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Academy Award winning actress Sissy Spacek narrates APPALACHIA: A HISTORY OF MOUNTAINS AND PEOPLE. The four-part PBS series weaves breathtaking scenes of the natural world together with compelling stories of human drama to create a deep and unprecedented look at America's mountain home. The first environmental history of any region, APPALACHIA features interviews with Barbara Kingsolver, E.O. Wilson and many others including native Cherokees.
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Disappearing Culture

I loved this documentary and the perspective that it came from. It was not a 12 hour work in great detail and minutiae, like that of Ken Burns, but it had a wonderful...Read complete review

I loved this documentary and the perspective that it came from. It was not a 12 hour work in great detail and minutiae, like that of Ken Burns, but it had a wonderful array of pictures of the miners, loggers, and the old mountain people. Our culture has become so homogenized that we truly don't have the diversity of culture and community as in days past (even though we constantly hear that word "diversity".) Appalachia is fast disappearing as one of this country's last isolated communities, and I thought the people who told the story told it quite well. I disagree with the reviewer who complained of it being narrated by novelists when there were so many "others" who could do such a better job. Many of the novelists, like Sharyn McCrumb, have roots in Appalachia going back to the 1700's, and have spent a lifetime researching and lecturing and writing on the subject. What better person to tell me stories of the area? When Ken Burns did his documentary on the Civil War, one of his star narrators was Shelby Foote, a novelist. The man had a perspective and knowledge accumlated from a lifetime of learning and living in the South that many highly educated historians would never have been able to bring to the table. The documentary was not superb, but I loved it and thought it way above average. There is so very much more to tell from a geological, pre-history, American Indian, earth science, cultural, musical (you name it) perspective, that I would love to see a more in depth,diverse, and longer documentary made about Appalachia. I think it is one of the most fascinating subjects our country has to offer.

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Disappointed

My husband (who is deaf) and I had looked forward to this series. Both the print catalog and online description state that the DVDs have closed captioning. They do not. I called...Read complete review

My husband (who is deaf) and I had looked forward to this series. Both the print catalog and online description state that the DVDs have closed captioning. They do not. I called customer service this morning and was told to "adjust the captioning on my TV." Trust me, if there's one thing our family understands it is how to adjust closed captioning on all our video devices. I tried to view the discs on my computer, and when I tried to enable the captions, the option was "None." I watched the first hour this morning, so I can't speak to the overall series; however, the first part has been excellent. Unfortunately, I can't give this more than an average rating due to the omission of closed captioning and the inaccuracy of the product description.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

CC

By me

from MI

Comments about PBS APPALACHIA: A History of Mountains and People DVD:

I'm assuming it's very good BUT they ALL need to be in Closed Caption!

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

All You Need to Know

By JR

from Greene County, Va.

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Comments about PBS APPALACHIA: A History of Mountains and People DVD:

This series has everything you need to know about the region, forests, animals, people, history and their impact on each other--told by a wide range of experts!

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

beautiful scenery of the areas

By dancingvalley

from canton tx

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Comments about PBS APPALACHIA: A History of Mountains and People DVD:

I didn't care for the many explanations of how they were formed. I was more interested in seeing some of the folks who lived there and their culture.

(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Learning about my people

By Aprilheart

from Durham, NC

Comments about PBS APPALACHIA: A History of Mountains and People DVD:

I was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, and grew up in the foothills of the Smokies. My people were farmers, railroad workers and coal miners. Yet, it was not until I watched this series that I really understood the history of the region and how my relatives fitted into the story.
The story of Appalachia is a story of incredible beauty as well as cruel exploitation. I weep for the cruelty, and I hope and pray that my generation and future generations will safeguard the beauty and grace that remains.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
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Disappointed

By TJ

from Nashville, TN

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Comments about PBS APPALACHIA: A History of Mountains and People DVD:

My husband (who is deaf) and I had looked forward to this series. Both the print catalog and online description state that the DVDs have closed captioning. They do not. I called customer service this morning and was told to "adjust the captioning on my TV." Trust me, if there's one thing our family understands it is how to adjust closed captioning on all our video devices. I tried to view the discs on my computer, and when I tried to enable the captions, the option was "None." I watched the first hour this morning, so I can't speak to the overall series; however, the first part has been excellent. Unfortunately, I can't give this more than an average rating due to the omission of closed captioning and the inaccuracy of the product description.

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