The War of 1812 DVD

$24.99
Item #: WC4372
The War 1812 is a two-hour film history of a deeply significant event in North American and world history. The war shaped American, Canadian and British destiny in the most literal way possible: had one or two battles or decisions gone a different way, a map of the United States today would look entirely (and shockingly) different. The U.S. could ... More
In Stock & Ready to Ship
Select Format:

Quantity:

The War 1812 is a two-hour film history of a deeply significant event in North American and world history. The war shaped American, Canadian and British destiny in the most literal way possible: had one or two battles or decisions gone a different way, a map of the United States today would look entirely (and shockingly) different. The U.S. could well have included Canada - but was also on the verge of losing much of the Midwest, and perhaps the entire West to boot. The New England states, meanwhile, were poised on the brink of secession just months before a peace treaty was signed.

The fires of this war forged the nation of Canada; at the same time, the result tolled the end of Native American dreams of a separate nation. By war's end, the process of Native nation removal had already begun in the southeast, paving the way for a Cotton Kingdom powered by slavery, and a United States that had been on the verge of collapse was ready to announce its arrival as a global power. The U.S. did not win the War of 1812, but the noble experiment of democracy had managed to survive intense pressure from without, and within.

Producer: John Grant
Executive Producer: Dalton Delan, Karen Kenton, David C. Rotterdam, John Grant
Production Company: WETA; WNED; Florentine Films/Hott Productions
Production Year: 2011
Copyright Year: 2011
Director: Lawrence Hott, Diane Garey
Narrator: Joe Mantegna
Actors: Scott Finlay, Ellis Hill, Ray Hobbs
Writers: Ken Chowder
Discs: 1
Subtitles: Y
Subtitle Language: English (SDH)
Audio Format: Stereo
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen

