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ABC News Presents The Kennedy Assassination - Beyond Conspiracy (2004)

Peter Jennings , JFK  |  NR |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Peter Jennings, JFK
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: KOCH VISION
  • DVD Release Date: April 6, 2004
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001BFDKU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,530 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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It's easy to be swayed by all the misinformation that's out there. I myself had no idea the extent to which Oliver Stone LIED in his ridiculous movie. But this documentary shows in impeccable detail Oswald's personal history leading up to the assassination (including his attempted assassination of a racist leader about 6 months before Kennedy). With interviews of his own family members, it becomes clear that Oswald did this on his own for his own reasons. Another key part of the documentary is its de-mythologizing of the so-called "magic bullet." Oliver Stone and other conspiracists must lie about that in order to make their case, but in this documentary we see the truth-- the supposed impossible pathway becomes absolutely possible when you match Kennedy's and Governor Connely's positions in the car, and the fact that Connelly's seat was 3 inches lower than Kennedy's. Thank you to the creators of this film for their excellent application of reason to the evidence.

From the Back Cover

Forty years after President John F. Kennedy was fatally shot on November 22, 1963, over 70 percent of Americans still believe there was a conspiracy to kill him and that the suspected assasin, Lee Harvey Oswald did not act alone.

utilizing modern technology, computer animator Dale Myers created a digital simulation of the only known film of the murder, a 16 mm home movie taken by Leon Zapruder, a bystander that filmed the fatal shots. Then Myers matched this digital film to a three dimensional computer model of Dealey Plaza which he created that reconstructs the plaza exactly as it appeared at the time of the murder. The resulting digital animation allowed Myers to recreate the exact view point from any perspective within the plaza at the moment and finally provide concrete evidence of whether or not Oswald was a long assasin or if an actual conspiracy consisted.

Also examined is new evidence discovered years later on an audio tape from an open police microphone at the scene and other theories that circulated including Communist ties and mob involvement in the assassination.

Customer Reviews

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You got to love it April 27, 2011
Don't you just love the divide in the reviews. It's all or nothing. Frankly I too was a conspiracy buff for years but the more I learned the more I came to believe that the Warren Commision, and this FINE documentary, had it essentially right. (The order of the shots not withstanding) Here's just a few of the things that will jump out at you once you stop drinking the conspiracy Kool Aid;

- When you put Kennedy and Connelly in their proper positions in the car there is no question about the single bullet "theory". Given the position of the wound on Connelly's back and it's forward and downward path you realize that the bullet HAD to go through Kennedy, there simply is no other way for it to get to that spot on Connelly's back. In additon it is an oblong wound which means the bullet was tumbling and bullets don't tumble until they hit something. So it's either a single bullet or Kennedy shot Connelly with a magic gun that makes a rifle bullet tumble! (Oops, I may have just started a new conspiracy theory!) Let me repeat that and feel free to check me on it... The wound on Connelly's back was an OBLONG wound. The bullet was tumbling. How can you explain that without coming to the conclusion that the bullet hit Kennedy first? Hmmm?

- When Oswald was arrested he was carrying the revolver that several witnesses saw him shoot Officer J. D. Tippit with. It was matched ballistically to the bullets Tippit was shot with. Officer Tippit stopped Oswald for questioning because he matched the discription of the Dealy Plaza shooter which was given to the police by Howard Brennan as he sat on a wall facing the Book Depostitory. Brennan saw Oswald shoot Kennedy and discribed it in vivid detail.
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24 of 32 people found the following review helpful
I watched and taped this program when it was first broadcast in 2004 and was so impressed by it, I've kept the tape. I am glad it is still available on DVD because "Beyond Conspiracy" is a well-done and convincing documentary on the Kennedy assassination that defends the Warren Commission's findings that Lee Harvey Oswald was the only shooter and acted alone. Ironically, the simplest answer is hard to believe sometimes and many who support one conspiracy theory or another will probably not be swayed by this DVD, but the evidence shown in this report is strong and would need to be dealt with to defend any theories involving magic bullets, second gunman, Oswald's connections with the CIA or KGB, Jack Ruby's ties with the Mafia, etc.

The most eye-opening part of this program are the findings of computer animator Dale Myers. He designed a computerized 3D replica of Dealey Plaza which utilized the movements of JFK and Governor Connally in the Zapruder film to recreate the shooting. The computer imagery shows the precise positions in the limousine and how a single bullet passed straight through both men causing their simultaneous reactions. The bullet is then traced to its exact source--the sixth floor window of the Texas school book depository. I was very impressed by this footage and think anyone interested in the assassination should see it.

