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Take a trip back through some of the most tumultuous events in American history with the venerable Mr. Murrow, from Joe McCarthy's witch hunts to rare interviews with Frank Sinatra, Marilyn Monroe and many others. 4 DVDs. 2005/color/6 hrs., 30 min/NR/fullscreen.
A towering figure in radio and television, Edward R. Murrow is a name still whispered in reverent tones. He established the standards for broadcast journalists, and, when television was in its infancy, brought hard-hitting investigating reporting to prime time. In his inaugural broadcast of the seminal news magazine series, See It Now, a television version of his radio series Hear It Now, Murrow spoke of the new medium's potential to "illuminate and explain." He recognized the importance of television, and shared his hopes "to use it, and not abuse it." The Edward R. Murrow Collection is eloquent testimony to Murrow's impeccable legacy. The first disc, This Reporter, is Murrow 101, with highlights from his legendary career and praise from the likes of Ted Koppel, Barbara Walters and a pre-Memogate Dan Rather. The Best of "See It Now" offers a representative sampling of some of this series' finest hours. The technology may be primitive (that inaugural broadcast featured the then-unprecedented miracle of a live coast-to-coast transmission, with twin images of New York's Brooklyn Bridge and San Francisco's Golden Gate), but the stories remain compelling. Among them: race relations from the perspective two southern small towns; a Christmas visit with American soldiers in Korea; profiles of Louis Armstrong and artist Grandma Moses; and flying into the eye of a hurricane.
The McCarthy Years chronicles the fall of a demagogue. In these dramatic and controversial broadcasts, Murrow used McCarthy's own words to expose his reckless abuse of power, and, in the story of disgraced Air Force lieutenant Milo Radulovich, put a human face on the "epidemic of fear" that was McCarthyism. The final disc contains Harvest of Shame, a television benchmark. Broadcast the day after Thanksgiving, this "1960 Grapes of Wrath" exposed the agonizing plight of migrant farm workers. "We used to own our slaves," one farmer is quoted. "Now we just rent them." This indispensable set will hopefully serve as inspiration for budding journalists, and a reality check for network news executives. --Donald Liebenson
This was the perfect gift for our son who is into Retro TV and movies. He was thrilled with his birthday gift.Published on June 14, 2013 by Kathleen B. Isert
My wife, who is a journalism instructor at a University has found this collection an excellent source for giving her students a look at the man who could be considered the father... Read morePublished on December 6, 2012 by Norris Klesman
When something is described as like new or mint, I take it to mean that it is indistinguishable from a new copy and I could give it as a gift without embarrassment. Read morePublished on August 17, 2012 by D. Goldstein
Grandma Moses' interview in the "Two American Originals" segment in the "See It Now" disk could have been historic, but important substance from the full produced interview by... Read morePublished on December 6, 2011 by Fan of Murrow and Moses