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America: The Story of Us [Blu-ray]
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Sharing their thoughts on the building of America, and what it means to be an American, are a world-class group of individuals including Tom Brokaw, Michael Douglas, Meryl Streep, Buzz Aldrin, Colin Powell, Donald Trump, John Legend, Melissa Etheridge, Brian Williams and more.
DISC 1 (Episodes 1-4): Rebels / Revolution / Westward / Division / bonus
DISC 2 (Episodes 5-8): Civil War / Heartland / Cities / Boom / bonus
DISC 3 (Episodes 9-12): Bust / WWII / Boomers / Millennium
Disc 1: George Washington, American Revolution, Declaration of Independence
Disc 2: Civil War, Transcontinental Railroad, Statue of Liberty, Henry Ford and the Model T
DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Son requested this movie for Christmas and was so happy to receive it!!Published 22 days ago by Jacquelyn Pulido
The animation the acting and reinactments, combined with the very basic storytelling help bring this story to life.Published 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
Love it, so good covers American history is a unique way.Published 1 month ago by Completely Satisfied
I have used this documentary with my 7th and 8th grade US history classes for years. I lost my original copy and bought a replacement. Read morePublished 1 month ago by L O
Terrific series that does a great job of walking through the history of the USA. Beautifully done with excellent production values and direction and pacing that keeps even the most... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sean Tomlinson
I use this series in my classroom to introduce the different topics we are learning.Published 1 month ago by Amy M Simpson
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Is this DVD captioned?
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Oct 6, 2013 by Elmer Dubon | See all 3 posts
Do you know if they actually removed him? I found Danny Webb listed as an alias for Liev (which is how I came across this rather old post, searching the two terms together) and this title as the only title for which (so far) Danny Webb is used. The whole thing is baffling since another actor... Read More
May 22, 2013 by Amazon Customer | See all 2 posts
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Saw that noone has responded and just wondered if you found anything on your own you'd like to recommend? I have an almost 7yr old and we'd love to find some too!
Dec 16, 2010 by @homemom | See all 2 posts
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I wondered about that too. I hope it is just a mistake when it lists an aspect ratio of 1.33.
May 10, 2010 by Dale | See all 3 posts
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