The Amish: A People of Preservation
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An award-winning PBS documentary, the Amish keep surprising their technology-programmed neighbors by keeping alive ways and beliefs that many modern Americans wish they could recapture. In this colorful, updated documentary, Mennonite historian John Ruth takes us sympathetically into the Amish mindset. Dr. John A. Hostetler, author of Amish society, comments on the survival of an alternative to the kind of world we have made. As the Amish increase in numbers, some of them migrate from homesteads in Pennsylvania toward more open farmland. Those staying where the land is too crowded to farm have developed an amazing variety of cottage industries. But all such changes are made very carefully, in order not to sacrifice spiritual covenant and community for the sake of convenience.
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I got this for Amazon instant video - well, as with all my instant video reviews, I always state the pro: never having to worry about the movie getting scratched or damaged, never having to replace it, always having access to it (as long as you can log on to Amazon and they don't go out of business). The con is that with Amazon instant videos you don't get the extras that you would in a disc. No bonus features, although for this sort of documentary, I don't expect there was any "extra" material at all anyway; but that is something to consider when you're purchasing a classic like I Love Lucy or The Honeymooners... you would probably want the extra bonus features that comes with the disc. Besides from that, another con is that instant video doesn't allow you to subtitle or audio change.