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Lewis & Clark - The Journey of the Corps of Discovery
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The most notable expedition in U.S. history was led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, with soldiers, an African-American slave, a female guide, and Canadian boatmen. Ken Burns' LEWIS & CLARK re-creates the 1803 journey to locate the Northwest Passage. The explorers found a varied landscape and a dizzying diversity of Indian peoples.
- Aspect Ratio : 1.33:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : NR (Not Rated)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 5.6 Ounces
- Item model number : 2295271
- Director : Ken Burns
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
- Run time : 4 hours
- Release date : September 28, 2004
- Actors : Hal Holbrook, Adam Arkin, John Logan Allen, Stephen Ambrose, Gerard Baker
- Dubbed: : English
- Producers : David Neiman, Dayton Duncan, Karen Kenton, Ken Burns, Pam Tubridy Baucom
- Language : Unqualified
- Studio : PBS Home Video
- ASIN : B000BITUHU
- Writers : Dayton Duncan, Ken Burns
- Number of discs : 2
- Best Sellers Rank: #8,025 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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This DVD chronicles the journey of Meriwether Lewis, William Clark and the "Corps of Discovery", beginning with the decision by Thomas Jefferson to buy "Louisiana" from France. Jefferson himself chose the man who would lead the expedition - Meriwether Lewis. Lewis, once appointed to command, immediately contacted his friend William Clark, younger brother of George Rogers Clark (a hero of the frontier in the "Old Northwest"), to join him.
The video follows the path taken by these explorers in their epic trek to the west and back. The DVD does an excellent job of showing the viewer the types of terrain and the beauty of the west. The cinematography is simply excellent! The production does an excellent job of showing the challenges encountered by the explorers, from the freezing snows of the passes of the Rocky Mountains to the often dangerous Indian tribes. Though the Mandans were friendly, many tribes including the Sioux were hostile and were ever ready to rob or slaughter the explorers.
It does a good job of showing the courage and fortitude required by these men who suffered through hunger, snow and cold, threat to life from Indians. Shows the vital part played by the young woman known as Sacagawea and how she was able to obtain assistance from the tribe she had been taken from and made a slave. It turns out that an important chief was her long-separated brother!
This is truly an excellent production from a visual standpoint as well as effectively (and enjoyably) telling the story of "Lewis and Clark". If it has any flaw, it's the usual handwringing over slavery all the while making no moral point of the enslavement among Indians as exemplified by Sacagawea herself. That aside, the production is excellent and I recommend it with five stars.
The visual clarity of the program is great as well as the special features.
On disk 1 the special features are:
1. Charlie Rose interview with Stephen Ambrose
2. Charlie Rose interview with Ken Burns and Duncan Hinter
On disk 2 the special features are:
1. The Making of Lewis and Clark
2. Ken Burns: Making history
3. A Conversation with Ken Burns
This is one of my favorite documentaries and I have quite a bit. Truly a documentary worth watching, both for the history and the wonderful scenery in the documentary.
A great and meaningful DVD to own and a handful of history and knowledge of Early American history. Buy it- you'll like it.
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compulsive viewing via the employment of photographs, diaries and actors' voices perfectly suited to the task.