John Adams (Blu-Ray/3 Disc)

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While our new nation was suffering attacks from both within and without, John Adams had a vision of a nation of liberty and justice for all. He guided his peers -- General George Washington, Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson -- in setting the values and agenda for a glorious, free America. Adams and his wife Abigail refined these ambitious democratic ideals, and their partnership became one of the most moving love stories in American history.

John Adams, the Pulitzer Prize-winning book from Author David McCullough, is now the critically acclaimed seven-part miniseries from HBO Films -- a sprawling, epic production from executive producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, two of the men who brought you the Emmy-award winning Band of Brothers.

Starring Academy Award nominees Paul Giamatti (Cinderella Man) and Laura Linney (The Savages) as John and Abigail Adams, directed by Emmy winner Tom Hooper (Elizabeth I) and adapted by Kirk Ellis and Michelle Ashford from McCullough's book, John Adams is the incredible saga of a man who dreamed a nation and watched it come true.


Studio HBO
SKU 210851894
UPC 883929057542
UPC 14 00883929057542
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 11/4/2014
Cable Original
Cable Tv/Cable Tv Shows
Editors Note
Note This epic miniseries from HBO takes viewers inside the incredible life of John Adams, the second president of the United States. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by David McCullough, the seven-part series follow Adams (Paul Giamatti, SIDEWAYS) during his leadership of America during some of its most turbulent times. It also captures his profound relationship with his wife Abigail (Laura Linney, YOU CAN COUNT ON ME), one of history's great love stories. From the Boston Massacre--where Adams defended the accused British soldiers--to his role in the Revolution and framing the Constitution, Adams showed himself to be an uncommon man, following his convictions while also facing his own personal demons. It's a story of tragedy, love, war, friendship, freedom, liberty, and a uniquely American life.
Empire 4 stars out of 5 -- "The acting, especially from Giamatti as the irascible Adams and Laura Linney as his wife Abigail, who steered him clear of vanity, has the tang of authenticity..." 03/01/2009
Paul Giamatti
Laura Linney
Cast & Crew
David Morse - Star
Stephen Dillane - Star
Sarah Polley - Star
Rufus Sewell - Star
Danny Huston - Star
Paul Giamatti - Star
Laura Linney - Star
Tom Wilkinson - Star
David McCullough - Source Writer
Tom Hanks - Executive Producer
Kirk Ellis - Writer
Tom Hooper - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2008
Catalog ID 1000089225
UPC 00883929057542
Number of Discs 3
Running Time 560 minutes
Color Color
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.78:1
Emmy (2008) Donna Zakowska, et. al., Winner, Outstanding Costumes for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special,Erik Henry, et. al., Winner, Outstanding Special Visual Effects for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special,Gemma Jackson, et. al., Winner, Outstanding Art Direction for a Miniseries or Movie,Kathleen Chopin, et. al., Winner, Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special,Kirk Ellis, Winner, Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special,Laura Linney, Winner, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie,Paul Giamatti, Winner, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie,Stephen Hunter Flick, et. al., Winner, Outstanding Sound Editing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special,Tak Fujimoto, Winner, Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries or Movie,Tom Hanks, et. al., Winner, Outstanding Miniseries,Tom Wilkinson, Winner, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie,Trefor Proud, et. al., Winner, Outstanding Prosthetic Makeup for a Series, Miniseries, Movie or a Special
Review Remember when the epic television miniseries featured earth-shattering romances and big, shiny stallions and riotous town meetings with heroes and villains clearly delineated? The founders of our great nation would fight valiantly and give speeches that moved crowds of attractive blonds to tears, and then they'd get on their horses and ride off to fight the bloodthirsty redcoats...But these are the days of David Milch's "Deadwood" and Paul Thomas Anderson's "There Will Be Blood" and this is HBO, home of the story that's stubbornly grubby and full of stuttering and awkward moments and buzzing flies. The trend has swung past realism to realism through a dirty window, realism with a bad attitude and a hangover...Based on the book by David McCullough and directed by Tom Hooper, "John Adams" counterbalances heroism -- this was a man who helped to liberate the colonies from British rule, after all -- with dreary details: Abigail Adams is left at home with her children in the dead of winter, while her husband is off fine-tuning the language of the Declaration of Independence with other noble men. Abigail writes John love letters, sure, but she's also forced to grab a rifle and run to the door of their farmhouse at any sign of trouble. She and the kids witness haunting sights of injured Americans return from battle with the redcoats...But it's the casting of Giamatti as Adams that says it all. Giamatti is an almost defiantly ordinary-looking man, and that's a crucial detail as far as author David McCullough is concerned. In his book, the caption underneath the first paintings of a puffily wigged Adams and his wife reads, "Her decided nature is clearly evident, while he might be almost any untested, well-fed young man of the time." I believe what he means to express is that Adams looks like a fat frat boy with a squirrel glued to his head...Far from epic, "John Adams" is a biopic as intense and moody as the man himself.
Reviewer Heather Havrilesky
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource The Onion A.V. Club
Review John Adams was one of the unlikeliest founding fathers, more swept up in the events of the American Revolution than out in front of them. Because of that, he's been an ideal subject for two ground-level studies of how America came to be: David McCullough's epic biography John Adams, and HBO's seven-part, nearly nine-hour adaptation of same. As portrayed by Paul Giamatti on HBO, Adams is a preening neurotic, worried about how his peers perceive him. And yet he's hardly unsympathetic. If anything, Adams' foibles help humanize the radical changes of the late 18th century...John Adams begins with Adams' defense of the British soldiers involved in the "Boston Massacre" and ends with his death on July 4th, 1826--fifty years after the adoption of the Declaration Of Independence...John Adams makes the American experiment look fragile and tentative, in the hands of a small group of men who couldn't agree on whether to replicate the culture and government of England or to start over with a clean slate...The miniseries also feels a little shapeless at times, and could probably have been streamlined without losing its message. But like the best TV, it's compulsively watchable, and in spending over an hour in each key era of Adams' adult life, Hooper encourages viewers to note the changing fashions, the appalling dental hygiene, and the subtlety of the performances by Giamatti and Laura Linney (who plays Adams' wife Abigail). John Adams begins with the eerie, apocalyptic sight of men in wigs marching down muddy streets behind "Join Or Die" banners, and it ends in rooms that look warm and domestic and distinctly American. It travels far over the course of five decades, and yet what's most striking about John Adams is that so much about it--like so much about the nation's history--feels unresolved.
Reviewer Noel Murray
ReviewRating 8
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
Charlie McCollum, San Jose Mercury News ...a rousing piece of filmmaking, a fascinating character study and a largely accurate presentation of the time when America was born.
Entertainment Weekly Engaging...thought-provokingly exciting...
Matt Roush, TV Guide sumptuous and satisfying as TV gets: gorgeously produced, marvelously acted and written with a sense of high drama amid generous displays of wit.
New York Daily News ...Hooper has a straightforward style that gives flesh-and-blood dimension to names from history books.
Robert Abele, LA Weekly A rich, intelligent and often moving miniseries.
The New Yorker Wonderful...beautifully realized...
Tom Shales, The Washington Post The filmmakers, including executive producer Tom Hanks, have attempted to re-create and enliven history--and they succeed grandly.

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