Timeline - 1941
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Boasting 44 individual Newsreels in the "Video Chapter" portion of the DVD, this "1962" volume takes us on a fairly comprehensive trip around the world, circa 1962, a year that had John F. Kennedy in the White House, John Glenn becoming the first American to orbit the Earth, the introduction of the ground-breaking "Telstar" communications satellite, President Kennedy's battle with U.S. Steel, the deaths of Eleanor Roosevelt and Marilyn Monroe, and the biggest story of the year: the Cuban Missile Crisis in October, when the United States and the Soviet Union stood on the edge of nuclear catastrophe.
There is also a "Bonus" video chapter, which has Marilyn Monroe, less than three months before her sudden death, singing "Happy Birthday" to JFK, just prior to the President's 45th birthday in May '62. This bonus video clip runs for 3 minutes and 50 seconds and is a longer version of the Marilyn/JFK event than the normally very short snippet that is usually seen.
All the "Timeline" DVDs also feature an "Audio" section, with many top pop hits of that year presented. Here we get 10 of the top hits from '62, including "Twist And Shout", "Town Without Pity", "Let's Dance", and "Palisades Park". Audio quality is quite good for the musical section of the DVD. Pretty close to CD quality I'd say.
Also included in the "Audio" chapter of the disc, there's a "News" section, featuring radio accounts of major news stories of the year.Read more ›
I can't believe no one else has ever reviewed this DVD set here, and I'm sorry to see it's apparently out of print, but if you ever get the chance to get this set again...don't miss it!
The newsreels are more than a record of the events that took place each year. If you are a history buff, they provide a foretaste of what's to come as events are about to unfold in each succeeding year.
Because we already know the outcome of such seminal events as the Munich agreement, the Nazi-Soviet nonaggression pact and the invasion of Poland, we're in the position of constantly second-guessing the actors on the world stage and wondering "what if?"
Each DVD provides a generous helping of musical selections from the period, and what a joy it is to hear Frank Sinatra singing with Tommy Dorsey's band (Timeline 1940), and Paul Whiteman playing "The Streets of Singapore" (Timeline 1939).
Then there is the Lux Radio Theater, which presents re-creations of film classics with top stars. You don't get that kind of entertainment today (imagine such stars as Tom Cruise or Brad Pitt re-creating their film roles on TV).
So put in a disc, relax and take an adventure in a time machine.
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it was what i was looking for in my memory of that year ; thanks dalePublished 16 months ago by Dale L Hilk
sometimes it is very interesting to go back in time and understand what was going on at different time of lifePublished on April 18, 2013 by Michael D.
I bought this to play during my parents' 50th wedding anniversary party in June 2012. Afterward I gave the DVD to them to keep so they could remember highlights from their special... Read morePublished on April 3, 2013 by Robin