Directors Ken Burns and Lynn Novick

This compelling saga goes beyond the oft-told tales of gangsters, rum runners, flappers, and speakeasies, to reveal a complicated and divided nation in the throes of momentous transformation. Read More

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  • DVD
    Product Type:
  • 2
  • Genre:
  • 5 x 52 mins
    Running Time:
  • Yes
    Special Features:
  • 16:9 Widescreen
    Aspect Ratio:
  • All
  • PAL
  • Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
  • 7th November 2012
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Prohibition, a documentary series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, explores the extraordinary story of what happens when a freedom-loving nation outlaws the sale of intoxicating liquor - and the disastrous unintended consequences that follow.

This relevant cautionary tale raises profound questions about the proper role of government and the limits of legislating morality.

When America went dry in 1920, after a century of debate, millions of law-abiding Americans became lawbreakers overnight. Here are the stories of the petty whiskey-jobbers, big-time bootleggers, and brutal gangsters; the flappers who danced the Charleston in New York speakeasies; and the families who stomped grapes in basements and made moonshine in backyards. But beyond the cocktails, this is a darker story about what happens when lobbyists divide a country with wedge issues; the contempt unleashed by smear campaigns; and the perils of unfunded mandates.

By the 1930s, the "Noble Experiment" had bitterly divided the nation into wets, drys, and hypocrites. In 1933, with the country in the throes of the Great Depression, Americans had finally had enough. They rallied to repeal the 18th Amendment and put an end to Prohibition.

Special Features:
    • Subtitles include English for the hard of hearing
Language: English
Subtitles: English
Barcode: 9322225098664

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12 Dec 2012 13:33 AEST
from: Artarmon

Hi Brian, thanks for your questions. All programs and extras are subject to unique copyright requirements and may be sold in distinct ways within specified world territories. This is the version that SBS was able to acquire for airing in Australia. Where possible, SBS DVD releases programs as aired on television.

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09 Dec 2012 22:47 AEST
from: Dulwich Hill

Won't be buying this version - DVD release in USA is 3 discs / 360 minutes. Why is Australia short-changed? Why no extras? Still can't understand either why SBS chopped the original 3 episodes into 5. Do they think Aussies don't have the attention span?

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