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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: 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: Questar
  • DVD Release Date: February 4, 2003
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008J2GF
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #266,296 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The 1950s brought comedy, politics, the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement and rock n’ roll right into our living rooms through the new medium of television. We saw Lucille Ball develop into a comedy legend; "Ike" become President, Elvis Presley and James Dean capture a generation of young Americans, and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speak to the conscience of America. TV gave us classic satire from Sid Caesar and Steve Allen , and a brash young interviewer named Mike Wallace. This program captures the unique personality of the ‘50s – the decade that set the stage for the development, growth, and change of the rest of the century. You’ll thrill to great ‘50s music from Nat "King" Cole, Liberace, Jerry Lee Lewis, Frank Sinatra, and Elvis Presley. Enjoy debuts by Frankie Avalon, Robert Wagner, The "Peanuts" Gang, Jonathan Winters, and more. You’ll hear from the legends, including James Dean, Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly, Rocky Marciano, Bogart & Bacall, Elizabeth Taylor and Mike Todd. And you’ll roar at the best punch lines of Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca, Jackie Gleason, Steve Allen, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. Extra Features: '50s Vintage Kitsch - Fads and Follies, Newsmakers, Sports Sensations.

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 10, 2003
Format: DVD
This interesting Readers' Digest produced DVD is certainly a novelty. It's not clear who the target audience is - high school history teachers hoping to play this for the kiddies and thus tie up Western Civilization class in a hurry?
Probably baby boomers who were children or teenagers during that decade are meant to watch, as some clips and subtitles are so vague as to only be understood by those who actually lived through the decade.
The DVD is a pastiche of clips from television, news reels and movies of the 1950s, with a cute menu function dressed up to look like a television set with flipping channels. The "channels" are set up like a TV guide listing, allowing you to jump ahead in the clip selection. These clips begin with the wonder of television and progress into one another, vaguely tied together by year (1951 into 1952, etc) and events. The narrator appears too infrequently to tie the material together and ends up as an annoying intrusion. The producers would have been better off simply leaving the informational subtitles noting the year and major events ("1951 - Americans flock to the suburbs in the first "Do it for the kids" decade"). (Funny that, didn't parents make sacrifices for their children in prior decades?) The sole special features here are very weak, simply being a few additional short films on sports and news figures that apparently didn't fit anywhere else. But both the clips on the Harlem Globetrotters and the hijinks of undergraduates are fun to watch.
There is some extremely funny material here - Mike Wallace's interview show is not only sent up by Sid Caesar, hilariously, but Wallace introduces his show by saying, "My name is Mike Wallace - the cigarette is Phillip Morris.
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When I ordered this DVD, I was thinking it would be filled with the fun nostalgia of a happier, by-gone era. It did have some of that, but also had an over-sized helping of the serious and sobering news stories of the day. I wanted to put this DVD in and enjoy an evening of feel-good entertainment, but it didn't deliver.
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By Yoshiko R. on January 10, 2015
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It is not what I expected.
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