'16 for 16 - The Contenders'
(2-Disc DVD / PG / 2017 / PBS)
Overview: Every four years, bold men and women declare themselves the MVP uniquely deserving of America's highest office. Among the many contenders, there can only be one winner. This documentary series presented by OZY Media examines 16 of the most unforgettable candidates from the past 50 years of election history and demonstrates how previous elections still influence the American political landscape today.
DVD Verdict: In truth, '16 for 16 - The Contenders' from PBS is a wee bit behind the eight ball here, given we now have President Trump in office! But, that said, what this 2-Disc DVD still manages to get across is just how labored a task it truly is, spread over a four year period of non-stop handshakes and speeches to get to that MVP of America position.
From Shirley Chisholm's landmark 1972 presidential candidacy that forever altered America's view of what a candidate should look like to Barry Goldwater's 1964 campaign which launched a brand of conservativism that would prove influential for decades to come, from Howard Dean's denouncement of the 2003 invasion of Iraq and innovative grassroots fundraising effort to Sarah Palin's surprising appearance on a Republican presidential ticket, this eight-hour documentary series presented by OZY Media examines 16 of the most compelling stories behind unforgettable candidates from the past 50 years of election history.
'16 for 16 - The Contenders' demonstrates, in some documentary style, just how previous elections still influence the American political landscape in unexpected ways today:
Episode 1: Chisolm/McCain - The Straight Talkers TV-PG + VL
Episode 2: Dean/Buchanan - The Flamethrowers TV-PG
Episode 3: Romney/Dukakis - The Technocrats TV-PG
Episode 4: Hart/Jackson - The Visionaries TV-PG + V
Episode 5: Goldwater/Reagan - The Conservatives TV-PG + V
Episode 6: Perot/Nader - The Independents TV-PG + V
Episode 7: Ferraro/Palin - The Trailblazers TV-PG
Episode 8: Bush/Obama - The Master Strategists TV-PG
This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.