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America The Story of Us, Collector's Edition (2010)

Tom Brokaw , Meryl Streep , Nutopia Ltd , Actuality Productions  |  PG |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (967 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tom Brokaw, Meryl Streep, Michael Douglas, Buzz Aldrin, Colin Powel
  • Directors: Nutopia Ltd, Actuality Productions, H-TV
  • Format: Box set, 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: 4
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: A&E Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 18, 2011
  • Run Time: 552 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (967 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005D0RDM0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,289 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"The most in-depth series they've ever produced in HISTORY's history." --The New York Post

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A riveting adventure of how America was invented, AMERICA THE STORY OF US focuses on the people, ideas and events that built our nation, covering 400 years of American history in the most extensive and in-depth television series ever produced by HISTORY. From the rigors of linking the continent by wagon trails to the transcontinental railway, the engineering of steel-structured buildings, through to landing on the moon, this epic 12-part series is a grand cinematic vision of how this country was built. AMERICA THE STORY OF US brings this story to life first hand through patriots, frontiersmen, slaves, abolitionists, Native Americans, pioneers, immigrants, entrepreneurs and inventors. Sharing their thoughts on the building of America, and what it means to be an American, are a world-class group of individuals including Meryl Streep, Michael Douglas, Buzz Aldrin, Colin Powell, Donald Trump, Tom Brokaw, John Legend, Melissa Etheridge, Brian Williams and more. This special collection includes a bonus disc with over 100 minutes of brand-new footage as well as a book commemorating the series.


  • The Original 12-Part Series
  • The Stunning 400+ Page Companion Book, filled with over 200 illustrations, photographs, and historical documents
  • A Brand New Bonus Disc Featuring Modern Marvels: The Statue of Liberty

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
300 of 324 people found the following review helpful
By Bridge
I think all of the people complaining about the lack of academic level detail and scholarship in this series are missing the point. This 12 episode series is a really fantastic overview of American History. Oftentimes when we study history in school, through long, detailed books, over the course of several months, we tend to lose the forest for the trees. This medium of learning has it's place, watching this series you get a feel through a quick succession of stories, as to how America began and developed over the last two and a half centuries. What it lacks in "legitimate" scholarship it more than makes up for by it's production quality, compelling story-telling and entertainment. Another thing to note is the populist perspective of the series. Most history textbooks and academics focus too heavily on the actions of political leaders, but this series is truly about the "story of us" as indicated by its title. I was surprised to find that there was almost no discussion about the writing of the constitution, not much talk about the Presidents and the legislation they pushed through or the policies they enacted. Instead, the series incorporates a lot of anecdotes and stories of people and movements that shaped the course of this country, from the Chinese immigrants who built the railroads to the construction workers who built New York City, to historic figures like Frederick Douglas, Harriet Tubman and Andrew Carnegie. If I were a school teacher I would show my students this entire series at the beginning of each year, if for nothing else but to pique their interest in history and what they're about to learn in greater detail over the course of the term.
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130 of 146 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly enjoyable May 25, 2010
First off, I am well aware that this documentary is not perfect. Having studied history, I feel that this documentary was lacking in some parts. Still, this series is solid and tight.

I learned a lot of neat trivia from this that I had not known before. This documentary feels to be geared more towards beginners, rather than scholars. If you're a history expert, you will find some parts lacking. (I am not a expert, but I do love history) but you will also most likely also learn some new things here. This would be a fun documentary for middle or high school students, as well as people who would like a basic (NOT a complete) overview of American history. I mean, it's impossible to give a complete overview of 400 years of history in twelve episodes, (less than twelve hours when you take out the commercials)

I can't say that I enjoyed all of the guest speakers, but some of them were rather relevant. Donald Trump talked about the Great Depression. Al Sharpton talked about the role of black people. And so on and so forth. Some of the guest speakers were better suited for their roles than others - I can't imagine why they would have Sheryl Crowe on this, but Rudy Guilliani was good. My biggest gripe was that they had P Diddy on there. COME ON. Why him? They also had the guy from Pawn Stars in the final episode, and I was excited to see him, but he didn't really contribute anything worthwhile, what he said didn't add anything to the documentary.

