5 videodiscs (approximately 700 min.) : sound, color with black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Originally broadcast as a television mini-series in 1990; produced in 1989.
Special features, disc 1: behind-the-scenes: "The Civil War Reconstruction" ; commentary track by Ken Burns ; interviews with George Will, Shelby Foote and Stanley Crouch ; biography cards and battlefield maps.
Disc 1. Episode one : the Cause (1861) -- Disc 2. Episodes two and three : A Very Bloody Affair, Forever Free (1862) -- Disc 3. Episodes four and five : Simply Murder, the Universe of Battle (1863) -- Disc 4. Episodes six and seven : Valley of the Shadow of Death, Most Hallowed Ground (1864) -- Disc 5. Episodes eight and nine : War is All Hell, the Better Angles of Our Nature (1865)
Narrator, David McCullough ; cinematographers, Ken Burns, Buddy Squires ; editors, Paul Barnes, Tricia Reidy, Bruce Shaw.
Voices: Hoyt Axton, Colleen Dewhurst, Laurence Fishburne, Morgan Freeman, Jeremy Irons, Derek Jacobi, Jason Robards, Sam Waterston.
An epic documentary bringing life to America's most destructive - and defining - conflict. Here is the saga of celebrated generals and the ordinary soldiers. A heroic and transcendent president and a country that had to divide itself in two in order to become one again.
MPAA rating: Not rated.
DVD, NTSC; 5.1 surround sound, digitally remastered.
Emmy Awards, 1991: Emmy Outstanding Individual Achievement - Informational Programming (Geoffrey C. Ward (writer), Ric Burns (writer), Ken Burns (writer) - For episode #9: "The Better Angels Of Our Nature") ; Outstanding Informational Series (Ken Burns (producer), Ric Burns (producer), Stephen Ives (co-producer), Julie Dunfey (co-producer), Mike Hill (co-producer), Catherine Eisele (coordinating producer) - For episode #5 "The Universe Of Battle").
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