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4.0 out of 5 stars Sorry campers, but I can't agree with you..., March 23, 2008
This review is from: John Adams (DVD)
I have not had the opportunity to view the entire series, as several of the other reviewers have. I am viewing the episodes one by one as they unspool on HBO. Nor have I yet read Mr. McCullough's undoubtedly excellent book. However, I have studied both John and Abigail Adams for a number of years. I have read multiple volumes, viewed many different presentations, and have visited both the Adams home and the Untarian church where both John and John Quincy Adams are entombed with their respective spouses. I have found this series to be an excellent depiction of the lives, contributions and sacrifices of John and Abigail Adams. It is true that a number of details of their stories are not represented, but I understand that such films must concentrate on dramatic high points and haven't enough time to get it all in there. I personally have no problem with the cinematography...yes, it is a bit murky, but so were many details of life at that time. I rather like the score, and feel that both Mr. Giamatti and Ms. Linney gave excellent performances. These characters so vital to our history were underappreciated in both their time and our own, and I hope that this series will help to bring them some of the consideration they so richly deserve. I intend to purchase this DVD set when it is released and add it as another version of the lives of this facinating couple.
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Initial post: Jun 18, 2008 8:41:45 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 18, 2008 8:42:31 AM PDT
Sargintrock says:
This series was a masterpiece and the music score was as haunting and rousing at times so as to match the brilliance of such great historical dramas as " The Last of the Mohicans " and "Braveheart!"

Posted on Aug 21, 2008 2:15:22 PM PDT
Very helpful, thank you. Living in wonderful Australia we often don't get to see shows like this until long after they have shown in the USA and it is great to have such informed opinion on which to base a decision to buy this now and not wait until it airs here! I often look at reviews of DVDs that might interest me [especially as a history buff!] and reviews that assume one knows little are marvellous. Thanks again. Lily Rose

Posted on Aug 21, 2008 2:15:46 PM PDT
Very helpful, thank you. Living in wonderful Australia we often don't get to see shows like this until long after they have shown in the USA and it is great to have such informed opinion on which to base a decision to buy this now and not wait until it airs here! I often look at reviews of DVDs that might interest me [especially as a history buff!] and reviews that assume one knows little are marvellous. Thanks again. Lily Rose

Posted on Sep 22, 2008 2:52:12 PM PDT
M. Pitcavage says:
Please do not review something you have not watched.

Posted on Nov 11, 2008 8:31:39 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 11, 2008 8:37:29 PM PST
JNagarya says:
Locally, Abigail overshadows John, especially as "feminists" adopted her as an icon decades ago. John, of course, deserves greater attention, as he established bedrock democratic principles which have at times in our history been tested, contested, and even worse. The principle which immediately comes to mind is trial by jury -- with his defense of the British troops involved in the so-called (by his cousin Sam) "Boston Massacre". (See <i>Boston Massacre</i> [NY: W. W. Norton, 1976], by Hiller Zobell for the non-propagandized history of that event, and Sam's role in that, and the trial itself.) Due process, and right of trial by jury, as a fundamental principle, for which John Adams actively stood against his cousin Sam's political demagoguery, and the majority of the legal profession of his day, and which was subsequently enshrined in the US Constitution, has most recently been stained by Bush-Cheney in the guise of fighting lawlessness.

A central irony, more generally, is that John was considered by his peers to be one of the foremost constitutional scholars of his day -- he authored the Massachusetts-Bay constitution, which was the basic model for the US Constituttion, but was not part of framing the US Constitution based thereon.

John is every bit as fascinating and respectworthy as his better known peers, having contributed substrates of greater endurance than the theoretics of such as Jefferson and Hamilton.

As for Pitcavage's comment: this is a comment on a review, not a review.
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