THE PLOT THUS FAR
Experience American history like never before with this television miniseries that highlights such momentous events as the arrival of the Pilgrims, the American Revolution, the Civil War and the incredible lunar landing. Narrated by Liev Schreiber, this comprehensive look into the true character of the United States and its people interweaves cutting-edge animation, insightful interviews and dramatic re-creations.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
As the American nation is born, a vast continent lies to the west of the mountains, waiting to be explored and exploited. Yet this land is not empty–Native American Indians are spread across the land mass, as are Spanish colonists and French explorers. For the pioneers who set out to confront these lands, following trailblazers like Daniel Boone, the conquest of the West is a story of courage and hardship that forges the character of America. Armed with knowledge from hardened mountain men like Jedediah Smith, millions of Americans keep heading ever westward.
If one person gets at least a vague US history time line from this show, someone who normally doesn’t watch the History Channel…I feel then the show has done its job. If the CG graphics draw a younger crowd, like people who liked the movie 300, then good. They probably learned something. And yes, maybe it does make some historical items seem more important than they should or jumps to an assumption here and there, but it’s decent to watch and entertaining as a whole.
The DVD comes with interviews, featurette and trailer. The A/V Quality is sharp enough, but I expected more visual pop from a History Channel production. I guess visual panache is reserved for the bigger productions. Still, the Dolby mix was strong and it helped to make the historical recreations pop across the soundstage. I’d recommend a rental.
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