John Adams

John Adams

Blu-ray Disc - 2009 | Blu-ray version widescreen version
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While our new nation was suffering attacks from both within and without, John Adams had a vision of a nation of liberty and justice for all. He guided his peers--General George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson--in setting the values and agenda for a glorious, free America. Adams and his wife Abigail refined these ambitious democratic ideals, and their partnership became one of the most moving love stories in American history.
Contents: Disc one. Join or die / director of photography, Tak Fujimoto ; written by Kirk Ellis ; Independence / director of photography, Tak Fujimoto ; written by Kirk Ellis
Disc two. Don't tread on me / directors of photography, Danny Cohen, Tak Fujimoto ; written by Kirk Ellis ; Reunion / directors of photography, Danny Cohen, Tak Fujimoto ; written by Kirk Ellis & Michelle Ashford ; Unite or die / directors of photography, Tak Fujimoto, Danny Cohen ; written by Kirk Ellis
Disc three. Unnecessary war / directors of photography, Tak Fujimoto, Danny Cohen ; written by Kirk Ellis ; Peacefield / director of photography, Danny Cohen ; written by Kirk Ellis
Publisher: [New York,] : HBO Video ; Burbank, CA : Distributed by Warner Home Video, 2009
Edition: Blu-ray version widescreen version
Branch Call Number: JOH
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (ca. 501 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
ISBN: 9781419878688
1419878689
9781419868771
1419868772

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INVS
Jun 24, 2019

Truly amazing series (from HBO I think) about the life of John Adams. I never had much interest previously, but found this so compelling. Well acted all the way.

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anonymouswe
Jan 13, 2019

Very well done series. They do their best to capture the grit of the life then compared to how clean and sterilized everything is today. That might seem off putting to some modern viewers, but for me it was great to see dirty, gritty, sweaty life from the 1700s-1800s and not modern life dressed in 18th century costumes. The acting is absolutely superb, and I enjoyed the breadth of the stories told in this miniseries - about 50 years of John Adams's life is covered. The only reason I gave it 4.5 and not 5.0 stars is the pace was a bit dragging in some situations. That is my only real criticism of the series. Such great writing, witty banter. Thoroughly enjoyed this insightful miniseries.

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Jan 11, 2019

This item was returned!!! I sent another message explaining this?

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ROBERTFREDALLEN
Sep 29, 2016

Quite interesting, but long winded and dragged out

BookReviewer2015 Aug 23, 2016

An excellent miniseries that looks at the life of John Adams, founding father and 2nd American President!

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pemberely
Jan 30, 2015

Phenomenal mini series. I can appreciate it more with taking the American history course at STM...Mr. G would like this:)

prchske Oct 02, 2014

Excellent movie that displays docudrama of the birth of our nation. Very well acted and setting was well done. I was going to watch this with my daughter as a history lesson but glad I didn't as there are some inappropriate scenes here (tar & feather a naked man). Also, there are some historical inaccuracies which can be found here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Adams_(miniseries). I would give it a perfect score if it were not for the historical inaccuracies.

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gurujr
Sep 02, 2014

This is the greatest. Historical fiction at its best. Paul Giamatti as John Adams acts his you-know-what off. Tremendous viewing experience.

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hoacornell
Jun 07, 2014

Simply put this is the category of one of the Top Ten Historical Movies of All Time. Paul Giamatti is fabulous as John Adams giving him the strength and determination the character required. I was moved by his courage to form a union based on moral values. It turns out with all this on his hands, he had a wonderful marriage as well. John Adams stands as a movie and as a man a someone I truly respect and honor his service to his country!

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PeterDNewton
Dec 03, 2013

The fine print at the bottom of the Comment section says that "some of the content that we make available to you through this application comes from Amazon Web Services", which seems very strange to me for a Canadian library. However, it may explain why many of the comments are written from am American point of view. Surely some intelligence and discernment should be deployed in selecting the material to be included from such a source?

Even more shocking is that the Description reads (in part) "While our new nation was suffering attacks from both within and without, John Adams had a vision of a nation of liberty and justice for all. He guided his peers--General George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson--in setting the values and agenda for a glorious, free America". This is horrifying to find in the catalogue of a Canadian library. I hadn't realized that the US State Department was in control of the content of the Catalogue and I may say that if this is the result of the much-vaunted new catalogue software, the sooner it is tossed out the better. Perhaps like the Canadian census, the library gets its software from Lockheed Martin?

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Monolith
Aug 24, 2013

Abigail Adams (reading a newspaper aloud): "...Before it is too late to retrieve our deranged affairs, the people must demand the immediate resignation of old, querulous, bald, blind, crippled, toothless Adams..." John Adams: "...I'm not crippled..." Abigail: "...waste of paper - and ink..." John: "Waste of time reading it, Abigail. Put it down." Abigail: "They would not say such a thing about Washington... They would not call GEORGE WASHINGTON 'HERMAPHRODITICAL'!" John: "...they'd call him 'toothless', though..."

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Monolith
Aug 24, 2013

Abigail Adams (to her husband John): "...Half-fed slaves building our nation's Capitol. What possible good can come from such a place?"

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Monolith
Aug 24, 2013

Thomas Jefferson (to John and Abigail Adams): "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is a natural manure."

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Monolith
Aug 24, 2013

Thomas Jefferson (to Abigail Adams): "...Perhaps the art of life is the art of avoiding pain..."

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Monolith
Aug 24, 2013

Abigail Adams (to her husband John): "...You do not need to quote great men to show you are one..."

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Monolith
Aug 24, 2013

Benjamin Franklin (to John Adams): "You are a guest in Philadelphia. Fish... and guests... stink after three days."

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Monolith
Aug 24, 2013

John Adams (to house servant): "...I feel my shoulders relieved of the burden of Office... I will be plain 'Farmer John' of Peacefield... That's a good exchange... the virtues and honor of Office... for simple manure..."

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Monolith
Aug 24, 2013

John Adams (closing lines): "Oh posterity... you will never know how much it cost us to preserve your freedom... I hope that you will make a good use of it. If you do not... I shall repent in Heaven that I ever took half the pains to preserve it..."

ecrl Jul 13, 2013

Without religion this world would be something not fit to be mentioned in polite company, I mean Hell. John Adams

ecrl Jul 13, 2013

Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence. John Adams

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