Thomas Jefferson - A Film by Ken Burns [DVD] [1996]

This Ken Burns produced documentary on Thomas Jefferson comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that preserves the original aspect ratio of 1.33:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are no subtitles, but the soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials include a conversation with Burns, and a featurette on Ken Burns' creative process. This is a solid release from PBS Home Video that should appeal to history buffs and may be of value to teachers in a classroom setting.
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Special Features

  • Ken Burns: Making History
  • A Conversation with Ken Burns
  • Closed Captioned


Thomas Jefferson
Ken Burns, America's most popular and successful documentarian of history, has called Thomas Jefferson "the most important human being born in the last 500 years." It is with this passionate admiration, tempered as always by a blunt acknowledgement of Jefferson's flaws, that Burns approaches his subject. Following the brilliant, fiery young revolutionary from his writing of the Declaration of Independence to his love affair with France and his extraordinary political career, this compelling film delves into the classic Burns-ian themes: unquenchable hope, agonizing loss, and how men and women throughout history have negotiated the two in creating the quintessential American experience. ~ Sarah Welsh, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Ken Burns
    Ken Burns
  • Ossie Davis
    Ossie Davis - Narrator
  • Sam Waterston
    Sam Waterston - Thomas Jefferson

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