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Eleanor and Franklin Double Feature (The Early Years / The White House Years)

4.6 out of 5 stars 70 customer reviews

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Eleanor & Franklin Double Feature (DVD)

He was one of America's greatest presidents, leading the nation out of its darkest years and guiding it through one of its most difficult wars. She was his wife, a First Lady who declined the role of White House hostess and instead devoted herself to public service. This exclusive HBO Double Feature brings together the two critically acclaimed films ("The Early Years" and "The Whitehouse Years") detailing the Roosevelt's saga, presenting an intimate portrait of their public and private life, with award-winning performances from Jane Alexander and Edward Herrmann.

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Special Features

  • Includes:
  • Eleanor and Franklin: The Early Years (1976)
  • Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years (1977)

Product Details

  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: HBO Studios
  • DVD Release Date: May 1, 2007
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ND91S6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,275 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Eleanor and Franklin Double Feature (The Early Years / The White House Years)" on IMDb

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By James T. Wheeler on June 20, 2007
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This is the 2-disk set of Eleanor & Franklin, "The Early Years" and "The White House Years." The DVD's present the story of how these two strong individuals met and fell in love and how they survived a tumultous marriage. This would be at a time when the world would face the greatest war in history.

Eleanor & Franklin is a 1976-77 production and runs 6 hours. The series was made for HBO at what must have cost a king's ransom. Costumes, scenery, vintage cars, and all the rest--production values are at the highest level. Yes, the Roosevelts were from the upper crust of American society and lived privileged lives. But they sacrificed a lot for their country in its greatest hour of need as these dramatizations show so well.

Casting is superb. Jane Alexander plays Eleanor Roosevelt and Edward Hermann plays her cousin and later, husband, Franklin Delano Roosevelt (FDR). The outside jacket of the DVD set says the miniseries won 18 Emmys back in the 1970's. After viewing it recently for the first time, I wonder how the series didn't win more. It is a true masterpiece.

In the early-1940's, Benito Mussolini is supposed to have scoffed at the idea of FDR leading the U. S. in a world war. Mussolini ridiculed FDR as a paralytic who could never lead his country to victory. Not long after, Mussolini and his criminal partner, Adolph Hitler, would eat those words. FDR's knowledge of world history and past wars, his experience in the military and in government, and his courage and resolve in the face of evil were exactly what was needed.

For all his flaws as a man, I shudder to think what might have happened had FDR not been U. S. President during this time. Without question, his partnership with Winston Churchill saved Western Civilization.
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The ABC Miniseries of 1976/1977 has been transfered, and to my eyes the color has been restored, so they both look as good as the original presentations. A plus is that they are presented in a widescreen version. I have never seen them in that presentation format. HBO has does an excellent job on these TV films - I hope they work on other old TV films! And who can argue with a price - two top notch discs for a price one paid for the original DVD release of THE EARLY YEARS! The story of the Roosevelts based on the Lash book presented in an excellent story transfer to film.
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In comparison with Warm Springs, Franklin was a complete different man in this movie. Outstanding performances by all actors. This movie was highly captivating. This movie helps you to understand Eleanor Roosevelt and what she went through in her marriage to Franklin. Great movie!
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I have always been fascinated with the US Presidency and the women behind these powerful men. In 1976, this wonderfully written and well acted movie appeared on network television during that memorable Bicentennial year. So sad that today's children know little or nothing about history because "Reality" trite and crime ridden dramas have succeeded in the "dumbing" of America. This historical gem takes us from the beginning to the end of the strong partnership and lives of the FDR's. The uncanny resemblance of actor Edward Hermann to FDR is stunning and Jane Alexander gives a brilliant performance as Eleanor who was reserved and painfully shy, however, she blossoms under the tutelage of Mme. Souvestre while at boarding school and goes on to become our beloved First Lady. She worked just as tirelessly as her husband in getting the country through the dark days of the Depression and WWII. I have such great respect for the memory of this great lady who overcame alot, her parents early deaths, FDR's philandering, and the loss of a child among other things. This movie is a great family film and history lesson all rolled into one great collection.
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I remember how much I enjoyed this program when it first aired on television back in the 1970s that I had to own a copy of it. Edward Herrmann's portrayal of FDR shines above other actor's attempts to play the 32nd President of the United States.

I especially like the White House years.
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I was thrilled to see that this landmark television movie, originally broadcast on ABC more than 30 years ago, is available on DVD. I was truly surprised at the low price for the set, which includes not only ELEANOR AND FRANKLIN, but the follow-up telefilm ELEANOR AND FRANKLIN: THE WHITE HOUSE YEARS. Jane Alexander and Edward Herrmann are unforgettable as the Roosevelts, and they are surrounded by an exceptional cast of fine character actors, including Ed Flanders, Rosemary Murphy, Mackenzie Phillips (in a superb turn as the teenage ER)and Linda Kelsey. This is some of the best television of the 1970's, always involving and quite moving. It is Jane Alexander, in her extraordinary tour de force as the adult ER, who proves with her work here that she was one of the finest, and most underrated actresses of her generation. This is top-notch work that surely rivals any of the great big-screen leading roles of the decade.
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I first saw this on television thirty years ago. At that time I did not know as much about FDR and Eleanor Roosevelt as I know today. I enjoyed the episodes then, but I am enjoying them much more fully now that I know the history of that period. The performances of the actors and actresses are superb. The scenery, locations and sets are lavish. This video shows the human side and the tragedies that the Roosevelts faced and the strength and courage that they gave the country and the world at a time when it was needed so badly. The early part of the video might not make much sense if you don't know the history of the families, but this is such a great performance and lesson in history that I highly recommend it.
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