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Westinghouse: Minutes of History

Carol Lee Espy , Edward J. Reis , Mark Bussler  |  NR |  DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 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 (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UO9ULQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #154,958 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 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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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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25 of 27 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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14 of 15 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
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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
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating documentary 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
5.0 out of 5 stars A name with a lot of power. 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars In-House puff piece, but still interesting viewing
One-sided documentary -- brought to you by the team at the Museum built to honor George Westinghouse -- but still worth watching. Glad I watched.
Published 1 hour ago by Albert J. Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Great look back
Never knew much about Westinghouse and yet, when it comes to inventions, he's comparable to Edison! The historic video, photos and stories were amazing. Read more
Published 14 days ago by CJR
4.0 out of 5 stars Very informative
My children and I watched this to supplement our homeschool curriculum of the time period. It is packed with info and presented well.
Published 26 days ago by Me
4.0 out of 5 stars Until now it was just an appliance
Who knew the history of Westinghouse the product, but more important, Westinghouse the man. I did not realize how productive this man was, since he was in the shadow of Thomas... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Charlie
5.0 out of 5 stars A GREAT WATCH.
A terrific watch! I encourage anyone who loves history and especially tech history to watch this. I do wish they would have given some more credit to Tesla for his work, but at... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Harvey Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars A Comprehensive and Inspiring History of a Great American
We owe the fact that we are able to view this Amazon Prime Video, in large part, to George Westinghouse. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jeffrey Pittman
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing man and amazing story
George Westinghouse did more for America than I could have imagined. His vision and compassion put the "robber barons" to shame.
Published 2 months ago by peter crawford
5.0 out of 5 stars great
great, one of the best documentaries i have seen in a long time. i will watch and recommend to friends
Published 2 months ago by Mike Painter
3.0 out of 5 stars Westinghouse
This brief biography of George Westinghouse paints an image of his character, his genius for invention and his legacy. Read more
Published 2 months ago by B. Breault
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good documentary. Tesla was left out of a lot of it though.
Good Westinghouse documentary. It really opened my eyes to his accomplishments. Felt bad that Tesla did not get more credit for the AC motors and such. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Silvertoe
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