Judge David Johnson once took a musket ball in his left quad, but bounced back nicely.
One nation's rise to independence
The History Channel has a pile of DVDs for you American history aficionados out there. The American Revolution box set features five discs, each with two forty-five minute educational installments of Founding Father craziness.
The programs are revived from way back when and repackaged in digital format, though, frankly, there's not much difference between the DVD version and what I assume are the old VHS versions. But more on that later.
Content-wise, there's plenty of grist for Revolution fans, and, ideally, high school history teachers. The set consists of a mixture of documentaries detailing the major battles of the war and A&E Biographies of some of the era's heavy-hitters.
"The American Revolution: 1776"
"The American Revolution: The World at War"
"The American Revolution: Birth of the Republic"
"Biography: Benedict Arnold—Triumph and Treason"
"Biography: Benjamin Franklin—Citizen of the World"
The features are all of high quality, and incorporate interviews with experts and historians, authentic photographs and stills, and dramatizations. Yes, the programs are fairly dated, but hey, it's not like the historical content has changed. There's plenty of learnin' to be had with this set.
While there's plenty of substance on deck, don't expect to be wowed by the technical merits of this set. The episodes are in full frame and the transfer brings some recording flaws, like several audio hiccups. There are no extras.
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