30 Reviews
P
Peregrenetx
Anonymous User
2.0 star rating
05/16/22
Hard to review what you havent recieved
Review by Peregrenetx on 05/16/22 review stating Hard to review what you havent recieved
Delivery was prompt and Secrets of the Viking Sword was all I hoped it would be. But apparently someone in the distribution center must have concluded my interests were too bellicose and substituted The Buddha for The War of 1812. Great respect to The Enlightened One but I didnt order it. Now well see how good yall are with returns and re-deliveries.
G
Golfinsailor
Anonymous User
4.0 star rating
05/16/22
good history program
Review by Golfinsailor on 05/16/22 review stating good history program
The War of 1812 is Americas forgotten war and among all the hoopla about a star spangled banner, this was a war that the United States definitely did not win. In fact this country was fortunate to come out of the war in pretty good shape. Since I live along the shore of Lake Erie, I am very familiar with the Battle of Lake Erie and Commodore Perry. There is an annual celebration on the weekend after Labor Day on Put-iin-Bay in Ohio celebrating the victory and the two hundred years of peace between the United States, Canada and Great Britain. Most years I attend that ceremony since it is a great weekend to spend on the island which is not Ohios answer to Key West. There is a great back story about Commodore Perry and the Battle of Lake Erie that was not in the program, perhaps because it might have made the program too long. But a young 28 year old New Englander was asked to come to Erie PA,recruit a bunch of frontiersmen and turn them into sailors capable of defeating a British naval squadron of experenced sailors. They built a fleet of ships and within one year were ready to take on the British. An exact replica of Perrys flagship, the Niagara, sails on Lake Erie today and two years ago I was privileged to sail on it. In fact the Niagara was used in the making og the PBS documentary Into the Deep about Yankee whaling in the 19th century. That documentary was filmed on Lake Erie since I recognized some of the shoreline as I regularly go sailing on Lake Erie each summer. I reccomend this to anyone who is interested in a war that helped shape the United States of today, especially with the bicentennial of the war beginning this year.
P
Peedy
Anonymous User
4.0 star rating
05/16/22
War of 1812
Review by Peedy on 05/16/22 review stating War of 1812
This documentary was very needed as quite a few people thought the war of 1812 was only involved the song by Johnny Horton Battle of New Orleans. It made me proud as a British Canadian whose ancestors fought in this war but sad as a Metis whose ancestors lost everything in this war. My mothers people lost nearly everything they were promised and fared far worse in the U.S. but thats another story. This was only the beginning fr them.
R
Royalist J.
Anonymous User
5.0 star rating
05/16/22
First Rate Presentation of War of 1812
Review by Royalist J. on 05/16/22 review stating First Rate Presentation of War of 1812
As a historian of Ontario history I would recommend this DVD to citizens on both sides of the border. For too long this conflict has been overtaken by less than accurate definition by both sides. This presentation represents a defining moment for the people of Ontario and adds a bit of lustre to the Provinces motto - Loyal she began. Loyal she remains. I hope it is as well received in the south as well as the north. Also both sides need to remember how totally tragic the wars outcome was to the aboriginal people who were the true losers in the end.
S
Susan
Anonymous User
5.0 star rating
05/16/22
Both points of view explained
Review by Susan on 05/16/22 review stating Both points of view explained
As a history teacher raised in the U.S. and living in Canada, Ive observed first hand the very different popular opinions about what happened in the War of 1812. This program is the most even-handed, clear, fair explanation Ive ever seen of not only the facts, but also why the different interpretations have developed. And of course its high production values and good writing also make it very enjoyable to watch. Really.
P
Pgraves
Anonymous User
5.0 star rating
05/16/22
Balanced Approach
Review by Pgraves on 05/16/22 review stating Balanced Approach
One of the first documentaries of the war of 1812 that appears more factual than emotional. Even though American made, it shows the errors and follies of the American government and armies of the day - something that is usually ignored or glossed over. Does not put a lot of weight of the Battle of New Orleans, as the war was over when that was fought. Shows that the real winner was the new Canadian identity, and the real losers were the natives (as usual).
A
Andy M.
Anonymous User
4.0 star rating
04/12/22
OBSCURE WAR
Review by Andy M. on 04/12/22 review stating OBSCURE WAR
AN INTERESTING LOOK AT A RATHER UNKNOWN CONFLICT FROM DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES. WITH REENACTORS BEING USED EFFECTIVELY, INTERSPERSED WITH PERIOD PHOTOS.IT IS SURPRISING TO LEARN WHAT ACTUALLY TRIGGER ED THIS WAR-OUR TRADE WITH OUR FRIEND-FRANCE!
P
Peregrenetx
Anonymous User
4.0 star rating
09/26/21
The Nearly Unknown War
Review by Peregrenetx on 09/26/21 review stating The Nearly Unknown War
Perhaps the only comprehensive telling of the war. It inclusion of so many Canadian and First Nations scholars made it a broad and complete representation. Worth many re-viewings.
S
Sereta T.
Anonymous User
4.0 star rating
09/26/21
War of 1812 well d9ne
Review by Sereta T. on 09/26/21 review stating War of 1812 well d9ne
This documentary is very informative. Reinactments help portray the battles. Because there was no national army, there was confusion ineptness in military leadership. It details the lack of coordination, political climate, vastness of the areas.
D
Downeast D.
Anonymous User
5.0 star rating
09/26/21
THE WAR THAT CHANGED THE WORLD--AGAIN
Review by Downeast D. on 09/26/21 review stating THE WAR THAT CHANGED THE WORLD--AGAIN
As a rule, this war is not embraced in schools as one of the first of world wars, but it was. It gave rise to an authentic American dictator dressed as a Prsident who practiced genocide in his own country, it meant the demise of a Corsican dictator bent on world domination, and it set the stage for further carnage in the next century. This production is an insight into how America, Canada, and Indeginous Americans have become what we are today. It is worthy of scrutiny, and is put in a very entertaining format.
W
Woody
Anonymous User
5.0 star rating
09/26/21
Compelling, visually and audibly
Review by Woody on 09/26/21 review stating Compelling, visually and audibly
There has been a treaty between the US and Canada that did not allow warships to enter the St. Lawrence and the Great Lakes since the War of 1812. That is, until 1959, when 28 warships entered the waterway and lakes in celebration of the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway all the way to the far reaches of the Great Lakes. I was on one of those warships, knew about the treaty but didnt know why I was part of history. The little known and remembered war, in the US at least, was brought to life and fully explained in this documentary.
G
Green G.
Anonymous User
5.0 star rating
09/26/21
Clarity about War of 1812
Review by Green G. on 09/26/21 review stating Clarity about War of 1812
The story outlined all of the disparate conflicts, reasons for the conflicts, and how the outcomes shaped 19th century history. It fills a big gap in understanding US History. Well done.
J
J M.
Anonymous User
5.0 star rating
09/26/21
1812 war causes and conflict
Review by J M. on 09/26/21 review stating 1812 war causes and conflict
This video is an excellent presentation of the entire war and the factions represented. It gives perspective from Colonial, British, Canadian, and Native-American sides. The time line now makes much more sense. Even an American history teacher found this valuable.
S
Storyms
Anonymous User
5.0 star rating
07/10/21
Good coverage!
Review by Storyms on 07/10/21 review stating Good coverage!
Comprehensive review of a seldom covered war, which was a turning point in our history.
K
Kustom M.
Anonymous User
5.0 star rating
07/10/21
Review of Movie
Review by Kustom M. on 07/10/21 review stating Review of Movie
I enjoy this movie.
W
William M.
Anonymous User
5.0 star rating
07/10/21
Enjoyed this very much
Review by William M. on 07/10/21 review stating Enjoyed this very much
I enjoyed this PBS program very much during this year when we observe the anniversary of the War of 1812. Will watch it more than once.
M
Mary
Anonymous User
5.0 star rating
07/10/21
The War of 1812
Review by Mary on 07/10/21 review stating The War of 1812
Excellent documentary on a war we never really studied in school. Very interesting and informative. Must see for all Americans!
C
Carol J.
Anonymous User
4.0 star rating
07/17/20
War of 1812, The Forgotten War
Review by Carol J. on 07/17/20 review stating War of 1812, The Forgotten War
This program taught me more about this war, than I learned in U.S History. I enjoyed this program so much, that I will be watching it again in the near future. Watch this program on PBS or purchase your DVD. You wont regret it.
F
Fighter
Anonymous User
4.0 star rating
07/17/20
Very good
Review by Fighter on 07/17/20 review stating Very good
Very insightful
C
Chief
Anonymous User
5.0 star rating
07/17/20
excellelnt...
Review by Chief on 07/17/20 review stating excellelnt...
This should be used in all history classess in schools. Not many people know much about this war


Virtual Catalog