The birth of a nation : D.W. Griffith's American epic

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  • Nearly 100 years after its initial release, this film remains one of the most controversial films ever made and a landmark achievement in film history that continues to fascinate and enrage audiences. It portrays life in the South during and after the Civil War as revealed in a story depicting the war itself, the conflict between the defeated Southerners and emancipated renegade Negroes, the despoiling of the South during the carpetbagger period, and the revival of the Southern white man's honor through the efforts of the Ku Klux Klan.


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  • Based on the novel The Clansman by Thomas Dixon.
  • Originally released as a motion picture in 1915.
  • Special features: Disc 1. Spoken introductions by D.W. Griffith and Walter Huston (including the newly rediscovered intermission sequence) -- Disc 2. "The making of The birth of a nation" documentary -- Disc 3. Prelude to The birth of a nation (1930) ; Civil War shorts directed by D.W. Griffith: In the border states, The house with closed shutters, The fugitive, His trust, His trust fulfilled, Swords and hearts, The battle ; text features: "New York vs. The birth of a nation", excerpts from the novel The clansman, Photoplay Magazine article: D.W. Griffith on the Making of the birth of a nation "The story of David Mark Griffith" (part V) ; posters, ads, and souvenir programs gallery.
  • DVD; Dolby Digital 5.1 or 2.0 stereo; NTSC; 1.33:1 aspect ratio.
  • Restorations are silent films with music score and English intertitles.


  • Disc 1: The 2011 restoration -- Disc 2: The 1993 restoration and The making of 'The birth of a nation' -- Disc 3: Bonus films and documents
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