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Running Time: 360 minutes
Written and Directed by: David Grubin
Retail Price: $24.99
Features: Interview with Filmmaker David Grubin, Jewish Cooking with Gil Marks, Rosh Hashanah Ceremonial Scene
Specs: 1.78:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English Stereo, Scene Selection (10 scenes per episode)
Released: February 5th, 2008
"The Jewish Americans" is presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen. The series looks good overall, but there is a mish-mash of footage presented. The stock footage is watchable but obviously isn't in the best shape, but the newly filmed interviews look nice with fine fleshtones and color saturation. There's a little bit of noise, but overall, this documentary looks pretty sharp.
English closed captions are also included.
The second disc has some extra features, that last only a little over 10 minutes in total. First up is an Interview with Filmmaker David Grubin.
All at once, this is an introduction and conclusion to the mini-series.
Its writer/director gives a bit of background on Jewish history, gives
a lot of praise to those who contributed interviews and passionately
talks about what he wanted to feature here. Certainly worth a gander if
you enjoyed Grubin's work here.
David Grubin's "The Jewish Americans" is an excellent, well-researched documentary mini-series that traces the past 350 years of Jewish life in the United States - everything from traditions to contributions Jews have made. The supplements unfortunately don't last too long, and . But the reason to watch this is for the content, and with that said, this piece comes highly recommended.