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  • Release Date: 4/24/2007
  • UPC: 030306711492
  • Source: Mpi Home Video
  • Region Code: 0
  • Time: 10:00:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 39,922

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Disc #1 -- The Fabulous 60s, Disc 1
   1960
   1961
   1962
   Subtitles
      English Subtitles: On
      English Subtitles: Off
Disc #2 -- The Fabulous 60s, Disc 2
   1963
   1964
   1965
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      English Subtitles: On
      English Subtitles: Off
Disc #3 -- The Fabulous 60s, Disc 3
   1966
   1967
   Subtitles
      English Subtitles: On
      English Subtitles: Off
Disc #4 -- The Fabulous 60s, Disc 4
   1968
   1969
   Subtitles
      English Subtitles: On
      English Subtitles: Off
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2014

    I recall watching this series in the early 1980s on syndicated T

    I recall watching this series in the early 1980s on syndicated TV (and PBS), later on VHS. Re-watching on DVD after three decades, I wondered if these 45 minute episodes, chronicling each year of that decade, would lose some of their impact. Fortunately, they haven't.

    What makes this show particularly interesting is that it is a document on the sixties that was actually made in the sixties... well, 1970 to be exact. It is a contemporary of those popular Time-Life books of the period (covering the 20th century decade by decade, but with their sixties edition also published in '70). All of the events were fresh on both the producers' and earliest viewers' minds. A young Peter Jennings, destined to become the most fondly remembered voice of evening news along with Walter Cronkite, provides a soft-spoken commentary that balances the very restless, and often very violent, images on display. (I should point out that the material is presented uncensored for sensitive eyes. Prepare for bloody beatings, shootings and tear gas here, since this decade was no picnic.)

    This is a great history lesson composed of vintage clips, most of them in color but sometimes black and white (i.e. color TV only became mainstream later that decade) and sometimes the monochrome footage is tinted in various colors that was typical of that "groovy" period. (The music score is also nicely dated.) Much of the material was shot in 35mm and 16mmm, rather than video tape as we are more used to today. Thus, the footage is both grainy and timely, with interviews done "on the spot". There is no commentary done by modern day historians decades later, also what we are accustomed to on the History Channel and other cable networks. Instead, we see the events with those experiencing them "in real time".

    Covered are all of the primary personalities and dramatic arenas they were showcased, appearing almost like performers on a stage: presidents Kennedy-Johnson-Nixon, Winston Churchill in his final years, Albert Schweitzer, Hugh Hefner, the Beatles, Malcolm X, Twiggy, Ralph Nader, Timothy Leary, Billy Graham, Cassius Clay, US astronauts and Soviet cosmonauts (and chimps too), Cesar Chevaz, Charles DeGaulle... and others involved in the Berlin Wall construction, Cuban missile crisis, political assassinations, Vietnam and Woodstock. The civil rights movement is particularly well-documented episode by episode, with the urban riots, marches and Black Panthers shown in considerable detail for such a short time-frame, along with those wishing to suppress the much needed racial integration (and not just outspoken KKK members, but also average British citizens threatened by an increase of Jamaican immigrants entering the UK). This was clearly a decade in which changes to the social order happened too fast for some. In the 1960 and '61 episodes, we are also reminded that the second world war and the Holocaust was only a decade an a half in the past and there were still ex-Nazis on trial. Most importantly, this series shows just how difficult it was to integrate so many races and religions in one country... and many today still feel we have a very long way to go. As they say, the more things change with time, the more some things stay the same.

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