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Jesse James: American Outlaw

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Product Details

  • Actors: Jesse James, Caspar Poyck
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: eOne Films
  • Release Date: Aug. 28 2007
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #92,791 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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The History Channel Presents Jesse James - American Outlaw

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.......This disc consists of a History Channel Documentary (the Plot To Kill Jesse James) and a Biography Channel episode (the James Gang : Outlaw Brothers). For those who think certain Hollywood treatments of the James Gang story are historically accurate there is much here to dispute that notion. I have a grand fascination with the James' & Youngers & admitted in another review that some adaptations are overly sympathetic to the James boys. The History Channel documentary herein goes the opposite way, admitting their killing ways & suggesting that Jesse was a rather brutal bully. On one hand some of the comments make Frank & Jesse very good family men, good sons & husbands. It also paints a much more sympathetic portrait of Robert Ford, perhaps not too bright, certainly over much in awe of Jesse until he felt he was at great risk being with him. Which story to believe? Some historians are more sympathetic than others.
.......The details the Biography episode goes into about Frank & Jesse in the Civil War paint a very ugly picture of them, but again this was an ugly time : war is not pretty. The two were very lucky in their careers at not getting shot too badly and never having been convicted of any crimes. With Jesse murdered there was no likelihood of a trial & there was no good evidence to hang on Frank so he lived his life as a free man.
.......These documentaries are not likely to solve the arguments over whether Frank & Jesse were truly the Robin Hoods of the old west (I say don't believe it) but they are well worth a viewing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Why did Bob Ford shoot Jessy James in the back? Nov. 15 2012
By Jerry Guild - Published on
This is an excellent pair of documentries by the History Channel that examines the James'legendary murder and the mystery that continues to surround his death today.It consists of two documentries;"The Plot to Kill Jesse James" and "The James Gang: Outlaw Brothers".
Much has been written about the murder of Jesse James by Bob Ford,and the song about it is one of the best known songs from the Old West.This documentry centers around Bob Ford from his childhood days on a poor scrable farm,reading about James and his gang.Ford dreamed of the days when he could become as famous as Jesse,and eventually actually became one of Jesse's gang members.Jesse never really thought much of Ford,and didn't let him accompany the gang on their exploits;rather he used Ford as a gopher.This led to him killing James.The documentry also details what became of Ford after the murder.
The other documentry details the story of Jesse James and his family,the Youngers,and their exploits.It does a great job of showing how the public viewed The James Gang,and how many spmpathized with them.It also shows the resentment of how the Southeners (Confederates) felt after The Civil War,especially how they were treated by the North (Union or "Carpetbaggers) .
So much has been written,and so many movies have tried to tell the whole story.There are the facts,but fiction and legend abound;so today it is difficult to separate it all.I guess this pair of documentries is probably as factual as any;and it sure is entertaining.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Jesse James, American Outlaw July 26 2008
By Hayseed9 - Published on
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The DVD about Jesse James (presented as on the History Channel) is like watching a movie concerning the real life of Jesse James and how people feared and yet revered him! It tell the story of a young man who made it his business to become of the Jesse's outlaws, but ultimately ended up killing Jesse James by shooting him in the back. Very interesting. I'm very happy to have it in my collection.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Very Informative Sept. 2 2011
By Nicholas Azzilonna - Published on
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I was very happy to learn more of not only the great Jesse James but also of Frank James. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys Histroy.
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
rv6672 Jan. 5 2008
By Robert Vysther - Published on
A good production on the plot to kill Jesse James. A deeper insight on Robert Ford and his desire and ambitions to be a member of the James gang.
His disappointments concerning his role in the gang that eventually led to the plot and it's consequences.
Four Stars Aug. 21 2014
By Dr. Gary E. Farwell - Published on
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Good work, if you like western outlaw lore.