Ken Burns’ 14-hour documentary The Roosevelts: An Intimate Portrait is in the midst of a 7-night run on PBS this week, but it’s also available now on Blu-ray and DVD. The documentary covers over a century of American history, from Theodore Roosevelt’s birth in 1858 to Eleanor Roosevelt’s death in 1962. In between, Burns uses the lives of Teddy, Eleanor and FDR to touch on the Civil War, the Spanish American War, World War I and World War II. +Continue Reading
The History Channel’s 4 1/2 documentary film The World Wars is out now on Blu-ray and DVD with a wealth of added in-depth profiles, documentary featurettes and deleted scenes. The series connects the two 2oth-century conflicts by focusing on the personal stories of key WWII players like Hitler, Churchill, Mussolini, Patton and FDR, asserting that it was their experiences during the Great War that influenced their decisions in the latter era.
The series uses extensive reenactment of events from World War I (along with some reenactments of WWII events) and has two actors play younger and older versions of its main characters. The approach is novel enough to keep the interest of viewers who’ve seen dozens of documentaries on the topic, but it’s really a great starting point for anyone who doesn’t know much about 20th century history.
Director John Ealer talked to Military.com about the series. +Continue Reading
Washington, DC, USA; September 8th, 2014:
Lt. Gen. Herbert R. McMaster, Gen. Wesley Clark (Ret.), Gen. David Petraeus (Ret.), Gen. Barry McCaffrey (Ret.), Lt. Gen. Karl Eikenberry (Ret.)
National Geographic Channel held the world premiere for “American War Generals” September 8th, 2014 at the Mellon Auditorium in DC. General David Petraeus (Ret.), Lt. Gen. Karl Eikenberry (Ret.), Lt. Gen. Herbert R. McMaster, Gen. Barry McCaffrey (Ret.), and Gen. Wesley Clark (Ret.) attending the screening. “American War Generals” premieres Sunday, September 14 at 8PM ET/PT.
(Photo Credit: National Geographic Channels/Evelyn Hockstein)
By Richard Sisk
The memory banks of generals tend to be cluttered no-go areas where laundry lists of shoulda’, coulda’, woulda’ second guesses are piled on top of the “if onlys.”
As in, if only this or that President, or Defense Secretary, or rear echelon dimwit had listened to me, well then, sweet victory would have been mine.
There’s a lot of that going in National Geographic’s compelling, if Army-centric, two-hour documentary American War Generals, billed as “a first-of-its-kind look back at a half century of America’s military battles told by the men that led them.” +Continue Reading
How careful are we supposed to be with Homeland spoilers at this point? Season 4 premieres October 5th on Showtime and season 3 is out now on Blu-ray and DVD. +Continue Reading
The Wounded Warrior Project is marking its tenth anniversary with a new documentary series called Wounded: The Battle Back Home. The series continues with Air Force veteran Jessica Coulter. +Continue Reading
Army soldier Paul Ieti returned to NBC’s America’s Got Talent last night for a live quarterfinals performance of One Direction’s (grammatically incorrect) hit “You & I.” Viewers can vote here until noon ET Wednesday 8/13 and the results show will air Wednesday night.
UPDATE 8/14: America voted Paul through to the semifinals on Wednesday’s program. There’s one more week of quarterfinals and, if we understand how AGT works, Paul will perform in the second semifinal week on September 2nd.
Army Pfc. Paul Ieti first went viral when he sang Rihanna’s “Stay” in a video shot while he was serving in Afghanistan. America’s Got Talent producers then invited him to perform the song on their program, he moved the judges to tears and they invited him to perform for the show’s Judgment Week.
Ieti sang the Rascal Flatts song “Bless This Broken Road” on Wednesday night’s program and the panel unanimously voted him through to the next stage of the competition, which will include live performance onstage at Radio City Music Hall. +Continue Reading
The Wounded Warrior Project is marking its tenth anniversary with a new documentary series called Wounded: The Battle Back Home. The series continues with Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran and Army Sergeant, Dennis Cabanting. +Continue Reading
Prisoners of War is the Israeli television series that’s the basis for Homeland. The first season is out this week on DVD. +Continue Reading
Former Navy SEAL Cade Courtley hosts America Unplugged, now showing on Thursdays at 8pm ET on the Sportsman Channel. Each of the eight episodes profiles one of the estimated 400,000 Americans who choose to live off the grid. The show doesn’t sensationalize their choices. It’s about the mechanics of how these people choose to live more than it is about what motivated the decision in the first place.
Courtley has a fascinating post-service career, first working in Hollywood and then with Blackwater and other security firms after 9/11. More recently, he’s been a TV host and authored the 2012 book A Navy SEAL’s Secrets to Surviving Any Disaster. Cade talked to us about the series and his career. +Continue Reading