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The American Revolution (History Channel) (2005)

 NR |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 26, 2005
  • Run Time: 482 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007TKNOC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,647 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Revisit the birth of a nation in this truly definitive look at America's fight for independence and its world-changing rise to glory. The American Revolution features ten powerful documentaries--more than eight hours of essential programming by THE HISTORY CHANNEL® and A&E on DVD for the first time. From the Declaration of Independence to the Treaty of Paris, these are the stories and events surrounding the remarkable achievements of heroic individuals seized by the epic forces of history. Hear the words of the founding fathers and other key figures, as read by leading actors such as Kelsey Grammar (TV’s Frasier) and Michael Learned (TV’s The Waltons). Thrilling re-enactments of great battles, compelling period images, rare archival material, and commentary by leading historians bring the past vividly alive. Between Bunker Hill and Yorktown, from Ben Franklin's masterful diplomacy to Benedict Arnold's deceit and tragedy, The American Revolution presents a sweeping canvas of historical programming at its comprehensive best.

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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A&E at it's finest July 4, 2005
This DVD, while marketed as a History Channel production, actually dates back to the A&E days, before History Channel went on the air. It reminds me greatly of another A&E documentary I own, the four-tape set on the Titanic Disaster. I was very impressed by the Titanic Disaster special, and even more so by the American Revolution. As a History Major, I was able to watch this with an air of understanding, having already known quite a bit about the revolution, and still went away surprised. The documentary does a good job of showing the preserved battlefields of the Revolution (far less in numbers than those preserved from the Civil War) and does an excellent job of depicting the exciting times, the political struggles, and the men involved in what was the American Revolution. It even had William Daniels portraying the voice of John Adams (Daniels played Adams in the stage and screen adaptations of 1776: the Musical)! If you have even a vague interest in the American Revolution, or just feel patriotic, this is the documentary for you!
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AAA May 8, 2006
This set get a triple A for Accuracy, Authenticity, and Action.
Many reviewers (including Amazon's) state that this is dry or boring. I disagree - in fact, I found it engulfing in the least, as did my 15 year old son, for whom I bought it.
Setting the stage for the reasons behind the Rev War and carrying on through all the major battles, using old paintings, drawings, as well as re-enactors to carry us through, this set pretty much covers the beginnings of our great nation. I don't know what else could have been done, aside from making an actual movie, to have this documentary be more exciting.
This box set of five DVD's also includes separate biographies of three of our Founding Fathers and the most famous traitor in our history.
Although a bit pricey, it is a very well-done high quality narration of the Revolutionary War, bringing my history book to life.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad at all July 9, 2006
I read another review that said that this was a bit dry. I suppose that depends on how interested one is in the subject. From my perspective, this was not dry at all, but my interest level is very high.

Bill Kurtis is the host of this program and he does a good job of setting up what is to be seen and he ends each segment with a good summary and a teaser to see what is coming next.

Sure there were some re-enactment scenes that were repeated, but that didn't adversely impact the subject being talked about at the time. I thought the music was great and I'd like to get a CD just of that, if it exists.

There are many recognizable voices that speak for the characters. I tried to recognize the voice before I read the credits of whose voice depicted which character. I especially liked hearing William Daniels as John Adams, since he played John Adams in the movie version of "1776" and I love that production. This was a reprise, of sorts, for him.

Of the five DVD's that came with the package, only three of them actually depict the revolution. The other two are biographies of Washington, Franklin, Benedict Arnold and Paul Revere.

The bottom line is that this production is informative, educational and entertaining, albeit to different degrees for different people with differing interest levels. I'm sure that for a genuine historian, all of this is old hat, but for me, not a historian, just an interested American in our country's founding, I learned things that I didn't know; what happened at West Point, for example. The production helped me to put into perspective different events and how they related to other events and it cleared up some time lines for me.
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63 of 73 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Attempt is decent, but falls short of expectations. March 17, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
Being a bit of a history buff (disclaimer--I'm not a historian), I've looked for a long time to find good, authoritative information on the Revolutionary period--particularly information in video form. While I enjoy this set, it falls short of what I had expected. While in essence factual (sometimes even obscure facts are presented which keep it interesting), at other times, they miss the point and it is often explained from a purely British perspective. Oftentimes the underlying causes of the Revolution (or specific actions) are not thoroughly explained. It is worth owning, but if you have to pick one set on the subject, I would recommend "Liberty! - The American Revolution (1998)". In my opinion, that series shows the attitude of the combatants in a more comprehensive manner (including the noble and the base qualities of both sides), and is frankly more entertaining. Of course, I'm an American and quite patriotic, so I may be just a tad biased.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A FIRST RATE DOCUMENTARY............... January 11, 2007
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good overall, not great March 28, 2000
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Format:VHS Tape
A good presentation. The information is good, narration by host (Bill Kurtis) is good, guest readers are good and pieces well chosen. My biggest complaint: the re-enactments are dissapointing. They are repetitive, and "small". A major battle often is represented by a handfull of people, often all that's shown is a few marching feet. Of the "big three" series, this one, "Liberty", and "The Revolutionary War" (with Charles Kuralt), I liked Kuralt's the best.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Hoorah for "The American Revolution".
I watched this series every time it came on. It was one of the great classics of the history series before history series became popular. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Kevin W. Dermody
5.0 out of 5 stars Used the dvds on a bus trip with our senior ...
Used the dvds on a bus trip with our senior center (49 people) to Boston, Lexington and Concord. It was well received.
Published 2 months ago by Hugh Deery
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 3 months ago by Donald D. Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Kurtis did a markable amount of research to develop.
I love American history and especially the times and actions of our forefathers. I have read many biographies on the heroes of the revolution and consider myself well versed at... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Nate Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars The soundtrack--a question
This is driving me nuts. There's no listing that I found in the credits, but there's a musical theme, something of a marching theme, that is played throughout--very inspiring;... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Raenelle Fisher
5.0 out of 5 stars "It's a fine day for a foxhunt ... !!" -General George Washington
THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION: ONE NATION'S RISE TO INDEPENDENCE (The History Channel special miniseries, DVD release 2005, 5 discs, approximately 8 hours total programming with 1 hour... Read more
Published on July 31, 2012 by E. Hernandez
4.0 out of 5 stars Great program
I purchased this CD set for many reasons and happy to report that the "Discovery" channel has done a great job on these video's. Read more
Published on May 7, 2009 by Charles Lanham
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive History for All Ages
This is a very well done series of America's foundation history. Presents events factually and in an interesting manner that even your kids will enjoy seeing without realizing... Read more
Published on May 1, 2009 by Sandra Collins
3.0 out of 5 stars Good information presented, but lacks cinematic conviction
If you have seen Washington the Warrior or the Washington's Generals programs, watching this series will be very difficult to follow and will be disappointing. Read more
Published on December 20, 2008 by Tim from Ventura
4.0 out of 5 stars Can't get enough history
I've always found history interesting. These DVDs are worth watching again and again. Very interesting every time
Published on October 12, 2008 by Charles Valenzuela
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