Founding of America Megaset

Founding of America Megaset

     
 

Hallmarked by narration featuring such celebrities as Aidan Quinn, Kelsey Grammer and Jeff Daniels, this ambitious, nine-part documentary series from television's History Channel tells the epic-length chronicle of the events that led up to and surrounded the establishment of the United States of America. It begins with Founding Brothers and Founding Fathers<See more details below

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Hallmarked by narration featuring such celebrities as Aidan Quinn, Kelsey Grammer and Jeff Daniels, this ambitious, nine-part documentary series from television's History Channel tells the epic-length chronicle of the events that led up to and surrounded the establishment of the United States of America. It begins with Founding Brothers and Founding Fathers, biographical profiles of the multifaceted men who put their reputations and safety on the line to foster the independence of the fledgling colonies. Parts three and four, Secrets of the Founding Fathers and Mysteries of the Freemasons, discuss some of the secret societies (including Freemasonry) that came to involve the progenitors of the U.S. in integral and intimate ways. Part five, The Revolution, chronicles the Revolutionary War itself (1775-83), detailing the battles that alternately resulted in victories and loses. Parts six and seven, Ben Franklin and Benedict Arnold: A Question of Honor profile and contrast the personalities and histories of the titular gentleman, one regarded as a hero, the other perceived as a national traitor. The set concludes with two reverential biographical studies of George Washington, Washington the Warrior and The Crossing, each of which pay homage to the general-turned-president's remarkable leadership skills.This film is part one of a four-part series that looks at the human dimension of the events of the American Revolution. With re-enactments of key events, and through period artwork, the personal stories of the founding fathers are told. Voices are provided by actors including Burt Reynolds, James Woods, Brian Dennehy, Hal Holbrook, Michael York, Peter Coyote, and Beau Bridges. In this episode, the various taxes the British placed on their American subjects are the subject of discontent. These onerous taxes led to an unlikely alliance between two Bostonians: the failed businessman Samuel Adams and the wealthy, aristocratic John Hancock. Together, they staged the Boston Tea Party, and the Continental Congress was convened. ~ Rose of Sharon WinterThis is another volume in the four-part series from The History Channel on the stories of the architects of the American Revolution. The documentary puts real faces on the men Americans call the "founding fathers." With re-enactments and period art, their stories are brought to life, with voices provided by some of Hollywood's leading actors. The story in this episode begins in the year 1775. The colonies are balking at the oppressive measures of the British. Some, like John Hancock, fear the onerous taxes will destroy their wealth. Others, like Thomas Paine, see a chance to express the democratic ideal through oratory. The film gives the viewer the inside story on the motivations of the men who led the fight for freedom. ~ Rose of Sharon WinterThis is the final episode in a four-part series on the story of the American Revolution and the men who made it happen. The film gets personal, providing insight into the background and character of each of the major players, from Benjamin Franklin to Thomas Jefferson to John Calhoun. They were men of sharply divergent backgrounds and temperaments; yet, they came together on the issue of freedom. This installment focuses on the momentous year, 1776, when the revolutionaries met, amidst cries of treason and fears of betrayal, to write the Declaration of Independence, declaring that the United States was a new nation, free of British domination. The film tells the story with re-enactments, period imagery, and the voices of well-known Hollywood actors. ~ Rose of Sharon WinterThis film is an episode in the four-part series from the History Channel on the founding fathers. The documentary takes a distinctly humanistic approach to the subject. Rather than focusing on the events of the revolution, the film explores the personalities of the men behind them. The story takes up with the Continental Congress, and how these very different men -- from womanizer Ben Franklin to rich playboy John Hancock to the patrician Thomas Jefferson -- came to agree on a plan to resist the oppression of the British. These disparate personalities managed to forge the United States Constitution, a document that is admired and emulated around the world today. ~ Rose of Sharon WinterIn case the viewer is wondering why there is a two-party system in America, this two-part History Channel series offers valuable insights on the bickering, backbiting, and downright ego-tripping that went into the creation of the United States back in the late 18th century. A troupe of actors bring to life such historical figures as George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, James Madison, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, and Aaron Burr, demonstrating that personal agendas and partisanship are hardly the exclusive property of contemporary politics. Individual episode titles include the slightly ironic "A More Perfect Union" and the cheeky "Evolution of a Revolution." Intended as a sequel to the 2000 History Channel documentary series Founding Fathers, Founding Brothers originally aired on May 27 and 28, 2002.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/28/2010
UPC:
0733961233247
Rating:
NR
Source:
A&E Home Video
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
25:36:00

Special Features

"History in the making: the revolution" behind-the-scenes featurette; "Declaration of independence" episode of save our history; "The many faces of Ben Franklin" making-of featurette; Behind-the-scenes featurettes; Secret societies documentary; Timeline; Anecdotes; Quotes; List of innovations & inventions; "Benedict Arnold: triumph and treason" episode of the a&e award-winning series biography; Cast biographies/filmographies; Historical quotes

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Founding Fathers of America
   Rebels With a Cause
      Play Program
      Scene Selections
      Closed Captions
   Taking Liberty
      Play Program
      Scene Selection
      Closed Captions
   Play Both Programs
Disc #2 -- Founding Fathers of America
   You Say You Want a Revolution?
      Play Program
      Scene Selection
      Closed Captions
   A Healthy Constitution
      Play Program
      Scene Selection
      Closed Captions
   Play Both Programs
Disc #3 -- Founding Fathers of America
   A More Perfect Union Part One
      Play Program
      Scene Selection
   A More Perfect Union Part Two
      Play Program
      Scene Selection
   Play Both Programs
   Closed Captioning
Disc #4 -- Founding Fathers of America
   Evolution of a Revolution Part One
      Play Program
      Scene Selection
   Evolution of a Revolution Part Two
      Play Program
      Scene Selection
   Play Both Programs
   Closed Captioning
Disc #5 -- Founding Fathers of America
   Secrets of the Founding Fathers
Disc #6 -- Founding Fathers of America
   Play Program
   Scene Selection
      Part One: The Beginning
         Play All
      Part Two: America
         Play All
   Bonus: Secret Societies
      Play All
Disc #7 -- Founding Fathers of America
   Boston, Bloody Boston
      Play All
   Rebellion to Revolution
      Play All
   Declaring Independence
      Play All
   American Crisis
      Play All
Disc #8 -- Founding Fathers of America
   Path to World War
      Play All
   Forging an Army
      Play All
   Treason & Betrayal
      Play All
Disc #9 -- Founding Fathers of America
   The War Heads South
      Play All
   Hornet's Nest
      Play All
   The End Game
      Play All
Disc #10 -- Founding Fathers of America
   Becoming a Nation
      Play All
   Road to the Presidency
      Play All
   A President and His Revolution
      Play All
   Bonus: Behind the Scenes: The Revolution
Disc #11 -- Founding Fathers of America
   Play Program
   Scene Selection
   Bonus: History In the Making: Washington the Warrior
Disc #12 -- Founding Fathers of America
   Play Program
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Bonus Programs
         The Many Faces of Ben Franklin
         Save Our History Declaration of Independence
      About Ben Franklin
         Timeline
         Anecdotes
         Quotes
         Innovations & Inventions
Disc #13 -- Founding Fathers of America
   Play
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Making of Benedict Arnold
      A&E Biography Benedict Arnold: Triumph and Treason
      Biographies/Filmographies
         Aidan Quinn
         Kelsey Grammer
      DVD Credits
Disc #14 -- Founding Fathers of America
   Play
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      The Making of The Crossing
      Historical Quotes
      Biographies and Filmographies
         Jeff Daniels
         Roger Rees

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