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Tesla: Master of Lightning (2007)

Stacy Keach , Elisabeth Noone , Robert Uth  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Stacy Keach, Elisabeth Noone
  • Directors: Robert Uth
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: PBS
  • DVD Release Date: November 13, 2007
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000VWZ0LG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,468 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This program recounts the life of scientist, inventor, and visionary Nikola Tesla, often remembered as more of an eccentric cult figure than an electrical engineering genius. Many of his achievements are still attributed to contemporaries Thomas Edison and Guglielmo Marconi. Tesla's surprising inventions are revealed in his autobiographical and scientific writings, supplemented by rare photographs and re-creations.

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66 of 66 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I picked up this documentary because I got really interested in Tesla after watching "The Prestige" starring Christian Bale and Hugh Jackman. I suspect I'm one of many that fall into this category. I mean, I knew who Tesla was prior to seeing the movie, but I realized that outside of the Tesla Coil, I really didn't know much else about the man. So I took it upon myself to do a little research, I picked up this DVD and picked up a biography by Margaret Cheney (who actually is interviewed on this DVD to my surprise!). I'm a little over half done the biography as I'm writing this.

Anyway, this documentary was put out by PBS and I've been quite pleased with their documentaries and television shows in the past, so I didn't feel I had anything to worry about in terms of quality. I was quite correct for the most part. It's really not a very light hearted documentary and I would say it's even a bit dry at times. However, the content is very fascinating and tells you all the major things you need to know about this phenomenal inventor. Basically we would be dealing with a lot of power issues today if it wasn't for Tesla's alternating current. Usually in the United States (at least while I was in school) everyone talks about Thomas Edison and all his amazing accomplishments, but there are very few who mention Tesla, whom essentially enabled the world TO be lit with Edison's invention.

The documentary takes us from Tesla's humble beginnings in Serbia and his rising interest in engineering during the industrial explosion in the late 1800's. The documentary goes into detail on all his major accomplishments and some of the controversies he had to deal with. It touches on the war of the currents between Direct Current and Alternating Current.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Detailed & Entertaining! April 17, 2008
I've only recently been gaining an interest in Nikola Tesla but after reading his autobiography I ordered this on a whim and really enjoyed it! It is a long dvd but since the subject matter is so intriguing I didn't mind. The photographs and voice overs are really well done and not at all cheesy as may be the case with some documentaries. I watched it with my boyfriend's 10 yr. old daughter (pretty sharp for her age!) who was excited to learn about Tesla's impact on our civilization today & was curious as to why she wasn't learning more about him in school. I'd like to know the answer to that myself! He harnassed the power of Niagara Falls, invented the alternating current giving us the ability to transmit electricity over great distances, gave us the fundamentals of computer and missile science...and had an eccentric, interesting personality to boot. He mingled with the likes of Mark Twain, William K. Vanderbilt, J.P.Morgan, and Thomas Edison. I highly recommend this dvd for anyone who gets excited about amazing inventions (that work), science, the utoptian dream and conspiracy theories!
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An accurate account of the fascinating life of a genius January 27, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
I have read many accounts of Nikola Tesla, his life's story, inventions, and sad demise of an amazing inventor, visionary, and genius. This PBS documentary is excellent and I recommend it highly to schools to teach the TRUTH, and the true inventor of radio.
This documentary covers from birth to death of Nikola Tesla, and accurately portrays much of what I have read, and even more obscure facts on the man.
The video goes beyond the death of Tesla and explains the everyday appliances around us sprung forth from the inventive mind of this man. His "death ray" is also examined and a good discussion of particle beam weaponry follows. Reagan's Star Wars program is also discussed, along with HAARP, the super secret microwave array in a remote part of Alaska.
Tesla was truly a man who knew the secrets of electricity, some of his concepts some are only really beginning to understand. His thoughts on capturing free energy and transmitting it around the world was truly a humanitrian concept and the video explains how he was stopped by greedy capitalists and how he died a penniless man. His work continues to live through us all that are touched by wireless communications, electrical devices Tesla invented, and the fascination with resonance, a key to unlock the very secrets of nature's electric dynamo - the earth itself.
I only regret this movie lasted only 90 minutes. I wished it had talked about his electric car, although they showed him in the vehicle, they didn't really talk about it.
Get the video, you'll not be disappointed in this fascinating man!
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TESLA! June 21, 2009
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Wow! What a life...what a video! After you watch this, you will realize this man, NOT Edison, is the great inventor of the 20th century. As you click the remote control on your TV to change channels, you'll always think of TESLA!
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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE GENIUS OF TESLA January 30, 2001
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
This PBS Home Video, about 90 minutes in length, does a wonderful job of conveying the genius that was Nikola Tesla. This is the best and most well balanced video I've seen on the life and accomplishments of America's premier underrated scientist/inventor. Watch this tape and then look around your house. You'll be amazed in the ways in which Tesla impacts our everyday lives. It'a about time that he receives the overdue recognition he so richly deserves. Not to be missed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I thought I knew all about Tesla until I read this.
I have always been fascinated with Tesla and jumped at the chance to read another book about him. The book was well written and revealed several facts about Tesla that I was not... Read more
Published 1 day ago by WireTwister
5.0 out of 5 stars Tesla: Master of Lightning
I'm not a reviewer usually, but this was a great movie, well done and very educational. I am so glad I watched it.
Published 11 days ago by Jane E. Scott/Guns and Diamonds
5.0 out of 5 stars Tesla: Master of Lightning - Great Man and victim of a corrupt...
I rated this documentary as a 5 because this story needs to be told. For too long we've been lied to about so many things for the protection of the greedy Corporate Fascism that... Read more
Published 11 days ago by mctacet
4.0 out of 5 stars Get A Chance to Meet Tesla
This movie is very good for the type it is meant to be. If you have bio and documentary interest about Tesla this movie is for you!
Published 13 days ago by Vern J. Sowers
5.0 out of 5 stars EnLIGHTENING
Need some inspiration? Look no further! Wonderful to learn from such a revolutionary. I wonder what could of been made possible had he known how to protect his works by being more... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Tyler Seeger
5.0 out of 5 stars Tesla: The Electric Powerhouse
I 'm not really sure how this became a suggestion on my "to watch" list, but when I saw it, I was immediately interested. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Steven Pritchard
5.0 out of 5 stars tesla
we found this very informative and interesting. it feels like an unbiased story of this genus from his birth to death, his more than impressive creations that provide so much we... Read more
Published 21 days ago by A. St Aoro
5.0 out of 5 stars A known great Man.
a must see for anyone who cares of our future. tesla was a great inventor. the eorld would have been a better place if things went diferent for him.
Published 25 days ago by Javier A Cerda
5.0 out of 5 stars No one more important to our success as a nation
This documentary is an excellent and fair accounting of Tesla's genius, contributions and eccentricities. It never gets boring. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ejel
5.0 out of 5 stars Sad story, great documentary.
We owe Mr. Tesla many inventions. Many we are enyoing and much more we didn't enyoy yet. He deserve a Nobel Price.
Published 1 month ago by Ramon Nunez
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