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The American Civil War [DVD]


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  • Directors: Ken Burns
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Simply Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Sep 2009
  • Run Time: 690 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002QFZD54
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,637 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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KEN BURNS THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR is the most ambitious, comprehensive and definitive account of the bloody conflict ever produced. This epic work hailed around the world as one of the greatest documentary series ever made took Academy Award-nominated director Ken Burns five years to produce. It features over 16,000 archival photographs and innumerable period paintings, lithographs and contemporary newspaper features, as well as battlefield tours, newsreel footage of veterans and music from the period. Graphic first hand accounts of the war are brought to life with readings by top actors and actresses including JASON ROBARDS, MORGAN FREEMAN, DEREK JACOBI, JEREMY IRONS, SAM WATERSTON, JULIE HARRIS, ARTHUR MILLER and many more. Digitally mastered for exceptional picture and sound quality, this deluxe DVD edition includes all eleven hours of the series. A FILM BY KEN BURNS So much more than a mini-series. An extraordinary reconstruction of the American disaster... I must once more sing the praises of that television landmark... THE MAIL The most thought-provoking programme around. I m not surprised it broke all audience records on Public Television in American and was General Schwarzkopf s favourite viewing in the Gulf...the script, voices and the music are brilliantly chosen and performed. Five magnificent episodes to go, don t miss them. THE OBSERVER

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

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121 of 122 people found the following review helpful By Chris. on 18 Jan 2003
Format: DVD
The TV series by Ken Burns was shown several years ago but this has not been bettered by anything else. As somebody who is interested in the subject the presentation is perfect. The DVD collection is ideal with 3 programmes on each of the three discs, the production values, cinematography, voice-overs, historical documents and photographs are first rate.
Any student of American history this is a must have. Anybody interested in a thought provoking historical account with the benefit on DVD should own this. A most definite reccomendation.
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115 of 118 people found the following review helpful By Mr Chris Roberts on 2 Dec 2002
Format: DVD
This is without doubt the best documentry DVD I've ever seen.It tells the history of the Civil War from 1861-1865 through the eyes of everyone from soldiers who fought to Lincoln himself with actor's providing the voices.It is well thought out brilliantly presented and theres a guy called Shelby Foote who seems to know everything that happened to everyone. For example: He tells of Stonewall Jackson sitting on his horse eating a peach and surveying the dead on the battleground.Thousands of them.He turns to his doctor and says " God has been very kind to us this day". Its things like this that make this piece of history so enthralling and rightly so.It is presented in 3 discs and tells of every event of the war from Lincoln's speeches to Gettysburg and from Robert E Lee to a private in the Union Army named Elisha Hunt Rhodes. Also do look out for the most tearjerking moment when a letter is read from a soldier called Sullivan Ballou who writes to his wife so tenderly it will make you cry.Words like: If I die with my final breath I will whisper your name.The point being he did die at the next battle. I urge you, if you want to learn about this sad war or have any intrest then you must buy this wonderful DVD. It really is that good.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By E. A. Redfearn TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 July 2006
Format: DVD
Produced some years ago by Ken Burns to critical acclaim. Now available on DVD and any historian or anyone interested in the Civil War years 1861-1865 cannot afford to miss this. Its not just a documentary supplemented by thousands of photographs, but it is a human testiment to a great tragedy which split an entire nation battling for freedom and state rights, and the rights of man to own slaves especially in the deep south. The human aspect of this terrible war which claimed the lives of more than 600,000 Americans is superbly told through the diaries and letters of those who witnessed at first hand this monumental piece of American history beginning with the secession of the southern states from the Union, and the final conflict leading up to the famous meeting between General Robert E Lee and General Ulysess Grant at Appotomatix Court House. Its also a very moving story enhanced by a superb music score of which the Ashokan Farewell is the most famous. An extraordinary series.
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129 of 135 people found the following review helpful By C. W. Bradbury on 14 Nov 2009
Format: DVD
The following words are drawn from the viewing booklet which accompanies this classic work by Ken Burns, and summarize the series perfectly; I quote:-
"It was the most terrible war in American history, fought in 10,455 American places from Valverde, New Mexico and Tullahoma, Tennessee to St Albans, Vermont and Fernandina on the Florida Coast. Three million Americans fought in it and over 600,000 men - two percent of the population - died in it. Homes became headquarters, churches and schoolhouses sheltered the dying, and huge foraging armies swept across American towns and burned American farms.What began as a bitter regional conflict between Union and States' rights ended as a struggle over the meaning of freedom in America. Five years in the making, this landmark documentary film series movingly and vividly presents the entire sweep of the war, from the battlefield to the home fronts, from the politicians and Generals to the enlisted men and their families, from the causes of the war and the opening guns at Fort Sumpter, to the stillness at Appomattox and Lincoln's assasination and beyond. Here is the Civil War as it was: in compelling archival photographs - in the words of those who experienced it - in haunting scenes from the countryside over which it was fought."
This is an epic production which fills three DVDdiscs, took five years to make; is eleven and a half hours long, made in nine episodes, which I list below:-
1.1861 - The Cause
2.1862 - A Very Bloody Affair
3.1862 - Forever Free
4.1863 - Simply Murder
5.1863 - Universe of Battle
6.1864 - Valley of the Shadow of Death
7.1864 - Most Hallowed Ground
8.1865 - War is Hell
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103 of 108 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Jun 2005
Format: DVD
I originally purchased this series on VHS several years ago. Most people making this purchase will probably do so beacuase they have seen all or part of the series before and would like to own it for future reviews. Please be aware that the Region 2 version contains only 3 discs and the Region 1 version is far superior with 2 additional discs of extras, better packaging and a 5:1 soundtrack instead of stereo! Why we have been shortchanged for the European release is beyond me and the licencees should come clean! either way it is an excellent series emotive, educational but not sufficiently revisionist for many historians. As an introduction it cannot be faulted or bettered.
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