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MacArthur (WGBH/American Experience)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C-     Episodes: B+



Austin Hoyt and Sarah Holt deliver a stunning two-part, four-hour documentary on General Douglas MacArthur in this remarkably thorough documentary mini-series look at the trials, tribulations and underappreciated triumphs of the bold maverick solider who made a huge difference in the last World War and became legend.


The story begins with his childhood, how it shaped who he became and what he did.  This led to MacArthur becoming the most decorated solider in World War I and used this clout to make his battles in World War II some of the most unbelievable and stunning moments of the 20th Century.  Narrated by David Ogden Stiers, it reminds us just the sweep and power of his story and his times, as well as what major player he was in it.  In times where the Politically Correct are trying to rewrite history and lowball the importance of The United States, while the Extreme Right makes a fascist caricature of it, the programs arrival on DVD could not be more timely and that this installment of The American Experience is just such a well-researched gem makes it very desirable for serious history collections.


The 1.33 X 1 image has a wide variety of footage from vintage black and white to color NTSC professional analog videotape, plus a few other types and is not bad for such an extensive documentary.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 is simple stereo at best.  The only extra on both DVDs are a weblink and DVD-ROM printable educational materials, but for the main program, you should catch this 2-DVD set as soon as you can!



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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