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This Was Pacific Electric

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Product Description

A MUST HAVE for any TRAIN ENTHUSIAST! In 1902 Southern California was a collection of small farm towns. It was waiting for something to pull it together. That something was THE PACIFIC ELECTRIC. This is the story of the rise and fall of "THE WORLD'S GREATEST ELECTRIC RAILWAY." It is a complete history starting in 1872 with LA's first horse car line and continuing through to the last RED CAR in 1961. The story is told by EMMY® WINNING PRODUCERS using RARE FILM FOOTAGE, HUNDREDS OF PHOTOGRAPHS, animated maps and extensive interviews. BONUS MATERIAL includes a video tour of P.E. remnants, the bits and pieces that remain behind more than fifty years after the RED CAR ran in Southern California.

About the Director

Emmy® Award Winning director Thom Eberhardt takes a step away from directing comedies like Captain Ron, and Without a Clue to enjoy his other passions, documentaries and trains.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Stephanie Edwards
  • Directors: Thom Eberhardt
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
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  • Studio: Sky City Productions
  • DVD Release Date: June 25, 2008
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001BO9AK0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,239 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Using special-effect rephotography techniques and highly informative narration (by Stephanie Edwards), this gem provides comprehensive background on the history of L.A.'s streetcars, in the process putting to rest the old canard that General Motors conspired to swindle L.A. out of its beloved Red Cars. This 2003 documentary also makes good use of the now-standard photograph "panning" first made popular by moviemaker Ken Burns in his Civil War series on PBS.
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A fun film about Pacific Electric-learnt a lot about LA railroads, including the myths about why the rail system in LA died out. Good film for light rail fans and great period film shots. I have met many people who rode Pacific Electric and have fond memories.
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I am fascinated by this company, Pacific Electric, its story and the service it brought to many people. This movie tells the story about the ups and downs, the battle for control over the company, the lack of interest in preserving the service it brought people, and the fascinating and very telling story about how business suffered after the streetcars/interurbans was replaced by buses.
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The only complete history of why the PE controlled the early development of So. Calif. and a mere 60 years later, they turned to nothing an disappeared completely. Now this great form of mass transit can only be seen and ridden on is at the trolly museum.
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This is an amazing documentary and worth every penny. I bought it but I really wish it is available on youtube or at let netflix / amazon prime so my friends could watch it.
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