WILSON (1944)


Woodrow Wilson moves from his position as the head of Princeton to the Governorship of New Jersey to the White House, where he eventually uses all of his efforts to end World War I.


There’s something that caught my attention while revisiting “Wilson” on DVD. There’s something about how many people believe that their generation is the first to experience certain kinds of events, such as war, depression, or political controversy. As we all know, these are timeless events, and though the particulars may change, the reactions to them don’t change so much. As for politics, there are some wonderful scenes in the film of the Democratic Conventions of 1912 and 1916, that detail the serious issues, as well as the hoopla and occasional nonsense that has always marked those events.

Wilson in the movie is portrayed as an impeccable man of principal, when in fact, he allowed the British to maintain their empire, including Ireland, which was fighting its own war with the British Empire during the War. The movie also does not give the impression that Wilson had some very racist opinions about the Japan, Italy, Eastern Europeans and Blacks, in our country and abroad. He didn’t particularly like Germans either, which is understandable since all of his grandparents were born in England.

The DVD comes with no special features, but it’s another stellar Movie on Demand release from FOX. The A/V Quality is pretty strong for a vintage flick. However, there are points where the audio track kept slipping out of Mono and into a paper thin Dolby 2.0 mix. I’m not sure whether to chalk that up to my receiver trying to rid the non-remastered audio and doing its best or something else. Still, it’s well representative of its age. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase to classic cinema fans.


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