Ken Burns: The Civil War
25th Anniversary Edition
Blu-ray | Box Set
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The original Emmy® Award-winning nine-part series is now digitally restored to archive the highest definition for optimal picture quality. This six-disc set includes over two hours of new bonus materials including Making the Civil War: 25 Years Later, Complete High Definition Shelby Foote Interviews, Restoring The Civil War, Additional Interviews, and more! Updated version shipping on December 8. (See more for details)
"The technical improvements to the film, including a new resolution that restores parts of images that were cropped away for the original TV broadcast, may be most interesting to hard-core film fans. But even casual viewers will be able to see that the remastered version of "The Civil War" is a strikingly different film from the movie that preceded it." --Washington Post
" …(The Civil War) is most likely the most significant historical documentary PBS has ever done". --The New York Times
"The extras are near as potent as the main event." --The Washington Times
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**WARNING** Please make sure you are purchasing [UPC: 841887027380 / ASIN: B0189I11EI] some large Amazon Sellers have the flawed version linked to the review section for the fixed set.
I selected Blu-ray Disc #4, at random, and sampled as well as compared to the older DVD versions. It looks really nice and everything that was advertised. Picture is noticeably better than the original DVD and 20 Anniversary [150th] set, but then again so too should any property transferred and mastered Blu-ray over it's DVD doppelganger. Grain structure thankfully was left intact and as a result the detail on many of the photo's and other footage is striking. You can freeze frame and actually read many of the presented documents. Please note I've only looked at the fixed Disc 4 thus far.. Kudos to PBS for correcting the set, but sad to think many not in the know will be receiving the bad Oct 2015 version this XMAS and they'll never realize how great what is possibly the best all-time hours of TV programming can really look.
One major beef; this is an expensive home video set, peppering it with GM, BOA commercials etc wreaks of an insulting cheesy cash grab. Over the air fine, but when purchasing the home video edition I feel it is a morally bankrupt action. Regardless of the "reasons" shame on you PBS and Ken Burns you no longer have the 'right' to take the moral high ground.
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