I was lucky enough to have a copy of this very cool Blu-ray set sent to me recently. Total disclosure is that they sent me two copies. One to review and one to giveaway to some lucky history podcast listener. Since there have been very few episodes lately, I thought it would be a nice way to say thank you to the listeners that are still visiting this website. The podcast has not been abandoned. I’m just having trouble finding the time to put anything together. Anyone with a two year old will understand. I write this post in my living room/Samantha’s fort.
Back to the review. This Blu-ray copy of America: The Story of Us is sold for $50 on the history channel website. And I think it is worth it. It’s not just a single disc. It is three disc, twelve part series. It has various celebrities sharing their thoughts about the different times in America’s history throughout the entire series. These celebrities include: Tom Brokaw, Buzz Aldrin, Colin Powell and more. The introduction to the series is by President Barack Obama.
The story starts with the first ship loads of “rebels” from Europe landing in the new land. The Jamestown settlement is covered well in the first disc. Then they move on to the revolution, west-ward expansion and slavery. Disc two continues the story with the Civil War through the boom. Disc three warps up with Word War II and the millennium. Disc one and two have bonus features as well.
I enjoyed the entertaining way that the history of America is presented. I thought the computer graphics they used throughout really helped demonstrate various points. Although, I was a bit let down at how frequently some footage was reused throughout the series. Maybe that is because I watched all of the episodes in a short time, one right after the other. My favorite part of the series was the last two discs. I’ve read a lot about the revolution and didn’t really get much more out of the first disc, but the last two were very interesting. Even though, I didn’t really learn anything new from the first disc, I did find it entertaining. I’m including a short portion of the Jamestown portion in this post below. There are more videos on History Channel’s YouTube channel.
Even if you don’t win a copy of this series I would recommend purchasing it. If you do please buy via this link to Amazon. It doesn’t cost you anything more and a portion of the purchase price will go to supporting history podcast.
To enter the giveaway just leave a comment on this post. Be sure to include your email address. Also, just a reminder this is a Blu-Ray copy and will not play on a standard DVD player. It has to be a blu-ray compatible player for it to work. Your comment may not appear immediately, don’t worry though I got it. I just have to approve it. I will accept entries from the moment this post is published until Wednesday (10/20/2010) night 11:59:59pm pacific time. Good luck.