SRP $29.99 1.33:1 Stereo A&E
A&E has released a terrific documentary, "THE ALAMO," originally meant to coincide with what was to be the Christmas release date of the big-budget Hollywood release of "THE ALAMO," starring Dennis Quaid and Billy Bob Thornton.

Quaid is always wonderful to watch, and he does a fine job hosting the program.  The 2 part presentation attempts to reveal a more balanced and accurate chronology of events leading up to and following the seize of the famous fortress, dispelling previously prejudiced beliefs as well as the penchant to romanticize or vilify its participants. 

As with most A&E programs, "THE ALAMO" is well-paced, and never feeling sluggish during a nearly four-hour running time.  Location footage as well as computer generated images to depict the Alamo as it stood at the time of the controversial events, all come together in making this an event not to be missed, and intriguing upon multiple revisits!

A&E has presented this release in its original full-frame aspect ratio. Colors are solid, and while contrast is imperfect, there are no artifacts present. Fleshtones appear natural.

A&E has presented a Dolby Stereo mix.  There is mild separation, but no sense of surround environment. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.