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  • Actors: Franklin Delano Roosevelt
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 26, 2005
  • Run Time: 200 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009S4IE2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,575 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Two Bonus Episodes from A&E's Award-Winning Biography series
  • History in the Making: FDR Featurette

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For twelve years he stood as America's 32nd President, a man who overcame the ravages of polio to pull America through the Great Depression and WWII. From his legendary Fireside Chats to his sweeping New Deal, Franklin Delano Roosevelt revolutionized the American way of life. FDR: A PRESIDENCY REVEALED examines one of history's most compelling figures. Inspired by his cousin Teddy Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt rose to the nation's highest office during the depths of one of its darkest periods. A man of few words, he brought a nation together through his revolutionary Fireside Chats. He introduced vast reforms like Social Security and work relief for the unemployed. At the same time, his administration hid a dark underbelly teeming with covert maneuvers, spy rings, and powerful enemies.

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It does by far the better job of revealing FDR's presidency.
Robert Moore
The quality of the archival footage is excellent with the sole exception of footage from the 1910s but even this is in very good shape for its age.
Matthew G. Sherwin
No wonder it is displayed prominently at the gift shop at the FDR Memorial in Washington, DC.
Jean E. Pouliot

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Serge J. Van Steenkiste on September 11, 2007
FDR a Presidency Revealed, a two-DVD set of The History Channel, will delight both connoisseurs and neophytes. Archival footage, diary extracts, interviews with people who knew Franklin Delano Roosevelt, comments of leading historians, and the narration of Edward Herrmann make this series one of the best visual productions dedicated to FDR.

The History Channel opts for a chronological approach to its subject. FDR proved once more that only an optimist has ever created a revolution or a movement. To build his political career, FDR drew his main inspiration from his cousin Teddy Roosevelt. The career path that FDR followed, gave him plenty of opportunities to show his creativity and drive and prepared him very well to ultimately assume America's 32nd presidency. Polio, which struck FDR in adulthood, was ultimately no match for his insatiable political ambitions.

With the help of his wife, Eleanor, FDR overcame some of his prejudices about less privileged fellow Americans to get an understanding of the issues at hand and, at times, make controversial compromises to get things done. For twelve years, FDR did not spare his efforts to first pull the country out of the Great Depression and then to successfully wage war on the side of mainly Great Britain and the former Soviet Union against the Axis powers during WWII.

To its credit, The History Channel does not gloss over the shortcomings of FDR. Here follow a few examples for illustration purposes only. Unlike Eleanor, FDR condoned segregation in the South to keep the Democratic establishment on his side. Furthermore, FDR could be vindictive as it happened after his unsuccessful showdown with the U.S. Supreme Court during his second term in office.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Robert Moore HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 26, 2009
This is part of the History Channel's Presidencies Revealed series. There is a series of similar length that was part of the American Experience series on PBS. I think the PBS production is vastly superior to this particular one. There are two reasons for this. First, the History Channel's series is a bit of a mess narratively. It moves all over the place, neither thematically hanging together nor linearly. I've read a couple of dozen books on FDR and I couldn't discern much of a rhyme or reason in this one. The second problem is that the script tried to make FDR's legacy far more dubious than just about any reputable scholar would. I'm not saying that FDR was a perfect president. Far from it. His successes and failings are wildly agreed upon. The high points were the way he lifted the nation from despair during the Depression, laying the foundation for the social safety net that has reduced by incalculable levels national suffering and tragedy, and leading the free world to victory in the greatest conflict in the history of the world (the latter an achievement laid at FDR's feet by both Winston Churchill and Josef Stalin). But especially in the first half of the documentary the documentary seeks to highlight the negative and minimize the positive even as the bulk of the commentators fail to support the script.

FDR had an astonishing record. He did more to remake America than any president either before or after him (with the possible exception of Lincoln, who managed to present the nation's dissolution). The New Deal legislation recreated America and despite occasional carping just about every American strongly supports this legacy.
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It is really incredible only three reviews about this fantastic product and what is more important about such a huge man, a real giant, I am really perplex when I came here to write this review I was expecting hundreds of them, I thought that american people loved this man as I love.

As I said above, by the time Franklin Delano Roosevelt won democratic party to run for President even his greatest enemies considered him the only man in the USA capable of saving the country from the great depression. What nobody knew was that that man had already won his most important war against a desease that had paralyzed his legs. Is moving to watch him erect, confident, addressing his first inaugural speech and saying to american people "The only thing we have to fear, It is fear itself".

In the sequence of historical events, following this genius leader, his government team created such an amount of public policies that have shaped the way the world can be seen nowadays, all you can see was created by him and his presidency team, for example the way the whole world bank system functions, you can see that his new deal has been used by presidents like Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in Brazil for example with programs like "Bolsa familia and bolsa escola", his health programs has been copied all around the world, we can really say that after him nothing is new in politics and government administration and policies.

As if all these things weren't enough this man saved the world, together with the allied forces, winning the second world war. You are going to watch in these DVD'S that the most important decicions were taken by him, he was the architect of that victory. In my opinion Mr.
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