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  • Actors: Bill Moyers
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Athena
  • DVD Release Date: February 15, 2011
  • Run Time: 627 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004CQZF9Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #253,466 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

16-page viewer’s guide with questions to consider; a glossary of constitutional buzzwords; and articles on preserving the document, the history of judicial review, and the Constitution’s international influence
Updates on the participants and issues and a biography of Bill Moyers

Editorial Reviews

"Rich … a wonderful piece of work" --The New York Times
"Intriguing … delightful … insightful" --Chicago Tribune

"Captures both the history and day-to-day vitality of the U.S. Constitution … Grade: A" --Entertainment Weekly

Exploring the meaning and impact of our founding document

In American history, no document has sparked as much reverence, discussion, and controversy as the Constitution. But how does it really affect our everyday lives? How do ordinary citizens, legal scholars, and Supreme Court justices interpret it? Join Bill Moyers for this 11-part series, originally produced to mark the Constitution’s bicentennial, that delves into the fascinating history and contemporary relevance of the ultimate law of the land. In-depth interviews with a wide range of experts--including four Supreme Court justices, educator Mortimer Adler, legal philosopher Ronald Dworkin, and Judge Robert Bork--provide not only rich historical detail, but also illuminating insights on current disputes. Throughout, In Search of the Constitution shows how this brief text has shaped our nation and holds the power to change our lives.

In a broadcasting career spanning nearly 40 years, journalist Bill Moyers distinguished himself at Newsday, NBC, CBS, and PBS. His many honors include lifetime achievement Emmy® and Peabody awards.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on December 31, 2010
More facts were gleaned from this DVD set than was learned about the constitution over my 17 years of formal schooling. Bill Moyers was a master at interview and digs deep into the minds of scholars, politicians, justices, and citizens to find the story of the constitution's worth on the 200th anniversary, 1987. James Madison is considered by most to be the primary writer of the Constitution. 11 episodes enlighten and teach about how the Constitution is working for modern America. This set is historic footage in the light of 21st century Supreme Court decisions as well as the documentation of thoughts of past Justices now retired and/or deceased.

Episodes are approximately 60 minutes each.
SUBTITLES are provided.
1 IN THE BEGINNING-Three historians share that democracy was limited at the Constitutional Convention. Politics, like today, ruled at the start. Secrecy was essential. Sovereignty and slavery were issues.

2 MR. JUSTICE BLACKMUN-(1908-1999) the "abortion" Justice, Nixon's 1970 appointee, who defied any label. Harry A. Blackmun, at age 78 (at filming time) describes the job, its difficulty, and the honor. He explains courts decisions being based on compromise.

3 MORTIMER ADLER: TEACHING THE CONSTITUTION-Adler is author of "We Hold These Truths", St. John College students discuss with Adler.

4 MR. JUSTICE BRENNAN-(1906-1997) Brennan explains the difficulty of decisions related to dignity, privacy, and punishment. He's the 1st Justice born in the 20th century, a 1956 Ike appointment, he was a voting, news media protection, and gender decision leader. He championed individuals' rights.

5 RONALD DWORKIN: THE CHANGING STORY-Debate rages on over Constitutions influence on AIDS, porn, and discrimination.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Zarathustra on December 30, 2013
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These Are the Rich People Who Want To Establish A New World Order. The first thing to go will be the US Constitution as Canada, Mexico, and the US form a new government if they get a chance to do it. They must be stopped before the Bushes and others try to establish a dictatorship in North America.
Bill Moyers has picked a good group of experts who explain why we need to keep our constitution and not accept lies from future leaders who want to establish a dictatorship to replace our democracy. Highly recommended.
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