Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Janeane Garofalo, Joan Jett, Sandra Abrevaya, Amad Jackson, Marvin Nicholson
Director: Steve Rosenbaum
Genres: Television, Documentary
In this acclaimed six-episode series, go behind the scenes of the 2004 Democratic Primaries with the press secretaries, personal assistants and 'body persons' behind Howard Dean, Joe Lieberman, Wesley Clark, Dennis Kuci... more »
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S. Dakin | Washington, DC United States | 01/10/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I received this for a Christmas gift excited to get some behind the scenes insight into the 2004 campaign (I was a volunteer at the DNC in DC for the final two months) in order to get some type of clarity into why the DEMS messed up so badly in taking back the Presidency.
Unfortunately, what you get is six 15 minute (or so) sections where the camera "man" follows around the "bodyguy" for the main DEM candidates (Bodyguy = personal assistant) as you see how draining it is and how boring it is to hear the same stump speach time and time again.
There is no director's commentary or extras at all."
Suprised by the great quality, and lack of special features
M. Miller | TN | 01/18/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"As already noted, this 'series' is lacking on any kind of special features, which I personally would love to see. However, I felt so suprised by the quality of Staffers that I could do without those, and of course had to.
See, at first I presumed that the DVD would merely have different episodes following those quite far from the candidates themselves and, like many documentary's of late, lack the artistic style that can be present in non-fiction films. This was to the contrary though, as I soon found out.
For instance, the people focused on initially, except for the Clark campaing, were all relatively distant from the candidates themselves. However, you begin to realize that 'Staffers' does take you up close, and although it didn't focus on the candidates (that's why it's 'Staffers'!), it certainly gave what I felt was a new side to the campaign.
These kids, and yes most of them were still fairly young, had the chance of a lifetime. Now with this DVD, we can watch those chances, and maybe one day we too will rise to that noble position of STAFFER!"
Campaigning 'warts and all'...
Francis Urquhart | 01/21/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"You want to know why Kerry didnt win?
Watch this insightful DVD that allows you behind the scenes.
Kerry spends a lot of time playing golf and show boating the fact that he has kept his first car. (Though he doesnt mention how many others he has garaged).
The DVD offers insight into the world of campaigning from those who went onto the presidential race proper and those that didn't. Thereby the DVD is quite unique. Perhaps due to the fact that few politicians are eager to broadcast their faults.
If you are looking for a campaigning 'warts and all', this DVD has it."