This insightful documentary offers a unique perspective on the contrasting family backgrounds, personal lives, battlefield strategies and legacies of Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee, two of the most powerful leaders in U.S. military history.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Lee & Grant” is a personal look at two iconic leaders of the Civil War. Surprising details reveal the bold choices and almost godlike power Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee summoned on decisive battlefields like Vicksburg and Gettysburg that, within days of each other, turned the tide of the war. Originally aired in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, this special features a unique perspective, exploring how these men changed the course of American history.
The program really hopes to draw out Lee and Grant as individuals. Starting with student days and following through the notable battles of the Civil War, we see the generals contrasted and compared. Lee makes off much better than does Grant, who is vilified as rather incompetent throughout the piece. While no one could hope to capture all the complexities of the Civil War in a singular program, “Lee & Grant” does a decent enough job hitting the highlights and major turning points that would appeal to most enthusiasts.
The DVD comes with some bonus footage as the sole special feature. The A/V Quality is on par with recent History Channel TV on DVD releases, but the transfer still feels muddled. The Dolby Surround track pushes all action to the front channels. Still, it works for what it is. In the end, I’d recommend a rental.
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