The Civil War

Format: DVD 2004
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 2 copies
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Green Tree Public Library Adult DVD DVD PBS CIV
Location  Green Tree Public Library
Collection  Adult DVD
Call Number  DVD PBS CIV
Sewickley Public Library AV - Nonfiction DVDs DVD 973.7 CIV 2004
Location  Sewickley Public Library
Collection  AV - Nonfiction DVDs
Call Number  DVD 973.7 CIV 2004
Filmed in panoramic Cinerama, this star-studded, epic Western adventure is a true cinematic classic. Three legendary directors (Henry Hathaway, John Ford, and George Marshall) combine their skills to tell the story of three families and their travels from the Erie Canal to California between 1839 and 1889. Spencer Tracy narrates the film, which cost an estimated 15 million dollars to complete. In the first segment, "The Rivers," pioneer Zebulon Prescott (Karl Malden) sets out to settle in the West with his wife (Agnes Moorehead) and their four children. Along with other settlers and river pirates, they run into mountain man Linus Rawlings (James Stewart), who sells animal hides. The Prescotts try to raft down the Ohio River in a raft, but only daughters Lilith (Debbie Reynolds) and Eve (Carroll Baker) survive. Eve and Linus get married, while Lilith continues on. In the second segment, "The Plains," Lilith ends up singing in a saloon in St. Louis, but she really wants to head west in a wagon train led by Roger Morgan (Robert Preston). Along the way, she's accompanied by the roguish gambler Cleve Van Valen (Gregory Peck), who claims he can protect her. After he saves her life during an Indian attack, they get married and move to San Francisco. In the third segment, "The Civil War," Eve and Linus' son, Zeb (George Peppard), fights for the Union. After he's forced to kill his Confederate friend, he returns home and gives the family farm to his brother. In the fourth segment, "The Railroads," Zeb fights with his railroad boss (Richard Widmark), who wants to cut straight through Indian territory. Zeb's co-worker Jethro (Henry Fonda) refuses to cut through the land, so he quits and moves to the mountains. After the railway camp is destroyed, Zeb heads for the mountains to visit him. In the fifth segment, "The Outlaws," Lilith is an old widow traveling from California to Arizona to stay with her nephew Zeb on his ranch. However, he has to fight a gang of desperadoes first. How the West Was Won garnered three Oscars, for screenplay, film editing, and sound production. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi
The most successful public-television miniseries in American history, the 11-hour Civil War didn't just captivate a nation, reteaching to us our history in narrative terms; it actually also invented a new film language taken from its creator. When people describe documentaries using the "Ken Burns approach," its style is understood: voice-over narrators reading letters and documents dramatically and stating the writer's name at their conclusion, fresh live footage of places juxtaposed with still images (photographs, paintings, maps, prints), anecdotal interviews, and romantic musical scores taken from the era he depicts. The Civil War uses all of these devices to evoke atmosphere and resurrect an event that many knew only from stale history books. While Burns is a historian, a researcher, and a documentarian, he's above all a gifted storyteller, and it's his narrative powers that give this chronicle its beauty, overwhelming emotion, and devastating horror. Using the words of old letters, eloquently read by a variety of celebrities, the stories of historians like Shelby Foote and rare, stained photos, Burns allows us not only to relearn and finally understand our history, but also to feel and experience it.
Disc 1. Episode one : the Cause (1861), DVD special features
Disc 2. Episodes two and three : A Very Bloody Affair, Forever Free (1862)
Disc 3. Simply Murder, the Universe of Battle (1863)
Disc 4. Episodes six and seven : Valley of the Shadow of Death, Most Hallowed Ground (1864)
Disc 5. Episodes eight and nine : War is All Hell, the Better Angles of Our Nature (1865)

Additional Information
Subjects Lincoln, Abraham, -- 1809-1865.
Military art and science -- History.
Bull Run, 1st Battle of, Va., 1861.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Confederate States of America -- History, Military.
Historical television programs.
Documentary television programs.
Television mini-series.
Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Publisher Burbank, CA :PBS Home Video :2004
Distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment,
Edition Full screen version.
Contributors Burns, Ken, 1953-
Burns, Ric.
Dewhurst, Colleen.
Fishburne, Laurence, III, 1961-
Freeman, Morgan.
Irons, Jeremy, 1948-
Jacobi, Derek.
Robards, Jason.
Waterston, Sam.
Shaw, Bruce.
Axton, Hoyt.
Ward, Geoffrey C.
McCullough, David G.
American Documentary, Inc.
Florentine Films.
Time-Life Video.
PBS Home Video.
Paramount Home Entertainment (Firm)
Participants/Performers Narrator: David McCullough ; voices: Hoyt Axton, Colleen Dewhurst, Laurence Fishburne, Morgan Freeman, Jeremy Irons, Derek Jacobi, Jason Robards, Sam Waterston.
Other Contributors Cinematographers, Ken Burns, Buddy Squires ; editors, Paul Barnes, Tricia Reidy, Bruce Shaw.
Audience MPAA rating: Not rated.
Language English
Notes Originally produced as a television mini-series in 1990.
Special features: behind-the-scenes: "The Civil War Reconstruction" ; commentary track by Ken Burns ; interviews with George Will, Shelby Foote and Stanley Crouch ; biography cards and battlefield maps.
System Details DVD, 5.1 surround sound, digitally remastered.
Awards Emmy Awards, 1991: Emmy Outstanding Individual Achievement - Informational Programming (Geoffrey C. Ward (writer), Ric Burns (writer), Ken Burns (writer) - For episode #9: "The Better Angels Of Our Nature") ; Outstanding Informational Series (Ken Burns (producer), Ric Burns (producer), Stephen Ives (co-producer), Julie Dunfey (co-producer), Mike Hill (co-producer), Catherine Eisele (coordinating producer) - For episode #5 "The Universe Of Battle").
Description 5 videodiscs (700 min.) : sound, color with black and white sequences ; 4 3/4 in.
ISBN 1415702470
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