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Ken Burns: Horatio's Drive: America's First Road Trip


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  • Actors: Keith David, Tom Hanks, David Keith
  • Directors: Ken Burns
  • Format: Color, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Public Braodcasting Service
  • Release Date: Sept. 28 2004
  • Run Time: 146 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BITUHA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #47,433 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)


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lots of fun following their voyage, hard for us to visualize 100 years ago what our country looked like and what was happening in the average persons life. no long distance travel in a matter of hours. every trip took days. you either stayed within a few miles of home, or you were gone for weeks. We memorialize rt. 66 and the Lincoln Highway, but Horatio didn't even have the ole 2 lane blacktop. no motels, no koa's with electrical hook-ups. this is roughing it to the max. Just like traveling back roads today and meeting "the People" he was saved time and again, by the good ole common man of this u.s.a. the folks who still pull over to help stranded motorists, or pitch in to rescue someone caught in natural disasters, car accidents etc. our pioneer spirit is still alive and working, and watching a movie like this shows all of us, where Yankee ingenuity, american initative, pioneer spirit, and all the rest comes from. Just like Lewis and Clark, Horatio led the way to something we all take for granted today, and most of us can not imagine ever doing without.....OUR BELOVED WHEELS...... A++
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By Frank Schipani on Jan. 19 2004
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I really enjoyed the story Horatio Jackson. Burn's tells of a relatively little know person who did an amazing thing that today we take for granted. The film is as entertaining as it is informative. I also enjoyed the soundtrack.
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By Cowboy Greg on Dec 1 2003
Format: DVD
What a great movie. If you enjoy road trips, wilderness adventures, or just tinkering around the garage fixing things, you will find similarities with Horatio Nelson Jackson. He drove cross-country on a $50 bet when most people thought it was impossible. He had to find his way through the American wilderness, fix the auto when it broke, find gasoline where there were no stations, and keep his spirits up when things turned bad.
Jackson grasped the opportunity to become part of history at the perfect time. Cars we becoming more reliable, Indians were no longer a threat, and America was populated enough that he didn't go too long without seeing other people. And in just a few short years roads and cars would be commonplace, which would make the feat less exciting and adventurous.
Ken Burns does a fantastic job of documenting this journey of a lifetime. He has a way to make the viewer feel like they are sitting right along side with Jackson, his mechanic, and the dog.
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Horatio's Drive is not simply about one man's impulsive bet that he could become the first person to drive across the U.S. in an automobile. It is also about the dawn of a new form of transportation in the United States, one that would forever change way we travel.
The story, told mostly through the letters that Dr. Horatio Nelson Jackson writes to his wife as he slowly weaves his way across the continent, is about the first wave of the future passing through an American that had remained unchanged for many years. Jackson, ever the optimist, writes about how certain he is that he can make it even when faced with a hostile terrain, no road maps and an under powered car prone to breaking down at the worst possible time. As he passes through one small town after another, he and his mechanic become instant celebrities. As one newspaper account of the time read, it would have been no less of a story had a spaceship touched down in the middle of town.
I though the story was intriguing and a real history lesson. It's amazing to think of Nelson and his mechanic crossing the continent without a major highway or road, let alone in a car that needed near daily repair.
The film itself is well done and certainly worth watching. Old time car historians will enjoy the mention of models come and gone. History buffs get a glimpse at a changing America. And while Horatio's Drive may not have the depth of other Ken Burns works, this is a delightful 'light' version of an interesting time and a wonderful story.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Nov. 20 2003
Format: DVD
This was absolute Garbage. Burns is an old pompous whinbag, who glorified himself throughout this entire film. What a discrace. And who wants to know about some idiot who drove across the country? Not Me. save your money. this is without a doubt, the worst film in the history of the world.
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