EXPLORE HOW WORLD WAR I FOREVER CHANGED AMERICA AND THE WORLD IN “AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: THE GREAT WAR”

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EXPLORE HOW WORLD WAR I FOREVER CHANGED AMERICA AND THE WORLD IN “AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: THE GREAT WAR

 

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National Broadcast on PBS April 10th-12th (Check Local Listings)

 

Arlington, Va. – March 13, 2017 – PBS Distribution announced today it is releasing “AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: THE GREAT WAR” on DVD. Drawing on the latest scholarship, including unpublished diaries, memoirs and letters, THE GREAT WARtells the rich and complex story of World War I through the voices of nurses, journalists, aviators and the American troops who came to be known as “doughboys.”

Featuring the voices of Campbell Scott, Blythe Danner, Courtney Vance and others, the program is executive produced by Mark Samels and directed by award-winning filmmakers Stephen Ives, Amanda Pollak and Rob Rapley.

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: THE GREAT WAR” will be available on DVD May 16, 2017. The run time of the DVD is approximately 360 minutes on 3 discs and its SRP is $34.99. The program will also be available for digital download.

THE GREAT WAR,” will premiere Monday, April 10, through Wednesday, April 12, 9:00-11:00 p.m. ET (check local listings) on PBS.

The series explores the experiences of African-American and Latino soldiers, suffragists, Native- American “code talkers” and others whose participation in the war to “make the world safe for democracy” has been largely forgotten. The program also explores how a brilliant PR man bolstered support for the war in a country hesitant to put lives on the line for a foreign conflict; how President Woodrow Wilson steered the nation through three-and-a-half years of neutrality, only to reluctantly lead America into the bloodiest conflict the world had ever seen, thereby transforming the United States into a dominant player on the international stage; and how the ardent patriotism and determination to support America’s crusade for liberty abroad led to one of the most oppressive crackdowns on civil liberties at home in American history. It is also a story of little known heroism and sacrifice (including the deadliest battle in American history) that would leave more than 53,000 men dead on the battlefield and more than 60,000 dead from disease. American fatalities would come at a critical time in the war, but they would be dwarfed by a cataclysm of violence that would ultimately claim 15 million lives.

 

About AMERICAN EXPERIENCE

For more than 28 years, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE has been television’s most-watched history series. The series has been hailed as “peerless” (The Wall Street Journal), “the most consistently enriching program on television” (Chicago Tribune) and “a beacon of intelligence and purpose” (Houston Chronicle). On air and online, the series brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that have shaped America’s past and present. Acclaimed by viewers and critics alike, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE documentaries have been honored with every major broadcast award, including 30 Emmy Awards, four duPont-Columbia Awards and 17 George Foster Peabody Awards; the series received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Documentary Feature in 2015 for Last Days in Vietnam. Visit pbs.org/americanexperience and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube to learn more. 

 

About PBS Distribution

PBS Distribution is the leading media distributor for the public television community, both domestically and internationally, extending the reach of these programs beyond broadcast while generating revenue for the public television system, stations, and producers.

PBS Distribution offers a broad range of high quality content in multiple formats including DVD, Blu-ray, digital download, and digital streaming.  PBS International offers factual content for broadcast, cable, and satellite services internationally.  The PBS Distribution catalog includes films from Ken Burns, documentaries from award-winning series such as NOVA, FRONTLINE, AMERICAN MASTERS, NATURE, and AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, dramas from MASTERPIECE, as well as films from independent producers and popular children’s programming.

 

AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: THE GREAT WAR

Street Date: May 16, 2017

Genre: Documentary

Run Time: Approximately 360 Minutes on 3 Discs

SRP: $34.99

Format: DVD