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The Mexican-American War

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Abounding in unique archival materials, haunting reenactments, and incredible location footage, THE MEXICAN-AMERICAN WAR definitively narrates the dramatic events that vastly altered the fates of two neighboring nations.


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  • Actors: Oscar De La Hoya
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, 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: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: December 16, 2008
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001IQDARK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,304 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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39 of 45 people found the following review helpful By CGScammell TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 27, 2009
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I am surprised no one has yet written a review of this DVD. Issues with Mexicans are important today as they were in 1846.

A war that started over the perceived border between Texas and Mexico turned into a long and drawn-out war that at the time cost more American lives that all its previous wars to date. The historians interviewed for this documentary were unbiased; we learn about both sides and see history from both points of view.

"President Polk lied!" said one Mexican historian.

What started as a border dispute turned into an invasion of Mexico. Internal fighting in Mexico City caused the Mexican government to withdraw its troops along its northern frontier to fight the growing civil war in the capital. This was the turning point in this war; not even the Mexicans were in accord of how to fight this war against the US.

Although some of the reenactments were cheesy (there were few photographs taken of this war to be used as visuals) maps, quotes from diaries and documents were used to explain this war that took away half of Mexico's landmass and fulfilled the American dream of Manifest Destiny.

For someone who has only picked up American history within the last two years, this documentary opened up many eyes for me. I learn about Los Patricios, Irish-American deserters from the US Army who fought for the Mexican side because the Mexicans were, like the Irish, Catholic and there was much discrimination against the Irish in the 18th through 20th centuries. This is real history, both brutal and unjust but unscripted.

Oscar de la Hoya narrated parts of this documentary. "When I won that Olympic medal I won it for both countries" perhaps explains the importance of US-Mexican relations even for today.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By James J. Varela on June 18, 2010
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This is a good summary of the war and does a fair job explaining the military tactics of the period and the rationale behind then President Polk's ideology of Manifest Destiny. This documentary is not for scholars but still a nice production.
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32 of 40 people found the following review helpful By David Tianen on January 3, 2011
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The Mexican War tends to be a neglected episode in American history which is arguably strange since it so dramatically increased the size of the nation. Unfortunately, I felt that this treatment portrays the conflict simply as a naked land grab on the part of President James Polk. In fact, both sides were looking for a fight and both sides sent troops into disputed territory and the Mexicans fired first. Which certainly delighted Polk. The fact that in 1846 Mexico had the larger army and a strong desire to recapture it's lost Texas province seems to be overlooked. This was not a super power fighting a Third World nation in 1846. Many European military experts expected Mexico to win. Even a war criminal like Santa Anna gets something of a free pass and his crimes at the Alamo and Goliad ten years earlier are not even mentioned. I don't mean to minimize the expansionist thrust of the Polk Administration, but the war was considerably more complicated politically and morally than this documentary would have you believe.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Eric Paddon on March 28, 2013
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This documentary of the Mexican-American War is a vastly one-sided presentation that is far inferior to the PBS one that was made some years earlier, beacuse even though it features some of the same talking heads, here they are less restrained and more biased. What I find offensive is how this presentation is so determined to present us with a shallow sophomoric view of evil America bullying innocent Mexico that it willfully distorts the historical record to do so. And what I find really funny is how Americans are expected to prostrate themselves in a sea of self-flaellation for what they did wrong yet NOT ONCE are Mexicans expected to account for their own actions. They are always allowed to defend stubbornly everything they did and that means whitewashing their own conduct to push this shallow black-white narrative.

Let's start with one talking head who says James K. Polk lied when he presented his declaration of war to Congress over how the Mexicans fired first on American soil. The lie is the one that comes from the talking head's mouth. The case for the American/Texan claim of the Rio Grande border was much stronger than the Mexican claim, and the reason for this is not mentioned once in the film. THE TEXAN WAR OF INDEPENDENCE! Do you ever hear about the critical background of why Texas broke from Mexico? No. Do you ever hear about the butchery and brutality of General Santa Anna? No. Do you ever hear how the Mexicans bullied their President into resigning as a traitor after he warned his countrymen on the foolishness of going to war with the United States? No.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Raquel099 on September 21, 2012
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I liked this video because, I thought, it completed the information I've learned in the other PBS documentary
called "The U.S.- Mexican War" which, by the way, was longer and had a bit more information than this one. They
also consulted renowned professors and researchers in the subject and elaborated more on certain subjects that
the other PBS documentary just skimmed on.

I recommend watching this video because it is very informative, specially if you are interested in finding out about
this conflict or just to know more about the history of these two neighboring nations.
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