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Promised Land [VHS] (1995)

Morgan Freeman , Edmund Coulthard , Nick Godwin  |  NR |  VHS Tape
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Morgan Freeman
  • Directors: Edmund Coulthard, Nick Godwin
  • Writers: Mark Hayhurst
  • Producers: Anthony Geffen, Nancy LeBrun, Roy Davies
  • Format: Box set, Black & White, Color, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 3
  • Studio: Discovery Channel
  • VHS Release Date: March 17, 1998
  • Run Time: 270 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6304881932
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #464,382 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
I had this documentary on VHS, but now since VHS is about as relevant
as horse & buggy whips, I think it's long overdue for it to be released to DVD!!
Morgan Freeman narrates well throughout, but the real stars are the actual people
who grew up as sharecroppers sons and daughters, or preachers kids, etc.,
in Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Tennessee and Louisiana during the harsh
Jim Crow era in America when blacks were grossly mistreated, disenfranchised,
lynched at random, and systematically stomped into the ground by a harsh racist
regime which had been in place in the south since the late 18th Century.
Even though the Civil War had been fought and won by the north, and there had
been a brief and begrudging experimental "Reconstruction" period where certain
lackluster efforts were made to give the freed slaves certain rights of full U.S.
citizenship, the evil forces to crush the hopes and aspirations of black people
in the south were full on at work, and by the 1890's the Jim Crow Era was in full effect!
This era would last for nearly 75 yrs until the heroic events of the civil rights
era broke those hideous chains once and for all! (-:
From around 1910 to roughly 1947, there was a "great migration" of
poor blacks from the south who packed up their meager belongings and left everything
to escape the crushing tyranny and racial hatred which had held them in bondage & terror.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Please issue a DVD of this excellent series! July 30, 2011
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
After I read Isabel Wilkerson's excellent recounting of the Great Migration, "The Warmth of Other Suns", I wanted again to view this 1995 documentary. Fortunately, I have the VHS tapes and a VHS player. It is as excellent, thorough and relevant as it was when first aired. While the focus is primarily on the exodus from Mississippi to Chicago, the experiences are relevant to almost anywhere. As the daughter of well-educated parents who left Mississippi for a small town in Michigan, I can attest to the soul crunching experience they were fleeing. it would be important to expose this detailed documentary to a new generation of people who have absolutely no understanding of the legacy of systematic segregation and discrimination in this country.

Surely someone can obtain the rights to update the format for viewing this must-see series!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
I was very much pleased with this video and had prior knowledge of its contents. Having seen Promised Land before, I wanted to own a copy for my grand children and was delighted to finally find that Amazon carried it after I had searched through so many other sources! I only wish that it came in the DCD.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
Please put the documentary on DVD, no one want to look at VHS any more and the quality of DVD is much better, and why can't more older documentaries be on DVD. if it was crap it would have been on DVD.
Seems no more Black History documentaries don't show anymore and I love seeing those and if it was'nt for Ted Turner and PBS, and the Discovery Channel a lot of Blacks and even Whites would'nt know this informative information
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD Please February 10, 2012
By Chicago
Format:VHS Tape
I remember waiting for February to come so I could watch this. They only showed it during Black History Month. Our PBS channel was the only station that showed it. Lucky for me I taped it before they stopped showing it. 2 years ago I saw the VHS on Amazon and bought it. I have continued to wait for it to come on DVD

It is an amazing depiction of the Great Migration and is just as relevant today as it was then. It is a shame that this great work of truth has been overlooked.

To the power's that be please release this great work of art on DVD.
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