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The Civil War

(DVD - 2004 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
The Civil War


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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
[videorecording]
Publisher: 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: Originally produced as a television mini-series in 1990.
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.
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: 1415702470
9781415702475
Branch Call Number: DVD 973.7 CIV
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Report This 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.

Report This 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.

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

An exceptional documentary of America's most pivotal era

Report This 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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Report This 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

Report This 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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