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The Statue of Liberty (History Channel)

4.3 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews

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A symbol of freedom and democracy towering above the New York Harbor she has welcomed the tired the poor and the huddled masses into America for more than 100 years. Authoritative and richly detailed THE STATUE OF LIBERTY explores the remarkable steps leading to its creation from the initial struggles to find adequate funding to its celebratory centennial restoration. Rare footage and archival photos document the radical methods the French devised for shaping the massive sculpture and for transporting their incredible creation to America. Discover the engineering marvel of its internal framework designed by Gustave Eiffel and the dimensions of its American-built pedestal. Finally after measuring the length of her index finger (8 feet) take a historical tour of the island on which it stands. Originally a friendly gesture between nations the "Mother of Exiles" stands today and into a new millennium as a testament to human ingenuity freedom and hope. DVD Features: Save Our History: Ellis Island; Statue of Liberty Facts; Interactive Menus; Scene Selection

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Product Details

  • Actors: James Baldwin, Tucker Burr, Ray Charles, Mario Cuomo, Carolyn Forché
  • Directors: Ken Burns
  • Writers: Amy Stechler, Bernard Weisberger, Geoffrey C. Ward, Ric Burns
  • Producers: Ken Burns, Buddy Squires, Marcie Setlow
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
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  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 27, 2004
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00016XNH0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,237 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Statue of Liberty (History Channel)" on IMDb

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Format: VHS Tape
The thing I liked most about this A&E production on the Statue of Liberty was its focus on not only the monument itself, but also the historical and social forces that have evolved around it. The film provides some interesting, little-known facts about the statue, from its shaky financial origins to its unstable architectural idiosynchrasies. Despite these weaknesses, the Statue of Liberty served as the inspiration for America's great waves of European immigrants. The film documents their late 19th/early 20th century struggle to become citizens of the United States. Its focus on the Statue's sister-monument, Ellis Island, is also quite elucidating and poignant. I would recommend the film to anyone interested in turn-of-the-century American History and/or Modern Architecture. This volumn in the Modern Marvels series is truly inspiring.
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After seeing this video, I thought deeply about what the Statue of Liberty means to people who are coming to this country for the first time. If what is presented in the video is true, why was it such a controversial statue? It is not just a symbol of liberty or freedom or two countries coming together, nor does it have any political significance. It is about people and their search for solace and shelter in an uncaring world. The passage at the bottom of the statue, the time that it was built and erected, and its location, these seem to have more significance.
Well, enough of my ramblings. This video is a must-see for Americans and for historians of all ages. It really stirs the soul. That's what it did to me. My parents are immigrants and a lot of what was said rang true for me. Thanks for reading this.
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I am a big fan of the films by Ken Burns, and this one is very good. It is very short compared to other multi-episode films like the Civil War, but is still inspiring, enjoyable, and educational.
The quality of the DVD is good, but the amount of content is rather low considering the price. The extras include two short features on Ken Burns, making this entire DVD about 1.5 hours of viewing. Should be priced at 9.99 or 12.99, or maybe combined with another Burns film, such as Brooklyn Bridge.
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I remembered watching this on PBS when it was first shown. I did not know who Ken Burns was, even after seeing this. It was only after THE CIVIL WAR (when I was dating a woman who was a friend of Burns at Hampshire College) that I really became conscious of him. I then learned that he had also done THE STATUE OF LIBERTY, HUEY LONG, and THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE, all of which confirmed to me that he was someone whose work I needed to follow. Given the excellence of his many projects since then, I needn't have worried about keeping track of him. Watching his most recent series, on the National Park system, has caused me to go back and watch many of his earlier documentaries. Burns is still a relatively young man and when he has finished the entire body of his work could well be used to introduce an alien from another planet to the United States. It is absolutely astonishing how much of American life he has chronicled in his films. I can't wait to see what he will do next.

Americans really hate the French today. I do not, even though I don't eat French cuisine (I'm vegetarian and it isn't, unlike Italian cuisine, vegetarian friendly). I don't drink wine. I unfortunately do not speak French. But I've never understood the hatred of the French. So many things that we love in modern life originated in France, and the country has generated an astonishing literature and film industry. I love French painting and much French music. And I love things French from many different periods, such as Montaigne and Rabelais from the 16th century to Racine in the 17th century to Montesquieu and Rousseau in the 18th century to Tocqueville, Flaubert, and Balzac in the 19th century to Proust, Sartre, Foucault, and countless others in the 20th.
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It's like an excellent history book come to life. Packed with history & info, from conception to design to funding issues to construction and so on. Love how it includes the thoughts of immigrants and what Liberty means to them versus those of us born here & into this freedom we take for granted. The music is also quite nice as it adds to the `feeling' of each chapter and keeps you interested. I look forward to receiving Ken Burns/PBS's video on the Brooklyn Bridge next!

As a side note: I didn't realize this was from 1985 when I ordered it. While the information is good, the quality of the video (especially in the short interviews) shows its age, giving it that sort of "middle school social studies class" feel. Certainly doesn't take away from the video though!
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"The Statue of Liberty" by Ken Burns is a moving testament to the spirit of the American ideal. Like Burns' earlier "Brooklyn Bridge," this film also chronicles the construction of an American landmark as well as the reactions of various people to what that landmark stands for. Unlike the "Brooklyn Bridge," however, this approach works in "The Statue of Liberty." What the Statue means to one person or another is part of its importance, and Burns has captured that beautifully.
Using wonderful footage, sketches, photos and personal accounts of its construction, Burns ably documents the struggle to make a vision a reality. Burns well captures the engineering brilliance required to build the Statue. He also illustrates how the Statue has become a representation of the best and worst of our American ideals. The Statue is a symbol of new hope and second chances, and this film illuminates the power of that symbol.
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