Burns’ Civil War Doc Slated for Re-release11 Jan, 2011 By: John Latchem
Filmmaker Ken Burns’ landmark documentary The Civil War will be re-released to coincide with the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the conflict that divided America.
Paramount Home Entertainment and PBS Home Video will release The Civil War: 150th Anniversary Edition as a six-DVD set March 29 (order date Feb. 15) at $99.99, with more than an hour of previously unreleased interviews and a companion collector’s booklet.
Each disc is dedicated to one year of the 1861-65 war, with a bonus disc containing outtakes and the new interviews. New footage includes never-before-seen interviews with Civil War historian Shelby Foote and a new interview with Burns. Other extras include commentary and battlefield maps with each episode, plus historical biographies and a “Civil War Challenge” for each year of the war.
The nine-part documentary originally aired in 1990 and garnered critical acclaim and several awards, including two Emmys. PBS will rebroadcast the film for five consecutive nights beginning April 3.