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Monday, July 23, 2018

Two New Patriotic DVDs Available Now -- Perfect For Homeschool Families and Those Who Love Programs About Our Great Country (Review)

Disclosure:  I was sent screeners from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.


My youngest daughter has turned out to be a history buff and wants to learn everything about our great county and historical figures like Abe Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, Rosa Parks, and so many more great people.  As a result, we have been picking up and reading books about these great people and historical events, to keep her excited about history.  She now wants to be a history teacher when she grows up so that she can share with others about all these wonderful events and people in history, and how they have shaped our nation, and countries around us.

Two recent films released from PBS Distribution that we watched and that have become instant favorites with Bella were: "America's Greatest Monuments" and "A Star-Spangled Story: Battle for America."  We watched these movies right around the 4th of July, so they were perfect for getting us excited to celebrate our great country and the sacrifices others have made to keep us a free county.

Did you know that only about 40% of US citizens know the words to Star-Spangled Banner?  Do you know all the words to this treasured song?  I have to admit that I have found myself humming at times throughout this song when it has been played at games and public events, when I didn't know the words.  Yes, I knew most of the lyrics, but there were a few spots in the song that I wasn't sure of the proper wording.  So, as part of our homeschooling this past June, I made the girls study and memorize the "Star-Spangled Banner" in time for the 4th of July celebrations we would be attending and that this song would probably be sung. I didn't want them to hum or pause mid-way not knowing the words.  I want my girls to be proud of our country and those who have defended it and  have worked to protect our freedoms.  And, one way to pay tribute to those heroes is to learn this treasured song, as well as learn the back story surrounding it.  And, thanks to the Smithsonian: A Star-Spangled Story: Battle for America For America DVD and our studying of this song, they and I can  now sing it word for word and be proud of the America that we call home.

Bella really took a liking to the "American's Greatest Monuments" film as she got to see close ups of war memorials and monuments that been erected to honor our founding fathers and those who have fought and died protecting our country.  The film does an amazing job not only of sharing close ups of these monuments, but also sharing stories about them and how they now stand to represent our nation's history, which was created by the people, for the people.

If you love patriotic films then you will want to pick up these two recent DVD releases to add to your collection.  I can't wait to watch them time and again with my family, and share them with family and friends to enjoy also.

Here is more about these two recent DVD releases:


The Star-Spangled Banner is known by all, treasured for its powerful melody and stirring lyrics. And yet, only about 40% of U.S. citizens know all the words. And even fewer know their meaning. In this program, viewers can travel back to 1814, when Washington D.C. was under British attack during the "Second War of Independence," and the very bricks and mortar of American democracy were reduced to smoking rubble. The program examines the battle that inspired Francis Scott Keyto immortalize its final moments, then reveal how his poem transformed into an anthem.

A STAR-SPANGLED STORY: BATTLE FOR AMERICA” will be available on DVD June 12, 2018. The run time of the program is approximately 51 minutes and the SRP is $19.99.


They are studied in school and visited by millions. They are world-renowned symbols of the nation. But they are also shrouded in misinformation, mystery, and mythology. How much does America really know about its greatest monuments? From war memorials, to monuments honoring America's founding fathers, to Arlington's eternal flame, these soaring tributes in stone, steel, soil, and sky have amazing stories to tell. They are a permanent record of this nation's history and evolution into the world's greatest democracy - a country of the people.

AMERICA’S GREATEST MONUMENTS” will be available on DVD June 12, 2018. The run time of the program is approximately 46 minutes and the SRP is $19.99"


About Smithsonian Channel
Smithsonian Channel™, owned by Smithsonian Networks™, a joint venture between Showtime Networks Inc. and the Smithsonian Institution, is where curiosity lives, inspiration strikes and wonders never cease. This is the place for awe-inspiring stories, powerful documentaries and amazing entertainment across multiple platforms. Smithsonian Channel combines the storytelling prowess of SHOWTIME® with the unmatched resources and rich traditions of the Smithsonian, to create award-winning programming that shines new light on popular genres such as air and space, history, science, nature, and pop culture. Among the network’s offerings are series including Aerial America, America in Color, First Ladies Revealed, Polar Bear Town, The Lost Tapes, Amazing Monkeys, America’s Secret Space Heroes, Mighty Ships, Mighty Planes and Air Disasters, as well as critically-acclaimed specials that includeTitanic’s Fatal Fire, The Obama Years: the Power of Words, Nightmare on Everest, Diana and the Paparazzi, Diana: the Day We Said Goodbye and Flying High with Phil Keoghan. Smithsonian Networks also operates Smithsonian Earth™, through SN Digital LLC., a new subscription video streaming service delivering spectacular original nature and wildlife content. To learn more, go to www.smithsonianchannel.com, or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

About Public Media Distribution, LLC
Public Media Distribution, LLC, is a leading media distributor both domestically and internationally. We offer high-quality, distinctive programs to our customers, including documentaries (The Sixties), dramas (Fortitude), and popular children’s programming under the SkipRope brand (Kate & Mim-Mim) in multiple formats including DVD, Blu-ray, digital download, and digital streaming. 

Street Date: June 12, 2018
Genre: Documentary
Run Time: Approximately 51 minutes
SRP: DVD, $19.99
Format: DVD

Street Date: June 12, 2018
Genre: Documentary
Run Time: Approximately 46 minutes
SRP: DVD, $19.99
Format: DVD 

1 comment :

  1. We are a very patriotic family and I know we would enjoy watching these DVDs. I would really like to know the star spangled story.
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