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Modern Marvels - Brooklyn Bridge (History Channel) (A&E DVD Archives)

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Editorial Reviews

The Brooklyn Bridge was not only a landmark but also the first bridge of its kind. No one had ever used steel for construction nor used cables of metal nor built a suspension bridge so long. Until one man dared to try. In 19th-century New York where buildings were no more than five stories tall engineer John Roebling's soaring and majestic Brooklyn Bridge was nothing short of a technological miracle. But Roebling's innovation led to an uphill battle against the elements corrupt politicians and scientists who claimed the first strong wind would collapse the bridge to rubble. THE HISTORY CHANNEL-® presents the thrilling and comprehensive story of "the eighth wonder of the world." Witness moving firsthand accounts interviews with experts and extensive footage that explores the many trials and disasters that plagued Roebling's masterpiece-and ultimately cost him his life. DVD Features: Interactive Menus; Scene Selection


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Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 26, 2005
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007WFUBU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,873 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By design student on December 25, 2007
Format: DVD
I saw this on the history channel- twice! I loved it so much
that I thought about it hours after I had seen it. You cannot
imagine the pain and suffering and hard work that went into
building this bridge at a time that there was no technology
like we have today. This bridge was built on pure mathematics.
and assumptions that "in theory, it should work!"
Worth watching - twice!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Eric B. Gordon on January 27, 2009
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This is a special on the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge which I didn't catch until approximately twelve years after it was produced (in 1995). When first I saw it, I was trying not to expect anything, what with my loyalty to the 1981 documentary by Ken Burns (his first ever). However, I did find this one a highly enjoyable documentary, informative and including plenty of common ties with the earlier special, plus some other nuggets of information (such as the role the Brooklyn Bridge played in the merger of the 5 Boroughs).

I only give it four stars out of five, because I do feel the conveyance of historical accounts worked better with the dramatic role-playing of the earlier bridge documentary (Paul Roebling, Arthur Miller, etc). However, the historians' interviews and the one with Kristian Roebling do give the depiction of the saga a great, human element. (Kristian is a descendent of John A. Roebling (the bridge designer) and his son, Washington A. Roebling (the builder).)
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By BTDL on February 27, 2007
Format: DVD
This is a very excellent sorce for home schooling . We need to have rewards sometimes and this is a perfect opportunity to have a history lesson in action. Please consider how the effects of the movie will drive home the history of our nation.
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This was really good. I watched it after seeing the 1981 Ken Burns's America: Brooklyn Bridge.

While this Modern Marvels program lacks the human drama, and artistic feel, of Burns's program, you will see more detail of the bridge construction in this one.

The detail is not better done than in Burns' work, but there is more of it, and this topic demands a good bit of detail on how the 8th Wonder was put there!

I recommend that you view both, and view the Burns film first. I agree that narrator Earl Boen sounds a bit like a TV game show host, or, Paul Harvey.
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By G. Crowder on January 27, 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I first became interested in the Brooklyn Bridge from having watched part of a presentation on the History Channel. The building of the Brooklyn Bridge was an amazing feat considering the equipment available to workers more than 120 years ago.
I read the book "The Brooklyn Bridge" first and then bought and watched the DVD. The combination of having read the book and then watching the DVD made it all come alive with the characters and time. The DVD is a fantastic presentation of the design and building of the Brooklyn Bridge.
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