This collection includes the most powerful, inspirational words of some of the most famous orators in history. Each volume contains historical footage, photographs, and the best-known speeches of the past century. Perfec... more »t for the classroom or for the history buff. Includes the following: John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan. 4 hours.« less
"Given that these collections have to be pretty short -- typically 70 minutes -- this one has an amazing range of good material in it. Nearly every major speech of the 1960 campaign and of the presidency is here, althought most have to be represented by brief clips (but the clips are well-chosen). The editing of "Ich bin ein berliner", of the Texas "we will go to the moon" speech, and of the "New Frontier" (1960 convention acceptance speech) in particular, is shrewd and gives you a really good feel for what JFK was good at as a speaker -- probably the last of two great masters (the other was Martin Luther King) of the transitional style (the one we associate with FDR, Robert Taft, Adlai Stevenson, or Douglas MacArthur) in American public address. Two unfortunate omissions are the American University "peace" address, and the complete omission of material from the Senate. There is occasional overlaying with "nostalgia" footage but it's mercifully brief and seldom obscures the speeches themselves. Clips of the speeches addressing the federalizing of the Alabama Guard in the U of A integration struggle, and of the announcement of the blockade during the Cuban missile crisis, are excellent but it's unfortunate that they are not longer. But these are quibbles.Some truly great stuff here; a very good cut of the Inaugural (with most of the famous quotes given their proper contexts); nicely chosen clips of the Kennedy-Truman "open convention" squabble; a couple of extemporaneous excoriations of Nixon; the address to Protestant ministers on the subject of Kennedy's religion. Definitely one for your collection if you are interested in public speaking, or if you teach speech or history."
The Speeches Collection -- John F. Kennedy
Bill Wattenberg | Tallahassee, Florida USA | 04/26/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I work in the political field. Presidential history is one of my specialties. I am a former history teacher, also, who collects political memorabilia and went to high school and college (Florida State University) in the Kennedy-Johnson era. It was a wonderful era and this is a top-notch tape, if you like JFK. Ignore the comments about poor production. This is sometime after Kennedy, production techniques have improved considerably. I am selective about what I purchase and believe me, there is nothing about this tape, in my considered and historically-based opinion, that should make the JFK afficionado have second thoughts about buying it!"
Good Content, but Poor Production
Fred | Northern California, USA | 08/02/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The other reviews of this video are correct in the fact that it is marred by choppy editing and sometimes poor video quality. Also, the lack of any narration beyond those in the newsreel clips might be confusing to those who know little about the period.However, forget what I just said and buy this tape anyhow. Just to be able to hear the words of this great and inspiring American is a blessing.John F. Kennedy's message of courage, dedication, and sacrifice for the common good are as relevant today as they were 40 years ago. If you were born after JFK, then you definately need to see this video. If more people listened to what Kennedy was saying and tried to live up to his challenge, then this country would not be in the sorry situation that it now is. This is particularly applicable to the current self-serving national and business leadership of our country.Listen to John F. Kennedy, and remember a time when our national leadership was concerned with goals much higher than just making as much money as possible at the expense of everyone else. To listen to this inspiring speaker is to be challenged to make our country the great place it could be."
Words that both defined and turned the wheels of history
Midwest Book Review | Oregon, WI USA | 11/07/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Speeches Collection: Volume 1 is an impressive and very highly recommended two-disc, 4 hour DVD presentation of great speeches by John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., Gerald Ford, and Ronald Regan. A profound amalgamation of words that both defined and turned the wheels of history, The Speeches Collection is would make a welcome and invaluable addition to school and community library Video/DVD collections."
Good, but could have been better
O. Rios | Texas | 07/17/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"this is a good tape for those interested in Kennedy, but there are some problems.
first of all, they concentrate to much on his LA Speech. most of the tape is on that speech.secondly, they never show his American University Speech where he gave the famous "We all breathe the same air, we all cherish our children's future, and we are all mortal" speech.also, in his inaguration speech, they cut out to much, then the tape messes up, and they catch a little after he starts his "ask not" speech. good tape, but could have been alot better.
show JFK at his best. show his American Universiy speech and also throw in his speech about accompanying Jackie in Dallas."