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The Best of Civil War Minutes: Confederate - documentary DVD review
THE BEST OF CIVIL WAR MINUTES: CONFEDERATE Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America rating: 4 1/2 stars
Actors: Michael Kraus
Director: Mark Bussler   Studio: Inecom Entertainment
DVD release: 09 October 2007   Runtime: 75 minutes (1 disc)
Format: Color, DVD-Video, NTSC, Fullscreen
DVD Features: Subtitles (English), Audio Tracks (English, Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)

The Confederate edition of Best of Civil War Minutes shows some improvement over the Union edition. More great information, but the production looks better. I noticed none of the glaringly bad blue screen work that detracted from the Union edition.

In this one, historian Michael Kraus shows us objects and artifacts related to the Confederate soldiers and in their war effort. We see the wooden canteen the infantry soldiers carried to contrast the metal canteens used by the Union, and the fierce fighting knives of the Union (often thrown away to lighten the load). There is a feature on the many faces of General Lee. He was rarely photographed, so rarely that early pictures which bore little resemblance were often used in newspapers during the war. There is an interesting bit on the artillery used during the war - interesting, but the workings of these could have been more clearly illustrated with animations.

Great information all around, and excellent artifacts shown here. We can see director Mark Bussler is getting better at this; I would suggest more consistency with the narration, however. Charles King narrates to begin with, but it almost seems that Michael Kraus edges King out and finishes the feature himself. Michael Kraus is fine, but his narration is a bit wooden. He's a historian, not a narrator after all.

reviewed by Eric Renshaw
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