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The Real National Treasure (History Channel/A&E DVD)


Picture: C+†††† Sound: C+†††† Extras: C-†††† Main Program: B-



Not to be confused with the silly, noisy Nicolas Cage/Jerry Bruckheimer films of nearly the same name, The Real National Treasure is an hour-long program made around the time of the first Cage film that shows the vastness and greatness of the U.S. Library of Congress, which is ever-growing, a vital, priceless archive and all the content that is available to us all to see.You canít take anything out of it, but it has a website and millions of items found no where else in the world.


In addition, they have a huge staff and is also one of the best archives in the world when it comes to preservation ands restoration.If anything, this could be a mini-series and maybe one should be considered in the future, but the U.S. Library of Congress is one of the crowning achievements of reference and library sciences.It s existence predates the information age by quite a few decades and it will remain important in it forever.This show is a must see at least once.


The letterboxed 1.78 X 1 image has some aliasing errors, but looks good considering the older presentation approach with good color and good editing overall.The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is a recent recording and plays back just fine.The only extra is a brief piece called The Library Of Congress Experience.



-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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