Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has announced the Blu-ray release of Oliver Stone's The Untold History of the United States, the 10-episode documentary series that premiered on Showtime in November 2012. From World War II to the 21st century presidencies of George W. Bush and Barack Obama, each chapter examines a different era in recent American history. Untold History arrives on Blu-ray on October 15th.
Official Synopsis: As Americans, do we really know and understand our shared and complicated history? How do we recall the small details and forgotten players that influenced some of the biggest events from America's past? Will our children actually get the whole story from reading history books? And how will it affect the future of our country? The in-depth, surprising, and riveting series, co-written by Stone with Peter Kuznick and Matt Graham, was directed and narrated by Stone.
Stone and Peter Kuznick, esteemed American University Associate Professor of History, and director of the Nuclear Studies Institute, co-authored the companion book to the series, which presents our country's unlearned history, drawing on archival findings from around the world and recently declassified material. The documentary looks back at human events that at the time went under-reported, but that crucially shaped America's unique and complex history throughout the 20th century; covering the time period from the atomic bombing of Japan to the Cold War, through the fall of Communism to the events of today.
Beside the ten feature episodes, the 4-disc Blu-ray release will boast more than three and a half hours of bonus material, including two unaired chapters and a new companion documentary featuring Stone and author, philosopher, activist, writer, socialist leader and editor Tariq Ali, who worked with Stone on the documentary South of the Border.
Episodes and special features include:
Untold History Disc 1
Chapter 1: World War II
Chapter 2: Roosevelt, Truman & Wallace
Chapter 3: The Bomb
Untold History Disc 2
Chapter 4: The Cold War 1945-1950
Chapter 5: The '50s: Eisenhower, The Bomb & The Third World
Chapter 6: JFK: To The Brink
Chapter 7: Johnson, Nixon & Vietnam: Reversal of Fortune
Untold History Disc 3
Chapter 8: Reagan, Gorbachev & Third World - Rise of the Right
Chapter 9: George H.W. Bush & Clinton: Squandered Peace - New World Order
Chapter 10: George W. Bush & Obama: Age Of Terror
Untold History Disc 4
Prologue, Chapter A - World War I, The Russian Revolution, & Woodrow Wilson: Roots of Empire -- How did the United States become an empire? A look back at the election of 1900 and the Spanish-American War, climaxing with World War I and the Russian Revolution as the mother of the ensuing conflict between the British, Soviet, and newborn American Empire.
Prologue, Chapter B - 1920–1940: Roosevelt, Hitler, and Stalin: The Battle Of Ideas -- Franklin Roosevelt inherits a divided nation, rife with conflict. Struggle leads to change in the United States, Hitler rises to power in Germany, and World War Two pushes the U.S. and the Soviet Union toward an uneasy alliance.
Bonus Documentary - A Conversation with History: Tariq Ali And Oliver Stone -- In this companion film to The Untold History of the United States, Oliver Stone and author/political philosopher Tariq Ali discuss a wide range of topics, accompanied by archival footage not found in the series, in a probing, hard-hitting conversation on the politics of history.
How about discussing the eradicating of the Native Americans? The darkest part of the US history. I wonder how many have the guts to talk about that. A country built on shame, IMO. Not much talk either about the settlers from Scandinavia and primarily Sweden. People that were a lot more peaceful than the murderous imperialists from originally the UK. Like it or not, this is my firm opinion and I'm not alone to think this. Still, I'm more worried about the present (politics) and the future and what impact that will have both on Americans and the rest of the world.