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  • Actors: Brigade of the American Revolution
  • Directors: Kevin R. Hershberger
  • Format: Multiple Formats, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: LionHeart FilmWorks, LLC
  • DVD Release Date: July 17, 2007
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000TVR7SS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,087 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This extensive and exclusive DVD celebrates the 225th anniversary re-enactment of America s momentous 1781 Revolutionary War victory at Yorktown, Virginia. The four-day commemorative event was held October 19-22, 2006, with many of the events staged on the original field. Four different battle re-enactments feature re-enactors from around the world portraying Continental Soldiers, American Militia and Riflemen, German Hessians, British Regulars, the French Army in America as well as cavalry, artillery, camps, 18th century women and sutlers. Our cameras were "embedded" with these soldiers on the field of battle and in their camps, carrying the viewer on this journey to final victory in the American Revolution. For the first time in 225 years, and within days of the actual anniversary of the formal British surrender, nearly 2,000 re-enactors met on the original, hollowed "Surrender Field" to commemorate the British defeat to the allied American and French forces led by General George Washington. Never since 1781 had this event been re-staged so authentically. Directed by multi-award winning filmmaker Kevin R. Hershberger, this is a commemorative DVD unlike any other ever produced about the American Revolution. with exciting sound effects, dynamic editing and cameras that were "embeded" with these 18th century soldiers - this DVD is an unprecedented document of a justly honored battle for American Independence.

About the Director

Filmmaker Kevin R. Hershberger graduated from the Virginia Military Institute and served as a Military Intelligence Officer in the United States Army for eight years. Kevin next wrote and directed the multi-award-winning feature film, "Wicked Spring" (2001) -- An epic character study of lost soldiers during the American Civil War, released worldwide by Ardustry Home Entertainment in December 2003. The release has been a phenomenal success so far with nearly 100,000 DVDs sold. As director, producer and screenwriter, Kevin completed his second feature film, "No Retreat From Destiny" in 2006, which was recently released on DVD. In late 2006, Kevin directed/produced the new Indie-film "The Scarlet Letters" for production company Virginia Reel, LLC. This film is part of a seven-story feature about the seven deadly sins. Kevin worked as '2nd Unit Director' for Eleventh Day Entertainment's new documentary "For Love of Liberty," the story of African-American soldiers from the Revolution to Iraq. This 3-hour program will air nationally in November 2007. Kevin wrote his first screenplay while at VMI and most of his 15 scripts, thus far, deal with his passion for American history. Of late, Kevin is a founder of the new Virginia Production Alliance, judge for the Virginia Governor s Screenwriting Competition, and Jury panelist for the VCU International Student Film Festival. Kevin also sits on the advisory panel of the Virginia Governor's Motion Picture Committee. Kevin's films have won 38 film festival and international industry awards, including six for directing. Visit LIONHEART-FILMWORKS.COM for a complete resume and profile of Kevin's vast body of work.

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No narration, no explanation of the battles.
Steven J. Hovey
That's not terrible, I guess, and as a reenactor myself, it's fun to watch, but two hours of it gets a little stale.
Robert S. Paul
After about 5 minutes of watching it I was bored to death!
Dean A. Harshberger

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dean A. Harshberger on May 31, 2009
I bought this hoping that it would be an additional source of information about the Battle of Yorktown. However, upon watching it, the producers forgot that this is a time of "sound" in pictures and not the "silent picture" period of time. After about 5 minutes of watching it I was bored to death! Don't waste your time and money buying this DVD as it doesn't even work as a paperweight!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steven J. Hovey on August 29, 2013
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This was a pointless waste of effort. Two solid hours of re-enactors marching around and firing flintlock muskets with black powder, showing off antique re-creations of 18th Century uniforms. No narration, no explanation of the battles. I feel totally ripped off.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert S. Paul on May 13, 2009
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I had expected this to have some narration, but it's just the marching and battling. That's not terrible, I guess, and as a reenactor myself, it's fun to watch, but two hours of it gets a little stale. I could watch a couple of excerpts on Youtube and get the same thing.

Buy it if you'd like to watch combat and don't care that you have no idea what's going on. For me, it's good to watch for the drill (and see if I can spot people I know). But, in the end, I would have liked something a little more educational.

Also, from a technical standpoint, the text that precedes each battle is difficult to read. I have an HDTV, maybe it's not meant for HD.
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By Chris on April 2, 2012
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Was excited to get a video on Yorktown! However, I was very much disappointed when I watched the video and it is poorly done. There was information on the engagement and siege but the video is very disjointed - using reenactors - and not edited to show a very cohesive story. Some of the video shows engagements with units that did not happen. Also - with the use of reenactors - the whole thing is like another reenactor filmed it and did no editing. The footage drags on alot and for no reason. At least 25 minutes of footage could have been cut to make a better video. Maps of the siege would have helped alot as well as more information on the geography and commmanders would have been beneficial. This looks like a video that was done with very little editing. Very amateurish and very disappointing - much like the battle of Cooch's bridge one. Great if you are a reenactor or was one that participated in these reenactments, but otherwise, not worth much at all.
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