A fantastic doc, by which other war docs should be measured. It tells the story beautifully and does an equally nice job of tying up both loose ends as well as showing the multiple reasons why the conflict arose. Plus Shelby Foote, need I say more? The man sounds like the voice in my head when I imagine a southern gent sitting fireside smoking a pipe and enjoying some bourbon while waxing poetic on life. 5 easy stars
A masterpiece! A paramount achievement in television history. Ken Burns is a master storyteller and story editor with his use of voice-over, stills, interviews, quotes, old footage, historians, authors, actors and common people to tell the whole story of the Civil war.
This is the first major television "event" (these don't really exist anymore) of which I remember actually being fully aware. Not simply giving us a "history lesson", Burns creates a narrative of the war. Some say that this is him at the height of his skills (I believe that 'Brooklyn Bridge' or 'Unforgivable Blackness' are better), and it IS incredibly focused (if not slightly boring) for such an epic undertaking