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America: The Story of Us [Blu-ray] (2010)

Liev Schreiber , History  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,182 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Liev Schreiber
  • Directors: History
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, Surround Sound, Widescreen, Anamorphic, DTS Surround Sound
  • Language: English (DTS-HD High Res Audio)
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: September 14, 2010
  • Run Time: 720 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,182 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003C27X4Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,081 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Additional scenes on the American Revolution, Declaration of Independence, George Washington, Civil War, Transcontinental Railroad, the 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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A riveting adventure of how America was invented, this stunning Blu-ray version of 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 firsthand through patriots, frontiersmen, slaves, abolitionists, Native Americans, pioneers, immigrants, entrepreneurs and inventors. From the revolutionary war that birthed the nation to the civil war that divided it, into the making of the modern world, AMERICA The Story of Us is an epic, dramatic, heartbreaking and triumphant journey that reminds us that American history truly belongs to we, the people.

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

BONUS FEATURES:
Disc 1: George Washington, American Revolution, Declaration of Independence
Disc 2: Civil War, Transcontinental Railroad, Statue of Liberty, Henry Ford and the Model T

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310 of 338 people found the following review helpful
By Bridge
Format:DVD
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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136 of 152 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly enjoyable May 25, 2010
Format:DVD
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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160 of 181 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Flawed, but still enjoyable and informative July 4, 2010
By Smith
Format:DVD
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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176 of 223 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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5.0 out of 5 stars A superb presentation of of history.
So glad I ordered this DVD. Well worth the money spent. From beginning to end, this documentary kept my interest.
Wonderfully done!
Published 8 hours ago by Lady in Red
5.0 out of 5 stars America the story of us is a must see.
LOVE THIS SERIES. THERE WERE MANY THINGS POINTED OUT THAT WERE NEVER TAUGHT IN MY HIGH SCHOOL AmericN history class. This is a very interesting documentary. Read more
Published 4 days ago by David O. Donohoo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
We thoroughly enjoyed these episodes. Informative and entertaining. Thank you for providing such quality programs.
Published 4 days ago by Cheryl
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very usable video!
Published 5 days ago by Rodeogal
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great series
Published 6 days ago by Joseph M. Coronado
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This is a great collection of our history
Published 7 days ago by petie pie
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding
Excellent history of the U.S.!
Published 8 days ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A very interesting and polished CD! Makes you want to keep watching.
Published 8 days ago by marah
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Quick delivery, brand new, still in plastic, no doubt I will order from Liew Schreiber again. Thanks, :)
Published 10 days ago by April
5.0 out of 5 stars This show is awesome. People need to watch this to know where ...
This show is awesome. People need to watch this to know where we came from. And to learn from the mistakes that others have made.
Published 11 days ago by Dustin
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Is this DVD captioned?
Sep 25, 2014 by Lena T Austin |  See all 3 posts
Spanish subtitles?
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Oct 6, 2013 by Elmer Dubon |  See all 3 posts
Liev Schreiber
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 lost_grrl |  See all 2 posts
What suggestions can you offer for educational dvds for children?
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
Blu Ray Widescreen?
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
what is it rated? G? PG? PG13? Be the first to reply
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