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5.0 out of 5 stars Travel with the Corps of Discovery, September 25, 2006
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This review is from: Lewis & Clark - The Journey of the Corps of Discovery (DVD)
I absolutely love this movie. Something about the Lewis & Clark expedition appeals to the adventurer in each of us. The United States as a country is less than 30 years old on May 14, 1804, as Lewis & Clark leave with Jefferson's "the Corps of Discovery" on their famous expedition to explore the west. The photography of this DVD is stunningly beautiful, the music hauntingly reminiscent of the early 1800's. The story is told through reading excerpts from the Corps' diaries and journals, beautiful photography, and interviews with Dayton Duncan (writer), John Logan Allen (geographer), Stephen E. Ambrose (historian), William Least Heat-Moon (writer), James P. Ronda (historian), Mylie Lawyer (Twisted Hair Descendant), and others. This movie leaves the sense of having travelled with the Lewis & Clark expedition and having seen the beautiful country with their eyes, as you hear their words and see the land they saw.

As stated of the Corps of Discovery in the movie's Introduction, "They were beginning the most important expedition in American History, the United States' first official exploration into unknown spaces, and a glimpse into the future of their young nation. They would become the first United States citizens to experience the Great Plains, the immensity of its skies, the rich splendor of its wildlife, the harsh rigor of its winters. They would be the first United States citizens to see the daunting peaks of the Rocky Mountains, the first to struggle over them, the first to cross the Continental Divide -- to where the rivers flow west. And after encountering cold, hunger, danger, and wonders beyond belief, they would become the first of their nation to reach the Pacific Ocean by land. It would be the greatest adventure of their lives. . . It's a great story. It's a human story. It's a story of those who went first. THEY were first. They led the way. They opened the trail." "It's America's story . . . They turned the nation and faced it west. And that's where the future has always been, that's where hope and possibility have been. And I think that is what draws us to Lewis and Clark, it's about possibilities, it is about what could be. . . it's about potential, the future, and hope."

I first borrowed this DVD from our local library, but then had to buy it for my own. Sometimes I watch it just for the beauty of the scenery and the hopeful young optimism of a new country, looking west all the way to the Pacific Ocean.

Disc One has these chapters:

Introduction (the start of the Corps)

The Grandfather Spirit (the Mississippi River)

The Garden of Eden (the Great Plains)

Our Friends (the Mandan Indians and Fort Mandan)

The Real Unknown (Montana)

The Portage (around the Great Falls of the Missouri River)

The Northwest Passage (the Rocky Mountains and the Continental Divide)

Special Features:

Interview with Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan

Interview with Stephen Ambrose

Disc Two

Introduction (summer of 1805 and summary of accomplishments)

The Most Terrible Mountains (Rocky Mountains)

Watkuweis (the elderly woman of Nez Perce "Returned From Being Lost")

O! The Joy (the Pacific Ocean)

Rainy and Wet (Fort Clatsop)

Done for Posterity (the end of the expedition)

Special Features

The Making of Lewis and Clark

Ken Burns: Making History

A Conversation with Ken Burns

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Initial post: Nov 11, 2006, 4:22:01 PM PST
Thanks for taking the time to review this. I feel the same way, except for me the music is one of the highlights of the show!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 28, 2007, 4:29:16 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 11, 2010, 9:45:31 AM PDT
I have revised the posty I made in 2007. The Gold copy on the Warner label is double sided, the Silver Paramount one is 2 single sided discs. Message to D. Alan: I have the soundtrack on Audio CD. If you are nice (if you are really nice), I could make you a copy.
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