American Experience: Walt Disney DVD

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American Experience: Walt Disney Uniquely adept at art as well as commerce, Walt Disney was a master filmmaker who harnessed the power of technology to tell stories of outsiders struggling for acceptance and belonging, while questioning the conventions of class and authority. As Disney rose to prominence and gained financial security, his work became increasingly celebratory of the American way ... More
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American Experience: Walt Disney

Uniquely adept at art as well as commerce, Walt Disney was a master filmmaker who harnessed the power of technology to tell stories of outsiders struggling for acceptance and belonging, while questioning the conventions of class and authority. As Disney rose to prominence and gained financial security, his work became increasingly celebratory of the American way of life that made his unlikely success possible.

A polarizing figure - though true believers vastly outnumber his critics - Disney's achievements are indisputable. In this two-part, four-hour film, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE examines Disney's complex life and continuing legacy, featuring rare archival footage from the Disney vaults, interviews with biographers and historians, as well as the animators and designers who helped turn his dreams into reality. Both an inspiring story and a cautionary tale about the price of ambition, Walt Disney offers an unprecedented look at the man who created a world and built an empire.

Producer: Sarah Colt
Executive Producer: Mark Samels
Production Company: ARTE
Production Year: 2015
Copyright Year: 2015
Director: Sarah Colt
Narrator: Oliver Platt
Writers: Sarah Colt, Tom Jennings
Discs: 1
Subtitles: Y
Subtitle Language: English (SDH)
Audio Format: 5.1 Surround
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen

