Judge Bill Gibron is prepared for the influx of non-partisan attacks.
And on the Ninth Day, God gave us…RONALD REAGAN.
Sure, he was a halfway decent actor with an impressive (if often inconsequential) cinematic legacy. Yes, he did the TV/announcer thing before settling into "citizen politics' and becoming Governor of California. His run for the Presidency is littered with successes and failures, yet all anyone remembers now is his eight years as America's 'morning' DJ. Fast forward two decades, and Ronald Reagan has become the creased face of revisionist history, a likeable enough leader suddenly transformed into everything…except a human being. As a documentary, An American Journey is so laughably one sided that propaganda is embarrassed to be associated with it. This is NOT a critical overview of one man's dedication to guiding his nation. Nor is it a factual outlining of what he did—pro and con. Instead, it's a surreal statement of mixed intentions, at least four of which we can outline now, beginning with:
1) Ronald Reagan: A God Among Mere Men
2) Ronald Reagan: Witness to All Major World Events, Past and
3) Ronald Reagan: Freedom's Pimp
4) Ronald Reagan: The Sun Around Which All Other Political Planets
Visually, the DVD presents a decent full screen image. Don't try to stretch the presentation to fit your new flatscreen, however. The almost exclusive use of televised speeches comes across as horribly flat and elongated in the 16x9 format. Otherwise, the colors are bright and the quality of stock footage very good. The Dolby Digital Stereo 2.0 mix is mundane and unexciting. We get every word of the narration and speeches, and accompanying music never intrudes. For those looking for more video love letters to the former Executive in Chief—too bad. There are no bonus features as part of this DVD package.
There is no arguing with a fanatic when they are trolling over their latest obsession. For all the wonderful things he did, Ronald Reagan was not the end all, be all of the US Presidency—no candidate ever is. But don't let An American Journey hear you suggest that. It has at least four ways to show you how the 40th Commander in Chief was the ONLY Commander in Chief, and for 103 minutes, attention—nay admiration and adoration—must be paid.
Guilty of being a one-sided rant in favor of Reagan and his deification—nothing more.
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