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The French Revolution (The History Channel)


Picture: C+†††† Sound: B-†††† Extras: C†††† Documentary: B-



The History Channel is now known to rival PBS for covering important world events in the television medium.Both networks are usually more on top of their subject than not, and The History Channelís recent attempt to cover The French Revolution in 100 minutes is not bad for the limited time they try to squeeze everything into.


Though it is somewhat condensed and telegraphs some of its ideas to its detriment (such as the advent of the guillotine), Edward Herrmann once again serves as a good narrator for an intelligently written show.It covers the great figures of the day, such as Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette, Maximilien Robespierre, Immanuel Kant, Georges J. Danton, and some note on Napoleon.This is a great starting point for study on the subject, though those who know it better will be bored.Overall, it is well done, with only a few reservations.


The combination of a 1.66X 1 frame for a recent production and Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo with Pro Logic is fair, but why the program is not in 16 X 9/1.78 X 1 and anamorphic is odd.We have run into this combination before and have yet to get an explanation to the why of it.This makes it annoying to watch on widescreen TVs, as information is lost at the top and especially the bottom.The only extra is a smaller making of featurette promoting this show best viewed after seeing the main feature.It runs about 22 minutes.Though not as well rounded as it could be, this French Revolution has enough moments to make it worth capturing.



-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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