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Alamo Documentary, The [DVD] [2002] [NTSC]

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  • Actors: Frank Thompson (IV);Stephen L. Hardin;Jo
  • Directors: Lynn Stevenson
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: delta home entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Jun 2002
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001XQE8S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,999 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


This documentary looks at the true story of The Alamo which has now become a legend. In 1836, in Spring, over 100 men held the fort againt thousands of Mexican soliders led by General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna. In 1960 the story was made into a successful movie starring John Wayne and updated in 2004 starring Jason Patric, Billy Bob Thornton and Dennis Quaid.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Derek Stiles on 9 Nov 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is a documentary DVD that tells the truth about what really did happen at the Alemo. No sensationalism no half truths. Straight unglamorised facts. Many storys and films depict the Alemo as being like a fort, which was not true,the fasard of the building known as the Alemo was a monestry, but was defended as if it was a fort. A battle resulting in a terrible loss of life for a state that did remain a part of America.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Remember the Alamo - forget this DVD 28 May 2006
By K. Gittins - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The main problem with this 75-minute documentary is it does not give a sense of the historical "big picture".

It starts off with historians and museum curators telling us what was wrong with all the movies made about the Alamo and the depiction of the characters in them, then wanders around the subject of the battle itself. However, it fails to present a decent time-line of history, and leaves you wondering what all the fuss was about.

Extras include the 40-minute 1937 movie called "Remember the Alamo", which at least gives a little historical perspective on the subject. Also is a 5-minute piece about weapons and uniforms described by an unusually dressed (in real life) man from the main documentary. Finally there is a trailer from John Wayne's 1960 version of "The Alamo".

There must be better presentations of the subject, though the inexpensive price makes this DVD not a total waste as a second source of information.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Investigates the Alamo as no other documentary has done! 20 April 2004
By Info32545 - Published on
Format: DVD
This documentary explores the history and pop culture as no other has done before: it explores how the Alamo became a cultural icon, and tours Alamo collections (including some rare John Wayne memorabilia!). There is also a re-enactment battle scene, which I found rather interesting as I may not ever get a chance to see it in person.
This DVD is a rather fascinating look at things about the Alamo that you never knew before. There is an introduction by Frank Thompson, noted Alamo authority!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
One of the worst documentaries I have ever seen 26 Jan 2008
By Rebekah Lee - Published on
Format: DVD
I rented this documentary to learn more of the Alamo and history behind it. As with other documentaries I have seen, I expected this to give a thorough history, events leading up to the famous battle, and go in depth about details concerning it. Never have I watched a documentary that was more ambiguous. This was poorly filmed, poorly directed, and has poor content. Davy Crockett memorabilia, a thorough review of movies made about the Alamo, and actual reenactments done in TX (wherein the narrator cannot be heard over the gunshots, and those reenacting are interviewed about why they participated etc.), make up the bulk of this movie. There is more said about John Wayne and other portrayals of Davy Crockett than of the real man and circumstances themselves. Yes, there is a little bit of history given throughout and at the tail end, and a mention of the battle of Behar, but very little said about the Alamo. In other words, if you tried showing this to someone with no prior knowledge of the Alamo they would not, at the conclusion, be able to tell you what happened there except very broad facts of people and places involved. Do not waste your time or money on this. The only upside is that this documentary is only an hour and fifteen minutes, so you can't waste too much time on it if you do watch it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
So Boring, it took four tries to see it to the end. 2 Feb 2009
By Mario - Published on
Format: DVD
I was hoping for history of the Alamo, what I got was first, a history of Alamo movies, second, history the fifties Davy Crockett fad, third, a guide tour of Alamo tourist memorabilia, fourth, reenactors giving misinformation in the form of historical opinion, and finally, about who is allowed to be a member of the Daughter of the Texas Republic organization.

If you want history don't waste your money on this DVD.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Navel-gazing documentary 16 Aug 2009
By One-Line Film Reviews - Published on
Format: DVD
The Bottom Line:

The Alamo Documentary, despite the definitive nature of the title, does not tell any sort of history of the battle, instead talking with some success (with very limited resources and almost no film clips) about the films which have been made about the battle and then regrettably switching into a self-congratulatory and indulgent hagiography of the "San Antonio Living History" society, which makes for exceptionally dull filmmaking; if you are interested in the Alamo itself, stay away from this bore.

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