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America: The Birth of Freedom

3.0 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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An Important and relevant portrait of America's early years!

Embark on an exciting, historical journey through the battles and victories surrounding America's pursuit for freedom. This poignant documentary series is comprehensively presented through narration, photographs and paintings to create a visual history of America's founding ideals of liberty and freedom.

This ten-part documentary series examines the people and events that led up to our nation's battle for independence against the world's largest military power during the Revolutionary War through the presidencies of freedom fighters Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln who were forever dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

The Revolutionary War Vol. 1 / The Revolutionary War Vol. 2
After a series of taxes and laws that took power away from the 13 American Colonies, the British monarchy found resistance that lead to a revolution. From the Declaration of Independence, George Washington's armies, to the eventual British surrender at Yorktown, experience how these events birthed a new nation.

Thomas Jefferson Vol. 1 / Thomas Jefferson Vol. 2
As a man of the Enlightenment he was the principle author of the Declaration of Independence. Follow the journey of his life from childhood, to the colonial days of America, the events that lead to the American Revolutionary War and beyond.

Abe Lincoln Vol. 1 / Abe Lincoln Vol. 2
Abraham Lincoln lead the nation through a tremendous upheaval; a time when our country was pulling apart at the seams. This intimate portrait of Abraham Lincoln, using authentic stills of the time, will hopefully bring you a little closer in understanding the complexities of our 16th President of the United States.

The Civil War Vol. 1 / The Civil War Vol. 2
As the war that inflicted more casualties on America soldiers than any other, follow the events from Lincoln's victory in the presidential election of 1860 to Lee's surrender in Northern Virginia on April 9, 1865, at the McLean House.

The Diary of a Confederate Soldier Vol.1 /The Diary of a Confederate Soldier Vol.2
This is an intimate look into the Civil War as told by a Confederate Soldier who recorded his thoughts and feelings on paper. Understand the Civil War like never before as you see and hear events unfold from a man on the battlefield during our nation's most divided time in its history.

Over 7 hours of captivating, historical storytelling.


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Product Details

  • Actors: Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Ulysses S. Grant, Robert E. Lee
  • Directors: Various
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Mill Creek Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 9, 2010
  • Run Time: 465 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0030VBGF4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,898 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: DVD
I will start off with how I viewed this series, and will then give a somewhat-detailed review followed by an overall mini-review.

Viewing:
I popped the first disc in and began watching, hoping to find at least a mediocre presentation of the American Revolution to show to students to reinforce the various battles and to give the students a break from lectures and bookwork; however, after half an hour it became obvious that it would benefit my students more to give alternative assignments than to have them suffer through this. I graded and listened to the narration in the background after 20 minutes of viewing, and had trouble even doing that.

Review:
The best part of this DVD set is the cover. Mill Creek Entertainment created solid cover art to make it look almost like a legitimate PBS or History Channel/A&E substitute for a US history film series. Once opened, however, one finds two separate discs in paper holders. This is surprising, considering the box is about the thickness of 2 regular DVD cases. The fact that almost 8 hours of film are packed into two discs also shows that the quality (picture and sound) is rather low too. Now for the actual documentary itself.

"America: The Birth of Freedom" features a monotone narrator who retells key events of the war while pictures are zoomed in and out of and scenes of the same reenactments play over and over again. The monotone voice that accompanies these pictures and reenactment scenes is the ONLY voice you'll hear in this documentary series, which is a disappointment considering the fact that this narrator sounds disinterested in history.
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This is quite possibly the worst documentary film I have ever watched. I didn't watch the last 9 films here - the first one was so terrible I couldn't quite make it through it. So these comments apply only to the first film - "The Revolutionary War - Pt. 1"
The narration is by a single male monotone uninteresting voice throughout - sounds like he's just reading a script. The musical background selections are often too loud - competing with the insipid narration. The information presented in the film is probably ok, it's just presented in such a boring way as to make it almost intolerable to watch.
For a good, high quality survey of American History, I would recommend the History Channel's "America: The Story of US" available on DVD and Blu-ray.
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This was a very moving video; very professionally created and done. I liked it because it taught about the importance and sacredness of our Beloved Constitution. Yes, it is a better way. Up with the Constitution; down with the New World Order.
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Unspeakably bad production value make this series unwatchable. Sleep inducing classical music sometimes drowns out the monotone narrator. The images are a series of paintings or clips of what must be old film strips complete with blips and horizontal scratches.
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