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TESTIMONY OF TWO MEN
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
TOP 50 REVIEWERon December 22, 2012
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FINALLY on DVD after 36 years. This restoration of the 36-year chronicle of Taylor Caldwell's film-adapted Post-Civil War story arrives in as good a screen quality and enthralling script captivation as "Roots." Both originated in 1977. One can also compare it to "The Forsyte Sage" or "The Kent Chronicles." A must view for historical drama fans. A nostalgic look at 21 star actors of the 70s.

This landmark production (filmed in 54 days) is perfection in detail of sets, props, costumes - and scandal. "Testimony of Two Men" begins in 1864, a war battle. Civil War Dr. Eaton (Steve Forrest) returns to find his fiancée (Barbara Parkins- `Peyton Place') wedding Adrian Ferrier (William Shatner). Lust lingers amid all types of circumstances in the PA town of Hambledon, Philadelphia, and the world of new medical practice amid a local hospital. One could almost rename it Peyton Hambledon Place.

Dr. Hedler (Tom Bosley) often narrates memories throughout this near 5 hour fast-paced, action-filled, suspense and romantic drama. It feels contemporary, probably deserving a PG-13 rating for violence and relational situations, as the 1800s era possessed. Adrian's son, Dr. Jon Ferrier (David Birney) is one of the two men in the title that offers testimony. He is admirable in that lead role, something that can be said for a significant number.
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Dr. Spalding (Ralph Bellamy) is a `dirty' surgeon. Randolph Mantooth plays a priest, Ray Milland a tough munitions manufacturer, and Cameron Mitchell a lawyer. Plenty of beautiful ladies too. Margaret O'Brien, Joan Van Ark, Kathleen Nolan, Devon Ericson, Laurie Prange, & Linda Purl all become wives, lovers, and/or even ladies-of-the-evening.

SUBTITLES added for all 3 episodes. Disc 1, 1864-1899. Disc 2, New Years 1900 to 4th of July `01. Disc 3, begins July 5, 1901. Expect a desire to watch them all in one setting. And more than once. Baby Boomers will enjoy seeing this mini-series once again. Younger viewers will be impressed.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 27, 2013
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It has always been one of my favorite books and this miniseries did a wonderful job of capturing the spirit of the story and the struggle between the beginning of the more modern age of medicine over the old hacks who took pride in their dirty scalpels and saws. I was so happy to finally be able to see the miniseries again. Now if you'd only get Amerika with Kris Kristoffersen!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 11, 2013
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I have always loved the story and was thrilled when Amazon got it. The quality was good all things considered. I would recommend this to anyone looking for an heroic lead character and strong story
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 15, 2013
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What a DVD. This was when actors had talent and could deliver a performance. a TOP NOTCH cast and costuming, acting and a lot of outdoor sets are spectacular! I am soooo glad I bought this DVD
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 4, 2013
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It on tv many years ago, and wanted on DVD but it was out of print, so glad that they have it on DVD I have already put my order in!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 18, 2013
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I give this 5 stars despite a few imperfections in the video that couldn't be removed during the restoration. However, they were very minimal and didn't really bother me at all. I thoroughly enjoyed this miniseries all over again! A great story and a host of talented actors made this special and one of my all-time favorites. I highly recommend it! About time they were able to put this on DVD!

Nadine A.
Boynton Beach, FL
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 11, 2013
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The only downside to this 3 part mini-series is the video quality. It was done in the late 1970s when HD was still a pipe dream. The quality of the sets and costumes would be much more to behold if the video stock were in better shape. Still a great story, well put together for screen, and even with the lower quality video, beautifully done.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 3, 2012
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I've been waiting for years for one of the first miniseries to come out to finally be released on DVD. I have only seen it on a bootleg VHS years ago in college and it is still better than most other miniseries that have been released way before now.

Wish I could have it for Christmas, but I can wait two more months.

Thank you.

Kathryn
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 3, 2014
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I have seen this before in the late 70s. But it is such a good story. Glad it was put on dvd. Its one of my all time favorite. It's got a little of everything in it. Love, hate, history, politics, passion, betrayal, medical history. Love it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 27, 2014
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The movie is great. The quality is good except for an occasional glitch in the movie, which you are warned about when you purchase. Not bad for putting an old movie on a modern disc.
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