SRP $129.98 1.33:1/1.78:1 DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1 PBS/PARAMOUNT

PBS/PARAMOUNT has released the boxed dvd set, "THE PRESIDENTS."  It consists of 10 biographies of 20th Century American Presidents from the "AMERICAN EXPERIENCE" series on PBS.  While there is so much written material available for those interested in the presidents featured, it say's a lot about the quality of these programs, that so much pertinent information is presented in each episode.  There is an abundance of exciting, rare footage and photographs, aiding in these shows, and like the best documentaries/biographies, these are often compelling, never dull, and the shows are so well produced, even those initially less than interested, will find it hard not to revisit some of these programs for repeated viewing.

The aspect ratios of these individual biographies vary depending on the date of their original production. Earlier ones are presented in 1.33:1. Some are 1.78:1 with 16:9 enhancement. Some are 1.78:1 without enhancement.  The image quality is always decent, but tend to vary in quality, within the same episodes, depending on the original variations of source material presented.

All of the episodes are presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 except for the "GEORGE W. BUSH" episode, presented in  Dolby Digital 5.1 .

A PDF Teacher's guide is presented with most episodes.