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JFK – A Presidency Revealed


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: B-     Main program: B



The long series of looks at President John Fitzgerald Kennedy continues with the new A&E/History Channel DVD set JFK – A Presidency Revealed, which in there installments shows us how much more ill the man was while in office.  For the majority of those who did not know, it is a surprise and quite a contrast to the strong, charismatic image he emulated in his time that has dimmed little.


Revisionist thinking has gone out of its way to tarnish JFK, some of which is form the Neo-conservative front, but what really happened (more or less) is far better spelled out.  This was a man who was seriously trying to do his job like no president or either party since and his slaying still casts a dark shadow over those failures of all his successors since.  With his loss, with all martyrdom aside, I was more confident than ever in that opinion about the man; flaws, truths and all.


Some of the history and what this man (versus Ronald Reagan, who is portrayed as a president who suddenly realized since the 1950s that Communism was suddenly a threat and supposedly “did” something about it) achieved was to prevent the end of the world as we know it and make the united States proud and progressive.  This is based on actions, not myths, so when you see his Presidency Revealed, what really happened is inarguable and on target.


The full frame image is a mix of old film and new analog NTSC interview footage, plus stills form the Life Magazine archive.  The older film footage is often in fine shape, though there is some that is not and the analog footage has its obvious limits, even for being the newest pro source of its type.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo on all the programs is also above average and offers no significant surround information.  The two bonus programs are two installments on DVD 2 of A&E’s Biography.  JFK: A Personal Story is a bit too sappy, if informative, but that is especially surprising from any installment in the series.  It runs about 90 minutes for what would be (sadly) a two-hours-long TV slot.  Joseph Kennedy, Sr.: Father Of An American Dynasty is more typical of the hour-long installments that compose the majority of the shows in the series.  The content is also more informative and to the point like most of the installments, though both drag a bit.


The culminating result is one of the best sets on video of JFK to date, even as it veers into the life of his father and does not gloss-over the family in general.  The bonus programs are still decent, but not as strong as the three-part documentary.  JFK – A Presidency Revealed is a cut above the rest of the almost countless shows on the president that do not focus, obsess about and exploit on his assassination.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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