Tuesday, September 4, 2012

DVD Review - The Decade You Were Born: The 60s: A Decade of Hope and Promise

As I was wandering the aisles of Walmart recently, a huge display of DVDs in the electronics department caught my eye.  It featured Mill Creek Entertainment's latest releases, "The Decade You Were Born."  They were $5 each, so I picked up the one dedicated to my decade, the 60s.

About The DVD:

Ever wonder what life was really like the decade you were born? What were the most popular movies? How much did a gallon of gas cost? What technological innovations were developed? Who were the most notable public figures? Which political events occurred that shaped the nation? What news headlines forever changed history?

These questions and more are revealed in this delightful chronicle of fun and fascinating pop-culture highlights of the era. Prepare to go “back in the day…” with this nostalgic and entertaining series that captures the life and times in America during “The Decade You Were Born.

The 1960's

If you were born in the '60s, your decade opened with John F. Kennedy as the 35th President of the United States … Over 850,000 “war baby” students entered college as freshman … the cartoon The Flintstones appeared on Television for the first time … Chubby Checker started a new dance craze with the sensational Twist … the U.S. men’s ice hockey team won gold in the winter Olympics at Squaw Valley, California … and Alan Shepard made the first U.S. space fight.

Bonus Features:

Interactive Time-line
A Complete Feature Film – The Over-the-Hill Gang - Starring Walter Brennan, Edgar Buchanan, Chill Wills, Andy Devine and Jack Elam
A Complete TV Episode – Bonanza: Day of Reckoning – Guest Star: Ricardo Montalban
Five Classic 1960's TV Commericals
Five genre-spanding Movie Trailers that were released in the 1960's

This was a fascinating documentary.  There was a lot of emphasis on the NASA space program and the moon flights, and there was a great deal of time spent on the Civil Rights movement.  The clips that were shown were crisp and clean and the narration keep the film moving along at a nice pace.

I would have loved to have seen more about the pop culture at the time - the music, television in it's early days, and fashions.  And while the front of the DVD states that there is nearly 4 hours of nostalgic entertainment, the documentary itself was only about an hour long.  The other 3 hours came from the feature-length film, "The Over-The-Hill Gang," which was a hoot to see again, and an episode of Bonanza.  There were also some movie trailers from back in the day, as well as examples of commercials that ran then.

It was a great way to spend a quiet night at home, and for the $5 price, it was well-worth the trip down memory lane.  There are also DVDS for the 40s, 50s, 70s, and 80s.

I give it a good recommendation. 

Here is a short example of what was included on the DVD.

For more information on this video series, and other interesting DVD available, check out Mill Creek Entertainment's website at www.millcreekent.com

I purchased this DVD for my personal library. I was not compensated for my opinion.

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