The Ultimate Guide to the Presidents DVD

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$14.98
America’s unique form of democracy separates power among three branches of government: the legislative, judicial and executive. The President of the United States, who heads the executive branch, holds the position that most embodies the aspirations of the American people. Join HISTORY® for a fresh perspective on how the Oval Office has evolved over the past 200 years through stories about and learn about the 43 men who have served as Commander-in-Chief -- from George Washington to Barack Obama. This 8-hour miniseries concentrates on the ebbs and flows of presidential power and responsibilities as each of America’s leaders deal with the events, expectations and challenges of his time.

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  • Format: DVD
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Run Time: 368 Minutes
  • Region: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
  • Studio: A&E Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: May 28, 2013
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Color: Color
  • Includes:
    Special Features include Never-Before-Seen-on-TV footage.
  • Release Date: 2013

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4.64.6(21 reviews)See all 21 reviews
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4.6

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4.6

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Pros

  • Informative (9)
  • Entertaining (6)
  • Original (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • At home (8)
  • Adult viewers (3)
  • Younger viewers (3)
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Very interesting but too much repetition

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from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Pros

  • Entertaining
  • Informative
  • Original

Cons

    Best Uses

    • At Home

    Very interesting but too much repetition throughout the narrative.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Love it

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    from Tulsa, OK

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    Pros

    • Entertaining
    • Informative
    • Original

    Cons

    • Not What I Expected

    Best Uses

    • Adult Viewers
    • At Home
    • Education

    I am a HS history teacher, and used this as a time-filler. My students were generally interested, as it was another perspective through which to view US History besides the way we proceeded through the course.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    History Channel 5 star !

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    from NJ

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    Pros

    • Entertaining
    • Original

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Fast fullfillment, overall a very good purchasing experience.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Glad I purchased this DVD. Enjoyed it.

        By 

        from Sacramento, CA

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        Pros

        • Entertaining
        • Great Cinematography
        • Informative

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • At Home
          • Travel

          I love history. Especially regarding presidents and wars. I am glad I bought this DVD.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          I would buy this product again and again

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          from Silver Spring, MD

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          Pros

          • Informative

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • At Home
            • Younger Viewers

            Great information for my children.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            excellent!

            By 

            from omaha

            About Me Movie Buff

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            Pros

            • Informative

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • At Home

              great tv!

              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great for High School U.S. History Class

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              from Dallas, TX

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              Pros

              • Engaging Characters
              • Entertaining
              • Great Cinematography
              • High Production Value
              • Informative

              Cons

              • No Cons

              Best Uses

              • Adult Viewers
              • At Home
              • School
              • Younger Viewers

              I use this video series in my high school AP U.S. History classes and regular U.S. History classes.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Ultimate Guide to the Presidents

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              from Barstow, CA

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              Pros

              • Entertaining
              • Informative

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  I learns some things I should have learned in history classes but did not.

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Very interesting look at the presidents

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                  from Plattsburg, MO

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                  Pros

                  • Informative

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • At Home

                    I learned so much that certainly was not taught in our history classes. I have bought another copy to give as a Christmas gift.

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Simply Amazing

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                    from Akron, OH

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                    Pros

                    • High Production Value
                    • Informative
                    • Little Known Facts

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Adult Viewers
                      • Am Lending To School
                      • At Home
                      • Younger Viewers

                      Loved this video. The series showed so many little known facts that I am lending it to the History Dept at my local school

                      (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      3.0

                      Started Off Great, Ended Poorly

                      By 

                      from Connecticut

                      It was very good at the start, and at first I liked it more than the original series, but at the end they just sort of threw Bush, Clinton, Bush, and Obama together into 5 minutes -- and that really upset me. It definitely lowered my overall appreciation for the series.

                      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Entertaining Program

                      By 

                      from Wittenberg, WI

                      I have always been very entertained by documentaries about presidents and seen basically everyone out there whether for fun or at school etc. I must say that this particular program was very entertaining. It was very informative (I learned some things that I didn't know from previous documentaries). And it had ways of grabbing your attention and keeping you entertained the whole eight ish hours. But, it seemed a tad biased to me. Each person brought in to talk you could just tell some of them did not like that particular president. I also understand that some presidencies don't really have much to talk about. But in other programs each segment was about the same amount of time (unless their presidency was full of stuff then obviously it would be a tad longer). It would've been nice to hear a bit more about certain presidents even if their term didn't have much happen (some segments were about only a minute or two long when there could have been room for more information in my opinion). But overall I would suggest this for entertainment or for use in a classroom setting.

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Will Use in My Classroom

                      By 

                      from KY

                      Pros

                      • Engaging
                      • Organized

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Classroom tool

                        As an 8th grade US history teacher, I think my students will enjoy the video. It's engaging and it presented information on a level that they will understand. I found several of the comments regarding issues/topics we study (Alien/Sedition Act, Electoral College for examples)to be easy to follow and presented at a level my students will be able to comprehend and have a thoughtful discussion about afterwards.

                        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Amazing...Should be in every classroom!

                        By 

                        from Hesperia, Ca

                        It was amzing how history DOES repeat. As you watch, you will see greed, power, and coruption emerge, that exists today....You will see History Repeat...But are we smart enough to learn from it..... Should be in every Junior and Senior High Watch List!

                        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        Very informative despite historian bias

                        By 

                        from Illinois

                        Pros

                        • Learn history

                        Cons

                        • Strongly Biased

                        Best Uses

                        • Learn Basic Facts

                        Does a good job discussing Presidents with historical perspective, sharing what was happening in the world during their tenure. Unfortunately, when the historians start talking about 20th Century presidents, they become very biased. Would be better if they had remained objective throughout and let the viewers draw their own conclusions.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Should be used as a high school course

                        By 

                        from Illinois

                        Couldn't move from the TV! Kept writing lesson plans in my head! Extra info could easily be added to the video info which brings our US history to life. Students then would have an excellent overview of how events, either handled or not dealt with, affected many years. I can see a required binder at the end of the course which students could use for many years after finished with school. Fantastic!

                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        "All the right stuff"

                        By 

                        from Olympia, Wa

                        I learned more in this series than I did in high school and college combined.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        BEST 8hr show I have ever seen!!!

                        By 

                        from Knoxville Tn

                        Pros

                        • Objective And Informative

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Very well done. I was enthralled the whole 8hrs. Loved the commentaries. You guys DID your homework on this one!!!

                             
                            5.0

                            Very enlightening to a fairly novice fan

                            By 

                            from Houlton, Me

                            Pros

                            • Concise Interesting Inf

                            Cons

                            • Could Have Been Twice As

                            Best Uses

                            • Educational

                            used it for my own personal enlightenment and converstaion.

                            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Great resource for a US History class

                            By 

                            from Los Angeles, CA

                            Pros

                            • Accurate Historical Info
                            • Great graphics
                            • Great pacing

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Great For In-class View

                              I'm an 8th grade US History teacher and I appreciate the making of this DVD series. I watched it on the History Channel and cannot wait to show it to my students. The information in the series correlates with the information in our classroom textbook and several other sources I've read. I love the way the presidents are organized by era and how the pacing of the information. The graphics are interesting and will keep my students engaged. Thank you!

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