (co-producer), Mike Hill (co-producer), Catherine Eisele (coordinating producer) - For episode #5 "The Universe Of Battle").
Local Note: 1
ISBN: 9781415702475
1415702470
Branch Call Number: DVD 973.7 CIV
Statement of Responsibility: American Documentaries, Inc., Florentine Films and Time-Life Video presents a film by Ken Burns ; producers, Ken Burns, Ric Burns ; writers, Ken Burns, Ric Burns, Geoffrey C. Ward ; director, Ken Burns
Credits: Cinematographers, Ken Burns, Buddy Squires ; editors, Paul Barnes, Tricia Reidy, Bruce Shaw.
Performers: Narrator: David McCullough ; voices: Hoyt Axton, Colleen Dewhurst, Laurence Fishburne, Morgan Freeman, Jeremy Irons, Derek Jacobi, Jason Robards, Sam Waterston.
System Details: DVD, 5.1 surround sound, digitally remastered.
Other Language: Closed-captioned.
Subject Headings: Bull Run, 1st Battle of, Va., 1861 Video recordings. Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865 Video recordings. Military art and science History Video recordings. Confederate States of America History, Military Video recordings. United States History Civil War, 1861-1865 Video recordings.
Genre/Form: Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Television mini-series.
Documentary television programs.
Historical television programs.
Topical Term: Bull Run, 1st Battle of, Va., 1861
Military art and science
Publisher No: 88582
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Jun 13, 2014
  • garycornell rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Ken Burn's documentary The Civil War is by far the best film I have seen on that period of American History. More men died in the Civil War than any war since. Ken Burns has famous actors do the voices for President Lincoln, General Grant, and General Lee. This is a multi disc presentation so have some time to see it all. It is quite moving as we see the hardship of the soldiers and their determination to fight. Five Stars and my thanks to Ken Burns for making such important documentaries.

Feb 23, 2014
  • aaa5756 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

PBS has done it again very well done documentary series. This movie was interesting, informative, and worse seeing!! I recommend this movie for all to see. Well worth the price of admission to any theater.

Nov 22, 2012
  • Keogh rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Ken Burns' masterpiece on the Civil War continues to enlighten. He examines the root causes of the war that made America from both sides, enlisting various historians and writers along the way for commentary. Using a wealth of photography, art, location shooting, and the primary source material of letters, journal entries, and various statements of the time, Burns and his production crew weave a masterful tale of the war, explaining the critical events and background issues, from the point of view of commanders, soldiers in the field, and civilian populations. An outstanding selection of actors give voice to the words of the past, and everything is blended together perfectly. Essential viewing for anyone remotely interested in the Civil War.

Nov 12, 2010
  • Keogh rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An exceptional documentary of America's most pivotal era

Mar 16, 2010
  • KarenW rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Right from the beginning you understand one thing about this war - it is about people. The people who died, the ones who lived and the ones who were freed. As a descendant of one of the soldiers, the montage of voices and music help to bring this period of strife back to life.

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Feb 23, 2014
  • aaa5756 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King, Jr

Feb 23, 2014
  • aaa5756 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” -Winston Churchill

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