The Roosevelts : an intimate history

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Burns, Ken, 1953- television producer,
Ward, Geoffrey C., screenwriter,
Barnes, Paul, 1951- television producer,
Baucom, Pam Tubridy, television producer.
Coyote, Peter, narrator.
[Alexandria, VA] : Distributed by PBS Distribution, [2014].
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7 videodiscs (approximately 840 minutes) : sound, color with black & white segments ; 4 3/4 in. 
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[Alexandria, VA] : Distributed by PBS Distribution, [2014].


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Originally broadcast on television by PBS as an episodes of the television program in 2013.
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Language options taken from DVD menu and may differ slightly from container packaging.
General Note
Companion book: The Roosevelts : an intimate history / Geoffrey C. Ward ; based on a documentary film by Ken Burns ; with a preface by Ken Burns ; picture research by Susanna Steisel ; design by Maggie Hinders. First edition. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.
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Special features: Disc 1: FDR's great secret; David Cieri and music for The Roosevelts; Springwood & Val-Kill; Sagamore Hill; Oak Terrace; Someone in the shadows; The Roosevelt home movies; Warm Springs; Campobello; "Able-bodied"; FDR's dog Fala; FDR and the Porcellian Club; The FDR Model T re-creation. Disc 7: The making of The Roosevelts: an intimate history; Deleted scenes (with an introduction by Ken Burns).
Creation/Production Credits
Edited by Paul Barnes, Tricia Reidy, Erik Ewers, Daniel J. White ; cinematography, Buddy Squires, Allen Moore ; original music composed by David Cieri.
Narrated by Peter Coyote ; with voiceovers by Paul Giamatti (Theodore Roosevelt), Edward Herrmann (Franklin Roosevelt) and Meryl Streep (Eleanor Roosevelt), Patricia Clarkson (Daisy Suckley), Adam Arkin, Kevin Conway, John Lithgow, Amy Madigan, Joanne Tucker, Eli Wallach, Jason Lambert, Pamela Reed, Billy Bob Thronton, Keith Carradine, Michael Klug, Ed Harris, Josh Lucas, Massimiliano Pala, Carl Lumbly, Carolyn McCormick ; interviews with David McCullough, Geoffrey C. Ward, George Will, Sarah Botstein, H.W. Brand, Alan Brinkley, John Milton Cooper, Jr., Dayton Duncan, Julie Dunfey, Gerald Early, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Clay Jenkinson, William E. Leuchtenburg, Jon Margolis, Lynn Novick, Bernard A. Weisberger, Beau Willimon, David Woolner.
Profiles Theodore, Franklin, and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of the most prominent and influential family in American politics. It is the first time in a major documentary television series that their individual stories have been interwoven into a single narrative. This seven-part, 14 hour film follows the Roosevelts for more than a century, from Theodore's birth in 1858 to Eleanor's death in 1962. Over the course of these years, Theodore would become the 26th President of the United States and his beloved niece, Eleanor, would marry his fifth cousin, Franklin, who became the 32nd President of the United States. Together, these three individuals not only redefined the relationship Americans had with their government and with each other, but also redefined the role of the United States within the wider world. The series encompasses the history the Roosevelts helped to shape: the creation of the National Parks, the digging of the Panama Canal, the passage of innovative New Deal programs, the defeat of Hitler, and the postwar struggles for civil rights at home and human rights abroad. It is also an intimate human story about love, betrayal, family loyalty, personal courage, and the conquest of fear.
Explores the lives and political careers of Theodore Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
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[Not rated]
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DVD, NTSC region 1, widescreen presentation; 5.1 surround, 2.0 stereo.
In English (5.1 surround or 2.0 stereo) or Spanish (2.0 stereo); English and Spanish subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing (SDH); English descriptive audio track for people with visual disabilities (DVI).

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