America The story of us
DVD - 2010
"A riveting adventure of how America was invented. 'America the story of us' focuses on the people, ideas and events that built our nation, covering 400 years of America history in the most extensive and in-depth television series ever produced by History. Sharing their thoughts on the building of America, and what it means to be an American, are a world-class group of individuals including Tom Brokaw, Michael Douglas, Meryl Streep, Buzz Aldrin, Colin Powell, Donald Trump, John Le...gend, Melissa Etheridge, Brian Williams and more"--Container.
[United States] :
A&E Television Networks : History : Distributed by New Video
- Item Description
- Bonus features: disc 1: additional scenes on American Revolution, Declaration of Independence, George Washington; disc 2: additional scenes on Civil War, transcontinental railroad, the Statue of Liberty, Henry Ford and the Model T.
- Physical Description
- 3 v. (1 videodisc (DVD) per volume) (552 min.) : sd., col. with b& w sequences ; 4 3/4 in
- DVD; Dolby digital stereo.
- Production Credits
- Cinematography, Giulio Biccari ; editors, Simon Ardizzone ... [et al.] ; music, Stuart Fox, John E.R. Hardy, Miguel d'Oliveira.
- Corporate Authors
- Other Authors
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- disc 1. Rebels
- disc 2. Civil War
- disc 3. Bust
- World War II
Four hundred years of American history are streamlined into this overview of a selection of historical events. Actor Liev Schreiber's narration is considered and reflective, Popular Mechanics' James Meigs provides context for inventions such as the cotton gin and computers, and the various commentators (including Colin Powell, Tom Brokaw, and Donald Trump) speak confidently. At times, however, the celebrity commentary seems incongruous, such as P. Diddy on the qualities of the American worker or Michael Douglas talking about pilgrims and the Jamestown Colony. The rapid-fire CGI reenactments appear tailored to captivate a younger generation rather than relate specific facts. Much actual history is omitted (mostly wars, e.g., the Korean War and the War of 1812), but then this title does seem intent on presenting a story in an entertaining manner rather than documenting history. A free teacher's guide and other materials are available on the website (bit.ly/dfq0pk). All told, an interesting if flawed introduction to American history.—Denise A. Garofalo, Mount Saint Mary Coll. Lib., Newburgh, NY [Page 57]. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Surveys the history of the U.S., featuring key historical events presented through live-action re-enactments and computer-generated animation.