The History Channel Presents The Civil War
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- Civil War Combat: The Hornets' Nest at Shiloh, The Bloody Lane at Antietam, The Wheatfield at Gettysburg, The Tragedy at Cold Harbor
- Civil War Journal: John Brown's War, Destiny at Fort Sumter, The Battle of 1st Bull Run, The 54th Massachusetts, West Point Classmates--Civil War Enemies, Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson, Sherman and the March to the Sea
- 24-page companion booklet
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Top Customer Reviews
My only real qualms (and the reason I give this set 4 stars out of 5) is because A&E/History Channel basically recycled these previously released episodes and simply boxed them up together. That's fine and all as it's more convenient to have all of them together, BUT...if you're going to do that, why not put these episodes into anamorphic widescreen and/or remaster the video images as well? Some of these episodes look like they were transfered to DVD straight from a VHS source.
But this should not take away from the fact that these are extremely well-made histories - informative, educational and obviously produced by and with the assistance of those with a distinct passion for the Civil War.
Definitely worth your time and attention!
It's not a "new series" but contains episodes of both The History Channel's "Civil War Journal" and "Civil War Combat" which aired originally in the mid 90's. (Until recently these were often shown on THC in the early morning hours). THC also has a couple of different boxed sets of "Civil War Journal" and some of the episodes here are included. For whatever reason, though, it seems impossible to obtain the ENTIRE collection of this great series. (From what I can determine, the whole series was originally released on VHS some time ago but is no longer available).
It is odd to me also that the various episodes here are presented in no particular order. You would think that something called "The History Channel Presents the Civil War" would perhaps start out with Fort Sumter on volume one, and go in chronological order. However, that's not the case here. Fort Sumter is somewhere on disk 3, I believe.
I feel like some intern at THC said, "Hey, let's take some of these old shows and just throw some of them together as a DVD set!" and someone listened.
Despite my irritation with the format, I really do enjoy this programming. It's just too bad that these great series are not grouped together as ONE boxed set.
Still, this is worthwhile and not too pricey.
The problem with this History channel series is when it get to the 3rd and 4th disc. There are no more re-enactments. Instead its mostly narration by Danny Glover. The last two discs, half of this series is very boring and not as clean and crisp as the first two discs.
Pass by this
But the series does have its quirks. For one thing, the set doesn't seem to contain, from what I remember, all the episodes of battles that I saw when I first watched the series in reruns on TV. The last two videos are just narration by Danny Glover and don't contain any re-enactments. While this is still a good set, I don't understand why they just didn't pick the most dramatic re-enactments to put on DVD.
But all in all, this is a good teaching set to learn from, and the enactments are dramatic and interesting to watch. With just a little suspension of disbelief, it really feels like you're right there in the heat of the battle. I also liked how much of the commentary focused on the main military commanders, their style of command, tactics, previous experience, and how their decisions, good or bad, influenced the outcome of the battles.
For example, I learned that in few wars in history did troops charge so bravely but often futilely against superior or fortified enemy positions as in Chickamauga and Antietam, from which came withering hails of bullets and cannon fire that decimated the oncoming troops. But each side of the war thought their cause was with the angels and so the troops fought with a determination and resolve that few wars have ever seen. The advent of exploding canon shells rather than the old canon balls further added to the slaughter.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Was Skeptical about this But was PLEASANTLY SURPRISED!!! EXCELLENT LEARNING TOOL!!!!!Published 7 days ago by James
this set is good on the civil war but I wanted something more in depth on all the battles of the civil war.Published 2 months ago by Danny P. Neely
Good purchase for anyone wishing to learn more of the Civil War. While there are probably better quality CDs out there in terms of the facts, this is a very good starting point to... Read morePublished on June 2, 2014 by shanahanmarie
Some of the discs are not open properly to watch on my dvd, even tough on my computer. I could not watch all the serie.Published on November 20, 2013 by Carlos Rocha
It was a well created document of the characters of the Civil War, now I'm interested in checking out other films on the subject.Published on April 17, 2013 by hilldweller1999
Bought this as a gift but am assuming all was well with it because the recipient enjoyed watching it. No problems with it.Published on February 13, 2013 by Gwen Sebastian
My daughter loves these DVD's. they are very well made. She is a history buff so this was a great gift for her.Published on January 10, 2013 by JoAnne Wilson
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