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Format: DVD
Sku: 201992850
UPC: 841887051323
UPC 14: 00841887051323
Category Keywords: Documentary  History
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Editor's Note
Award winning producer Ken Burns examines the forces at work behind one of the greatest inventions of the early twentieth century - radio. Narrated by Jason Robards, this program traces an intriguing story of three men of genius, vision, determination and complexity - Lee de Forest, David Sarnoff and Edwin Howard Robinson.


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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: PBS
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/28/2004
Video Play Time Running Time: 120 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1992
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 601
Video UPC UPC: 00841887051323
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Jason Robards - Featured
Video Cast Info Ken Burns - Director
Plot Summary
A fascinating documentary by Ken Burns, the filmmaker who brought us both "The Civil War" and "Baseball."| This time, Burns turns his attention to the lives of three radio pioneers: Lee de Forest, Edwin Howard Armstrong and David Sarnoff. Through a combination of still photographs, newsreel footage, kinescopes and live-action film, "Empire of the Air" shows the important role each man played in bringing the medium to the world.| The documentary begins its journey in 1910 and follows the three men through World War II, when radio began playing an ever-increasing role in the lives of Americans.| In the process, the film shows the relationship that developed between the three subjects. Eventually, jealousy and fighting flared up -- some of it in courtrooms -- as the uncompromising inventor Armstrong went up against both de Forest and Sarnoff to gain credit for the technical advances he had made in the medium.

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Product attributeActor:   Burns,Ken
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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