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Best documentary about time period covered by WiA ?

Wed Feb 04, 2009 9:42 am

There are some well known documentaries about American Revolution.
I wonder how would you rate them and which one you recommend (and why) :

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Wed Feb 04, 2009 2:19 pm

Carnium wrote:There are some well known documentaries about American Revolution.
I wonder how would you rate them and which one you recommend (and why) :

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Liberty is by far the best...but it's dated.

I recommend The War That Made America about the F&I War. VERY Good.

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Wed Feb 04, 2009 2:26 pm

lightsfantastic wrote:I recommend The War That Made America about the F&I War. VERY Good.


Excellent, thanks a lot and I already have The War That Made America on my radar ;)
Recently I got two documentaries about the war of 1812, but by a quick look only this one is telling the whole story from the both side.
Have you seen "When the Forest Ran Red" by any chance ?

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Wed Feb 04, 2009 2:48 pm

I saw Liberty a few months ago, at least i can say it is a decent one. I don't personally like History Channel productions, i find them rather biased, and those two were not any exceptions. Although, I'd really like to see a better and more in-depth production about the revolution. At least there are some real good books out there (some forum members' recommendations), which compensate for the lack of good documentaries about the subject.

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Wed Feb 04, 2009 5:28 pm

I own both The War That Made America and When The Forest Ran Red.

While both are pretty good, I'd suggest going for the former. They had a s***load of money to make it, being the one done for the 250th anniversary of the FIW in the US. Hence you get good visuals, real actors, and a fairly good rendering of battles (some of them, don't be too picky though). Yet, its main quality lies in that it draws heavily from Fred Anderson's book Crucible of War, which, despite some flaws, remains the best and most complete work on the FIW to date.

Also, if you have money to spare and want to see some great battle shots, get your hands on Canadian CBC's A People's History. The volume on the FIW has the best rendering of the battle of the Plains of Abraham ever.

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Fri Feb 06, 2009 2:21 pm

Thanks for all the advices :thumbsup:
CBC's A People's History looks amazing, but its currently out of my financial reach and I will probably get Liberty and When The Forest Ran Red.
If someone knows any good and unmentioned documentaries about this period, please post it here.

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Tue Feb 10, 2009 9:32 am

Anyone seen Rebels & Redcoats - How Britain Lost America ?
The reviews are quite mixed and I would like a second opinion :neener:
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Tue Feb 10, 2009 7:11 pm

Have not seen the video,but have read "REDCOATS AND REBELS"The American Revolution Through British Eyes by Chistopher Hibbert.A very good read, and it compliments the game nicely.

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Tue Feb 10, 2009 11:54 pm

Carnium,

You don't have to buy the entire collection of A People's History. It's sold in 3 dvds sets, each set covering more or less a distinct era. The first one has the early colonisation by the French, the Seven Years War, the American War of Independance and the War of 1812. So eventualy, you'll also end up getting a piece of what you were initially looking for ;)

PS: I do not get any money from CBC :D And actually, as far as I'm concerned, the visuals are pretty much the only thing of value in there (but boy, the Plains of Abraham are such a blast! It's of the scale of that Barry Lyndon scene).
If, however, you're looking for technical details, historians, and well thought historical material with deep explanations, then run. Fast. And get yourself a copy of When the Forest Ran Red instead, as you apparently intend to do. That, my friend, is a great piece of documentary.

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Wed Feb 11, 2009 10:49 am

Excellent advice TiFlo and Ian Coote :thumbsup:
My only problem is that Amazon.ca only has A People's History while Amazon.com only has When The Forrest Ran Red and I need to decide which one to get first.
Thanks a lot once again.

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Wed Feb 11, 2009 4:56 pm

Here you go.

Now you've seen it, you'll no longer have to chose ;)

And one last thing, both When the Forest Ran Red and The War that made America are quite heavily focused on George Washington. It's not annoying though, as the documentaries are pretty honest with their treatment of the US national hero. Actually, The War that made America does quite a good job in showing the complexity of the character, who was at that time far from being the smart and experienced commander of the AWI. One could even say that he was just a young hillbilly wannabe noble, driven by greed and lust for power and recognition. You did not hear me say that :siffle: :D

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Wed Feb 11, 2009 5:26 pm

This is AWESOME :w00t:
Looks exactly like the Canadian version of the War of 1812 that I recently purchased and enjoyed a LOT.
It seems that When the Forest Ran Red and The War that made America will have a wait bit :D

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Fri Feb 13, 2009 10:59 pm

Has anyone by any chance seen the so called sequel to the When the Forest Ran Red - George Washington's First War: The Battles for Fort Duquesne ?

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