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Ken Burns: Benjamin Franklin DVD & Blu-ray

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Benjamin Franklin explores the revolutionary life of one of the 18th century's most consequential and compelling personalities, whose work and words unlocked the mystery of electricity and helped create the United States. Franklin's 84 years (1706-1790) spanned an epoch of momentous change in science, technology, literature, politics, and government—fields he himself advanced through lifelong commitments to societal and self-improvement.
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Benjamin Franklin explores the revolutionary life of one of the 18th century's most consequential and compelling personalities, whose work and words unlocked the mystery of electricity and helped create the United States. Franklin's 84 years (1706-1790) spanned an epoch of momentous change in science, technology, literature, politics, and government—fields he himself advanced through lifelong commitments to societal and self-improvement.

But Franklin's life was full of contradictions, and his success as a writer, printer, scientist, and statesman came at a cost to the people closest to him. His influence was unmatched in his time, and his impact remains with us today. "If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten," he said in Poor Richard's Almanack, "either write things worth reading, or do things worth the writing." Benjamin Franklin did both.

Producer: Ken Burns, David Schmidt
Executive Producer: Ken Burns
Production Company: Florentine Films
Production Year: 2022
Copyright Year: 2022
Director: Ken Burns
Narrator: Peter Coyote
Actors: Mandy Patinkin, Carolyn McCormick, Josh Lucas, Liam Neeson, David Quay, Craig Mellish, Paul Giamatti, Joe Morton, Adam Arkin, Tony Beck
Writers: Dayton Duncan
Number of Discs: 2
Length: 240 minutes
Number of Episodes: 2
Rating: TV-14
Subtitled: Y
Subtitle Languages: English (SDH)
Audio Format: 5.1 Surround
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen

56 Reviews
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Stephen
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5.0 star rating
02/15/24
I havent watched this yet,
Review by Stephen on 02/15/24 review stating I havent watched this yet,
I havent watched this yet, but I think its going to be very worthwhile as I love everything Mr. Burns does as a filmmaker .
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Ferrill
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5.0 star rating
01/14/24
An exceptional resource, very pleased.
Review by Ferrill on 01/14/24 review stating An exceptional resource, very pleased.
An exceptional resource, very pleased.
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Laurel
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5.0 star rating
10/15/23
Excellent presentation
Review by Laurel on 10/15/23 review stating Excellent presentation
Wonderful and thoughtful presentation.
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JACK
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5.0 star rating
06/07/23
Ben Franklin
Review by JACK on 06/07/23 review stating Ben Franklin
Thoroughly enjoyed it. A typical Ken Burns classic.
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DARRELL
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5.0 star rating
04/24/23
DRRLL222
Review by DARRELL on 04/24/23 review stating DRRLL222
Another quality documentary by Ken Burns.
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MARYFRANCES
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5.0 star rating
02/26/23
Best Ken Burns yet.
Review by MARYFRANCES on 02/26/23 review stating Best Ken Burns yet.
Best Ken Burns yet.
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SHIRLEY
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5.0 star rating
01/04/23
Very informative.
Review by SHIRLEY on 01/04/23 review stating Very informative.
Very informative.
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Stephanie
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5.0 star rating
12/21/22
Great
Review by Stephanie on 12/21/22 review stating Great
Burns always does a great job.
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Robert
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5.0 star rating
12/06/22
I love history, the grand
Review by Robert on 12/06/22 review stating I love history, the grand
I love history, the grand old man of American Government, I also love Ken Burns presentations.
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MARIE
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5.0 star rating
11/02/22
Great show
Review by MARIE on 11/02/22 review stating Great show
Im a history buff. I really enjoyed learning things about Benjamin Franklin the times he was living in. Ken Burns mini-series ROCK!!
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Kenneth
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5.0 star rating
09/06/22
A treasure for the history
Review by Kenneth on 09/06/22 review stating A treasure for the history
A treasure for the history buff, help to develop an appreciation for the sacrifices of our original founders of this nation.
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Vernon
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5.0 star rating
08/26/22
Franklin
Review by Vernon on 08/26/22 review stating Franklin
As always, a superb presentation!
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Carol K.
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5.0 star rating
08/09/22
Benjamin Franklin DVD
Review by Carol K. on 08/09/22 review stating Benjamin Franklin DVD
I watched it and I need to have it in my library for future review. In todays world, the wisdom of the wise and facts of the past are refreshing and worth sharing.
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Benjamin
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5.0 star rating
08/05/22
The documentary was very well
Review by Benjamin on 08/05/22 review stating The documentary was very well
The documentary was very well made, very informative, and also enjoyable. It arrived safe and sound. Thanks again to everyone involved!
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E.JOANNE
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5.0 star rating
08/03/22
Ken Burns: Benjamin Franklin DVD
Review by E.JOANNE on 08/03/22 review stating Ken Burns: Benjamin Franklin DVD
Im a long time Franklin fan but learned sooo much in this movie. It would be a valuable asset to many American history classes
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Karen M.
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5.0 star rating
07/17/22
Ben Franklin: His Positive and Negative Attributes
Review by Karen M. on 07/17/22 review stating Ben Franklin: His Positive and Negative Attributes
Another great docu series showing genius of Ben Franklin with wonderful commentary from well educated people
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David S.
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5.0 star rating
07/12/22
Benjamin Franklin by Keb Burns
Review by David S. on 07/12/22 review stating Benjamin Franklin by Keb Burns
Just caught the last part of the Franklin story on PBS. I was so impressed I decided to get the dvd for my older brother knowing he would fully appreciate it.
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LILLIAN
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4.0 star rating
07/09/22
Information was good, however, the
Review by LILLIAN on 07/09/22 review stating Information was good, however, the
Information was good, however, the personal views of the experts were too lengthy and tedious, and not particularly useful.
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William
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5.0 star rating
07/09/22
Ben Franklin 2 part bio film
Review by William on 07/09/22 review stating Ben Franklin 2 part bio film
Wonderful early history of United States and leaders who formed a more complete union and experiment in social justice and provide for a common defense.
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Jan
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5.0 star rating
07/09/22
Benjamin Franklin
Review by Jan on 07/09/22 review stating Benjamin Franklin
I enjoyed the content and the presentation. The historians were very good and the illustrations and art work were excellent. Nicely paced. This is one of my favorite Ken Burns productions. He just gets better.

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M. S. reviewed Ken Burns: Benjamin Franklin DVD & Blu-ray
5 star rating
Benjamin Franklin
Review by M. S. review stating Benjamin Franklin
One of the most informative programs I have seen on PBS. Learned so much of the early history of the USA. I will never get tired of watching this program.
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Charles reviewed Ken Burns: Benjamin Franklin DVD & Blu-ray
5 star rating
Ken Burns DVD Benjamin Franklin
Review by Charles review stating Ken Burns DVD Benjamin Franklin
Great DVD!
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EDWARD reviewed Ken Burns: Benjamin Franklin DVD & Blu-ray
5 star rating
Well done!! All of Ken
Review by EDWARD review stating Well done!! All of Ken
Well done!! All of Ken Burns are first class.

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