Ken Burns has done it again! "UNFORGIVABLE BLACKNESS: THE RISE AND FALL OF JACK JOHNSON" is yet one more look by the master documentary filmmaker at race relations in America. Burns, perhaps more than any other filmmaker, has shown that this genre of storytelling can be both educational and gripping. Johnson, the first black heavyweight boxing champion infuriated most of White America, not only because of what he achieved, but because he chose to live the life he wanted, without trying to conform to what any race expected of him.
PARAMOUNT has preserved the film's 1.85:1 aspect ratio with 16:9 enhancement. The image quality varies depending on the source material. Some imagery appears much grainer than others. The interview scenes look great. Colors are rich and contrast is impressive, offering deep blacks and grays without lack of definition.
PARAMOUNT has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix as well as a Dolby Digital 2.0 mix. Both offer the same clarity and both provide a surprising amount of rear channel activity. There is no discernible difference between them. Dialogue is always intelligible and free from distortion.
There are several extras included here. A making-of featurette explores the the development of the program.