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Kennedy Comp Series

Andrew Rayden , Martin Sheen , Jim Goddard    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
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Martin Sheen played president well before his stint on television's The West Wing in this affecting miniseries about John F. Kennedy. All of the momentous events of JFK's remarkable term are covered (with actual news footage used to excellent effect), but it is the portrayal of the entire Kennedy family as real, flawed people that gives Kennedy its power. The Kennedys gossip, snipe, joke, and bother each other like a real family rather than rigid historical figures or threadbare caricatures. Sheen plays Kennedy as a man with lofty ideals who is more than willing to dirty his hands to serve his greater purpose. Blair Brown plays Jacqueline Kennedy with a shrewd understanding of politics, but also a whiff of vanity. In addition to the strong performances by both leads, Vincent Gardenia gives a brilliant performance as J. Edgar Hoover: stiff, quirky and strange, prurient and moralistic at the same time, and boiling with hatred. The DVD includes 75 minutes of documentary footage from the Kennedy library. --Ali Davis

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4.0 out of 5 stars History and Entertainment Jan. 14 2002
Format:DVD
It's wonderful to have this five-hour mini-series complete and on DVD. Prior to this release, a VHS version of the program (squeezed onto one tape) edited out at least half an hour of the show. This presentation is a two-disc release that has parts one and two on disc one and part three and the 75 or so minutes of documentary footage on disc two. The mini-series itself is very well done and surprisingly poignant considering it was first broadcast in 1983. Martin Sheen's accent, while at first startling and seemingly exaggerated, is actually brilliant and spot-on 99% of the time. He is the best "John F. Kennedy" I have ever seen portrayed, hands down.
My only complaint (and this might be isolated to my own Sony DVD player) is that the picture occasionally slows and then speeds up. This is not like a dual-layer pause but an actual slowing of the film and then a burst of speed to "catch up." It is only slightly irritating and does not warrant you not purchasing it, since it is only a minor problem. Overall, I was quite surprised to see the film and audio to be as crisp and vibrant as it appears. I can't help but guess that this DVD is a great deal better than having watched the original broadcast in 1983. And yes, it is expensive...but you are getting over six hours of material.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Totally accurate or not, top notch drama Oct. 13 2001
Format:DVD
I strongly urge you to begin your view of the DVD International release of "Kennedy" with Part 3 at the start of the second disc. Here we relivewhat we went through when Cuba was armed with missiles by the Soviet Union and Kennedy was reported to have done what he could to prevent a knee-jerk invasion of the island as some were advocating. It is simply chilling to have seen that sequence at this time in our country's history. (This is being written one month after Sept. 11, 2001.)
This five-hour film appeared on NBC as a special in 1983. I cannot vouch for the absolute accuracy of the events reproduced here or certainly not for the characterizations. The private conversations are, of course, to be taken as historical fiction; but the acting is on such a high level that one can readily believe these very words were spoken at the times portrayed in the film.
Martin Sheen makes a totally crdible "Jack" Kennedy, although he seems to be alone in his family for having that famous accent. He is hardly ever off-screen and has been directed to show the character, if not warts and all, at least as a human being trying to juggle several insurmountable problems (civil rights, Viet Nam, Cuba, and J. Edgar Hoover) all at once. His womanizing is reduced to a single female voice on a telephone; and Marilyn Monroe is mentioned only once in another context. His constant statements that he "cannot" remove Hoover from the FBI seem to imply many other skeletons in his closet, but this is interpretation.
Hoover (Vincent Gardenia) is shown as a cross between Ming the Merciless and something out of "Star Wars," totally obsessed as he is with gaining power of the country by having files on just about every one of consequence.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Kennedy: The Mini-series Oct. 10 2001
Format:DVD
This is the way to view this mini-series. It is really nice to have it on DVD, as it gives it to you in a compact package. Parts One & Two are on the first DVD, with Part 3 and the bonus extras on on the second. I only have one problem with the set, and that is the lack of subtitling in English or any foreign languages.
The mini-series covers the 1000 days of the Kennedy administration. The omnipresence of J. Edgar Hoover gives it an air of mystery and intrigue. It is very well cast and Martin Sheen makes a good president. (I honestly think Mr. Sheen has more Oval Office time than several of our real presidents.)
My other recommendations : If you do not yet own the DVD of "The Missiles of October" - the TV version from the early 1970's with Martin Sheen as Robert Kennedy and William Devane as JFK, make it a double order.
But if you want to freak yourself out: Get a copy of "The Dead Zone" from 1983. If you are a fan of Martin Sheen, you may find yourself a little disturbed by his character of Greg Stillson - but you will probably let out a chuckle or two - especially if you are a fan of "The West Wing."
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4.0 out of 5 stars Kennedy: The Mini-series Oct. 10 2001
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This is the way to view this mini-series. It is really nice to have it on DVD, as it gives it to you in a compact package. Parts One & Two are on the first DVD, with Part 3 and the bonus extras on on the second. I only have one problem with the set, and that is the lack of subtitling in English or any foreign languages.
The mini-series covers the 1000 days of the Kennedy administration. The omnipresence of J. Edgar Hoover gives it an air of mystery and intrigue. It is very well cast and Martin Sheen makes a good president. (I honestly think Mr. Sheen has more Oval Office time than several of our real presidents.)
My other recommendations : If you do not yet own the DVD of "The Missiles of October" - the TV version from the early 1970's with Martin Sheen as Robert Kennedy and William Devane as JFK, make it a double order.
But if you want to freak yourself out: Get a copy of "The Dead Zone" from 1983. If you are a fan of Martin Sheen, you may find yourself a little disturbed by his character of Greg Stillson - but you will probably let out a chuckle or two - especially if you are a fan of "The West Wing."
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3.0 out of 5 stars interesting movie
The series was more about speeches so I rated it a 3 ...delivery was great I'm sure I will be a repeat customer
Published 10 months ago by Jackie Pretty
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Sheen is, of course, great and this series is very, very good. Anyone interested in the Kennedys will not be disappointed in this series.
Published 19 months ago by J. Verge
5.0 out of 5 stars KENNEDY
This was an excellent Mini Series - Martin Sheen as John Kennedy was right on and Blair Brown was the perfect Jackie. Read more
Published on Dec 5 2007 by Jeanette Chernow
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF TV'S BEST MINI-SERIES
Having already mastered RFK in 1975's THE MISSLES OF OCTOBER, it was only logical that Martin Sheen step up to the role he was seemingly born to play in what has proved to be one... Read more
Published on May 20 2004 by Gregory Saffady
5.0 out of 5 stars best Kennedy impersonation ever
Martin Sheen plays an excellent John Kennedy in the 1983 mini-series, Kennedy. he's got the voice of John Kennedy down almost to perfection.
the DVD version is great. Read more
Published on Oct. 26 2002 by O. Rios
5.0 out of 5 stars For JFK Fans, A Must-have Product!
This 2-disc DVD set is outstanding. I recall seeing this mini-series when it originally aired in November 1983, exactly 20 years after JFK's tragic assassination. Read more
Published on Nov. 14 2001 by David Von Pein
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent account of one of our greatest presidents
This movie, first shown on NBC in Nov. '83 to coincide with the anniversary of of JFK's death, is a great tribute to the man, his times and his legacy. Read more
Published on Oct. 14 2001 by Thomas Rodriguez
4.0 out of 5 stars Kennedy: The Mini-series
This is the way to view this mini-series. It is really nice to have it on DVD, as it gives it to you in a compact package. Read more
Published on Oct. 10 2001 by Linda L. Mayberry
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