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Birth of a Nation [DVD] [2015] [US Import]

Lillian Gish , Mae Marsh , D.W. Griffith    DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Lillian Gish, Mae Marsh, Henry B. Walthall, Miriam Cooper, Mary Alden
  • Directors: D.W. Griffith
  • Writers: D.W. Griffith, Frank E. Woods, Thomas Dixon Jr.
  • Producers: D.W. Griffith, H.E. Aitken
  • Format: Black & White, DVD-Video, Silent, PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Nov 1998
  • Run Time: 165 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305130949
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 165,579 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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" It is an unavoidable fact of American movie history, and must be dealt with " --Roger Ebert

" Birth of a Nation is a great epoch in picture making " --Variety

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
Firstly, the cover is highly misleading and the people who claim that this film is about white knights on horseback, with burning crosses, obviously haven't seen the film. They have glanced at the cover and written a review. Strange.

My girlfriend and I just watched this and we were surprised. We were expecting a toe curling Nazi film with bodies of black people piled high up, with lynching's of blacks, and their babies being kicked, and rednecks chasing black people down the street. Well can you blame us? Just skim through the Amazon reviews, this is the impression given! Like I mentioned, the cover of the DVD is very very misleading because there is zero dramatic shots of white knights in the film and the Klan part is at the very end.

Anyway, this film is more a 'big-up' to the white guy! That isn't really racism. And the film claims that after the American Civil War, the North wanted to punish the south by taking the land off the whites and giving it to the freed slaves. In other words, the Civil War didn't end with the surrender of the South. Instead, the North wanted to collectively punish the southern whites. This is why they assassinated Abraham Lincoln. What happened is similar to what the US did to Iraq after the supposed surrender. Americans are still in Iraq plundering the resources. Well the historians reckon this is what happened to the South after the war.

Another big theme in Birth of a Nation is party politics and how politicians can use the engines of voting to influence their own agenda. Sound familiar?

The ancient Greeks had no concept of a mob electorate, you see, and this is the main theme in Birth of a Nation. You would never guess this my mere skimming the opinions of others!

Also, the war scenes are excellent.
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Versions 2 Nov 2003
Format:DVD
It's a great nuisance the Connoisseur Video version is only on video, because to my mind it's considerably superior. This one lacks the tinted sequences (sepia in parts, red for the burning of Atlanta) and, much worse, the music sounds like the third form doing its best. That may, for all I know, be more authentic, but music is so important in a silent that this is authenticity I could do without. On the other hand, the sharpness and overall quality of the print is really quite amazing - especially compared to much more recent films such as Lost Horizon.
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47 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of The Alltime Greatest Movies Ever Made 17 Feb 2001
Format:VHS Tape
The first, and perhaps the greatest of the feature films, D.W. Griffith's wonderful and controversial film is a must have for anyone with any serious interest in cinema.
The beginning of the film deals with life in the old South, and much like Gone With The Wind, showed nothing of the harsh cruelty of slavery. However, this film does not bare the title 'Based on a true story' and so, as with the racist struggle at the end, with a little education, this may be judged purely in terms of cinematography. .. I simply saw it through Griffith's eyes, and could not help but give a broad smile many times at the wonderful atmosphere that the film created.
The film centres mainly around the Northern Stonemans and the Southern Camerons, and the relationship between them. The civil war presents some spectacular scenes, including the superb sequence where the eldest Cameron boy rushes forward to the front line towards the guns and rescues the Confederate flag. The horrors and tragedies of war are shocking, but spectacular. What follows is the heartbreak of loss, the surrender of General Lee, the beginning of the revenge that plagues the characters throughout the rest of the film and finally, April 14th 1865. Ford's Theatre is recreated, and one of history's greatest men is gunned down in a tragic scene.
The heroin of the film is a Northerner, played by the ravishingly beautiful Lillian Gish. Her love for the founder of the Ku Klux Klan creates an interesting situation. She condemns her lover but forgives him when the villain of the film, a mulatto named Syrus Lynch tries to force her into marriage and is rescued by our 'heroes' in white hoods.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie 23 Sep 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Amilestone ,and a masterwork in Movies.
loved the Movie,I wish they would a made a Version today
loved it ok
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Birth of a Nation 6 July 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I found this to be a hard-hitting and impressive work, especially for its age, however, I am sure that it could not be made today, at least not in the same way, as it does portray African Americans as being less than civilised and in many shots it uses obviously white people with blacked-up faces which are almost comical in their interpretation. Echoes of Al Jolson!

It also portrays the Ku Klux Klan as being a highly chivalrous and honourable organisation, the saviours of the Nation, when in fact they have never been anything of the sort. That said, it was a very enjoyable and an interesting reflection of the American Civil War from a particular viewpoint. Well worth the money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD 23 Feb 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Great piece of history. Told about it by a friend at work. Loved the extras on the DVD.
Why more words required?
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28 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dangerously Facinating 9 April 2003
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
A truely facinating, but hughly alrming film. It is bemusing how a film which lasts over three and a half hours can be so compelling when there is not one word of spoken dialogue! However, the mastiful soundtrack somehow makes the lack of dialogue obsolete.
The story line covers the period of the American Civil War and is littered with huge amounts of racism; look out for the heroic intgerpretation of the Klu Klux Klan charging to the rescue to the "Ride of the Valcaries" in the latter part of the film.
However, the distastefull racist eliments of the film can be overcome when one looks at the film as a piece of cinematic history. The fact that this film was the first long feature film, the melodramatic style of acting, the use of sound track, editing and camera techniques make it a revolutionary film of it's age and well worth watching 88 years on.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great service,happy customer. patrick fay
Published 27 days ago by Patrick F.
5.0 out of 5 stars Connoisseur VHS release is the best I've yet seen
I've seen several video editions of this movie, but for my money this Connoisseur VHS, produced by Kevin Brownlow and David Gill, is the best of them all. Read more
Published 1 month ago by lhl12
4.0 out of 5 stars john burns
aye see why this one caused concern when it was released and people were offended by it,s subject matter and it probably still does to this day but saying that it,s still a great... Read more
Published 5 months ago by john burns
3.0 out of 5 stars "The Birth Of A Nation" on BLU RAY - Compatibility Issues With The...
You’ve probably noticed most of the reviews for Griffiths' “The Birth Of A Nation" are for the ‘DVD’. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mark Barry
2.0 out of 5 stars Technically good but with a vile & despicable message
No matter how much I agree DW Griffith was a great film-maker, I can't agree that Birth Of A Nation is a great film. Read more
Published 7 months ago by The Demon Pazuzu
5.0 out of 5 stars Owning a piece of history.
I ordered this a long time before it was released on Blue Ray.
I knew it was coming all the way from America.
For this I would have waited all year.
Published 12 months ago by flibity
5.0 out of 5 stars must-have classic in spite of the blatant racism
This is a truly amazing film, spanning the 15-year crucible surrounding the Civil War. It is pioneering in its length, in the multiple narratives that play simultaneously, and in... Read more
Published 16 months ago by rob crawford
5.0 out of 5 stars Birth of a Nation DVD
Bought this for a friend for Christmas. Came from USA and was very quick. She found it very enjoyable but was surprised by the content. Read more
Published 18 months ago by MB
5.0 out of 5 stars A great film
One of the greatest films of all time, released in 1915, this film was made only 50 years after the end of the American Civil War and was the most popular film of all time until... Read more
Published on 2 Aug 2012 by Steve Cantlow
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