The program also gives a biography of Lee Harvey Oswald with interview clips of his older brother, Robert, a journalist who knew Oswald when he defected to the Soviet Union, and a woman who knew Oswald and his wife in Dallas. It covers Oswald's troubled childhood, his attraction to Marxist philosophy, in large part, (according to his brother) to stand out from the crowd.
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57 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fact based debunking of conspiracy theories. November 26, 2005
The negative reviews here are really eye-opening in the level hostility they exhibit. I see a lot of sneering condemnation of this documentary as "propaganda", "ridiculous", "dishonest", "junk", and "GARBAGE" (in caps no less), what I DON'T see a lot of is these negative reviewers challenging this documentary's evidence with any facts. I just see a lot of visceral, emotional reaction. It's pretty clear that these reviewers had their balloon popped and not only did not like it, they will not face up to it either. The title of every one of those reviews ought to be: "I know what I know; don't bother me with facts!" On reviewer even states that he stopped watching less than halfway through the program. Well how CAN his rebutal be an intelligent let alone informed one?

And those negative reviewers who do try to cite facts get them WRONG! One, for example, starts the shots at Zapruder frame 210, giving only 5.6 seconds for the assassination. They really began at frame 160, giving over 8 seconds. Another talks about that the Warren Commission "moving a wound up 5 to six inches" in order to "put this wound in the neck", and also talks about moving Kennedy's head wound up "not one, not two, but 4 full inches from the Eop at the base of the skull to the cowlick in the center of the head."


I've seen the Kennedy autopsy photos. You can see them for yourself at any number of websites that a google search will turn up in less than 3 seconds. The clearly show a large wound at the top of JFK's skull, not at the base, and they also show a wound at the base of the president's neck, not the middle of his upper back where the CTs claim it is. The same reviewer asks: " ponder for a moment, do you think a neuromuscular reaction is stronger than a speeding bullet?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Jennings JFK video is pure fraud.
Those folks at ABC had me fooled for years. I have stuck my foot in my mouth so many times listening to what the argument that was made. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kevin Parnella
5.0 out of 5 stars I had to suspend my desire to think it was all a lie.
I wanted there to be more than one shooter. I needed there to be more than one. Governments lie, lie lie. And then I listened to Oswald's brother Robert. And Jack Ruby's rabbi. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Gone Fishin'
5.0 out of 5 stars Best JFK assassination program available!
There's a part of this program, towards the end, where Peter Jennings says that if you put JFK on one side of a scale and Lee Harvey Oswald on the other, there's an imbalance. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Wexford98
2.0 out of 5 stars This Is What Mainstream Media Wants Us To Believe
The reason why I gave this documentary two stars and not one is because I think the cinematography is done very well. Aside from that, I think this documentary is about 99. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Erik Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Evidence-Based Account
The amount of effort that went into modeling the event in 3D is impressive. As someone who couldn't stand the amount of ignorance about ballistics and the shots that killed him... Read more
Published on July 5, 2012 by Tommy Boy
1.0 out of 5 stars Propaganda from ABC? What's new about that?
This script is taken straight from the debunked Warren Commission Report. Watch it only if you love being lied to. Read more
Published on May 5, 2012 by ReviewMaster
5.0 out of 5 stars JFK light, or, the government needs your trust on this ....
[REVIEW FROM Peter Jennings Reporting - The Kennedy Assassination: Beyond Conspiracy] This 2007 documentary (original air date 2003) is a fine meat-n-potatoes pastiche of the... Read more
Published on February 27, 2012 by E. Hernandez
1.0 out of 5 stars Garbage not worth the shelf space
If you have to watch this rubbish, check it out online or at the library, don't waste your money. The computer animation (cartoon) is bunk. Read more
Published on January 25, 2012 by Michael Harris
1.0 out of 5 stars Incomplete and misleading
To say this documentary is the final word is at best misleading. I could care less about the documentary's magic bullet information. Read more
Published on December 28, 2011 by Gaetano B
1.0 out of 5 stars same old same old from your government and corporate news
listen to the wire recording made when an escort motorcycle's handset was stuck open ... that's all you need to know that there was more than one shooter ... Read more
Published on June 11, 2011 by Kelly K. Patterson
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