Rent The Men Who Built America (2012)

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6h 15min
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Synopsis:
Meet the titans who forged the foundation of modern America and created the American Dream. 'The Men Who Built America' mini-series shines a spotlight on the influential builders, dreamers and believers whose feats transformed the United States, a nation decaying from the inside after the Civil War, into the greatest economic and technological superpower the world had ever seen. 'The Men Who Built America' is the story of a nation at the crossroads and of the people who catapulted it to prosperity.
Actors:
, Tim Getman, , , , John Dow, , , , , , , , , David Donahoe, , , , , Cameron McNary
Directors:
,
Producers:
Glenn Allen, Brian Burstein, Randy Counsman, Richard Friedlander, Christie McConnell, Keith Palmer, David C. White
Narrated By:
Campbell Scott
Writers:
Randy Counsman, Keith Palmer, Billy Shebar, David C. White, Patrick Reams
Studio:
History Channel
Genres:
TV Documentaries
BBFC:
Release Date:
10/06/2013
Run Time:
375 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
None
Bonus:
  • Plus Bonus Footage - Never Before Seen On TV: "Carnegie"; "From Rich to Richer"; "The American Dream"; "Monopoly"; "Competitive Nature"; "The Everyman"; "The Rise of Cornelius Vanderbilt" and "Traits of a Titan"
Disc 1:
This disc includes the following episodes:
1. A New War Begins
2. Oil Strike
3. A Rivalry is Born
Disc 2:
This disc includes the following episodes:
4. Blood is Spilled
5. A New Rival Emerges
6. Owning it All
Disc 3:
This disc includes the following episodes:
7. Taking the White House
8. The New Machine
- Bonus Features
BBFC:
Release Date:
10/06/2013
Run Time:
375 minutes
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour
Languages:
English
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing, Spanish
Bonus:
  • Plus Bonus Footage - Never Before Seen On TV: "Carnegie"; "From Rich to Richer"; "The American Dream"; "Monopoly"; "Competitive Nature"; "The Everyman"; "The Rise of Cornelius Vanderbilt" and "Traits of a Titan"
Disc 1:
This disc includes the following episodes:
1. A New War Begins
2. Oil Strike
3. A Rivalry is Born
- Special Features
Disc 2:
This disc includes the following episodes:
4. Blood is Spilled
5. A New Rival Emerges
6. Owning it All
- Special Features
Disc 3:
This disc includes the following episodes:
7. Taking the White House
8. The New Machine
- Special Features

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Reviews (1) of The Men Who Built America

19thC America's mega-rich magnates. - The Men Who Built America review by DW

I've awarded three stars largely because overall these DVDs were informative, giving some interesting background to names familiar to me but not, until now, in particular detail. Rockefeller et al, these were hard men who may have through their determination and ruthlessness made the United States the pre-eminent industrialised nation but who did so at great cost to those in their employ. Carnegie, for instance, I had associated mainly with the public institutions which bear his name and which he generously supported. How he made his vast wealth, however, rather takes the shine off his benevolence.

These two discs contain six TV programmes made by PBS. Unfortunately, presumably because they are made for (American?) TV the seams show where they break off for adverts and, even worse, after each obvious break much of what had gone before is given a resume as though one couldn't keep in mind what had gone before. Ditto at the beginning of each of the six programmes when even more time is wasted replaying a fair bit of what had been previously shown on the earlier disc. I shall therefore avoid anything other than purposely made, stand alone, documentaries when making future choices of viewing.

One last thing,: Henry Ford is given equal billing to Vanderbilt and the other magnates at the beginning of each section and yet is allowed no place in the stories we are told here. Odd.

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