American Experience: New York: A Documentary Film by Ric Burns DVD 8PK

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An elegant, lyrical and compelling portrait of the greatest and most complex of cities. This definitive series chronicles the history of New York from its founding in 1624 as a Dutch trading post to its continuing pre-eminence as the cultural and economic capital of the world.
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An elegant, lyrical and compelling portrait of the greatest and most complex of cities. This definitive series chronicles the history of New York from its founding in 1624 as a Dutch trading post to its continuing pre-eminence as the cultural and economic capital of the world.

Winner, Emmy Award for Outstanding Historical Programming: Long Form
- Winner, Alfred I. DuPont Award
- Archival Motion Pictures
- Interview with Ric Burns on making The Center of the World
- Film outtakes including interviews with Martin Scorsese, Donald Trump, Allen Ginsberg, Fran Liebowitz, Robert Caro, Mario Cuomo and others

Episodes include:
1609-1825 The Country and the City
1825-1865 Order and Disorder
1865-1898 Sunshine and Shadow
1898-1918 The Power and the People
1919-1931 Cosmopolis
1929-1941 City of Tomorrow
1945-2000 The City and the World
1946-2003 The Center of the World


Producer: Ric Burns, Steeplechase Films, Inc.
Production Year: 2003
Director: Ric Burns
Narrator: David Ogden Stiers
Number of Discs: 8
Length: 1050 minutes
Audio Format: Stereo

