Director Oliver Stone has brought his take on American history, in some flavours, to the big screen before. Most notably his films of Nixon
have much to say about US politics, whilst his trilogy of films centered around the Vietnam War are equally forthright in their position on a major historical event in American history. With The Untold History of the United States
however, an engrossing documentary series, Stone aims to shed light on events that haven't received quite the same level of attention.
It's a bold aim, and The Untold History of the United States is successful in matching it. As you might expect, Stone doesn't pull punches, with an emphasis more on archive material than interviewing a conveyor belt of experts. Furthermore, he certainly has a position on the material he's covering, and it'd be remiss to say he even attempts to be a fully impartial guide through it. Yet he is a compelling one, and as a consequence of that, the series itself is both revealing and thought-provoking.
It took four years for Oliver Stone to pull together The Untold History of the United States, with his own feature film commitments not helping. But it was certainly worth it: a fascinating, not always agreeable but always compulsive series, that deserves to be watched and thoroughly debated. --Jon Foster
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 0 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), SPECIAL FEATURES: 3-DVD Set, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: From Academy Award-winning film director and screenwriter, Oliver Stone comes this fascinating documentary series that covers the last 60 years of American History. It focusses on the dramatically under-reported events of the era that shaped the USA. The series also includes newly discovered facts from the Kennedy administration and the Vietnam War, and looks at how America achieved its current global role post-Cold War. ''THE UNTOLD HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES focuses on events that at the time went under-reported, but crucially shaped America's unique and complex history of the last 110 years. The series debunks the heroes by restating the facts, whilst crediting those heroes lost to history. Exploring questions such as What did Stalin say to President Truman to make him drop the atomic bomb on Japan?; Did Eisenhower betray the US?; What were the real reasons behind World War 1 and II? and Was Reagan one of the worst or best Presidents of all time?, the American story is told in a way that has never been told before. It is the deepest contribution I could ever make in film to my children and the next generation. I can only hope a change in our thinking will result.'' Oliver Stone is the legendary film director, producer and screenwriter. Recalling films such as Platoon, Wall Street, Born on the Fourth of July and JFK, Stone is known as the master of controversial subjects and has won numerous Academy Awards for his portrayal of contemporary political and cultural issues. ...The Untold History of the United States - 3-DVD Set