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Presidents Collection (14pc) (Ws Gift Sen Slim)
Presidents Collection
14pc
Genres: Television, Documentary
NR     2008     37hr 0min

Studio: Paramount Home Video Release Date: 08/26/2008 Run time: 2220 minutes Rating: Nr

     
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Genres: Television, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Television, Politics
Studio: Pbs Paramount
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 08/26/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 37hr 0min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 15
SwapaDVD Credits: 15
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
Edition: Box set
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Required viewing for all Americans. But where's IKE?
smuthdude | 08/28/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Five stars on this series. As a history buff, I've found these are the only documentaries on the presidents that accurately portray both sides of these controversial, complex and powerful leaders. It's a series of PBS documentaries that began in 1990 with David Grubin's "LBJ" and ended this spring (2008) with "George H.W. Bush". Included in the series, but excluded from this set for some reason is the 1993 documentary on Dwight D. Eisenhower: "IKE", hosted by David McCollugh. It was available several years ago in a box set with the other Republican presidents. But it seems to have vanished this time around. An oversight by PBS perhaps? Inability to obtain publication rights from the filmmaker? Who knows? But its absence leaves a gaping hole in American presidential history that *seems* easily remedied. Fix that, and you've got a near perfect visual lesson on the presidency during the 20th century, sans presidents Taft, Hoover, Coolidge and Clinton."
A Must-Watch
Shalla DeGuzman | Bamberg, Germany | 07/06/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have seen part of this collection (the first 1 hour on FDR's life-- which is incredibly done, so engaging, I'm really looking forward to watching the rest of it)

I have also watched the first 2 hours on Truman and that was well done, so informative about his life, his family, his childhood, personal things like that which help explain how he made decisions, where he was coming from etc.

What I've watched so far makes history so fascinating, so incredibly interesting. I'd say, this is a must-watch for all Americans.

I'm really looking forward to watching the complete collection.

BTW, this is a good price (it's higher on the PBS website)"
End-all Be-all
Samuel Ross | Dallas, TX | 11/25/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"These are the best documentaries on these Presidents period. Throw your others out (except the ones that have all the Presidents like PBS' wonderful American Presidents in 2000 and the History Channel's new comprehensive one).

I still think LBJ is the most entertaining one. But that owes a lot to the man himself. So many crazy stories...

And yes, I too wonder why Eisenhower wasn not included in this collection. I already own all these (plus IKE); collecting them the hard way.

Like another reviewer pointed out, the 20 Century is represented well, but remember: McKinley ushered in the 20th and thus should be included as well. And not only are Taft, Coolidge, Hoover, Clinton missing... but don't forget Harding & Ford (although they are quite forgettable).

I actually bought "FRONTLINE: The Clinton Years" from PBS as a placeholder until they do something better on Bill."
A "must have" for American History Buffs
Michael J. Colbruno | Oakland, CA USA | 12/21/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"These CDs are comprehensive and well-produced. I've read a lot about the US Presidency and I still learned some new things, like how much Woodrow Wilson was stubbornly guided by his faith."