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Chatrin
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5.0 star rating
12/20/21
A weel-made series
Review by Chatrin on 12/20/21 review stating A weel-made series
This is a very well-made series. It is interesting and entertaining for New Yorkers and those who love the city. I had watched it on PBS when it first came out. At that time I recorded the program to keep a copy for myself on VHS. That has become old technology so I decided to look for the series on DVD. It is definitely worth having in my library.
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John
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5.0 star rating
06/01/21
Outstanding
Review by John on 06/01/21 review stating Outstanding
Insightful and Comprehensive Narrative of History of New York City, Objectively Told
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Joseph
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5.0 star rating
05/14/21
very good documentary
Review by Joseph on 05/14/21 review stating very good documentary
very good documentary
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Eric S.
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5.0 star rating
12/12/20
AMAZING! Waiting for HD version now :)
Review by Eric S. on 12/12/20 review stating AMAZING! Waiting for HD version now :)
This is absolutely my favorite DVD documentary ever (and I watch them all). The stories, anecdotes and imagery from this series is spellbinding and makes these disks completely re-watchable. Ive seen each disk about 10 times with various friends and family and catch something new each time. What Id love to see now is this classic DVD set updated in HD and Id buy it again.
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Miss C.
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5.0 star rating
12/12/20
Please PBS, digital format
Review by Miss C. on 12/12/20 review stating Please PBS, digital format
Watching this always makes me feel closer to the City and my family. PBS, please take this treasure, give it the loving upgrade in sound and format, and re-release in blu-ray and digital.
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Paul M.
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5.0 star rating
10/04/20
The best documentary film ever produced
Review by Paul M. on 10/04/20 review stating The best documentary film ever produced
This was the best documentary film I have ever seen in the U.S. or anywhere. A romantic, accurate and dynamic film of a New York history created by Ric Burns in the late 1990s. It shows how New York epitomizes the history of the United States from inception to the modern times. New York is not necessarily the only city that represents the U.S., but the U.S. could not become the U.S. without New York. It tells you how the Dutch colony, New Amsterdum, became New York, why it could not become the nations capital, why and how it became the center of the financial and commercial world, how the construction of Erie Canal acceralated the expansion of New York, how financial crushes in the late 1800s produced the House of J.P. Morgan, how the 12 million new immigrants aroud the turn of the century changed the face of New York, how the stock market boom in the 1920s took place and how it affected the Wall Street crush in 1928, how the Emire State Building was built and how the developments of the national highway system changed the character of the post-war New York. You will learn a lot about the city and about yourself. The background music is beautiful and narration is pleasant. Oh, it was created just before the 9/11 terrorist attack, so you can see the World Trade Centers in their original grandeur multiple of times. It is an epic of New York. I watched it two to three times and each time my heart was enthralled. Paul Muroyama
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Elizabeth
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
A Masterpiece
Review by Elizabeth on 07/17/20 review stating A Masterpiece
If you love the impeccable work of Ric Burns, please do yourself a huge favor and make time for this masterpiece. Each disc is like the next course of a gourmet meal...you cant wait to savor it! From the first through the eighth disc you will hear the stories of New York City told by the most incredible and vibrant group of historians, writers, architects, educators and politicians. If you were born and raised in NYC...if youd like to know NYCs history a bit better...and most of all, if you know nothing about the place except that its home to Lady Liberty and Ellis Island, watch it and be amazed! It is, hands down, the best documentary Ive ever seen and my absolute favorite creation by the brilliant Ric Burns.
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Anthony S.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
If it was a book, it would be the bible!
Review by Anthony S. on 07/17/20 review stating If it was a book, it would be the bible!
If you have always wanted to visit NYC, if you have visited a few times or if you dont think youll ever get there...you should own this documentary! All documentarys should be judged by this one, if they makeem better I have not seen it.
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John M.
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4.0 star rating
07/17/20
Compelling Success
Review by John M. on 07/17/20 review stating Compelling Success
Truly a remarkable piece of work by Ric Burns about the history of New York. The people as topics chosen (out of the billion or so that could have been chosen) are compelling - Hamilton, Boss Tweed, Robert Moses; and the events as topics are just as compelling: the draft riots, slum reform, the building of the Triborough Bridge, the 39 Worlds Fair. They make us long for the story of all the pieces in-between. The interviewees have an interesting non-contradictory story to tell, which says that they were selected to tell the same story the same way, and consist of some regulars all the way through, such as Mike Wallace (the author, not the news commentator), and one-off guest appearances by Bella Abzug, Ed Koch, and even a single shot of the late Spalding Gray. For such a long, long, program, it is difficult to have the music be cohesive; it is the only fault in this production that the music is enormously repetitious (how many times can you hear East Side, West Side?) and the original music is downright lugubrious (why? sometimes its illustrating neutral or prosperous times...) But its a minor flaw in a beautifully done work.
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R. S.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
New York ... Misery and magic, toil to triump !
Review by R. S. on 07/17/20 review stating New York ... Misery and magic, toil to triump !
New York .... if Ric Burns and his colleagues could have created a better documentary, then perfection would require a new definition. This story of the struggles and successes that led a small Dutch colony to become a world-renowned mega-city of diversity and development is informative yes; but the tale is also presented by means of an enjoyable and seam-free flow of successive time capsules revealing the events and personalities that molded Gotham into the unique place that it became in world history. To many, New York is Broadway, the Yankees, and the sadness of September 11th; when they leave this documentary it will be a complimentary spider-web of interconnected nations, commerce, tragedies and triumphs. New York, New York ... bravo !!
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Dana
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Without a doubt, the best documentary Ive ever seen
Review by Dana on 07/17/20 review stating Without a doubt, the best documentary Ive ever seen
This is a tour de force; an incredibly informative, suspenseful, beautiful and moving documentary. I think its even better than his brother, Ken Burns documentary The Civil War. Its long, but Ive watched it several times. Its just brilliant.
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Jeff
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Terrific.
Review by Jeff on 07/17/20 review stating Terrific.
Grew up in NYC .Born 1939. I learned things I did not know about my Home Town.
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C F.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
I will buy as soon as I can afford it.
Review by C F. on 07/17/20 review stating I will buy as soon as I can afford it.
I write with the most sincere gratitude for this experience. I have always loved New York, but not nearly as much as I do now. Exquisitely woven together, this series has been profoundly moving and inspiring. I have yet to watch the last episode which I look forward to with immense anticipation.
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Ajc
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
comprehensive
Review by Ajc on 07/17/20 review stating comprehensive
Truly the best -- and most comprehensive -- histories of New York. Very well done!! Do not miss this!
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Scotty
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
new york doc
Review by Scotty on 07/17/20 review stating new york doc
great documentary film love watching it being from New York. got here on time very thing is good.
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Viewer
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
The best film(s) about a city ever
Review by Viewer on 07/17/20 review stating The best film(s) about a city ever
Essential viewing for every citizen of the world
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Rogerrrr
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
simply the best
Review by Rogerrrr on 07/17/20 review stating simply the best
This multi episode documentary is simply the best program i have ever seen on television. The stories, the character voices, the music, the drama, all are beyond excellent. the last episode, about the history of the World Trade Center, is the most captivating story of them all and i watch and listen for three full hours and then want to play it again. Thanks to PBS and Ric Burns for such a great production.
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Pille
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
greatest documentary
Review by Pille on 07/17/20 review stating greatest documentary
Me and my boyfriend could watch this one over and over again Thank you Pille
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Nickname R.
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4.0 star rating
07/17/20
Product was great...when it arrived
Review by Nickname R. on 07/17/20 review stating Product was great...when it arrived
I was shipped the wrong item, then the reshipment was lost, but finally I received the DVD set on the third attempt. The content in these DVDs makes up for the shipping ineptitude. This is a great visual history of NYC with interesting commentary from a variety of New Yorkers.
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Annie
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
A most enlightening series
Review by Annie on 07/17/20 review stating A most enlightening series
Viewing the New York DVDs was an incredible experience for me. I am fairly well-versed in history, but this well-crafted series went far beyond what I had expected. I highly recommend it for everyone interested in how the U.S. came about by viewing the example of New York. Do buy it, even if you ever got bad grades in your history classes! Youll be amazed.


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