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The American Civil War (6 DVD Box Set)

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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
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  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: None
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: None
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: History Channel
  • DVD Release Date: 17 May 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003GCOQU4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,902 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


The Most Daring Mission Of The Civil War/April 1865
Battlefield Detectives: The Civil War: Antietam/Battlefield Detectives: The Civil War: Gettysburg/Battlefield
Detectives: The Civil War: Shiloh
Secret Missions Of The Civil War/The Lost Battle Of The Civil War
Tales Of The Gun: Guns Of The Civil War/Eighty Acres Of Hell
Sherman’s March

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89 of 92 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Episodes of war 4 Sep 2010
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A six disc set which picks certain specific topics from the American Civil War. A few battles analyzed, one episode on undercover raids, one on development of ordnance and a history of Sherman's March. This set is not a history of the Civil War,as such and not recommended for someone expecting a start-to-finish overview history. Interesting, well presented topics for "buffs" and thus well worth purchasing.
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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Precise and up to date investigations of battles 15 Sep 2010
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This is a very well put together documentary and will appeal to historians and military buffs as it informs of the technology advances and industrialisation of war. i.e. American Civil War is the first Industrial War.
Dealing with forensic evidence that changes the view of certain myths and battles of the civil war such as the Hornets Nest.

Enthralling for those interested in strategy and tactics rather than just the overall narrative and 'a must' for weaponary information. The dramatisation is well done though concerned with details of battles and the characters involved in particular events, such as the generals and the forensic view of the locations, rather than the emphasis being on the historical and political overview alone.
Very concise and 'a must' for those interested in the people 'on the ground' and effects and process of technology used to destroy people in wars.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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This THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR 6 DVD Box Set is not and should not be confused with the highly-acclaimed but expensive THE AMERICAN CIVIL WAR - a film by Ken Burns. This is the 2010 version released by HISTORY CHANNEL

Disc 1: THE MOST DARING MISSION of the Civil War and APRIL 1865.
Disc 3: SECRET MISSIONS and THE LOST BATTLE of the Civil War.
Disc 4: TALES OF THE GUNS of the Civil War and EIGHTY ACRES OF HELL.
Disc 6: CIVIL WAR COMBAT Shiloh, Antietam, Gettysburg & Cold Harbor.

This is not a complete history of the American Civil War but nevertheless has many interesting new stories and re-enactments from U S Grant's symbolic gesture of doffing his hat to Robert E Lee as he left Appomattox after the surrender to a Union Prison for Confederates near Chicago which seemed to almost match the more well-known Southern Prison for Union Troops at Andersonville, Georgia.
The Civil War is often referred to as the first "modern" war in history, included armaments, ironclad ships, telegraph and railroads. The casualty list on both sides for four years of fighting was truly appalling, much of which is reflected here.
Disc Five is devoted entirely William T Sherman's epic "march to the sea", which is extremely well done and is worth the entire box-set price on its own!
Much of the material here is in standard 4:3 aspect whilst the rest is in wide-screen format. Over fourteen hours of viewing here for very little money, you just can't go wrong!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well made dvd and great value for money 17 April 2012
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This set offers a great insight into varied aspects of the american civil war which will appeal to civil war buffs and those who are becoming interested in the subject. In particular the DVD on Sherman's march to the sea is excellent and very well produced explains this campaign accurately rather than focusing on the myths that have been allowed to become accepted facts.For the price you will not get a better set other than the Ken Burns production.
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60 of 68 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good if you know your subject 2 July 2010
By Roger
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A series of interesting programs that supplement your knowledge of the subject. If, for example, you know nothing about Antietam - the program won't help at all and if you know a lot, then the program won't help much either! There's a lot of recapping after what would be the advertisement breaks which is a bit tedious - very tedious but apart from that I thought they were a good effort and worth the price - which is not a lot!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars FIRST CLASS 12 July 2012
By colin
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Did not know what to expect when ordering this set, as the price was so good, thought that it may be dated and got giving a good balanced view of the subject..need not have worried this set is a must
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The American Civil War 14 Feb 2012
By jb
While the History Channel approaches the Civil War in a different way to Ken and Ric Burns, its insights are fascinating.I bet many Americans have never heard of the ironclad Albermarle for instance or the kidnapping of a Union general by a small force of Confederates in 1863.It also shows the courage and resourcefulness of quite ordinary men and women who endured in spite of everything.But no mention of Confederate general Nathan Bedford Forest ?
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected pleasure 4 Aug 2011
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I gave this set to our Civil War re-enactment buff for his birthday, and he was delighted with it.
He was amazed that there was so much he had not seen before, particularly the battlefield walks, and the armament reviews ... and as he is his company's gunner, that's saying something!
The series was made by the Discovery Channel, so if you missed it (or want to see it again) do buy it, it's only a pound a disc!
Nice to be able to please a chap now and again ... and again ... and again ...!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 7 days ago by David Chapman
5.0 out of 5 stars The American Civil War
awesome as I like Civil War History
Published 1 month ago by Colleen Lawson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great all round seller
Gerat dvd at a great price promptly delivered and well packaged, thank you
Published 2 months ago by Mrs Sarah Pogson
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good documentary, well made
Very good documentary, well made, good detail I have learnt more about the American civil war in the first 4 episode's!
Published 3 months ago by shaun
3.0 out of 5 stars OK, but a bit basic. Usual history channel ...
OK, but a bit basic. Usual history channel stuff - written for 12 year olds.
Published 3 months ago by Ross Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars A Historic Phenomenon
The American Civil War is an important info-tank concerning the nasty civil war. A must have for those who wish to acquaint themselves with this historic phenomenon. Read more
Published 6 months ago by The Calvinist Reformer
5.0 out of 5 stars really good
this box set was really good it was just what i needed after having my op for kidney cancer loved this
Published 6 months ago by steve pearce
5.0 out of 5 stars big surprise
this was a present for my partners dad, he was very surprised and wanted to watch it straight away, exellent
Published 9 months ago by Welsh Dave
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent entertainment
This is a cracking set of DVDs, excellent value for the price. Perhaps it is a cultural thing but the American obsession with minutia begins to grate slightly after a while. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Rodders
5.0 out of 5 stars The American Civil War
I purchased it for my husband and he found it excellent. The documentary and the actual film was most educating.
Published 12 months ago by margaret jones
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