Johnstown Flood narrated by Richard Dreyfuss
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Top Customer Reviews
Some examples: There was no "Paul Revere" horse rider warning people of the flood. The dam never resembled a "sprinkler" -- the water poured over the top which quickly undermined the entire structure. The train whistle warning in Mineral Point was not ignored. Fundamental factual errors plague this DVD from beginning to end.
Even if the staggering number of inaccuracies does not put you off, the sappy dialog, poor acting, endless stock footage of waves on the beach, and the inexplicable dearth of source materials should.
If you are interested in the story of the Johnstown Flood read David McCullough's excellent book. You will be amazed. If you buy this DVD the real tragedy will be what you missed out on -- the real story of the nearly incomprehensible human tragedy of the Johnstown Flood.
What bothered me most were the repeated details about the gore of the incident. The documentary takes pleasure and spends far too much time describing the carnage. For example, it devotes about 10 minutes recounting a story, most likely fictional, about a guy who gets caught robbing corpses.
Read the David McCullough book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very well-documented and personal, with actors speaking the testimony of the actual victims and survivors.Published 8 months ago by Dennis M. McNeil
A zillion books & articles written about this tragedy but narration & photo spread along with the sound effects & period re-enactors give it a more striking effect. Read morePublished on February 28, 2014 by Dan Holder
Hang on to your hats. This will scare you...Compelling, "in your face" look at a horrid, angry flood...a killer disaster. You will also learn how it happened, etc. Read morePublished on June 18, 2013 by Joanne Jenkins
If one sees the one hour expanded version of the Charles Guggenheim Academy Award winning 1/2 hour documentary that he produced for the centennial celebration, they will have seen... Read morePublished on November 15, 2008 by E. Burke
I have to say that, after watching this video, I believe this to be one of the most biased and/or incomplete displays of research that I have seen in a while. Read morePublished on June 10, 2008 by Anthony
What a sad pathetic attempt of a documentary! Do not wast any of your time and money on this. Such an interesting tragic story in our history deserves more respect than this... Read morePublished on February 13, 2008 by Sarah Blalock
This is an excellent presentation of the facts concerning the great flood which destroyed much of Johnstown, PA, with excellent use of visual materials. Read morePublished on November 6, 2006 by Jay H. Brewer