Lewis & Clark - The Journey of the Corps of Discovery

Lewis & Clark - The Journey of the Corps of Discovery

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Director: Ken Burns

Cast: Ken Burns, Adam Arkin, Murphy Guyer, Sam Waterston

     
 

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The Ken Burns directed documentary on the travels of Lewis and Clark comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are no subtitles, but the soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include a making-of featurette, an interview of Burns by Charlie Rose, and a featurette concerning the… See more details below

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Overview

The Ken Burns directed documentary on the travels of Lewis and Clark comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are no subtitles, but the soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include a making-of featurette, an interview of Burns by Charlie Rose, and a featurette concerning the working methods of the documentarian. This is a great release for any history enthusiast, and may well be of use to teachers in a classroom setting.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Jason Bergenfeld
A year after his in-depth Thomas Jefferson documentary wowed PBS viewers, celebrated filmmaker Ken Burns followed a tangent close to the second U.S. president's heart: the westward push of explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark and their team, the Corps of Discovery. In a twist on his usual documentary form, Burns and his team follow Lewis and Clark's cross-country steps, re-creating "the best road trip in American history" by retracing the route as it appeared in the mid-1990s and filming during the seasons that corresponded to the explorers' passage. A historical opus nearly four years in the making, the film is narrated by Hal Holbrook, with insights added by author Stephen Ambrose and other noted historians. In addition to the complete four-hour journey, this DVD contains Ken Burns: Making History, an inside look into how Burns turns a basic idea into a world of grandeur, plus interviews from The Charlie Rose Show with Burns, Ambrose, and writer-coproducer Dayton Duncan.
All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
Characterized by celebrity voice-overs, authentic period music, and fluid camera movement over vintage photographs, Ken Burns's style in such public television documentaries as Baseball (1994) and The Civil War (1990) had connected US audiences with their history and made the writer-director a star of public television. His ensuing biographies, Thomas Jefferson (1997) and Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery (1997), presented him with subjects from before the invention of photography; he met this challenge by filming the literal geography of his subjects' lives, replacing photos with lush landscapes and epic structures. Thomas Jefferson filmed at Monticello, while Lewis & Clark ambitiously retraces the explorers' route at the same time of year that they passed through each location. Like most of Burns' films, Lewis and Clark relies on only a few scholarly sources, in this case primarily Dayton Duncan and Stephen E. Ambrose, both of whom accompanied Burns for portions of the journey. Burns also earned kudos for giving voice to the Native American perspective on Lewis and Clark by recognizing Sacagawea's participation in the journey and using several Native American historians and writers in the on-camera commentary.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/28/2004
UPC:
0841887051385
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
NR
Source:
Pbs (Direct)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
4:00:00
Sales rank:
6,313

Special Features

Closed Caption; Ken Burns: making history, see what inspires Ken Burns to think beyond what history books dictate to create gripping and compelling films; A Conversation with Ken Burns- an unprecedented look at the filmmaker at work, gathering history,making history; The making of Lewis & Clark featurette; Charlie Rose interviews with producers Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan and author Stephen Ambrose

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Adam Arkin Voice Only
Murphy Guyer Voice Only
Sam Waterston Voice Only
Matthew Broderick Voice Only
Kevin Conway Voice Only
Gene Jones Voice Only
Tantoo Cardinal Voice Only
Tim Clark Voice Only
Ken Little Hawk Voice Only
John Trudell Voice Only
Daniel Von Bargen Voice Only
Erika Funkhauser Voice Only
Hal Holbrook Narrator

Technical Credits
Ken Burns Director,Executive Producer,Cinematographer
Paul Barnes Editor
Buddy Squires Cinematographer
Dayton Duncan Producer,Screenwriter
Erik Ewers Editor
Allen Moore Cinematographer
Dominick Tavella Sound/Sound Designer
Stephen Ambrose Advisor

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Disc One
1. Introduction [16:14]
2. The Grandfather Spirit [15:57]
3. The Garden of Eden [17:39]
4. Our Friends [11:55]
5. The Real Unknown [14:14]
6. The Portage [6:35]
7. The Northwest Passage [12:19]
8. Credits [7:14]
Side #2 -- Disc Two
1. Introduction [13:55]
2. The Most Terrible Mountains [8:44]
3. Watkuweis [9:49]
4. O! The Joy [14:54]
5. Rainy and Wet [24:13]
6. Done for Posterity [9:35]
7. Credits [20:27]

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