THE PLOT THUS FAR
When he called himself “a skinny kid with a funny name” at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, his star was already rising. By the time he triumphed in the 2004 Illinois Senate race, he was the golden child of a Democratic party in desperate need of a charismatic leader. And in November of 2008, he was the first African-American to be elected President of the United States.
BIO narrates the definitive story of BARACK OBAMA, from his childhood in Honolulu to his history-making presidential win. Follow Obama through his teenage struggles for self-identity, his student days at Columbia University and Harvard Law School, and finally, through his political career in Chicago, where he rose to fame through a focus on ethics and political reform. Go behind the scenes of Obama’s extraordinarily successful presidential campaign, his triumphant election, and his historic first term in the White House.
Featuring insightful interviews with friends and family members, as well as previously unreleased footage of Obama’s campaign and victory, BARACK OBAMA chronicles the uniquely American story of one man rising up to fight for what he believes in – and, the dawning of a new chapter in American history.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Barack Obama: From His Childhood to the Presidency” is pretty straightforward. This special runs about 45 minutes and it covers the highlights of the last four years with biography padding to get it to broadcast length. What makes it even crazier is that it’s recycled from three past specials that ranged in air dates from 2007-2008. So, you’re getting the highlights of a previous highlight reel.
While it’s hard to fault what’s essentially a repackage of a Biography Channel special, you do have to ask yourself what you should buy it. It’s an educational release for people that can’t be bothered to read. It’s a DVD meant to inform those masses that believe a President can be from Kenya. The purpose of the short is to inform children and the adult ignorant.
The DVD comes with no special features. The A/V Quality is pretty strong with a Dolby 2.0 track that provides an average soundstage. The transfer runs the gamut without ever really impressing anyone. Still, it’s a typical puff piece that would only inform elementary school children. What did you expect?
RELEASE DATE: OUT NOW!