This is different from other History Channel documentaries in the past. It concentrates more on PEOPLE, not things/artifacts (this is why it's called The Story of *Us*) and the struggles, trials, and tribulations of a growing country.
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152 of 173 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Flawed, but still enjoyable and informative July 4, 2010
By Smith
This six-night miniseries is a quick tour of American history from the first English colonies in the New World to the present. To properly hit every important event, person and place throughout American history is far beyond the scope of a series of this length. Nevertheless, it is a good view of all the most important developments that explain how the United States became what it is, without glossing over the darker spots such as Indian removal and slavery.

Some omissions (such as skimming over almost all of World War I) and some factual "Yeah, but..." moments in an otherwise good series would have earned a 4-star rating, but the 3-star comes from some of the people that they had commenting in the series. While some, such as Michael Bloomberg, make sense in the context of the material (for instance, New York City during the Revolution), there is no good reason to have celebrities along the lines of Sheryl Crow, Margaret Cho or Michael Douglas appearing in what's supposed to be a serious look at history. If there had been more historians offering their views instead of celebrities, then I would have gladly given this series 4 stars. As it is, it is enjoyable yet flawed, and receives three.
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154 of 193 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worse history than "Ancient Astronauts" May 13, 2011
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The History Channel has been criticized for its recent specialty in "he-man" reality shows about truckers, sharpshooters, and lumberjacks or wacky conspiracy theories and New-Agey faux history topics (Templars, Nostradamus, ancient astronauts, etc.). This series has been widely heralded as the History Channel's return to its roots, but they might have been better off sticking with Ancient Astronauts and the Templars. Quite simply, this series is awful.

Even a lot of the negative reviews miss the point. If it was just a problem of using celebrity commentators rather than historians, questionable emphasis, or leaving things out, I'd have no problem with this series. As a US History teacher, I'm fully aware of how ponderous specialist history can be. There's a place on TV and in the classroom for accessible, interesting presentations of US history, even if they "leave some things out." I bought this specifically with the idea of showing it to my students. But it's not a matter of celebrity talking heads or "leaving out something real important," it's a matter of inventing US history out of thin air. Quite simply, this ISN'T US History. I'm not really sure what it is, but anyone who subjects their history students to this garbage is really being irresponsible.

OK, first of all, you have to swallow the weird videography: the endless, repetition of sweeping airborne pans of the wilderness or the seacoast, slow motion close-ups of a bullet flying through the air, and animated shots of the bottoms of sailing vessels. Either they have a very small video-clip library or the world's most unimaginative video editor.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Progressive propaganda...
The series definitely has a bias to the left with much made-up history. There is a small amount of truth in each episode mixed with imaginary history. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Blanch Maxwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Great documentary
I really like this telling of US History. It doesn't shy away from the negative aspects of our history, and some of the special effect visualizations are really great.
Published 2 days ago by MTorc
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely wonderful!
When I watched this series, I was amazed and so proud to be an American. I learned so much more from watching these episodes than I did from reading a history textbook. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Cynthia Hart
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Great series. My students love seeing clips. I've seen every episode at least twice. I highly recommend it. You won't be disappointed.
Published 2 days ago by Shannon D.
5.0 out of 5 stars HS kids really need to see this stuff
Truly quality TV. I only wish history was made this interesting when I was growing up. Should be required watching for
all middle school and HS students. Read more
Published 3 days ago by John of S. Jersey
5.0 out of 5 stars Must see!!!
Should be seen by every American. Watching (for the second time) with my 8-year-old. She actually asked me to pause it so she could use the restroom and not miss anything!
Published 4 days ago by Joy Rosevear
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Loved the graphics. Made American History so interesting. We can all talk about it with facts and its enjoyable now. Thanks so much for having this on Amazon. Well worth it.
Published 4 days ago by Rose M. Dickson
5.0 out of 5 stars great watch
i would watch it again when i get the next chance. History channel puts out great shows for everyone in your family.
Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Series.
A great overview of American history. I've heard so many people state that history is unimportant but this short history shows how we got to where we are today and can help us... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Gail Dickey
1.0 out of 5 stars American Exceptionalism Propaganda
I have to write a review because I cannot bear seeing this has such a high review average. The whole first 3 episodes, aside from time spent on the poor graphics and celebrities... Read more
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