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This Ken Burns produced documentary on Thomas Jefferson comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are no subtitles, but the soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include a conversation with Burns, and a featurette on Ken Burns' creative process. This is a solid release from PBS Home Video that should appeal to history buffs and may be of value to teachers in a classroom ...
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Overview

This Ken Burns produced documentary on Thomas Jefferson comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are no subtitles, but the soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include a conversation with Burns, and a featurette on Ken Burns' creative process. This is a solid release from PBS Home Video that should appeal to history buffs and may be of value to teachers in a classroom setting.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Ken Burns: Making History; A Conversation with Ken Burns
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Lewis Somoza Manalo
Prior to his 1997 breakthrough documentary Lewis and Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery, Ken Burns directed this three-hour chronicle of American Founding Father Thomas Jefferson. Through interviews with columnist George Will and author Gore Vidal, among others, Burns takes viewers in deep into the life of this shy, well-spoken member of the Virginia aristocracy, from his writing of the Declaration of Independence through his presidency and the monumental Louisiana Purchase to his later life, in which he founded the University of Virginia and reestablished his friendship with John Adams. Featuring voice-overs by Ossie Davis and Sam Waterston, the film also highlights Jefferson's duties at the First Continental Congress, his famous Monticello mansion, and his controversial ownership of slaves despite being a champion of freedom. An inspiration to American statesmen for centuries to follow and arguably the most influential political thinker in American history, Jefferson provided the nation with a blueprint for religious, political, and intellectual freedom -- best expressed in the Bill of Rights -- that remains the bedrock of American civil liberties. The DVD release of Thomas Jefferson includes "Ken Burns: Making History" and "A Conversation with Ken Burns," interview featurettes that give viewers a rare look at the filmmaker, a history buff whose own works have somehow come to feel like part of history themselves.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/2004
  • UPC: 841887051392
  • Original Release: 1996
  • Rating:

  • Source: Pbs (Direct)
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 3:00:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 14,155

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ken Burns Participant
Ossie Davis Voice Only
Sam Waterston Participant
Technical Credits
Ken Burns Director, Producer
Paul Barnes Editor
Kevin Michael Kertscher Editor
Allen Moore Cinematographer
Camilla Rockwell Producer
Geoffrey C. Ward Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Thomas Jefferson: A Film By Ken Burns
1. Introduction [8:53]
2. Life [18:30]
3. Liberty: Our Sacred Honor [42:23]
4. The Head and the Heart [15:00]
5. Credits [1:57]
1. Introduction [2:19]
2. Liberty: The Age of Experiments [10:32]
3. The Pursuit of Happiness [33:38]
4. Credits [40:31]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Thomas Jefferson: A Film By Ken Burns
   Play Part One
   Play Part Two
   Scene Selections
      Part One: Scene Selections
      Part Two: Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Ken Burns: Making History
      A Conversation With Ken Burns
   PBS Online
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  • Posted September 13, 2014

    I first saw this when it aired on PBS many years. Because Jeffer

    I first saw this when it aired on PBS many years. Because Jefferson is such a central figure in our history\\
     and being an avid student of history I watched it. I though that it would be stuffy and boring however it
     was anything but. It was an excellent portrayal Of Jefferson as a man, his insights ans views, how he
     helped to shape this country. It also detailed the scandals, personality and conflicts. He was widely
     attacked  for having slaves, yet many of our Finding Fathers had slaves with no comment. It was the
     lifestyle and economic need to have them. Yet he believed in  Liberty for all. The film moves quickly
     for the most part and provides a wealth of information. Jefferson was a man who believed strongly in  
    liberty,religious freedom and intelligence. His battles with the Federalists are renowned. His years in Paris
    and shaping and then supporting their own Revolution. The films never stops being interesting!  

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