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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PBS (Direct)
  • DVD Release Date: April 22, 2014
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00HUAH02O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,624 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By brian komyathy VINE VOICE on May 11, 2014
This Ken Burns documentary is about a small school in Vermont that seeks to educate boys (11-17) with language-based learning disabilities. The Gettysburg Address is employed at this school as a challenge to learn, as a means to get students to deal with public speaking, and as an idea of new beginnings. Students begin trying to memorize it at the beginning of the school year and in February the school throws a gala social function where parents come to see their children (it is primarily a boarding school, which costs $65,000 a year to attend) recite `The Address' before everyone and compete for who does it the best. Everyone who succeeds without mistakes, however, gets a school commemorative coin as a token of their development.

Most of this video focuses on the students learning the vocabulary of the speech and the meaning behind it, as well as much video of their playing in the Vermont snow, paling around with one another, interacting with teachers in class and playing music.

Why so employ the Gettysburg Address? I will use the words of one student named Ian: "When you are angry it is never good but when you have grit and perseverance, you can get through stuff a lot more. This year I'm reciting the Gettysburg and that's huge for me. It just tells people that I'm not stupid. I'm not dumb, I'm not, like, worthless. Every kid that has been bullied excessively, their life is a battlefield and every time you're shot down, you just get---you try to get right back up, but then they just keep shooting you and shooting you. When you're down for the count, either a devil cries and you're done, or the angels sing, they lift you up, they heal you. I want to go up there, I want to nail it, I want to get off, I want to shake [teacher] Stewart's hand and I want to get that coin.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Bill on September 27, 2014
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I start with full disclosure: I am a fan of Ken Burns and his work. I was therefore amazed to see this pop up when I was actually working to order "The Roosevelts". As noted by other reviewers, I've no idea how I'd never heard of it before!

If you are an educator, you must experience this film! If you are a believer in the human spirit you must see this film! It is very different from what you'd expect of Ken Burns in one way: it is not about the artful presentation of zooms or pans of vintage photos accompanied by masterful script and narration: it is live video, and the participants tell the story.

It is exactly like many of Ken Burn's works in the most important ways. This is a film of the highest quality. It enlightens you, you experience the struggles of others, you are lifted up and at the end of it all you gently exhale while breathing on word:

"Wow".
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pepper on July 1, 2014
This is a very special documentary about a real life school in Vermont where the main focus of the students is learning to recite the Gettysburg Address. It is incredibly touching, and really grabbed me. The camera follows various students along their struggles and successes. I was surprised at how this film touched me. So even though I saw in on public television, I just had to order it.
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This is a truly amazing documentary about a group of academically challenged students who have to learn the Gettysburg Address and to recite it in front of students, faculty and parents. It is an example of how students with learning disabilities (in some cases multiple disabilities) can overcome and truly shine.You also get a chance to remember & perhaps relearn one of the greatest speeches of all time! I strongly advise everyone to view this amazing video.
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By D'Jai on October 18, 2014
Ken Burns' production are always done well. This was a gift for my husband who is a history buff. I highly recommend this DVD.
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By Dedicated on October 12, 2014
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Every parent should see this video. It speaks to the self-worth of every child.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Intamusic Imports on May 17, 2014
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This DVD is a real good look at what can be achieved when working on a small scale with a group of challenged people. We'll done
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