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Lewis & Clark and Other Great Adventures (BBC Video)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: D     Film: C+



The story of adventurers Meriwether Lewis & William Clark is legendary and as relevant as ever, but despite an ambitious try, the BBC documentary series Lewis & Clark and Other Great Adventures (with dramatizations) is muddled in the long run, makes the subject less interesting than it should be and could have spent its 147 minutes better than it did.


Getting the facts correct is only half the battle won.  This documentary mini-series is just one that never gets off the ground, has a few moments, but drags much more often than it should or you would expect something from BBC to do.  For completists, it may be interesting, but if you are trying to learn about the subject or enjoy the history, you could do better.  About on the level of the overrated Ken Burns work, at least it is not as obsessed with keeping history linear as this one is.  For huge history buffs only.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 image is soft and is so often so that it can make an already long series of shows drag more.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is simple at best, has no Pro Logic surrounds, is recorded decently, but is nothing memorable.  There are no extras.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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