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The American Civil War [DVD]

4.7 out of 5 stars 129 customer reviews

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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 Sept. 2009
  • Run Time: 690 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 129 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B002QFZD54
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,661 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

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The most successful public-television miniseries in American history, the 11-hour American Civil War defined what has since become known as the "Ken Burns approach"--voice-over narrators reading letters and documents dramatically and stating the writer's name at their conclusion, fresh live footage of places juxtaposed with still images (photographs, paintings, maps, prints), anecdotal interviews, and romantic musical scores taken from the era he depicts.

The American Civil War uses all of these devices to evoke atmosphere and resurrect an event that many knew only from stale history books. While Burns is a historian, a researcher, and a documentarian, he's above all a gifted storyteller, and it's his narrative powers that give this chronicle its beauty, overwhelming emotion, and devastating horror. Using the words of old letters, eloquently read by a variety of celebrities, the stories of historians like Shelby Foote and rare, stained photos, Burns allows us not only to learn and understand history, but also to feel and experience it. --Dave McCoy --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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