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my favorite of the Reagan DVDs......
on February 1, 2011
I picked this up at Best Buy for 14.99 today..and once I put it in the player couldn't stop watching. I find this to be my favorite of all the Reagan DVDs on the market and I've seen them all. Most are either too broken up into sections with full speeches and such as chapters or bonus features. They just don't really play as a "story" with the sense that somebody ,well a real film maker, put the bits and pieces and story together to make it feel less like a science exhibit and more the story of a person who deeply loved this country and led it through some amazing times.
I didn't vote for Reagan ( I can barely believe I voted for Carter and Mondale)...but with time and education I realize where I didn't understand Reagan at the time and my lifetime as a Democrat didn't allow for any options other than the ones they presented...but I digress. I just wanted to say that I'm not a lifetime Reagan fan foaming over another tribute but a skeptic who enjoys historical documentaries. This opens with Reagan's farewell speech and then goes back to his days running for governor of California during the Vietnam war...and features just the right amount of vintage historical clips and Reagan clips.
A very enjoyable viewing...I'm sure I'll watch it again. At an hour and forty minutes it is much better than the one hour docs which don't really have enough meat and better than the pedantic and often boring DVDs of several hour length which are better suited to be divided up into sections and used in history classes than watching in a living room....This just hits the spot as the perfect blend of history and entertainment...but it never lapses into pandering and it doesn't drip with sugar towards its subject either.