THE STATUE OF LIBERTY
Review by Chastity Campbell
Narrator: Jack Perkins
Video: 1.33:1 Standard Fullscreen
Audio: Dolby Digital Stereo
Studio: A&E/History Channel
Features: See Review
Length: 50 Minutes
Release Date: February 24, 2004
will not forget that liberty has here made her home; nor shall her chosen alter
be neglected.Ē - President
Standing, arm stretched high,
holding the light of freedom, she symbolizes the gift given to those who arrive
in this country seeking a chance to begin again.
The year was 1875, and Frenchman
Frederic Aguste Bartholdi began construction on one of Americaís most
prominent icons. It was to be a
gift given from the French to the Americans.
Their idea was a statue to stand as a symbol of the American peoplesí
hard won freedoms and liberties. What
it became was an image that every person knows, and no one ever forgets.
After watching the A&E
presentation The Statue Of Liberty I looked around my home, where I am
constantly inundated with images of Old Glory.
Thereís a flag throw on one of my chairs, my dishes are
with American flags, as are my coffee mugs.
From the trivet on my stove to the towels in my closet the American flag
dominates all aspects of my home dťcor.
Now, you would think a patriotic
home such as mine would have at least one image of Lady Liberty hanging around
somewhere. Alas, she is not, but
rest assured that once I do acquire a statue of the tall robed one, she will be
placed atop one of my tallest cabinets, possibly next to my plastic 1776 signing
of the Declaration Of Independence serving platter.
This DVD features a gigantic
history lesson in the form of some amazing early twentieth century film footage
as well as black and white still photographs.
The narratorís dialogue takes you from concept to reality and beyond as
Lady Liberty goes from an idea to the image we see standing in New York harbor
There is so much information in
this DVD that itís hard to catch it all the first time around.
Fear not, because this is one DVD you will want to watch over and over
The black and white photographs
were amazing. They chronicle the
construction, deconstruction, and reconstruction the Statue Of Liberty went
through before she was finally finished in 1886.
The video footage of early
immigrants, and New York circa the early 1900ís was by far some of the best
quality Iíve seen. You canít
really say the quality was comparable to todayís standards but place it next
to other things I have seen which were filmed in that era, and this DVDís
footage wins hands down.
The only down side to this DVD
was that the narration was a little bit flat.
That, however, is minor, and can easily be overlooked.
When you want something
educational, itís not always fun to watch.
A&E presents educational programming in a way that leaves you wanting
more every time.
Pick up The Statue Of Liberty
today, and take her for a spin, but donít keep her too long, someone else
might be trying to find the way home!
The 1.33:1 Standard Fullscreen
production of this DVD was quite good. The
black and white images were for the most part clear as well as vivid.
The dirt and grain visible was due to the fact that these prints and the
video footage that sometimes accompanied the prints were all shot in the early
part of the twentieth century. You
have to remember all this happened before innovative filming, and production
companies like DreamWorks and ILM were even a gleam in their creatorsí
As with all A&E productions,
this DVDís audio quality was mixed and balanced very well against the
underlying music beds. The
narratorís dialogue was even throughout the entire DVD, and his voice never
seemed overpowering or invasive.
The Dolby Digital Stereo mix
works very well with these documentary style films.
The extra features on this DVD
will liberate you!
A featurette entitled Save
Our History: Ellis Island takes you through the steps all immigrants faced
upon arriving in America. Just
because you bought the ticket and made the journey, it didnít mean you got to
Statue Of Liberty Facts is a
very informative and easy way to learn all the facts surrounding Lady Liberty as
well as her history.
Interactive menus, along with
individual scene selection allow you to navigate this DVDís features quickly,