Biography – John Kerry (A&E/DVD-R)
Sound: C+ Extras: D Main Program: B-
Made before his disastrous loss for the Presidency in
2004, this A&E Biography installment on John Kerry shows as much
about his life in under an hour as can be expected, but is also meant to serve
as a pro-political propaganda film to get him elected. The program itself is not bad, but it is
haunted by a datedness that comes from the election. It shows that he could have won, should have won and would have been
an improvement over what happened. Too
bad he and his campaign did not live up to some of the convictions here.
Talking about making it at the last minute throughout life
and not backing it up is sad. The show
goes into his military record, which was superior to both the current Bush and
Clinton, who barely served and did not serve at all respectively. In retrospect, the show and the campaign
tries to make Kerry charismatic and Democrats need to know the Kennedy Era is
long over. Otherwise, this is
informative and another decent showing from one of the best series in cable TV
The full frame 1.33 X 1 image is not bad for a DVD-R
transfer, and these discs do not have menus, they play linear like a 12”
LaserDisc. You can see some minor image
limits, but they are not substantial.
The Dolby Digital is simple 2.0 Stereo with no surrounds and there are
absolutely no extras here. This will
make for a good political nostalgia piece down the line.
- Nicholas Sheffo