The Civil War

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

Published: Burbank, CA : PBS Home Video : Distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment, [2004], c1990.
Edition: Full screen version.
ISBN: 9781415702475
Branch Call Number: DVD 973.7 CIV
Characteristics: 5 videodiscs (700 min.) :,sd., col. with b&w sequences ;,4 3/4 in.


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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.

May 24, 2011
  • mirawen rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An interesting documentary series on the American Civil War. It starts with the causes of the ACW - the argument of States vs Federal rights, and the issue at the heart of it all - slavery. It is fair to both sides - those who served in the Condederacy sincerely believed that they were on the side of Right, as did those in the Union. The North had more resources and more people, and was more industralized; the South had the more talented generals. A smal thing, you might think. But the South kept the North on the hop for almost four years.

Quite a bit of attention was given to the Black soldiers, merely of them ex-slaves who fought for the Union, and their courage - not just against the South, but against bigotry in the North.

I would have liked to have seen more about the aftermath of the ACW, especially Reconstruction, although the rise of the KKK was covered.

Aside from that, very good

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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