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The Statue of Liberty (History Channel) (2004)

James Baldwin , Tucker Burr , Ken Burns  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: James Baldwin, Tucker Burr, Ray Charles, Mario Cuomo, Carolyn Forché
  • Directors: Ken Burns
  • Writers: Amy Stechler, Bernard Weisberger, Geoffrey C. Ward, Ric Burns
  • Producers: Ken Burns, Buddy Squires, Marcie Setlow
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, 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: February 24, 2004
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00016XNH0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #254,957 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Statue of Liberty (History Channel)" on IMDb

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A symbol of freedom and democracy towering above the New York Harbor she has welcomed the tired the poor and the huddled masses into America for more than 100 years. Authoritative and richly detailed THE STATUE OF LIBERTY explores the remarkable steps leading to its creation from the initial struggles to find adequate funding to its celebratory centennial restoration. Rare footage and archival photos document the radical methods the French devised for shaping the massive sculpture and for transporting their incredible creation to America. Discover the engineering marvel of its internal framework designed by Gustave Eiffel and the dimensions of its American-built pedestal. Finally after measuring the length of her index finger (8 feet) take a historical tour of the island on which it stands. Originally a friendly gesture between nations the "Mother of Exiles" stands today and into a new millennium as a testament to human ingenuity freedom and hope. DVD Features: Save Our History: Ellis Island; Statue of Liberty Facts; Interactive Menus; Scene Selection

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Statue of Liberty - Past to Present June 13, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
The thing I liked most about this A&E production on the Statue of Liberty was its focus on not only the monument itself, but also the historical and social forces that have evolved around it. The film provides some interesting, little-known facts about the statue, from its shaky financial origins to its unstable architectural idiosynchrasies. Despite these weaknesses, the Statue of Liberty served as the inspiration for America's great waves of European immigrants. The film documents their late 19th/early 20th century struggle to become citizens of the United States. Its focus on the Statue's sister-monument, Ellis Island, is also quite elucidating and poignant. I would recommend the film to anyone interested in turn-of-the-century American History and/or Modern Architecture. This volumn in the Modern Marvels series is truly inspiring.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wake up, America! July 10, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
After seeing this video, I thought deeply about what the Statue of Liberty means to people who are coming to this country for the first time. If what is presented in the video is true, why was it such a controversial statue? It is not just a symbol of liberty or freedom or two countries coming together, nor does it have any political significance. It is about people and their search for solace and shelter in an uncaring world. The passage at the bottom of the statue, the time that it was built and erected, and its location, these seem to have more significance.
Well, enough of my ramblings. This video is a must-see for Americans and for historians of all ages. It really stirs the soul. That's what it did to me. My parents are immigrants and a lot of what was said rang true for me. Thanks for reading this.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film by Ken Burns, DVD a little disappointing November 28, 2002
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I am a big fan of the films by Ken Burns, and this one is very good. It is very short compared to other multi-episode films like the Civil War, but is still inspiring, enjoyable, and educational.
The quality of the DVD is good, but the amount of content is rather low considering the price. The extras include two short features on Ken Burns, making this entire DVD about 1.5 hours of viewing. Should be priced at 9.99 or 12.99, or maybe combined with another Burns film, such as Brooklyn Bridge.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful early Ken Burns documentary November 15, 2009
I remembered watching this on PBS when it was first shown. I did not know who Ken Burns was, even after seeing this. It was only after THE CIVIL WAR (when I was dating a woman who was a friend of Burns at Hampshire College) that I really became conscious of him. I then learned that he had also done THE STATUE OF LIBERTY, HUEY LONG, and THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE, all of which confirmed to me that he was someone whose work I needed to follow. Given the excellence of his many projects since then, I needn't have worried about keeping track of him. Watching his most recent series, on the National Park system, has caused me to go back and watch many of his earlier documentaries. Burns is still a relatively young man and when he has finished the entire body of his work could well be used to introduce an alien from another planet to the United States. It is absolutely astonishing how much of American life he has chronicled in his films. I can't wait to see what he will do next.

