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"America: The Story of Us" among new DVD releases
By Jeff Tuckman | Daily Herald Columnist
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Published: 9/17/2010 12:01 AM

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"America: The Story of Us"

This incredible 12-part series was seen by 40 million people over its six-week run on the History Channel and was the cable station's highest rated series of all time. The beauty of the series is that you don't have to be an expert on history to enjoy it. The compelling overview of American history is put together with CGI animation, dramatic re-creations and thoughtful insights from some of America's most respected artists, business leaders, academics and intellectuals. The series features an introduction by President Barack Obama. Although it is impossible to cover everything, the series takes viewers on a dramatic, heartbreaking and triumphant journey that will remind viewers that American history belongs to all of us.

"Hallelujah Broadway"

If you did not see this wonderful program on PBS, now you can own it for yourself. Everyone knows that music can be very powerful, and the songs that are featured from various Broadway shows will move you. The show was filmed in Prague at the Church of St. Simon and St. Judah and features Rodrick Dixon, Alfreda Burke, Anthony Kearns and Linda Eder. They are accompanied by the Prague FILMharmonic Orchestra and Choir. The show covers songs from "West Side Story," "Sound of Music," "Godspell," "Billy Elliot," "Rent," "Oklahoma," "Wicked," "A Chorus Line" and others.

"The Everly Brothers Reunion Concert: Live at the Royal Albert Hall"

Don and Phil Everly came together as one of the most successful duos of all time. They were known for their great harmonies and hit records. Ten years after they split, the duo reunited in London for a sold-out show and began their partnership again. Fans of the Everly Brothers can once again enjoy their songs with this concert that includes "Wake Up Little Susie," "Till I Kissed You," "All I Have To Do Is Dream," "Let It Be Me," "Walk Right Back," "Crying in the Rain," "Cathy's Clown" and many more.

"Glee: The Complete First Season"

Millions of people tune in weekly to see this hit Fox TV show, inspired in part by co-creator Ian Brennan's days in the show choir at Prospect High School. The music is so hot that the two albums from the show have sold more than 500,000 copies each. Many people can identify with some of the off-beat characters. And at its core, "Glee" is a musical comedy about the underdog in all of us. The set includes 22 one-hour episodes and special features including sing-along karaoke, dance lessons, interviews, video diaries, auditions and Sue's corner.

Available Next Week

"Amish Grace"

"Directors: Life Behind The Camera"

"Electric Light Orchestra: Live in London"

"4 Troops: Live From the Intrepid"

"Jimi Hendrix: The Guitar Hero"

"Joseph Campbell Power of Myth with Bill Moyers"

"Robin Hood: Unrated Director's Cut"

"Spartucus: Blood and Sand Season One"