Westinghouse 2009 NR CC

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Westinghouse is a feature-length documentary about the life and times of George Westinghouse, his companies, legacy, personality, partnership with Nikola Tesla and conflict with Thomas Edison.

Starring:
Carol Lee Espy, Edward J. Reis
Runtime:
1 hour 53 minutes

Westinghouse

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Product Details

Genres Documentary
Director Mark Bussler
Starring Carol Lee Espy, Edward J. Reis
Supporting actors William H. Terbo, Quentin R. Skrabec, Jr., PhD
Studio Janson Media
MPAA rating NR (Not Rated)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 7-day viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Loved this history lesson.
Carla Charlton
Never knew much about Westinghouse and yet, when it comes to inventions, he's comparable to Edison!
CJR
What would the world look like without Tesla and George Westinghouse?
Brooks Butler

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By C. Ebeling on June 23, 2008
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I rushed to order a copy of "Westinghouse" for my father after I reviewed it for a magazine published by the director's alma mater. My dad is a real challenge when it comes to gifts or trying to entertain him. He may not have gone to the office since retiring 22 years ago, but he will always be an industrial engineer--not a sportsman, not a golfer, not a tinkerer around the house--an industrial strength engineer and if there was ever a hero for that kind of soul, it is George Westinghouse.

You need not be an octogenarian authority on warehouse palletization to enjoy this documentary that profiles America's most prolific inventor and industrialist who was gifted with good business sense and a generous heart. It is accessibly crafted to hold general interest for anyone. The producers and director have assembled extraordinary images and facts about the man whose career began during the Civil War before he was even twenty and carried America into the 20th century. The documentary looks at the larger landscapes of the railroad and rise of factories and peers into the American home as all were revolutionized by Westinghouse's vision. Those who enjoy the history of World's Fairs and expositions will be gratified by footage from several of them. Westinghouse is an American hero on many counts, not the least that he was a generous employer who inspired an unparalleled depth of worker loyalty in an era when union violence was the norm elsewhere. It is to the credit of the makers of the documentary that they let the historical facts and images show the greatness; they do not overdress it with a boastful or maudlin narrative.

This runs nearly 2 hours and never bogs down. Additionally, there are interviews and other historical perspectives available in the extra features.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Wayne P. Pursh on October 9, 2008
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I am from Pittsburgh and I thought I knew something about George Westinghouse. After seeing this video I admit I knew very little about this man. If you want insight into the industrialization of this country, this video is a must see. And, if you are from Western PA or at least an American, you are missing an important history lesson in this documentary.I can't say enough about how George Westinghouse should have been the role model for all generations of businessmen, industrialists, and flat out human beings in general. Watch it and you will be inspired.
WP Pittsburgh
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By ken on November 18, 2009
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Very well done and lots of information that I have never known on Westinghouse. Very little mention of Tesla. This it a good video and worth the money and time to watch. First quality production and not home brewed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. Hampton on May 10, 2010
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Airbrakes, AC power/with Tesla, Westinghouse took care of his workers.
The person who started the model of what would later become "the weekend".

The entire family really enjoyed learning about the unsung genius of Westinghouse.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By London Fog on August 14, 2013
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Westinghouse was a man with an ingrained talent for machinery. His inventions were essential in improving the quality of life well over a century ago, and these same innovations are indispensable to this day as well. His designs revolutionized railroad safety, and unlike many of his competitors, his dedicated efforts at getting them utilized was less about profit and more to prevent the common massive fatalities on the railroads caused by faulty braking systems. I found it fascinating to see that his air brake (which he patented at 22 years of age) is essentially the same model being used today, as are his shock absorbers for cars, transformers for generating efficient electrical currents into homes, and innumerable other devices we take for granted which were patented by this underrated intellect.

An interesting aspect brought to light by this documentary, which I was preciously unaware of, was the rivalry between Westinghouse and Edison, and how the former worked alongside Nikola Tesla to revolutionize alternating power. It was almost disturbing to see how ruthless Edison could be - at one instance in his rivalry with Westinghouse he utilized the new method of condemning criminals with Westinghouse's alternating currents in a smear campaign intended to associate a negative connotation to his business rival.

A good deal of high quality original film footage was used, and the narrative was highly absorbing. After his death, it did meander off to a feature on other products innovated by the company, though I felt this would have been better had it left off with the life and own inventions of Westinghouse. Still a great watch, and an excellent documentary about a man who was as much a great humanitarian as he was an engineering genius.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DataJanitor on August 11, 2013
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Although there is a certain PR angle to this documentary, overall it seems historically accurate. I was especially intrigued by the safety innovations related to trains that Westinghouse implemented. I also found it interesting that many of the Westinghouse patents were filed under the employee's name, unlike Edison who filed patents under his own name.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Contreramanjaro on April 2, 2013
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Get it, power. Electricity.

ahem... Well, if you're interested in history, business, or anything in between, there is something about this show that will satisfy you. Westinghouse was up with Edison and Tesla for innovations but played it out as a businessman and entrepreneur. This documentary shows this very well and is well made. The story flowed in such a way that kept me interested through the entire show.
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