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The Untold History of the United States [Blu-ray] (2013)

Oliver Stone  |  NR |  Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (235 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Oliver Stone
  • Producers: Oliver Stone, Tara Tremaine, Rob Wilson, Carlos Guillermo, Chris Hanley
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Box set, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 15, 2013
  • Run Time: 640 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (235 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00EK52XQK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,368 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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199 of 216 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not the History You were Taught in School September 24, 2013
Ever wondered why history in school was so boring and cliché with memorization of dates to be regurgitated on tests? Always the who, what, where but a less than honest or incomplete why? It is really no wonder why much of the world cannot understand why much of the American people really don't know the macro picture of what is going on (past and present). Most TV news media coverage, insight and commentary borders on laughable magazine show coverage. If that is how you inform your self, rise above the white noise and get this DVD set. One must know the true realities of the past to connect the dots to the realities of the present. The tiny number of news corporations that control your TV information input will not assist you in this endeavor.

As this information is quite dense, I highly recommended that you purchase the book also. Reading the book and following the DVD series helps with the mental organization and memory reinforcement. However, the book time line starts out in late 1800s and the DVD series starts out in the late 1920s great depression. The book also covers the widespread general American anger towards post WW1 war industry profiteering and Wall Street excesses that took place (surprise!) just before the great depression. The book is also heavily footnoted for further research or fact checking if desired.

As an avid reader from many sources, I attempt to form objective opinion based on facts. Many of the facts presented in this book and DVD series have caused me to largely re evaluate my thoughts on the FDR administration, the real reason for the double atomic bombing of Japan, the Truman Administration and the real root cause of Cold War with the Soviets.
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141 of 152 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, Credible, and Verified October 16, 2013
Our family is usually skeptical about "the history" of any event, country, or person. After watching this series on Showtime, my son who is a History Teacher (he shared with us about being skeptical until you research it and locate the facts vs. fictions or flat out lies) decided to obtain more information using FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) as he was a FOIA Coordinator for the Federal Government before moving on to become a Teacher at a major University. He located all the information that Mr. Stone put forth and we all read for ourselves just how accurate this series is. This is why I (we) gave it a 5-star rating. I have no political views regarding this series, just wanted to verify the facts. I have no desire to argue politics or some ideology. Wish they had taught this in our history courses when we were young. This is very much well worth watching or reading. Thank you.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Oliver Stone's entertaining and informative "Untold History of the United States" takes another look at important events that shaped our country during the last 100 years, from The Great Depresseion through Obama's current term as President. Unsung heroes like former Vice President Henry Wallace are praised for their forgotten efforts, while well-regarded figures are examined in a new light. It's very well-researched and presented with little to no flagrant bias: if nothing else, Stone intends this series to educate younger generations about the things no longer being taught in schools (or taught incorrectly). The inclusion of movie clips to enforce or contrast his facts and opinions can get a little old, but it also helps to break up these 10 one-hour episodes, which are loaded with plenty of rare historical footage and narrated by Stone.

Warner Bros.' Blu-ray serves up a nice packaging job, a solid A/V presentation and a bonus disc of extras included two one-hour prologue episodes and a feature-length companion documentary with author/filmmaker Tariq Ali and Stone. The series doesn't look to be available on DVD for now, making this Blu-ray all the more essential for history fans and those with an interest in their country's past, present and future.

For more details, please read my complete review here: [...]
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67 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oliver Stone makes you question everything!!!!!!! October 12, 2013
This documentary series woke me up so much that I started to do research on my own about all of these subjects and made me question all the things I learned in school. I'ts shocking but it' the kind of shock we all need to see to wake this country up!!!! I highly recommend this item!!!
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58 of 70 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Important Show on Television September 21, 2013
This is something that should be required viewing in High School. This show gives you a lot of information, and does so in a very interesting and satisfying way. Oliver is such an amazing storyteller that he has no trouble captivating the audience with his images, as well as his narration. It is hard to just watch one episode of this show, without wanting to immediately start another. After my first viewing, I knew that this was something that I wanted everyone I know to see. I will definitely be buying some as gifts.

Definitely worth $35.00 Even better during the second viewing.
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35 of 42 people found the following review helpful
By C. Wood
I have not yet purchased this from Amazon, as I am waiting for the DVD version. However, I did watch the series on Showtime, and found it absolutely mesmerizing. Oliver Stone has made a series that should be watched by every American. He's not afraid to explore the dark underbellies of all the sacred cows we've cherished. I watched the episodes multiple times because they are so packed with accurate, verifiable information that I was afraid I might miss something. Should be required watching by young people to assist in fully educating them and preparing them for their roles as they approach voting age. I plan to purchase this for my son and his family as a Christmas gift, also, in order that my granddaughter may watch it.
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