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The Presidents (2012)

Edward Herrmann , The History Channel  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Edward Herrmann
  • Directors: The History Channel
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Black & White, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: April 17, 2012
  • Run Time: 407 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006J6CED0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,774 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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THE PRESIDENTS is an unprecedented eight-part survey of the personal lives and legacies of the remarkable men who have presided over the Oval Office. This highly acclaimed collection now includes a special BIOGRAPHY of President Barack Obama.

From 1789 to today, THE PRESIDENTS collection gathers together vivid snapshots of all Commanders in Chief who have guided America throughout its history - their powerful personalities, weaknesses, and major achievements or historical insignificance. Based on the book To the Best of My Ability, edited by Pulitzer Prize-winner James McPherson, THE PRESIDENTS features rare and unseen photographs and footage, unexpected insight and trivia from journalists, scholars, and politicians such as Walter Cronkite, David Brinkley, Wesley Clark, Bob Dole, and former President Jimmy Carter. Viewed within the changing contexts of each administration, the Presidency has never seemed more compelling and human.

Narrated by Edward Herrmann, this four-DVD set is a proud addition to the award-winning documentary tradition of HISTORY.

Special Features:

  • "Barack Obama" episode of BIOGRAPHY
  • Feature-length Documentary "All The Presidents' Wives"
  • Timeline of U.S. Presidents

DISC 1: The Presidents, Volume 1 - Part 1: 1789-1825 / Part 2: 1825-1849 / Part 3: 1849-1865

DISC 2: The Presidents, Volume 2 - Part 4: 1865-1885 / Part 5: 1885-1913 / Part 6: 1913-1945

DISC 3: The Presidents, Volume 3 - Part 7: 1945-1977 / Part 8: 1977-Present / Bonus

DISC 4: Biography: Barack Obama

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative November 11, 2012
By melanie
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This is by far one of the best put together informative cover most of the basics and a few of the just for fun facts without getting overly toward one side or the other. Would absolutelly recommend it for people who wanna know about the presidents and not get bogged down by too much stuff.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent history, but with evident left-wing bias January 4, 2014
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This is a chronological history of the US presidents from the original George W. up to George W. Bush's 2004 re-election. Each episode features about 5 or 6 mini-biographies and a summary of each president's time in office (very little of his time before or after the presidency). In nearly every case, the producers try to show some positive as well as some negative of each, creating a relatively balanced portrait in most cases.

Beginning with Nixon, however, a left-wing bias becomes rather obvious. Of course, fair evaluation of Nixon's schizoid presidency (spectacular achievements as well as monumental failures) is a tricky act, and must end on a negative note because of how the presidency itself ended. Thus, reviews of Nixon are almost always harsh, and perhaps rightly so. Nonetheless, this depiction seems to be harsher than most. The brief Ford interlude gets somewhat of a pass, although there's the inevitable focus on Ford's physical clumsiness at the expense of his efforts to heal the nation after Watergate. The producers then write a love letter to Jimmy Carter, completely overlooking his penchant for micromanagement and how he was totally outclassed in the presidency, before moving onto Ronald Reagan. Reagan is *twice* introduced as a "former movie actor." Fair enough -- but there is NO mention of the fact that he was a moderately successful 2-term governor of the nation's largest state during a difficult time prior to the presidency (even Jimmy Carter is recognized as the former 1-term governor of a small southern state).

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Presidents to the point January 21, 2013
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I really like this series because it captures the essence of each president to the point. As most of us should know, 7th or 8th graders have a very short attention span and this film is great because each segment (president) is about 15 to 20 minutes, just enough time before you lose them.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great overall anecdotal of our leading Fathers March 12, 2013
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This has some great information in a sound bite type format. In other words, if you are looking for an exhaustive film on our presidents, this is not it! However, if you want about a 20 min. synopsis of each our presidents with little known trivia, this is your film.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy tutorial November 22, 2012
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A great streamlined version of biographies for every one of our presidents. I disagree with some of the analysis but thats what makes it fun.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still watching... March 5, 2013
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It gives a nice thumbnail sketch of each President that is helpful. As always I like Edward Herrman as narrator. All in all I rather prefer the Guideline to the Presidents recently presented and look forward to that when it is available in May.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My 7 year old loves it! February 24, 2013
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We bought this for our first grader because he is interested in history and presidents. The segments are short enough that we can watch 1-2 at a time and it gives him enough information without be overwhelming. My husband and I have enjoyed learning little known facts as well. Very well done series!!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent history review February 26, 2013
By Steve
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This is one of the best selection in the History Channel. I found out 26 presidents were lawyers. But six of them did not graduate college. It was possible to become a lawyer without college education in the 19th century.
We can understand why Washington, Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt are rated three best presidents.
Jefferson,Wilson and Teddy Roosevelt are the next three highly rated presidents.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Good if you only want the basics of the Presidents' administrations.
This gives a good short insight to almost all of the Presidents of The united states' administrations.
Published 7 days ago by Robert Faust
4.0 out of 5 stars Its sad to see validation that B Hussein Obama is considered ...
Its sad to see validation that B Hussein Obama is considered to be a modern US President. He should be jailed.
Published 11 days ago by Zulu Warrior
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent as a review
There is no better ladder to hang history of the U. S. on than the terms of the nation's presidents. This is no substitute for reading multiple books on history of the U. S. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gil L. Lawton
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this dvd set!!!!!!
well I have enjoyed presidents till the being of school. i would love to become the president!! this is a amazing set :)
Published 2 months ago by This game could have been better but it is fun
5.0 out of 5 stars Kept my interest withour fail.
Very informative. Brief but full of interesting detail. Would recommend this program to anyone, especially students of history. Easy to review individuals.
Published 2 months ago by allen scott
3.0 out of 5 stars Good history lesson
I like how they have a profile sheet of each leader. I actually paused the video at this spot for each President.
Published 2 months ago by Thomas M. Kensil
4.0 out of 5 stars The Presidents DVD
After seeing this on Netflix I purchased it as a gift for my grand children. It is very well done and informative.
Published 4 months ago by Jeanne A. Pless
5.0 out of 5 stars Great video
Excellent video to use as a review of the presidents. Each clip is at or under 10 mins, informative and interesting.
Published 4 months ago by Irene J Armstrong
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice historical review
Perfect recap on our presidential past for my 14 year old who loves history! Great addition to his historical video library.
Published 4 months ago by Ramona
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting for History
As a French I don't know much about US history, especially the period of the 19th century.

About US présidents, my knowledge was limited to what I couls... Read more
Published 5 months ago by PAUL
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