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Frontline: The Choice (2008)

John McCain , Barack Obama , Michael Kirk  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: John McCain, Barack Obama
  • Directors: Michael Kirk
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PBS
  • DVD Release Date: January 6, 2009
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001I9KE7Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #417,941 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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One of the most memorable presidential races in decades pits the iconoclast John McCain against the newcomer Barack Obama; a heroic former prisoner of war against the first African-American major party nominee. The 20th anniversary broadcast of "The Choice" examines the personal and political biographies of these men and goes behind headlines to discover how they arrived at this moment and what their very different candidacies say about America.

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Your product was everything you advertise. I will be re-ordering products of this kind again. I have a President Obama Collection and this item will go very well with my collection. Thank you again, a well satisfied customer.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Dated as of Now February 9, 2009
From the jump, this work says it was a PBS show on October 14, 2008, aka a few weeks before the 2008 elections. Imagine watching "Return of the Jedi" but not seeing when Darth Vader destroys the Emperor. What if you saw "Titanic" and didn't learn what happened to the Heart of the Ocean? That is how this work feels; it's like a body with its head cut off.
They don't really speak about the 2008 election until the second hour of the work. The first explores the candidates' biographies. You see photos of Obama at Harvard Law. You see McCain as a POW. We also learn that McCain has dark chest hair, much different from Obama who is smooth. The Keating Five, Reverend Wright, and other highlights come up.
Still, I would have done this differently. To me, Sarah Palin played a significant, and some would say polarizing, role in the election, but she is only mentioned here briefly and at the tail end of the work. Obama made a speech about race, but this work says nothing about Romney's speech on religion, which was important. Actually, the other candidates besides Hillary Clinton barely come up at all. The issue of McCain's age is not mentioned here, when I'd say it was a factor that voters pondered.
In short, this work was meant to help voters decide what they would do in November of 2008. Well, that was months ago and we know who the winner of the contest was. (Hip-hop hooray!, in my opinion) So this will feel dated even if it was well made for its first airing.
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