- 7-disc set
- Charlie Rose interview
- Additional interviews including Martin Scorsese, Donald Trump, and many more
- Archival motion pictures
- Deleted scenes
New York (7 Episode PBS Boxed Set)
DVD | Box Set
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Available previously as a 5-part VHS set, New York now boasts two all-new episodes. The series offers fourteen spectacular hours of programming that chronicle the history of New York - from its beginning in 1609 as a Dutch trading post, through the turbulent years of change in the decades following World War II, to its present day status as one of the most important and influential cities in the world.
Episode 1: The Country and the City(1609 - 1825) chronicles the arrival of the Dutch, the impact of the English, the horrors of colonial slavery and New York's critical role in the American Revolution.
Episode 2: Order and Disorder(1825 - 1865) looks at New York's rise as a burgeoning cultural center and multi-ethnic port, concluding with the Civil War Riots - America's bloodiest civil disturbance. Episode 3: Sunshine and Shadow(1865 - 1898) turns the spotlight on a period of greed and wealth that fueled the expanding metropolis - even as politics and poverty defined it.
Episode 4: The Power and the People(1898 - 1918) follows New York into a new century, examining the interplay of capitalism, democracy and transformation in the wake of an extraordinary wave of immigration and the birth of the skyscraper.
Episode 5: Cosmopolis(1919 - 1931) details the African-American experience, the birth of new media industries and the incredible array of human and cultural energies that converged, ending with the construction of the world's tallest building.
Episode 6: City of Tomorrow(1929 - 1941) traces the spectacular but often troubling changes that overtook New York due to the crash of 1929 and the beginning of World War II.
Episode 7: The City and the World(1945 - Present) chronicles the history of New York from the end of World War II through today, exploring the complexities of the post-modern city and the turbulent years of physical, social and cultural change in the decades following the war.
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The video presents Politics the way it was, and the way it is today. Corruption of Power!
The video, shows how the common man strives to better themselves and make this the Great Country it is.
The documentaries directed by Ric Burns, improve everyones understanding of how things happened and why.
More people need to see them!
I only hope, in a few years (when hindsight can be a little clearer) Ric Burns will do one more chapter, on the city since September 11th - as great a challenge as the city has every faced and one, having seen how it has dealt with great adversity in the past, I feel more optimistic about than I might have if I hadn't seen this film. Maybe that's why I like it so much - it's given me a historically-based reason for feeling the city will ultimately find it's way after 9/11.
Ric Burns explores the early history of New York, starting with the God-created attributes of the region and one of the world's finest natural seaports. But the treasure is found in what man has added to the Apple, starting with the Erie Canal, Central Park, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Subway system. The Bridge's history has itself been the subject of much scholarship, and Burns does it well also. The creation of the skyline, including the Chrysler Building and the Empire State Building are some of the series best moments, filled with some of the fascinating type of information that fans of Burns' documentaries have come to expect and enjoy.
The history of New York is the history of immigrants, and the interaction of Irish, Italians, Africans and other groups is splendidly examined. The politics of the City, such as the rise and demise of Al Smith are well explored also.
My few complaints are minor, and don't detract from the work. F. Scott Fitzgerald seems to have become a demi-god to Burns, and after awhile, I found the continued references to him and his work tiring. More than a few minutes on the history of Harlem would have been a welcome replacement. Of course, history is harder to write the closer we are to it, but I would have liked to have seen the series end later (perhaps at the end of the 1960's).
Even those not from New York will find it to be a rich, interesting history, worth of the length of time one must devote to its viewing. Those expatriate New Yorkers will be tugged to head back home. All in all, very worthwhile.
Until I watched this film, I never understood why things are the way they are. Why does the city have financial problems? Why do ghettos exist? Why there is no major highway cutting through Manhattan? Why are individual neighborhoods so important to the infrastructure of a city of millions of residents.
Even if you are not a history 'buff' or a sociology major, you will find this film very compelling. This film shows the forces behind what shapes our lives, our living, and our very existence. This is not a film about New York City, so much as it is a pattern for life anywhere.
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