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The Civil War 25th Anniversary Edition DVD Special Features
Actors: David McCullough, Sam Waterston, Jason Robards, Morgan Freeman, Arthur Miller
Directors: Ken Burns
Format: Blu-ray, Widescreen
Number of discs: 6
Rated: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: PBS (DIRECT)
DVD Release Date: 2015
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The Civil War 25th Anniversary Edition DVD Overview
A large cast of actors voiced correspondence, memoirs, news articles, and stood in for historical figures from the Civil War.Mathew Brady's photographs inspired Burns to make The Civil War, which (in nine episodes totaling more than 10 hours) explores the war's military, social, and political facets through some 16,000 contemporary photographs and paintings, and excerpts from the letters and journals of persons famous and obscure.The series' slow zooming and panning across still images was later termed "Ken Burns effect".Burns combined these images with modern cinematography, music, narration by David McCullough, anecdotes and insights from authors such as Shelby Foote,historians Barbara J. Fields, Ed Bearss, and Stephen B. Oates; and actors reading contemporary quotes from historical figures such as Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, Ulysses S. Grant, Walt Whitman, Stonewall Jackson, and Frederick Douglass, as well as diaries by Mary Chesnut, Sam Watkins, Elisha Hunt Rhodes and George Templeton Strong.
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