John Adams [3 Discs] [DVD] [2008]

  • SKU: 5830037
  • Release Date: 02/25/2014
  • Rating: NR
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    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (138 out of 139)

    Special Features


    • David McCollough: Painting with Words: a rare and personal glimpse at the life and works of author David McCullough
    • Facts are stubborn things: an exclusive onscreen historical guide
    • The making of John Adams featurette
    • Closed Captioned

    Synopsis


    John Adams
    Emmy Award-winning director Tom Hopper takes the helm for this epic, seven-part miniseries produced by Playtone's Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, and presenting American history as seen from the perspective of fiercely independent founding father John Adams (Paul Giamatti). Based on author David McCullough's Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, the film tells the tale of a leader whose remarkable vision helped to guide a burgeoning republic through an especially tumultuous period. Thanks to the tireless support of his loving wife Abigail (Laura Linney), and lifelong friendship with political rivalry Thomas Jefferson (Stephen Dillane), John Adams rose to prominence as the spokesman for the American independence movement before moving on to become America's first ambassador to Holland and England, the first American Vice President, the second American President, and the father of the sixth American President. As with McCullough's best-selling biography, the film draws on a comprehensive collection of letters, diaries, and family papers in order to create the most accurate representation of Adams' life and achievements ever captured on film. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Paul Giamatti
      Paul Giamatti - John Adams
    • Laura Linney
      Laura Linney - Abigail Adams
    • Stephen Dillane
      Stephen Dillane - Thomas Jefferson
    • Danny Huston
      Danny Huston - Samuel Adams
    • David Morse
      David Morse - George Washington



    Customer rating

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Very interesting! Great bargain at $10 price.

      Posted
      Auroran
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      I have only watched the first segment of this miniseries so far, but I can already tell that it is well worth my time and money (at least at the $10 discount price I paid). It presents both sides of each issue fairly--the side we want to hear, and the side that perhaps we don't. Excellent! In later segments, I will be very interested to watch the conflict between Adams and Jefferson over interpretation of the Constitution (within 11 years of its writing!). I will also want to see whether this miniseries presents, explicitly or implicitly, John Adams' stated attitude toward our form of government: "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      One of the BEST miniseries EVER!

      Posted
      chakram307

      After watching this miniseries for the first time, it made me more interested in history, and in the stories of the Presidents of the United States. I have watched it multiple times since. I had purchased my FIRST copy of the JOHN ADAMS series when it was first released, and had also given it as gifts to many family members/friends since. This purchase was for the Blu-ray version....to add to my collection. The 'extras' in the package are wonderful. My favorite is the feature called 'Facts are Stubborn Things'. It is an 'optional' (but recommended!) feature in which, when activated, will pop-up tidbits of additional historical information throughout the series. Superb acting, stunning scenery, just fantastic all the way around!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      excellent history

      Posted
      NJTim
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      So this is a retelling of the life of our 2nd President, John Adams. there has been a lot of myth building about our founding fathers as well as a lot of people pretending to speak about what their wishes are or would be in the 21 Century. This program wipes away much of what is thought about John Adams, and lays the proper foundation of who he was and where he stood politically. It also lays a foundation that will allow the viewers to understand how and why our political party system started, and the basic beliefs of those political parties. I, for one, would like to see more 'movies'/documentaries of this type as it was interesting to watch, plus informative and truthful.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      great set

      Posted
      JERMINITIS
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      First of all, I do not currently own the set. I have only watched it on HBO. My wife and I absolutley love this 7 episode set. We watched it on HBO and may buy the set when it comes out. Regardless, the story that it tells is classic and deserves at least a shot by any doubter. Paul Giamatti is a Grade A actor that does a fantastic job. The thing that most impressed me is how close this show followed history. Also, I couldn't get over how close the actors looked to the real images of our founding fathers. Honestly, I could not be any more satisfied with how this 7 episode set played out.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Wonderful Movie

      Posted
      clk1
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      I had been waiting for a while to see this, felt the price was too high, then out of the blue it dropped like a rock, and I had to buy it, and I am not dissapointed, it would have been worth it at the higher price. I love these History type movies, especially the ones like this that are as close to what happened as we can know. This time period is awesome and I wish they would have had these when I was in school but heck, they didn't even have VHS at that time so at least I can enjoy these now...!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A Truly Epic Series

      Posted
      EManSavage605

      Based on the Pulitzer-Prize winning book means something. That same author wrote 1776 about George Washington, and his attention to detail is astounding. Paul Giamatti performs the role of John Adams with such precision that at times, you wonder how close to reality he comes. Laura Linney makes an incredible addition with her role as Abigail, and the interaction between husband and wife is superb. All in all, easily one of the best HBO specials to ever reach DVD and should be in every DVD collection, even for the history-challenged.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Epic historical saga!

      Posted
      JimC
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      Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney are fantastic as John and Abigail Adams in the moving biopic miniseries by HBO. Based on David McCullough's acclaimed biography, this miniseries follows John Adams' life in the years prior to the American Revolution through the war, its aftermath, his term as President, and his commentary-filled retirement. It has a wonderful production on a grand scale, with first-rate acting, believable period dialogue, and amazing set production. Highly recommended for all Americans and family-friendly. Truly superb!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Fantastic Purchase

      Posted
      Mestev01

      Paul Giamatti and Laura Linney head up the cast of this HBO hit "John Adams". From the colonial deterrence to the Revolutionary War and beyond, I truly felt absorbed in the plot and drama throughout the entire miniseries. Mr. Giamatti has never disappointed me before in a movie or miniseries (Cinderella Man, Sideways, The Illusionist--he even helped make Lady in the Water passable) and his portrayal of John Adams was equally satisfying. Director Tom Hooper did a fantastic job as well--a purchase worth every penny.

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