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The Presidents


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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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Product Details

  • 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 (73 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006J6CED0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,458 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By melanie on November 11, 2012
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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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Francisco J. Someillan on 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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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Nichole Wise on 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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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Nathan P. Shive on 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Covensky on 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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Daniel S. Burke on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mom and Teacher on February 19, 2013
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I am really happy with this dvd set. The best part is my 8 and 11 year old girls also thinks it is really great. Edward Herrmann narrated the series and did a wonderful job. He has a great voice for this type of work. With this set you get an eight-part survey of the lives and legacies of the Presidents. The series features rare and unseen photographs. You hear the story of the Presidents from journalists, scholars, and politicians. Great investment if you homeschool!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Genie G. Wood on 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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