The American Revolution (1994) 65/100 - Back before they were deridingly called the 'Hitler' channel, the History channel actually tried to present shows highlighting many different moments and aspects of world history. Following on the footsteps of the success that Ken Burns had with his seminal documentary on the Civil War for PBS, the History channel bankrolled what they felt would be a detailed chronicling of the war that created our country. Their production company, Greystone Communications, churned out various shows on many different military and western events over the previous years, and like most of those documentaries, the results are rather lackluster. It's true that they had an array of impressive actors to give voice to the participants in the war. But most of the actual history is more or less, gleaned from standard text books used in elementary schools. If you knew nothing of our war for independence, then this would appear on the surface, to be patriotic propaganda that panders to all of the myths associated with that war. It's serviceable, but never really sinks its teeth into what started the conflagration in the first place, and why we were so determined to rid ourselves of the mother country.
What the color coding means...
Teal = Masterpiece Dark Green = Classic or someday will be Lime Green = A good, entertaining film Orange = Average Red = Cinemuck Brown = The color of crap, which this film is
Title:Roman Holiday Year: 1953 Director: William Wyler Rating: NR Length: 118 Min. Video: Full Frame 1.33:1 Audio: English: Dolby Digital: Mono, French: Dolby Digital: Mono Subtitles: English
Stars: Gregory Peck Audrey Hepburn Eddie Albert Hartley Power Harcourt Williams
Plot: Roman Holiday was nominated for ten Academy Awards®, and Audrey Hepburn captured an Oscar® for her portrayal of a modern-day princess rebelling against her royal obligations who explores Rome on her own. She meets Gregory Peck, an American newspaperman who, seeking an exclusive story, pretends ignorance of her true identity. But his plan falters as they fall in love. Eddie Albert contributes to the fun as Peck's carefree cameraman pal. Stylishly directed by William Wyler, this romantic comedy ranks as one of the most enjoyable films of all times.
Extras: Scene Access Feature Trailers Featurettes Gallery Closed Captioned
Likable but predictable story of a Royal princess (of an unknown country that is never mentioned!) who, tired of her sheltered life, runs away to experience everyday normal mundane things as if they were all wonders to behold. The beautiful Audrey Hepburn plays this wild spirit with both parts elegance and fun. While on her sabbatical, she runs into Gregory Peck, a journalist with a small American news agency who quickly deduces who she is but doesn't let on he knows. Instead he decides to show her the wonders of Rome while secretly getting the scoop on her flight from the hierarchy.
It was a cute movie and you'll find no bigger fan of Audrey Hepburn than me but I'm not sure why it received as many accolades as it did and a Best Actress Oscar for Hepburn. Perhaps this story was told for the first time back in 1953 and I've just seen too many more current renditions of that theme. Regardless, the movie was good but did not leave any profound impressions upon me.
Peck, who always seemed to play goody-two-shoes type characters seemed initially to be a deceitful scoundrel in the early goings but predictably he does the right thing at the end to extend his moral virtues.
A good finale which I thought was going to be a fairy tale ending turned out to be a bittersweet parting of ways.
43. Nick of Time (11/18/60) A superstitous newlywed (William Shatner) becomes obsessed by a penny fortune-telling machine. But are his pennies revealing his future - or determining it?
My Thoughts: This is a good episode I have seen a few different times. It is one that was on one of the volume DVDs I owned. Surprisingly there was no extras attached to this episode.
44. The Lateness of the Hour (12/2/60) Dr. Loren enjoys the faultless robot services he has invented. His daughter (Inger Stevens), however, feels imprisoned by them - and soon learns how right she is!
My Thoughts: This is another one that I had on one of the volume DVDs. Is a good episode... but unfortunately the quality of this episode wasn't as good as any of the previous episodes. It wasn't really bad... but there was some interference. The extras that came with this episode are... Original Production Slate and Twilight Zone Radio Drama starring Jane Seymour and James Keach.
45. The Trouble with Templeton (12/9/60) Booth Templeton (Brian Aherne) is an aging actor who longs for the old days when his wife was alive. Miraculously, he is given a sobering glimpse of the past he holds so dear.
My Thoughts: And yet another one I watched on one of the volume discs I had. It is a good episode... I definitely enjoyed it... but it is far from a favorite for me. The transfer was right good on this one... I didn't see or hear a single problem. The extras attached to this one include an interview with Buzz Kulik and an Isolated Music track.
46. A Most Unusual Camera (12/16/60) Two thieves (Fred Clark and Jean Carson) discover that a camera they have stolen takes pictures of the future - a gold mine in greedy hands. But not every photo develops as might be expected.
My Thoughts: This one I have never seen before. And was a really good episode... I enjoyed every minute of it. The quality was great... no audio or video problems what so ever. Unfortunately there wasn't much at all for extras attached to this episode... only the Isolated Score.
47. Night of the Meek (12/23/60) Christmas in the Twilight Zone. Art Carney is a forlorn department store Santa who takes to drinking - only to find himself experiencing the nicest Christmas ever!
My Thoughts: This is a good episode. A Twilight Zone Christmas episode. I have seen this one a number of times and enjoyed it each time. I think Art Carney did a great job as the department store Santa. The only extra attached to this episode is the Original Production Slate... which is just showing them use the clapper board for the first time when making the episode... nothing special but nice that they added.
48. Dust (1/6/61) A man is about to be hanged for drunkenly running over a little girl in a decaying town. But when the girl's anguished father (Vladimir Sokoloff) flings "magic dust" into the air, a change comes over the squalid village.
My Thoughts: And another episode I have never seen. This was a very good episode... set back in the old west. I really enjoyed watching this one. I even liked the fact that it never did really explain what happen. You just had to take it for what it seemed. The only extras with this episode was an interview with Douglas Heyes... and the Isolated Score.
My Thoughts On Season 2: Disc 2: This was a good disc... enjoyed the whole disc... even though I have seen most of the episodes on this one... there was still a couple new ones to me... and that is always a good thing.
Episodes I seen for the First time on this set include:
1. Judgment Night (Episode 10) 2. And When The Sky Was Opened (Episode 11) 3. What You Need (Episode 12) 4. I Shot an Arrow into the Air (Episode 15) 5. The Hitch-Hiker (Episode 16) 6. The Purple Testiment (Episode 19) 7. Elegy (Episode 20) 8. Mirror Image (Episode 21) 9. A World of Difference (Episode 23) 10. Long Live Walter Jameson (Episode 24) 11. People Are Alike All Over (Episode 25) 12. Execution (Episode 26) 13. The Big Tall Wish (Episode 27) 14. A Nice Place to Visit (Episode 28) 15. Nightmare as a Child (Episode 29) 16. The Chaser (Episode 31) 17. Mr. Bevis (Episode 33) 18. The Mighty Casey (Episode 35) 19. A World of his Own (Episode 36) 20. The Man in the Bottle (Episode 38) 21. A Thing About Machines (Episode 40) 22. The Howling Man (Episode 41) 23. A Most Unusual Camera (Episode 46) 24. Dust (Episode 48)