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FRONTLINE marks the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination with a two-hour reprise of its investigative biography of the man at the center of the political crime of the 20th century, Lee Harvey Oswald.
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Guess I Won't Be Ordering This

By Pageantrist

from Washington, DC

Comments about PBS FRONTLINE: Who Was Lee Harvey Oswald? DVD:

I have the 3 hour VHS tape I recorded in '93. I was happy to see it had been released on DVD, but the reviews here indicate that the editing has removed an hour of the original version. The original version is excellent. The interviews with Oswald's brother were the best part of this biography, and it appears a lot of them are cut from the new DVD. Guess I'll stick with my old tape.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
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Could Have Been Better

By Randy Owen

from Tillsonburg, Ont., Canada

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Comments about PBS FRONTLINE: Who Was Lee Harvey Oswald? DVD:

Nice to finally have this extraordinary documentary on DVD 20 years later. But it could have been better. The full 3-hour original version would have been better instead of this edited version. One of the things missing is the original report on the controversy over the Walker shooting. Also, it appears a new version of the Zapruder film has been substituted for the one used on the original broadcast. This new version contains film debris on the fatal headshot frame, Z-313, making it appear debris from the wound is exiting forward. I'm still waiting to hear from the producers if they did indeed replace the film with this newer, flawed version.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
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Edited version loses credibility

By Lawrence

from Astoria, OR

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Comments about PBS FRONTLINE: Who Was Lee Harvey Oswald? DVD:

I recorded the original Frontline story on VHS tape in 1993, and wanted to have a crisp copy on DVD - but noticed that it has been edited down to 120 minutes. I can't imagine how you can edit out almost an hour of material and remain faithful to the extensive research that was done for the '93 story.

A DVD version should have MORE on it, not less; very disappointing...

(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
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Why re-edited?

By GregS

from Princeton, NJ

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Comments about PBS FRONTLINE: Who Was Lee Harvey Oswald? DVD:

The original version of this documentary is easily the best, most insightful account of LHO's life and motivations. Now, for the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination, a re-edited version has been made available.

Sadly, much of what made this documentary so compelling has been lost. With the deletion of approx. 1 hour of material, the film lacks the detail and impact of the original version. Lost are many of Robert Oswald's recollections of LHO's childhood, and other interesting details that made this documentary shine above all others.

A second mistake is being made by not offering the unedited version on DVD, where possible time constraints are no longer an issue.

If this was the same film aired in '93 and '03, it would be an easy 5 stars. As is, with much of it's impact excised, it only rates a 3. How sad.

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