Qty:1
Frontline: The Undertakin... has been added to your Cart

Sell yours for a Gift Card
We'll buy it for up to $1.00
Learn More
Trade in now
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Image Unavailable

Image not available for
Color:
  • Frontline: The Undertaking
  • Sorry, this item is not available in
  • Image not available
  • To view this video download Flash Player
      

Frontline: The Undertaking


Price: $24.99 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
Only 6 left in stock (more on the way).
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
7 new from $17.49 6 used from $10.99
Amazon Price New from Used from
DVD
"Please retry"
1-Disc Version
$24.99
$17.49 $10.99
$24.99 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details Only 6 left in stock (more on the way). Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.

Frequently Bought Together

Frontline: The Undertaking + Frontline: Facing Death + BILL MOYERS: ON OUR OWN TERMS
Price for all three: $73.69

Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

FRONTLINE profiles Thomas Lynch, a poet and undertaker whose family has cared for the dead in a small town in central Michigan for three generations. In The Undertaking, a critically acclaimed book, Lynch offered unique and profound insight into what he called the "dismal trade." In an intimate and revealing film, Lynch helps makes sense of the ways Americans cope with death, grief, and life.

Special Features

None.

Product Details

  • Directors: Miri Navasky, Karen O'Connor
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, 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 15, 2008
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00115Q6ME
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,659 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5 stars
5 star
70%
4 star
30%
3 star
0%
2 star
0%
1 star
0%
See all 10 customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Katherine M. Sellers on April 11, 2008
Verified Purchase
I saw part of this program when it aired on PBS. I wanted to see the entire program and ordered this DVD. I have since shown it to all my family and several close friends. All have reacted the same way... grateful they saw the process of working with the grieving as they go on after the death of a loved one. None of us gets out of this life alive, yet little is said or done to explain the final process of life. This program paints a picture of sensitive, caring funeral personnel, as well as a glimpse into family situations death can bring about. Choices of cremation or burial are better understood.Pre-planning to save the family from choices in their grief is also represented. I feel a richer person, in spirit, for having heard the poetry of Thomas Lynch that is peppered into this must-see program. Thanks to all who worked to produce it.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ellen Prudenti on August 2, 2008
Verified Purchase
I used this DVD as part of the educational program at a hospital's pastoral care department. Students, staff, and volunteers are uniformly touched by its realism and sensitivity. It provokes thoughtful discussion.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tristan Heberlein on August 11, 2010
The Undertaking provides a powerful and moving view of the process of sickness, death, funeral preparations and burial. It tells the story of what we usually don't like to think about, but for one family is a lifestyle (preparing and presenting the recently departed). Definitely worth watching.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G.I Gurdjieff TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 18, 2011
I originally saw this on PBS a few years ago and ordered this dvd to see the entire doc. Like most people, when it comes to pondering death in relation to family, friends, and myself, I go into ocelot mode.
What makes this documentary good is that it presents the subject of death and dying with a lot of sensitivity while addressing a lot of the issues associated with grief as well as the funeral and burial process. There are numerous options available to families, but I doubt that many people give this adequate consideration until someone dies. It impressed upon me how important it is to be well-informed and to also make one's wishes known to the family before death visits.
The bottom line is this is an interesting and informative look at the funeral industry that approaches the subject of death with a lot of caring while also addressing practical issues. It also doesn't sensationialize death.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kirk Alex on December 25, 2013
Verified Purchase
Not something we like to think about, nor is it a good idea to dwell on, either––but guess what? It happens to every one of us. We all get deep sixed eventually.

Yes, we know and like all those horror flicks about the one-eyed, murderous undertaker in flicks like Fantasm (I know: that particular undertaker happens to be very tall, but does have both eyes) and others. They're fun to watch, no doubt. Thing is, scare flicks are made to entertain you, which is fine...what you get here is the real thing, the way it goes, what actually happens behind the scenes when you kick off.
I say take a look; not for any morbid reason, but as a way of dealing with and accepting the whole thing, including the fact you're mortal and everyone's time is fleeting.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Forums

There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more
Frontline: The Undertaking
This item: Frontline: The Undertaking
Price: $24.99
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?