Founding Brothers

Founding Brothers

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Director: Mark Hufnail, Melissa Peltier, Bonnie Peterson, Jim Milio

Cast: Mark Hufnail, Melissa Peltier, Bonnie Peterson, Jim Milio

     
 

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This disc contains a documentary that relates a half-dozen stories about the men who founded the United States of America. The disc offers a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original broadcast aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are neither subtitles nor closed captions on this release. There are no

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This disc contains a documentary that relates a half-dozen stories about the men who founded the United States of America. The disc offers a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original broadcast aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are neither subtitles nor closed captions on this release. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence, making it difficult to recommend this A&E title to anyone who does not have an interest in the material. History teachers may find this disc useful.

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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Playwrights and filmmakers often reach back to the tumultuous early days of the United States for colorful characters and stories, but for sheer drama there's nothing comparable to the actual events that transpired during those years immediately following the Revolutionary War -- events vividly portrayed in this engrossing two-disc documentary. Originally broadcast on the History Channel, Founding Brothers examines six pivotal incidents that helped shape U.S. history: the secret dinner at which key political figures determined the site for our capital and outlined a plan for financial growth; Benjamin Franklin's impassioned plea for an end to slavery; George Washington's Farewell Address; John Adams's turbulent presidency; the infamous duel that robbed the nation of one of its greatest early statesmen, Alexander Hamilton; and the momentous reconciliation between longtime adversaries Adams and Thomas Jefferson. Edward Herrmann's narration contributes structure, and commentary from leading scholars provides context, but the events themselves are brought to life by voice actors Peter Coyote (playing Jefferson), James Woods (Adams), Brian Dennehy (Washington), Michael York (Hamilton), Rob Lowe (Madison), and Hal Holbrook (Franklin), reading from speeches, letters, and memoirs written by these towering historical figures. Elegantly produced and briskly paced, this engaging documentary accomplishes something most textbooks fail to do: It conveys the sense of urgency that animated the founders' struggles to establish representative democracy in a loosely knit nation still recovering from a lengthy war. This deluxe, double-disc DVD box set adds featurettes containing additional material that amplifies the historical record.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/30/2002
UPC:
0733961704815
Rating:
NR
Source:
A&E Home Video
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
3:20:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Interactive menus; Scene selection

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Founding Brothers, Vol. 1
1. President Elect
2. Untrodden Ground
3. The First Great Cabinet
4. All Men Are Created Equal
5. Visionary Plan
6. Sides of Slavery
1. Republicans vs. Federalists
2. The National Bank
3. War of Words
4. Proclamation of Neutrality
5. The Jay Treaty
6. Changing Times
Side #2 -- Founding Brothers, Vol. 2
1. Revolutionary Successors
2. Plitical Intrigue
3. First Scandalous Affair
4. Quasi War
5. Loss of the People
6. Weighty Political Scales
1. Man of the People
2. Character Assassination
3. Code of Honor
4. Duel of Leadership
5. Era of Democracy
6. Independence Forever

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Founding Brothers 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
roeandnoir More than 1 year ago
I purchased this for educational uses. It was a great decision. The film process and the explanations on each of the founding fathers is memorable. Good for the historian or the recreational historian and students alike. I definitely suggest this for anyone's collection.