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Westinghouse: Minutes of History (2008)

Carol Lee Espy , Edward J. Reis , Mark Bussler  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Carol Lee Espy, Edward J. Reis, William H. Terbo, Quentin R. Skrabec Jr.
  • Directors: Mark Bussler
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Inecom Entertainment Company
  • DVD Release Date: April 8, 2008
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UO9ULQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,639 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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 Telsa and conflict with Thomas Edison.George Westinghouse is considered America's greatest industrialist and the only man who would go up against Thomas Edison and win.

His victory over Edison during the Battle of the Currents set the stage for the entire future of electric power. The Westinghouse air brake is considered one of the most important inventions in history. Automobile shock absorbers, railroad signaling and the modern day weekend all owe their existence to the man who Andrew Carnegie called 'A genius who can t be downed.'

Westinghouse may be most famous for the massive companies that he created but the man called Uncle George was a reserved creative giant who went out of his way to treat his workforce with dignity and respect. He was an honest millionaire in the days of robber barons an optimist in the days of skeptics and a generous CEO from whom today's executives can learn.

The film includes interviews with the following:
Edward J. Reis executive director George Westinghouse Museum (1998-2007)
William H. Terbo grandnephew of visionary genius Nikola Tesla
Quentin R. Skrabec Jr. PhD author George Westinghouse: Gentle Genius

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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 Telsa and conflict with Thomas Edison.George Westinghouse is considered America s greatest industrialist and the only man who would go up against Thomas Edison and win.His victory over Edison during the Battle of the Currents set the stage for the entire future of electric power. The Westinghouse air brake is considered one of the most important inventions in history. Automobile shock absorbers railroad signaling and the modern day weekend all owe their existence to the man who Andrew Carnegie called A genius who can t be downed. Westinghouse may be most famous for the massive companies that he created but the man called Uncle George was a reserved creative giant who went out of his way to treat his workforce with dignity and respect. He was an honest millionaire in the days of robber barons an optimist in the days of skeptics and a generous CEO from whom today's executives can learn.The film includes interviews with the following:Edward J. Reis executive director George Westinghouse Museum (1998-2007)William H. Terbo grandnephew of visionary genius Nikola TeslaQuentin R. Skrabec Jr. PhD author "George Westinghouse: Gentle Genius"System Requirements:Running Time: 112 Mins.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: DOCUMENTARIES/HISTORY UPC: 806213170024 Manufacturer No: 17002

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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Made In America 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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must see documentary 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.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good documentary November 18, 2009
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Format:DVD
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Presented Documentary 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Move over, Edison, for this Neglected Genius. October 13, 2012
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Edison was doubtless a creative genius. He was also a self-promoter, taking credit for others' work. George Westinghouse was the real thing. For example, Edison had over a thousand patents, while Westinghouse held only a third as many; but most of Edison's patents were due to employees whose work was patented in Edison's name. Westinghouse's employees registered their patents in their own names. If they had been credited in Edison's way, then Westinghouse's tally might well have surpassed Edison's.

Westinghouse invented the the railway air brake, which revolutionized transportation. Westinghouse brought to market the first electric railroad locomotive and the first useful large-scale dynamo. And, despite the opposition of Edison, Westinghouse and his friend Nikola Tesla made alternating current (AC) the means of electrical power transmission.

Westinghouse was also a model employer. His thousands of workers -- blue and white collar -- loved him. Samuel Gompers, the first great American union leader, said that if all employers were like Westinghouse, then there would be no need for unions. To top it off, Westinghouse had a long and loving marriage and happy home life. Unfortunately, Edison outlived Westinghouse by 17 years and grabbed that much more of posterity.

If you want to see how industrial development can be achieved without the sordidness and cynicism which usually accompany it, then see this enlightening documentary.
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Published 22 days ago by Sinohey
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Published 28 days ago by Patric Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars You Will Love It
We really enjoyed this program. My husband and I really love history. We found this told the same story on Edison as another program we had watched, and from what we have looked up... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Carol Lugg
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the time.
Good program. never boring.
Published 1 month ago by Michael Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This story is a bit too inspirational for young entrepreneurs.
Published 1 month ago by christopher gardner
4.0 out of 5 stars I decided towatch this documentary because I didn't know anything...
I decided to watch this documentary because I didn't know anything about Westinghouse outside of his relationship with Tesla and his alternating current patents. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Richard A. Weyda
5.0 out of 5 stars What an interesting story of a great American inventor
What an interesting story of a great American inventor. I had no idea of this man's influence in the development of electricity. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Robert A. Rice
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Published 2 months ago by Brandon LeDoux
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5.0 out of 5 stars I could not watch the movie do to the new ...
I could not watch the movie do to the new type of CD I need the old ones my machine and TV does not accept the new CD's
Published 3 months ago by Heinz Welschoff
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