THE PLOT THUS FAR
On the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy, this prermium colllection, comprised of two feature-length DVDs and a printed set of rare replica memorabilia with accompanying booklet, pays tribute to one of America’s greatest presidents.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Triumph and Tragedy” is another one of those giant PBS collections dedicated to a fallen president. Sit back and watch two DVDs worth of everything that has already been said about the Kennedys. I don’t even know why everyone falls over themselves to usher out new documentaries about subject matter like this. What does your documentary about an already over covered subject have to say that the last eighty ones didn’t state?
JFK is an interesting figure to a point. We know who had sex with, his dependence on drugs to get through basic activities and how he bumbled so many sensitive matters. That being said, you hit a point where you stop caring. Unless a documentary shows me who shot him and then gives me details about the hit, then that’s the only way I could care. After all, the guy was overexposed long before his brains hit the front seat of that car in Dallas. What I love about these sets are all of the historical trinkets that PBS includes. That last one for Abraham Lincoln had maps of the Union Army, playbills and all sorts of stuff. You need the giant box that this release comes in to keep track of the JFK Cabinet papers and the related goods. Hell, my dog was almost Robert McNamara for a solid hour.
The DVD comes with rare memorabilia and a booklet as the special features. The A/V Quality is on par with past major releases. There’s nothing well kept about the production, but it looks good for what it is. If you’re a Kennedy fan, then you were already sold when you saw the box art. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.
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