Wednesday, June 29, 2011

4th of July Film Recommendations

There are several fine documentary miniseries that I recommend for the 4th of July. In fact, I recommend skipping the Hollywood versions of history altogether and watching these documentaries instead:

The American Revolution (A&E / History Channel)
(this is my personal favorite)

Liberty – The American Revolution (PBS)

The History Channel Presents The Revolution

Rebels & Redcoats – How Britain Lost America (PBS)

Founding Fathers (History Channel)

Founding Brothers

The History Channel Presents Washington the Warrior

To save yourself some money, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you purchase the History Channel's "The Founding of America" Megaset, which includes many of the offerings I mention above and several other outstanding movies and documentaries.

Contents Include:
  • Founding Fathers (mini-series)
  • Founding Brothers (mini-series)
  • The Conflict Ignites
  • 1776
  • Washington & Arnold
  • The World at War
  • England's Last Chance
  • Birth of the Republic
  • The Revolution (series)
  • Washington the Warrior
  • Ben Franklin
  • Benedict Arnold: A Question of Honor
  • The Crossing

  • Bonus Features:
  • "History in the Making: The Revolution"
  • Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes; Behind-the-Scenes
  • "Declaration of Independence" (Episode of SAVE OUR HISTORY)
  • "The Many Faces of Ben Franklin" Making-of Featurette
  • Timeline
  • Anecdotes
  • Quotes
  • List of Innovations and Inventions
  • "Benedict Arnold: Triumph and Treason" (50-minute Biography episode); Cast
  • Biographies/Filmographies
  • Historical Quotes

  • At $44.98, which is what is offering it for, this Megaset is an absolute STEAL! It can be purchased even cheaper - as low as $29.98 - from the Amazon Marketplace. I was fortunate enough to buy this set last year for $19.98! It is money well spent for the content you're getting.

    If you simply MUST watch a movie about the Revolutionary War, then HBO's "John Adams" is the best thing out there on the subject. A sentimental favorite of mine in this genre is the 1972 musical, "1776". I also recommend the A&E movie "The Crossing", which depicts the dramatic events surrounding Washington's late-1776 crossing of the Delaware and subsequent victories at Trenton and Princeton - this movie is included in the "The Founding of America" Megaset. Of course, there's also the old Disney favorite, "Johnny Tremain".

    Finally, you may want to consult the list of Rev War movies for the 4th that my friend Don McClarey put together a couple of years ago.

    Coming tomorrow: My annual music recommendations for the 4th of July.

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