Ken Burns: Horatio's Drive: America's First Road Trip DVD

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Item #: WB6462
Get set for an adventure that marked a new era in America! Film-maker Ken Burns presents the hilarious 1903 saga of the first transcontinental automobile trip. On a visionary whim and a $50 bet, Dr. Horatio Nelson Jackson became the first person to drive an automobile across the continent. His arrival in New York City, after every imaginable breakdown and ... More
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Get set for an adventure that marked a new era in America! Film-maker Ken Burns presents the hilarious 1903 saga of the first transcontinental automobile trip. On a visionary whim and a $50 bet, Dr. Horatio Nelson Jackson became the first person to drive an automobile across the continent. His arrival in New York City, after every imaginable breakdown and delay, proved that the "horseless carriage" really did have a future.

Producer: Ken Burns, Dayton Duncan
Executive Producer: Ken Burns
Production Year: 2003
Copyright Year: 2003
Rating: TV-G
Director: Ken Burns
Narrator: Keith David
Actors: Tom Hanks
Writers: Dayton Duncan
Number of Discs: 1
Length: 150 minutes
Audio Format: Stereo

14 Reviews
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Robert
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5.0 star rating
05/26/22
No GPS, No AAA, Wow!
Review by Robert on 05/26/22 review stating No GPS, No AAA, Wow!
A very delightful movie. The movie seems to be well researched. An entertaining and educational drama.
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Lori
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5.0 star rating
05/16/22
Horatios Drive
Review by Lori on 05/16/22 review stating Horatios Drive
So glad this was recorded for posterity. Loved watching it!
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DENISE
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4.0 star rating
04/13/22
Horatio's Drive
Review by DENISE on 04/13/22 review stating Horatio's Drive
I have not viewed this film. I purchased it for my son for Father's Day 2022. A Ken Burns film is ALWAYS excellent.
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IRENE
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5.0 star rating
10/28/21
The video got here in
Review by IRENE on 10/28/21 review stating The video got here in
The video got here in good time and in good condition. It is a Christmas gift for a friend so I am happy I ordered it in time so there would be no hold up. Your service is always very, very good. Thank you. I.M.
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LAURA
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5.0 star rating
08/08/21
well done great subject
Review by LAURA on 08/08/21 review stating well done great subject
well done great subject
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Elizabeth D.
Anonymous User
5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Typically great Burns film!
Review by Elizabeth D. on 07/17/20 review stating Typically great Burns film!
Very well done documentary that really gives you the feel of what it was like on that first cross-country road trip, and helps you realize how far the automobile has come. As always in a Ken Burns film, the voices are excellent and drama and humor are in a perfect mix. Camera and production techniques such as strapping a camera on the hood of a car being driven down similarly bumpy lanes gets you in the moment. Watching this makes you want to go on a road trip yourself.
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Erin
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
excellent documentry
Review by Erin on 07/17/20 review stating excellent documentry
I spent almost half my life in Lake Co. Oregon, so when I saw that Horatios drive took him through Lake View Or. I was so excited. My father lives in Paisley, which is part of lake co.,just 45 min. north of Lake View. I bought the DVD for him. What a great film.
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Ecclepebble
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4.0 star rating
07/17/20
An exhilarating romp into our past
Review by Ecclepebble on 07/17/20 review stating An exhilarating romp into our past
I would have given it five but I found the beginning a little slow. Once it got going it had me spellbound. Wonderful entertainment and a great way to learn history, whether a car buff or not.
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Michigan B.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Horatios Drive
Review by Michigan B. on 07/17/20 review stating Horatios Drive
This DVD by ken Burns was thoroughly enjoyable. It provided a real life view of the early automobile, and our penchant for racing. The diary of Dr. Horation and his many telegraph letters to his wife of his experiences were insightful of the hardships he faced, but humorous in his effort to assure his wife things were peachy. The fact that two other car companies decide to join in a race was very interesting. And, of course, the distinctive voice of Tom Hanks as Dr. Horatio was excellent. This is a very funny, but factual picture of the automobile circa 1904. It is a worthy purcahes.
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Susan S.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
SO MUCH FUN
Review by Susan S. on 07/17/20 review stating SO MUCH FUN
This program was just a joy to watch. It is lighthearted, interesting and the letters between Horatio and his wife, Swipes, are so tender and sweet they about bring you to tears....happy tears. In tough times, this was a ray of sunshine.
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George P.
Anonymous User
5.0 star rating
07/17/20
A Great Adventure
Review by George P. on 07/17/20 review stating A Great Adventure
I had missed this Ken Burns production when it was broadcast in 2004, and am delighted now to see it on DVD. It not only recreates the cross-country drive, on a whim, by Vermont doctor Horatio Nelson Jackson, from San Francisco to NYC, but also incorporates Jacksons photos, taken with a Kodak camera, of towns that he encountered along the way, many inhabited by people who had never seen an automobile. It was an America on the verge of massive transformation, and we share that change. Thanks again, Ken Burns!
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Tom
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Well worth your time
Review by Tom on 07/17/20 review stating Well worth your time
Even if you saw the special on PBS it is worth purchasing and watching again. Children will love it.
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Tom
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5.0 star rating
07/17/20
Great Story
Review by Tom on 07/17/20 review stating Great Story
Ken Burns has done it again. This is a great, well told and well documented story. It will hold the attention of the viewer without regard to his interest in American history or early automobiles.


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