Americans really hate the French today. I do not, even though I don't eat French cuisine (I'm vegetarian and it isn't, unlike Italian cuisine, vegetarian friendly). I don't drink wine. I unfortunately do not speak French. But I've never understood the hatred of the French. So many things that we love in modern life originated in France, and the country has generated an astonishing literature and film industry. I love French painting and much French music. And I love things French from many different periods, such as Montaigne and Rabelais from the 16th century to Racine in the 17th century to Montesquieu and Rousseau in the 18th century to Tocqueville, Flaubert, and Balzac in the 19th century to Proust, Sartre, Foucault, and countless others in the 20th.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mr. Burns' Hidden Agenda November 7, 2011
Look, I get it. The Achilles heel of American history...of human that one group of people would enslave another. Irreprehensible. I get it and I agree. Burns' shows are also about racial predudice & exclusion. I get it. Maybe I'm the wrong one to evaluate this documentary because I'm fully aware - ad nauseum - of our country's failings. Perhaps Mr. Burns isn't speaking to me. As much as I enjoy the subject matter - by title - of his documentaries (Baseball, Jazz, WWII, etc.)(his Civil War series being the exception for why slavery is intregal to the story), I am tired of the unrelenting drum beat of how inhumane our American ancestors were to African-Americans. I GET IT. I've already acknowledged that it was horrible. Why does he weave this theme into every documentary? How much guilt-blood does he want to extract from me?

Look, the abhorrance of slavery goes back to before the ancient Egyptians. They did it. So did the Romans. So did countries in Africa. And none of those actions and policies were humane or right. But why the singular and constant drumbeat into perpetuity about that horrible part of OUR history? Try as I might, searching through 100's of TV stations on a weekly basis (including international stations), can I find 'Egyptian guilt' or 'Roman guilt' about slavery. In fact, even present-day slavery in Africa is difficult to find on TV. But not in the U.S. when it comes to us. There seems to be an agenda amongst the Hollywood entertainment crowd that wants us to be singled out - to stand alone in unrelenting shame about our American past. Mr. Burns has ridden that horse to where I just can't watch anymore of his crusade to promote guilt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I think this is a wonderful story and am very happy to own it!
Published 1 month ago by Pat Macaulay
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Done
It was informative and somewhat emotional but always entertaining. I love Ken Burns. I have seen everyone of his films and have enjoyed all of them
Published 5 months ago by Carolyn Geis
1.0 out of 5 stars Liberty but rarely the Statue
Unfortunately one of the worst Ken Burns so-called documentaries. A few minutes of very good history on the idea and creation of the statue and then the entire rest of the video... Read more
Published 6 months ago by G. Nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie!
You will definitely love this film! It is one of my favorite movies, and I watch it all the time!
Published 7 months ago by Winky
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I was very surprised that I did not like it, since I love Ken Burn's films. But this one was a big dissapointment, do not recommend it!!
Published 9 months ago by Marie T.
4.0 out of 5 stars This is NOT the PBS Ken Burns film!
"The Statue Of Liberty...Enlightening The World" dvd from The History Channel is NOT the film by Ken Burns. This is a totally different film. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Richard in Indy
4.0 out of 5 stars Lady Liberty
Good documentation of the building, transporting and installation of Lady Liberty. Bought it for my grandchildren after watching on PBS.
Published 14 months ago by Hat finder
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Ever
I love this video so much and as a matter of fact I was allowed to get it for my birthday. Plus I have NYC bridges videos by History Channel
Published 16 months ago by Kenneth Epstein
1.0 out of 5 stars SOOOOO disappointed I get it, it's a Ken Burns docu-drama and I should have known better when I saw his name attached to it. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Donald A.
3.0 out of 5 stars Ken Burn's DVD about the Statue of Liberty
I was hoping that this would be equal to Ken Burn's more recent documentaries but unfortunately it wasn't. Oh well...
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