32 Reviews
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Samuel
Verified Buyer
5.0 star rating
07/18/22
Great documentary
Review by Samuel on 07/18/22 review stating Great documentary
Being a longtime fan of classic Disney, I love this documentary and I recommend this one
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Dave
Anonymous User
3.0 star rating
06/04/21
Never really covered his tobacco issue
Review by Dave on 06/04/21 review stating Never really covered his tobacco issue
Walt killed him self smoking. He chain smoked, yet every picture provided by WDC has the cigarette photo shopped out. His smoking was only slightly referred and was glossed over.
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N/A
Anonymous User
5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Perfect Birthday Present
Review by N/A on 07/17/20 review stating Perfect Birthday Present
My daughter-in-law saw this when it aired and had to dvr it. I knew she really wanted to see it in one sitting. When I saw this, and on sale at that, I had to get it. I was quite impressed because it quite followed the book it was based on. It was quite watchable and never boring. Cheers!!
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Lisa
Anonymous User
5.0 star rating
07/17/20
This is a terrific product. Will buy more as gifts.
Review by Lisa on 07/17/20 review stating This is a terrific product. Will buy more as gifts.
Wow! So informative. Gives a different appreciation of the genius and hard work of Walt Disney and of Roy and the talented people they employed.
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Dp23
Anonymous User
5.0 star rating
07/17/20
A very entertaining and non biased documentary
Review by Dp23 on 07/17/20 review stating A very entertaining and non biased documentary
This documentary is fantastic. It offers a non biased view of a man who was a visionary genius, but also a very controversial boss. Follow the ups and downs of Walt Disney and come away with a greater sense of what Disney Magic truly means.
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Mikeyboy
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
The most in depth look at Disney. Both men, and the machine.
Review by Mikeyboy on 07/17/20 review stating The most in depth look at Disney. Both men, and the machine.
I have seen many Disney documentaries. But this is a completely unbiased view of Disneys struggles and triumphs. It has considerable photographic and video content that I have not seen prior. The trials and tribulations of Walt, Roy and Ebs efforts are amazing. The struggles they faced, whether they were self induced or unintentional, make this documentary my number one story of Disney. Even over the Silver Box set of building Disneyland.
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Angie
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
These are gifts...........
Review by Angie on 07/17/20 review stating These are gifts...........
I KNOW the recipients of these two DVDs will be totally delighted with them........and maybe will even let me borrow them to enjoy!!!!!1 :-) Caroline A. Hendra
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Dayna
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4.0 star rating
07/17/20
The Walt Disney you never knew
Review by Dayna on 07/17/20 review stating The Walt Disney you never knew
Interesting perspective of Walt Disney, some information that was well known, other that was revealed in this DVD. wish it came in Blu-ray, too. A good purchase for anyone who likes Disney, and a reminder that the current Walt Disney Company is more than the almighty dollar.
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Grw
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Walt Disney - two sides
Review by Grw on 07/17/20 review stating Walt Disney - two sides
Everyone thinks of Walt Disney as a really nice guy. This documentary shows both sides of who he really was. He wasnt always Mr. Sweet Mickey Mouse guy. Its great and the background information is really fascinating.
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Bob
Anonymous User
5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Walt Disney-Am. Experience
Review by Bob on 07/17/20 review stating Walt Disney-Am. Experience
American Experience does it again. The Walt Disney DVD touches both good and bad in Walts life, and their treatment is both inspirational and touching. what a show.,
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Whit
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Great
Review by Whit on 07/17/20 review stating Great
Great!
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Anita
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Fast Delivery on a Wonderful DVD
Review by Anita on 07/17/20 review stating Fast Delivery on a Wonderful DVD
We were privileged to view the Walt Disney biography on American Experience and wanted to share the DVD with our son, whos a devoted Disney fan. This was our first order to PBS and the DVD arrived in less than a week in perfect condition. We really appreciated the 20% discount and excellent service!
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Judy
Anonymous User
5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Walt Disney was the best!!!!
Review by Judy on 07/17/20 review stating Walt Disney was the best!!!!
I love anything about Walt Disney. I was teaching the 5th grade class back in Dec. 1966 when Walt Disney died. We were all upset, so I had the children write a letter to Walts family with a sympathy note and what he meant to them. The family was touched and sent a beautiful letter in return. I have it hanging on my wall. Went on a Disney cruise about 1 year ago and it was super.
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Sierra
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
A Must See, Must Own
Review by Sierra on 07/17/20 review stating A Must See, Must Own
I saw this special and loved it so much that I showed my mom who is possibly a bigger Walt Disney fan than I am. She was as thoroughly fascinated as I was watching it and had to have it so I bought the DVD for her as a gift. She was so excited to get it and has already seen it a handful of times. Walt Disney is timeless and never gets old with anything that he touches, in both life and death. This was an amazing documentary and a treat I would insist others see.
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Amy
Anonymous User
4.0 star rating
07/17/20
A Document Well Done
Review by Amy on 07/17/20 review stating A Document Well Done
Bought this for my self-proclaimed Disney-aholic Mom. It is a good, honest look at the man behind the movies. Arrived promptly and in good shape.
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Disney F.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Walt was an absolute Genius!
Review by Disney F. on 07/17/20 review stating Walt was an absolute Genius!
I grew up with everything Disney and loved watching this documentary about Walt Disney and everything he did. I encourage everyone to check this documentary out to understand more about the creation of Mickey Mouse and his fellow Disney characters.
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Helen
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Walt Disney the great man and his mouse
Review by Helen on 07/17/20 review stating Walt Disney the great man and his mouse
We enjoyed the show on PBS so much that we had to buy the DVD. Even two of them. What a talented man Walt Disney was. Its great to know that he has a staff of people that still believe in quality over quantity. Recommend this DVD to any and all.
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Maldelus325
Anonymous User
5.0 star rating
07/17/20
The Private Man in Public
Review by Maldelus325 on 07/17/20 review stating The Private Man in Public
This documentary shows the private man who disliked unions that ensured his employees were well paid to meet the changing times. Getting away from the mentality of keeping all employees living close by and working long hours. His name had to be on prominent display while his brother, Roy was kept in the shadows running the marketing and finances and dealing with the unions. Walt put on a face to the public and aired his plans and projects he had plans for. Walt had to be on the face of all things made for the public. In order to get away from the daily operations of movie production, he found an obsession with trains which he preferred to spend more of his time with and using television to put his image out to the public users.
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Giftiegal
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Just right
Review by Giftiegal on 07/17/20 review stating Just right
Got it as a gift for my son who has been a Disney fan all his life.
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Phylocifer
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4.0 star rating
07/17/20
Everlasting childhood
Review by Phylocifer on 07/17/20 review stating Everlasting childhood
As someone who remembers seeing Felix the Cat in black and white as a child and sitting through Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs not once, but twice, I was particularly smitten with the story of the man who enhanced generations of young lives by transporting us through his story telling to a magical world of make believe. Thanks for a DVD that will show new generations a genius at work.


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