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Constitution Usa With Peter Sagal (2013)

Peter Sagal , Stephen Ives  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Peter Sagal
  • Directors: Stephen Ives
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish, English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PBS (DIRECT)
  • DVD Release Date: July 2, 2013
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00C888HG6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,410 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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…a very entertaining and informative series on constitutional history…Highly recommended --Video Librarian

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Breathing new life into the traditional civics lesson, Peter Sagal travels across the country on a Harley Davidson to find out where the U.S. Constitution lives, how it works and how it doesn't ... how it unites us as a nation and how it has nearly torn us apart.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I love Peter Sagel's quick wit and humor as host of NPR's "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me" but I've never seen him - until this four part, four-hour, series appeared on TV. I only caught one episode so I waited for the DVD version (which has some bonuses - more on them in a minute) and watched it this week.

Sagel embarks on a journey across America in a patrioticall-painted Harley-Davidson motorcycle (a la the guys in "Easy Rider") - and even to Reyklavik, Iceland (without the cycle!) to explore how the U.S. Constitution, written and passed in 1787 has changed and works in the 21st century. He interviews historians as well as Americans who have been profoundly affected by the document. Each chapter focuses on a different aspect. We learn about civil rights, gay rights, gun laws, and the right to vote. It's a good history lesson with some really clever remarks by Sagel.

Though I learned a lot I did feel that it became retetaive at times and four hours is a bit long to hold your attention.

The bonuses total about 25 minutes and include A behind the scenes video - even a two-minute one about the Harley - with a few extended (or deleted interviews). If you missed it on TV this is a good way to catch up. And if you are a "Constitution" or history junkie you'll enjoy this as well.

I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Constitution July 3, 2013
Basically this is a road trip that Peter Segal takes across the States interviewing various scholars, lawyers, pundits and ordinary people about the relevance of the Constitution in the 21st Century.

Without being overly technical, nor dumbed-down, it really shows the role the Constitution plays in our everyday life.

Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid But Not Spectacular October 8, 2013
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This series is pretty well done. I bought it on the recommendation of a colleague. Some of the segments are pretty good for my advanced placement government class, but overall not really applicable to most situations.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fresh view. August 29, 2013
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Sagal's present day exam of our Constitution, via a road trip, is very interesting and well done. I recommend it for anyone who wants a fresh, realistic view of what governs us.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Does NOT Support Original Intent July 7, 2014
Mr. Sagal, while discussing The Bill of Rights, SKIPPED AMENDMENT IX. This brief amendment is the crux of the entire Constitution; it gives final/full authority to We The People. I later understood his omission when the Amendment XIV discussion occurred. The unfortunate movement from strong sovereign states to a more centralized (and more powerful) federal Union. Mr. Sagal dubs this "good"; I disagree. Since Amendment XIV has been pivotal in many Supreme Court cases, it's intent/reach is too vague and it should "be studied". Two amendments that also strengthened the federal Union (in the opposite direction of The Federalist Papers) are Amendment XVII [REPEAL immediately!] and Amendment XVI, which should be repealed in the near future. A quick understanding of The Federalist Papers can be found at http://tx24.us/Mike.html#FedP
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