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Out of Ireland (Two-Disc DVD/CD Combo) (2009)

Gabriel Byrne , Brenda Fricker , Paul Wagner  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Gabriel Byrne, Brenda Fricker, Kelly McGillis, Liam Neeson, Aidan Quinn
  • Directors: Paul Wagner
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Shanachie
  • DVD Release Date: March 10, 2009
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001OBBRYW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #317,557 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This new deluxe edition features a DVD of the acclaimed documentary along with a counterpart CD originally released in 1995, but long since out of print and a 32 page booklet drawn from the likewise out of print book of the same name.

The documentary charts the mass exodus of 7 million Irish men and women from the famine-swept villages of 19th century Ireland to the industrialized cities of America. Narrated by Kelly McGillis, this poignant and elegant production personalizes the transatlantic journey by focusing on the lives of eight specific immigrants. Letters they wrote home to Ireland describing their experiences in America are read by Liam Nelson, Gabriel Byrne and Aidan Quinn.

The accompanying CD features many of America's most famous Irish musicians like Seamus Egan, Mick Moloney, Eileen Ivers and many more.


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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent historical overview February 4, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
The video "Out of Ireland" narrated by Kelly McGills presents a very informative and an excellent historical overview of the experiences of the Irish in both the United States and Ireland. The story makes an extensive overview of the good and bad events surrounding the lives of Irish Americans beginning with the Battle of the Boyne and culmunating with an examination of Irish men and women who braved the trip over on not very sea worthy ships to start a new life in America. Every aspect is examined in detail with the use of top Irish and Irish American historians, some of which are unfortunately no longer with us. This tape would be an excellent addition to any library and would be an excellent learning tool to use in American, World, or Cultural Geography course.
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61 of 73 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent History Of the Irish in America September 2, 1999
Format:DVD
The journey of Irish men and women forced from their own homeland to avoid starvation, religious discrimination and slavery by the British. Even when arriving to America they were treated as second class citizens and forced to fight in Lincolns' dirty little war. It's the story how an uneducated group of people who were once slaves, helped build a great nation, ran major cities built great canals and populated the country side. It's a must for any Irishman Or woman to pass down to their children to keep the history of the green alive. Also pick up the soundtrack to this DVD it's great too.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT DVD December 15, 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I purchased this dvd after reading the book to get a further understanding of it all. I had a personal interest and chose the topic "irish emigration" for a research paper for a college sociology class. I must say it is put together very well and crammed with a chock full of information. The letters sent home from immigrants expressing their own personal experiences in America give it a nice, personal touch. I enjoyed this dvd very much. Anyone who has an interest or research need should not hesitate to purchase this item, it will be very useful. I read one review about a teacher who was disappointed her 5,6,7 year old students found it boring. I must say this is a mature material. I dont know of any small children who would find the history of Ireland or emigration interesting so i say the fault was on her. A+ rating.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very informative January 22, 2013
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I learned a lot about the native country of my ancestors which I was not aware of. It is very informative and interesting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars evocative and informative January 14, 2013
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It is a moving account of the waves of Irish emmigration since the 1700s until present time and the impact the Irish have had especially in America. I found it a fascinating overview of the history of the diaspora.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent November 16, 2012
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After traveling to Ireland this fall with my two daughters and three grandchildren to see the land of my ancestors, I wanted to learn more about the reasons for leaving this beautiful land. This is a very well done documentary regarding the subject. They have taken actual letters of emigrants who left for various reasons. Then they followed up with what happened to each. I was very impressed with this DVD. I recommend it to all who are interested in the subject. There is a companion book available also of the same title. I purchased it and would also recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice compact historical perspective September 10, 2012
By Maureen
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Was very informative. Inclusion of authentic family photos and correspondance made it more interesting. When the actors read the letters it had the feel of one sitting listening to the story from the writer themselves. Would highly recommend this DVD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Out of Ireland May 5, 2011
By Rolls
Format:DVD
Very informative. Filled in a lot of gaps in my knowledge of Ireland's history. I plan to share it with my Irish relatives.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Interesting. Lots of facts
Published 1 month ago by Beverly H Drye
4.0 out of 5 stars I really liked it. But the sadness of the emigration stayed ...
Fantastically informative. I really liked it. But the sadness of the emigration stayed with me for a long time after viewing.
Published 2 months ago by Ellen C. Dailey
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Very educational.
Published 2 months ago by Dianne Kirkpatrick
5.0 out of 5 stars I highly recommend it.
For history buffs, friends of Ireland, or those who are part of the Irish diaspora, this documentary will fill in many of the blanks with not only information, but with visuals. Read more
Published 2 months ago by William Roddy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Overview of Irish diaspora
Great Overview of Irish diaspora and the people of Ireland. Highly recommend this to anyone of Irish descent or doing Irish History
Published 5 months ago by dzigner
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for College Immigration class
It's kind of long, but a great history. Shows Irish side of famine migration, which is often ignored in US classes.
Published 6 months ago by MonaXTC
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous
Historically interesting. The amount of information in this documentary is amazing. I have seen this at least 3 times on channel 2 and online. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kevin J. Ronan
4.0 out of 5 stars A must for anyone of Irish descent.
Being first generation American of 100% Irish descent I really enjoy historical accounts of the Irish coming to America. Read more
Published 9 months ago by KMDEVA
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Documentary
This documentary had a ton of information, coupled with great narration and photos. Would definitely recommend to anyone who is curious about his or her Irish heritage or simply... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Kerri Coons
5.0 out of 5 stars great story
good dvd, I saw this on TV and wanted to have a copy for myself. I think it was great
Published 14 months ago by Nancy Herrell
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