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JFK: 3 Shots That Changed America DVD (2010)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: January 26, 2010
  • Run Time: 188 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002PTVMWO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,391 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Just hours before his death, John F. Kennedy appeared before a crowd in Fort Worth, Texas to honor the freedoms of America in what would be his final speech. Though the Zapruder film, a silent, 8mm home movie of the presidential motorcade through Dealey Plaza, is the most complete visual recording of JFK s assassination, it is just part of a vast record of sights and sounds captured on camera that day. This four-hour special from HISTORYTM uses unique, rarely seen and heard footage to document the Kennedy assassination and the nearly 50 years of speculation and controversy that changed America. Home movies from eyewitnesses, Dallas police dispatch radio recordings, and raw news footage provide a shocking, unflinching look at the assassination of the president and the days that followed while examining the aftermath, and the enduring controversies, that emerged as succeeding generations of Americans struggled to comprehend the sudden murder of an unforgettable leader.

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105 of 111 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Documentaries Ever Made February 8, 2010
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I have added additional comments below my original review here.

It's a shame that one reviewer here chose to review the content of this documentary as if its presentation is completely unimportant. I believe he missed the point. It's not about whether Oswald acted alone. It is a presentation of the moment. If you don't know, this film is ALL actual footage of news pieces about the JFK assassination as they unfolded. Nicole Rittenmeyer and Seth Skundrick have painstakingly put together a chronological video record of what was being broadcast at the time, some local, some national, some news reports, some interviews, some film of JFK's breakfast speech. The "voice" of this film is the "voice" at that time. No narration. A few carefully worded captions.

In my opinion, this is one of the best documentaries ever made because of what it doesn't do -- it doesn't add superfluous opinions of all the Monday-morning quarterbacks who have analyzed these events for the past 45 years. It's about as close as a person can come to being in America on November 22, 1963.

I am now 57-years old. I was 12 on that day. Even though I was a child I have a vivid memory of that day and the weeks that followed. My "carefree" American childhood changed dramatically because of this event. It really did change America. Up until then it was unthinkable that a President could be killed in modern-day America. I have a small Brownie photo of JFK at Oakland Naval Air Station waving from a limo a few months before. He saw me with my camera and specifically waved to me. Wow! A President. Any President.

If you are younger than about 57, then face it, you were too young to experience this event from an adult perspective -- if you were even born then.
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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compulsive Viewing November 3, 2010
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This is a great DVD. It has two parts, The first part is the best and it's an hour by hour timeline of the events commencing on the morning of Nov. 22, and finishes on Nov 24 with the national funeral and Oswald's murder. It starts with what the president would have exactly seen that day - a car enters Dealy Plaza filming the road ahead while dreamlike music plays. The stark slow motion B/W footage makes it even more dreamy. We see Jackie make a grand entrance at the breakfast of chamber of commerce the morning of November 22nd, knowing it will be her last as first lady, wearing her now famous pink suit and hat. After the president makes his speech, we watch him leave for the airport that will take him to Love Field while the speaker prays for his blessing and the decisions he is faced with. Very eerie and disturbing knowing what will happen in a scant hour and a bit. In fact I find the whole breakfast disturbing, particularly The Texas Schoolboys choir singing 'The eyes of texas are upon you'. JFK watches them and the camera stays on him until the words "The eyes of Texas are upon you all the live long day, The eyes of texas are upon you You cannot get away". And, he didnt get out alive.

Just prior to arrival of the president we see footage of the presidential limo on the tarmac. Pretty eerie again I must say. We see a cheerful woman on the tarmac with a sketch (I assume she did herself) of the president and first lady. Then Airforce One touches down at Love Field to a rousing reception. I watch this hoping that something will happen differently - The Limo will leave Love Field with the bubble top attatched, the motorcade will take a different route, the SS agents will hurl themselves on the back on the limo and shield him or take the bullets, or the car will go down Elm St.
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37 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For Those Of Us Who Remember That Day... February 3, 2010
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For those of us who were alive then, this DVD is a wonderful collection of actual footage taken from the news of the day. The Zapruder film is also included. I was only 10 years old that day, but I remember the talk that it might have been a conspiracy, from Day 1.
This DVD goes far to convince me that Oswald may not even have been the one to fire the shot from the book depository!
This film raised many questions in my mind. Why did the shooter not fire on the President when the car was below the window? That was the clearest shot. Instead, he waited until the car had passed, and was down the street(to coordinate with the other 2 shooters?). Why didn't they allow Oswald an attorney? Why did they wash the car immediately, not even checking for the bullets? Why was Oswald kept at the courthouse for so long? He wasn't transferred for 2 days, at which time he was killed.Why were so many reporters and anyone else allowed in the courthouse?? Why was the Zapruder film kept from us for 12 years? Why was Oswald arrested only one hour after the crime, and charged with the 2 murders? As far as I can see, the only evidence was that Oswald had acquired the gun(they couldn't have known that yet), and the bullet found with Governor Connely was fired from the same gun(they couldn't have know that yet), and he worked at the book depository. Not only that, the story was circulated so fast, it was as if it had been written before the crime! Why were the interviews with the eyewitnesses and the doctors who attended the President not shared with us at the time? And not the least importantly, it was clear from the Zapruder film that the first shot came from behind, the next 2 from the front. The doctors on the film also say so.
This makes me a little angry.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Part 1 details the day and weekend Part 2 ...
Excellent
Part 1 details the day and weekend
Part 2 details the time since.
Offers no answers, gives a fair shake at most opinions and captures the effect on our... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Peter Geoghegan
5.0 out of 5 stars Riveting and great story
As a lover of history, this is in my top 5 of history films that I have seen in the last few years..... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Joshua W
4.0 out of 5 stars Its informative if you haven't researched the topic as indepth ...
Its informative if you haven't researched the topic as indepth as I have and I feel the average person would find it interesting
Published 28 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good historical review of the events of Nov, 1963
Film and video footage from Nov. 22-25, 1963 show local newscasters, reporters as they cover the murders of Kennedy, Tippit, and Oswald. There is some national coverage. Read more
Published 1 month ago by B. Clarke
1.0 out of 5 stars boring
t wasn't as interesting as I thought it would be. It was so dull I ended up stopping it and never finished it.
Published 1 month ago by iiwii
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD
I enjoy the history and the DVD of Pres. John F. Kennedy always been interested in it and to this day I wish he was our president now thank you
Published 2 months ago by Maria Mccall
3.0 out of 5 stars Although more that 3 shots, Some historical filmf I've never seen...
As noted elsewhere, the title might disappoint or confuse the researcher or those who are aware that it wasn't just three shots, but don't let this stop you from looking at this. Read more
Published 2 months ago by James McDonald
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Accurate and Compelling
This brought back the compelling events I experienced at age 13 during those dark days of November, 1963. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ken G
5.0 out of 5 stars A great video documentary
This documentary provides news footage, some of which I have never seen before and presents it in a very consise, ,orderly manner without narration that gives the viewer a sense of... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Stephen A. Leslie
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing but With Some Value
This is a difficult documentary to review. On the one hand, I appreciate the opportunity to see so many clips that occurred at the time. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Elisa 20
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