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Ultimate Civil War Series - 150th Anniversary Edition (2012)

Coby Batty , Kevin R Hershberger  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Coby Batty
  • Directors: Kevin R Hershberger
  • Writers: Baron Blakley
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 24, 2012
  • Run Time: 315 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0086IMN80
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,124 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This soon-to-be classic documentary mini-series traces the causes, courses as well as the major events and personalities of the American Civil War. Between 1861 and 1865, this epic American story of struggle and survival was written in blood, and in this series is told mostly from first-hand accounts and in the spoken words of the participants themselves, through their diaries, letters, and memoirs. The series concludes with Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House and the surrender of the western Confederate Army to Sherman in North Carolina in the spring of 1865. It then explores the legacy of slavery and the consequences and meaning of a war that transformed the country forever.

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78 of 86 people found the following review helpful
By Jeb
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I just received my copy of "Ultimate Civil War Series" (150th Anniversary Edition) & am just blown away!
Being a life-long student of that conflict, I am well-versed in the events presented in this series.I have yet to find any errors of facts, & they present an amazing amount of information in each 45 minute segment! If your not a serious student of history, I could see you getting bored with the commentary, but the visual effects generally complement the audio well. This isn't a cheesy documentary that was churned out for the sesquicentennial- the producers have given us a high-quality film at a bargain basement price, & I applaud their efforts!
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71 of 80 people found the following review helpful
There was great care taken in the writing of this documentary, and in the shooting of the original recreations for the film series, as well as the appropriate and authentic use of very dramatic re-enactment footage. This is the first series of its kind produced for the 150th anniversary in 1080p HD. Care was also taken to give a balanced portrayal of events -- highlighting the more far-reaching and important events that represented the war and the american people on the whole -- but condensing more than 4 years of incredibly dense and active history into a few hours would be a difficult task for anyone taking on that challenge. I do not believe that there are any errors of fact in these 7 films, but if there were omissions, it was not intentional, simply a matter of condensing so much history into a prescribed approximately 45 minute running time for each episode. I believe strongly that this series, at such a fantastic price, is ideal for educators and students of all levels and appropriate for all ages.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Worth Watching June 11, 2013
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As someone who spent his first 9 years in Massachusetts and the next 9 in Virginia digging up minie-balls and in Maryland in the '60s, I have always been fascinated by The Civil War. When other kids were reading about dinosaurs or sports figures, I was reading about Antietam, Gettysburg, and Vicksburg; about Lee and Jackson, Grant and Sherman.

I have watched the Ken Burns The Civil War many times and it is superb. But the Burns series is mostly still pictures and the individual consequences, personal letters, and driving social forces. I lamented a lack of battlefield details and live action.

The Ultimate Civil War provides that. While beginning with the underlying causes of the war (Episode 1, Sins Of The Fathers) which I consider the best summary of the causes of the war I have seen, the subsequent episodes move promptly into the battles.

The battle maps, while briefly shown (well there IS the pause button of course) are detailed, clear and excellent. The maps of the battle of Gettysburg particularly showed the complex and sometimes chaotic nature of the attacks and counterattacks. I particularly liked the way that arrows of attacks were straight when successful but curved back when failed. I compliment the map-drawer.

There are still photos and live re-enactments, and they are woven together well.

You should not confuse the Ken Burns series with this one; they are different in focus, style and presentation much as West Side Story is different from Romeo and Juliet, but are both are telling the same same story. You should have both. Still, if I only one, I would prefer The Ultimate Civil War.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection of Civil War History November 1, 2012
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These 2 DVDs do a great job of giving a wide scope of coverage to the American Civil War. To condense such a major event in our history into a 2 DVD set is difficult, but the creators of this Ultimate Civil War did an excellent job; holding true to the facts, combining authentic reenactments, and presenting authentic history. Great for new Civil War enthusiasts and also great for the long-time student of the American Civil War.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a must for Civil War buffs,or beginners. February 9, 2013
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This series skims,highlights,and focus' on event leading,throughtout,and after the Civil War. The skimming in the first chapter("Sins of the Fathers") is basically from the Foundng Fathers,leaving debatable issues such as slavery, highlights the rise of the abolitionist movement,key figures in and around the 1830.The effects of the movement on states seeking admittion.Reaching South Carolina's(&others) Succession,Lincoln's election,and the first shots fired.the final chapter New Birth of Freedom.Gives us a look at the end of the war and the final battle fought,by Sherman's western army,against a force of 90,000 southern troops .Two days after Lincoln's death.And the capture of Pres.Jeff Davis and his 3000 men,Almost a month later.from there,a brief summary of the reconstruction,and the treatmet the South received from a avenging North:Along with the Civil Rights movement.The five chapters in between give seemlingly unbias,and equaltreatment too both North and South.Eastern and Western theatres,durning the war. Troops movements,shown on maps.Political pressures from both sides durning the campains,Letters,reports journals read.And of course re-enactments.The Valor,Glory and defeat,of the commanders and troops involved in the various actions also mentioned.
For the low price an the amount of information this vidio is well worth it. This past Nov.I visted my brother in GA.We spent,3days visting spots that were in the path of Sherman's march too Atlanta.So when that part of the series was reached- I was a bit surprised at how well it matched what I read and herd(on tours).This was anoher plus in my book.These people did do there job putting this vidio together.The minus which makes me round this down too a 4 from a 4.5(choice not offerd).
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