The Men Who Built America (mini-series) - Blu-rays, DVDs for This October's History Channel Miniseries
3-disc sets will be in stores this coming January
Posted by David Lambert
Vanderbilt, Rockefeller, Carnegie, Morgan, Ford...THE MEN WHO BUILT AMERICA. Meet the titans who forged the foundation of modern America and created the American Dream. The Men Who Built America mini-series shines a spotlight on the influential builders, dreamers and believers whose feats transformed the United States, a nation decaying from the inside after the Civil War, into the greatest economic and technological superpower the world had ever seen. The Men Who Built America is the story of a nation at the crossroads and of the people who catapulted it to prosperity.
"A New War Begins" - Cornelius Vanderbilt grows from a steamboat entrepreneur to the head of a railroad empire, and gets into a heated rivalry with Jim Fisk and Jay Gould; the up and coming John D. Rockefeller founds Standard Oil and starts to expand his wealth by diverting his business from the railroads to a new innovation, oil pipelines.
"Bloody Battles" - Andrew Carnegie builds an empire around steel, but finds himself struggling to save face after the ruthless tactics of his business partner, Henry Frick, result in both the Johnstown Flood as well as the bloody 1892 strike at the Homestead Steel Works.
"Changing the Game" - J.P. Morgan proceeds to banish the dark with the direct current electric light of Thomas Edison, but the two soon face serious competition from the alternating current of George Westinghouse and Nikola Tesla. As the 19th century comes to a close, the titans of industry must try to work together to stop a new threat in budding politician William Jennings Bryan, who threatens to dissolve monopolies in America.
"When One Ends, Another Begins" - Rockefeller, Carnegie and Morgan team up to help elect William McKinley to the U.S. presidency by paying for his 1896 campaign, to avoid a possible attack on monopolies. However, fate intervenes when McKinley is suddenly assassinated, and vice president Theodore Roosevelt assumes the presidency and promptly begins dissolving monopolies and trusts in America. Meanwhile, Morgan buys out Carnegie Steel to make Carnegie the richest man in the world, and Henry Ford designs an affordable automobile with his Model T and starts his own business, Ford Motor Company, which sets a new business model for companies to follow.
The History Channel's recent 4-part miniseries comes to home video on January 22nd with The Men Who Built America. These feature-length episodes come on 3-disc sets in DVD ($29.98 SRP; English 5.1 Dolby Digital audio) or high-def Blu-ray disc ($39.99 SRP; English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio). Bonus material will be included, but details of those extras has not yet been revealed. You can pre-order either version of this title from Amazon right away, at a discount, and we've got the button link for that immediately below. Underneath is the package art for both formats: