This is a set of three DVD's, about John F. Kennedy, Hubert
Humphrey, Richard Nixon, and Lyndon B. Johnson. These films were all done in the
1960's, so they are black and white, and they play like old film reels. They
have done a good job to bring them back to quality DVD life as much as possible.
we used to watch films like this in school, and it really reminds me of those (I
used to fall aleep whenever they'd show one. I'm surprised I don't now, just out
of habit). They are very well done movies by famed historian Theodore H. White.
The first movie is all about the primary elections leading up to the 1960
election. The second disk is about the 1964 election, and the third disk is
about 1968. They also have some shorter films. One is about Kennedy's first
thousand days in office (made after he was killed); another is about Lyndon
Johnson as president. They also provide a 16 page viewers' guide that tells you
some information about that time and who was whom. And finally, each DVD also
has short text biographies of the candidates.
It's a nice set for anyone interested in these presidents and presidential
hopefuls, and that time period. Of course, there is also some sadness because of
Just bear in mind, if you don't know anything about this time, that even the
most fact-based documentary carries the bias of the people making it. White
really loved Kennedy, so the films about him do reflect that quite a bit.
This would be a great gift or buy for anyone who likes history, or
documentaries, or Kennedy.
FULL PRESS RELEASE
award-winning campaign documentaries make their home video debut;
As seen on ABC,
CBS, and A&E
MAKING OF THE
PRESIDENT: THE 1960s
On DVD from
Athena July 5, 2011
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Theodore H. White’s books
fascinating” – The New York Times
– The New York Times
Spring, MD — The landmark documentaries
The Making of
The 1960s debut on home video from Athena on July 5, 2011.
The winner of four Emmy®
awards, including best documentary and television program of
the year, and broadcast in the
1960s on ABC, CBS, and A&E, the three documentaries
collected here forever changed the landscape
of political journalism by
offering a full and in-depth look at the tumultuous
presidential campaigns of 1960, 1964, and 1968.
The programs are based on the
bestselling books by Theodore H. White. His book on the
1960 campaign won the Pulitzer Prize. Produced by
the Emmy®-winning and Oscar®-nominated David L.
Wolper (Roots, North and South, The Race for
Space, LA Confidential), these narratives offer a unique snapshot
of an era steeped in political protest and progress.
The DVD 3-volume boxed set also includes two
rarely seen bonus programs, a 1964 tribute to John F. Kennedy and an
intimate look at Lyndon B. Johnson ($59.99,
1960s, writer Theodore H. White changed journalism forever by putting
the campaign for the White House
under a microscope. The first of
his bestselling series on presidential elections, The
Making of the
President, 1960, earned a Pulitzer Prize, stayed on
the bestseller list for more than forty weeks, and
became a TV documentary that won four Emmys®, including program
of the year. This collection
brings together three television adaptations of White’s
influential books for a full, in-depth account of
presidential politics during the tumultuous 1960, 1964,
and 1968 elections.
These programs feature White’s
insightful scripts and rare film footage that reveal the
winners and losers in unguarded, behind-the-scenes
moments. All the backroom deals, convention-floor drama,
and campaign strategy come alive again in three historic races:
Kennedy-Nixon, Johnson-Goldwater, and Humphrey-Nixon-Wallace. From
preprimary jockeying to the final vote tally, these
spellbinding narratives dissect the inner workings
of our democracy and trace the
path to power.
Journalist and author
Theodore H. White served as China bureau chief for Time and as
correspondent and editor for The New Republic,
The Reporter, and Colliers. He won numerous
writing awards, including a Pulitzer Prize and two Emmys®.
• Bonus programs: A Thousand Days: A
Tribute to John F. Kennedy (an homage first shown at the
’64 Democratic National Convention), and The March
of Time: Seven Days in the Life
President (an intimate look at Lyndon B. Johnson)
• 16 page viewer’s guide: White essay on
Wolper’s documentaries, a biography of White, and
articles on each election’s major issues and some quixotic campaigners.
• On the DVD:
The Contenders after Their Campaigns: updated
biographies on candidates who did not win their party’s nomination, plus more at
Street Date: July 5, 2011
DVD 3-Vol. Boxed Set – 3
programs - Approx. 237 minutes, plus 76 min. bonus - SDH Subtitles
About Acorn Media:
Headquartered in suburban
Washington, D.C., Acorn Media U.S. distributes distinctive home video releases
to the North American market with a special focus on
the best of British television.
2011 releases include Upstairs, Downstairs: 40th Anniversary
Edition; BBC’s smash hit series New Tricks; U.S. debuts
of must-see new series Garrow’s Law, Reggie Perrin,
Wired, Identity, and Single-Handed; more episodes from Doc
Martin, Murphy’s Law, Marple, Poirot, George Gently, Murdoch Mysteries, Midsomer
Murders; as well as the Blu-ray of
Brideshead Revisited: 30th Anniversary Edition.
Athena releases provide an
authoritative and entertaining learning experience through high quality,
informative, non-fiction programming. Athena’s 2011 releases include
The Genius of Design,
Discovering Hamlet, Genius of Britain,
The Cosmos: A Beginner’s Guide, Weapons Races,
The Making of
the President, HBO’s
The Battle of Marjah, Art
of the Western World, Joseph
Campbell: Mythos III, The Windsors, and several
acclaimed programs from Bill Moyers and Mike Wallace. Clips
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