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Many reviewers (including Amazon's) state that this is dry or boring. I disagree - in fact, I found it engulfing in the least, as did my 15 year old son, for whom I bought it.
Setting the stage for the reasons behind the Rev War and carrying on through all the major battles, using old paintings, drawings, as well as re-enactors to carry us through, this set pretty much covers the beginnings of our great nation. I don't know what else could have been done, aside from making an actual movie, to have this documentary be more exciting.
This box set of five DVD's also includes separate biographies of three of our Founding Fathers and the most famous traitor in our history.
Although a bit pricey, it is a very well-done high quality narration of the Revolutionary War, bringing my history book to life.
Bill Kurtis is the host of this program and he does a good job of setting up what is to be seen and he ends each segment with a good summary and a teaser to see what is coming next.
Sure there were some re-enactment scenes that were repeated, but that didn't adversely impact the subject being talked about at the time. I thought the music was great and I'd like to get a CD just of that, if it exists.
There are many recognizable voices that speak for the characters. I tried to recognize the voice before I read the credits of whose voice depicted which character. I especially liked hearing William Daniels as John Adams, since he played John Adams in the movie version of "1776" and I love that production. This was a reprise, of sorts, for him.
Of the five DVD's that came with the package, only three of them actually depict the revolution. The other two are biographies of Washington, Franklin, Benedict Arnold and Paul Revere.
The bottom line is that this production is informative, educational and entertaining, albeit to different degrees for different people with differing interest levels. I'm sure that for a genuine historian, all of this is old hat, but for me, not a historian, just an interested American in our country's founding, I learned things that I didn't know; what happened at West Point, for example. The production helped me to put into perspective different events and how they related to other events and it cleared up some time lines for me.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I watched this series every time it came on. It was one of the great classics of the history series before history series became popular. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Kevin W. Dermody
Used the dvds on a bus trip with our senior center (49 people) to Boston, Lexington and Concord. It was well received.Published 23 months ago by Hugh Deery
I love American history and especially the times and actions of our forefathers. I have read many biographies on the heroes of the revolution and consider myself well versed at... Read morePublished on September 24, 2013 by Nate Smith
This is driving me nuts. There's no listing that I found in the credits, but there's a musical theme, something of a marching theme, that is played throughout--very inspiring;... Read morePublished on March 28, 2013 by Raenelle
THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION: ONE NATION'S RISE TO INDEPENDENCE (The History Channel special miniseries, DVD release 2005, 5 discs, approximately 8 hours total programming with 1 hour... Read morePublished on July 31, 2012 by Hui Shen ben Israel
I purchased this CD set for many reasons and happy to report that the "Discovery" channel has done a great job on these video's. Read morePublished on May 7, 2009 by Charles Lanham