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Country Bucks: Season 1 + The End Of The Civil War (2015/History/Lionsgate DVDs)

Picture: C Sound: C Extras: D Main Programs: C+

Here's two new cable TV releases on DVD with a few common denominators...

Country Bucks: Season 1

Rednecks with high tech weaponry, ahem... hunting gear. There is no such thing as too much fire power for the Busbice Family. With their own personal hunting grounds and a multi-million dollar hunting gear company, the modify and invent/find new way to play, umm... use their hunting products. This family has over 55,000 acres of hunting ground dedicated to taking on customers who wants the ultimate hunting experience. More often then not, Hard Luck (the father) gets crazy ideas and ask his 'sons' to help test it out. Guests stars include the Robertsons from Duck Dynasty and Bill from Swamp People, giving you your crossover quotient.

Thus, this was like watching knock off/mix blend of Duck Dynasty and Swamp People (it makes you wonder if that what rich people do with their time). A hallmark to making your own personal multi-million dollar gear company seems to mean also making your own reality TV show to advertise your own merchandise. The show is not really showing how to use their hunting gear or even hunting but the silly antics between the characters and blowing stuff up for the fun of it.

The End of the Civil War

History takes a look into the events that lead up to the end of the American Civil War, mainly Sherman's March and the eventual surrender of the Confederate Army. But even with the surrender and defeat of the South, the victory was over shadowed by Lincoln's assassination, the hunt for John Wilkes Booth and the Stealing of Lincoln's body. It is of little question, one of the chief reasons for the end of the civil war was General William Sherman.

He boldly lead his army into the heartland of the South with a scorched Earth policy, cut off from union supply lines, he followed a risky strategy of capturing and burning enemy supplies, towns, and civilians. The result was forcing the Confederate States into chaos and fear and then to it's eventual surrender. As for the hunt for John Wilkes Booth, it was one of America's largest manhunt for a single man, for a man who considered himself a hero/patriot of the South, only to learn later he was seen as a traitor and terrorist to even his own people. But even after President Lincoln's death, Lincoln's body could not rest in peace for there were those who plotted to steal and ransom his body.

When people think of the Civil War, many can only remember Lincoln, the Gettysburg Address and John Wilkes Booth. This show tells more of the Generals who lead the troops and the civilians who experienced the troops. While the North called Sherman a hero, see why the South called him a devil. And while most know of Lincoln and his assassination, few knew how (thought there are several theories) and what happened to his body afterwards.

The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image and lossy Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo sound on both releases are soft in many similar ways and both have no extras.

- Ricky Chiang


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