Hosted by Jack Perkins (of A&E's "Biography" series), this documentary probes the culture and legacy of the Maine coast, exploring the many ways in which American history truly began on these rockbound shores.
OvertonReviewed in the United States on October 16, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Beautiful depiction of the Maine coast
I remember seeing this on PBS when it was new. It still holds up beautifully.
"Maine, America's Coast" shows the contribution that our state - particularly the coast of our state - has made to American history. The always entertaining John Gould shows up for a cameo where he describes the role that fishing in the Gulf of Maine played in the early English settlement of North America.
Jack Perkins (sadly, now deceased) makes for a great host and narrator.
My complaint is that they should have spent more time on the ground at each general area of interest. There was too much to see in a single video and it felt rushed, maybe they should have divided the state into geographical areas and focused one video on each area. Reducing the number of highlighted areas in total on each video to do each area justice. This would have yielded three or more videos, but each video would have been more interesting and given potential visitors a better idea of what was available and allowed them to decide what area they wanted to visit. After all a weeks vacation could never cover the entire state.
I enjoyed the videography as well as the commentary. For someone who is from New England and now living in California it brings back wonderful memories of Maine. It would also be an excellent introduction to the beauty of Maine for someone who was thinking about vacationing in Maine. I recommend it very highly for anyone who just appreciates the ocean and a rocky coast.