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Rebels & Redcoats: How Britain Lost America [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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  • Format: Closed-captioned, Colour, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Pbs (Direct)
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Jun. 2004
  • Run Time: 240 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BITU3O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 109,554 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By john philip thomas on 14 April 2010
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I am a keen amateur student/fan of the American revolution having read many books on the subject.I found it strange that this dvd is unavailable here in England but having imported it from the U.S.A. i must say i enjoyed it very much indeed.It is put together from a British angle and gets to the heart of the complications of the war regarding Americans fighting for Britain,British fighting for their adopted America,French fighting the British etc.I found it refreshing that we can get away from the American idealistic flag waving approach to the subject and look at the situation objectively.Most books just trot out the "founding fathers/frontiersman taking on the bullying redcoats" myth which in my opinion sells the subject and indeed the achievement of independence well short!I highly recommend this dvd and would very much like to know the opinions of Americans on this work.I should add that the book Rebels and Redcoats by Hugh Bicheno is a great companion to this video.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ian Fieldhouse on 18 Jan. 2006
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I found this excellent documentery to be informative, unbiased and historically correct. It's great to see that people are finally putting the record straight about this time in history when the supposed good were fighting evil. This dvd gets it bang on right. Freedom, liberty and tax were not the real reasons for going to war, but land that they wonted, guns they needed, slaves they wanted to keep and well so on...
Well done to these men for giving us a book worth reading about this so called war of independence, Also check out this book called " A few bloody noses" great work as well.
11/10, 100 gold stars, Brilliant work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon customer on 16 Oct. 2013
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Some of the facts about this period must have stuck in American's throats when they watched this informative video, the British made the colonies a safe and prosperous place to live and do business. Richard Holmes was the highest ranking reserve British officer until his death, he was not only an elite historian but lived as a soldier too which gives insight that can't be found amongst other career tv presenters. Watching this series also gives the impression he is a very approachable and down to earth man, he concerns himself with the ordinary as well as great events and individuals of the war. My favourite documentary of the last decade
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The Late (and very much missed) Richard Holmes gives a well balanced view of the British perspective on this conflict. I hope Americans view this to expunge the Liberties (excuse pun) taken by Film makers when representing events that have taken place in the revolutionary war. I believe American cinema is the worst thing to happen to historical events in the last 30 years as they have a habit of skewing the "facts" to make themselves look heroic and world beaters.

The conflict should be seen as Civil war between cousins who were fighting for different kinds of lifestyles. It is a shame that America has claimed this war as their own without looking into the deeper underlying problems.

Slavery (the British were the first to offer emancipation to the slaves) - a wonderful piece shows a minister talking about this aspect is an eye opener!
The Indian Lands were protected to the west and the constant attempts by greedy American Land owners to take vast swathes was not tolerated by the British Government. Another little known contributor to the tensions.
British soldiers found themselves fighting under severe restrictions so as not to alienate the general population and then the French came to save the States!

There were a number of outcomes from losing the war. Britain was able to continue trading with the colonies and so didn't lose income. This allowed them to concentrate on their Indian trading and other overseas ventures. Britain were financially better off after American Independence, as were the Americans who could conduct trading to their own benefit.

There were two Losers in the aftermath. The most devastating was the eventual invasion of the west and the almost total obliteration of the Native Indians.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David 1969 on 18 July 2010
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Richard Holmes relaxed and engaging presentation style combined with historic re-enactments and personal accounts make this documentary essential viewing. The true scale of Britain's efforts to wage war against the rebels and garrison their colonies was made clear by Prof. Holmes travels throughout the eastern states, speaking to its current inhabitants. Very, very good.
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