From its inception onward, here is the history of the Brooklyn Bridge, with special attentiongiven to the lives of the men whose dream this bridge was. As with Burns’ other documentaries,this is fascinating stuff, with great archival material, and some gorgeously evocative shots of thebridge.
The sound is mono, but stereo isn’t really necessary for this documentary. The main pointis whether or not the narration is clear, and it is. The accompa…ying music is quite warmalso.
The picture is rather disappointing. The colours are very nice, but the picture tends to waverin and out of focus, and there is a tremendous amount of grain. At first I thought this might bedue to the age of some of the pictures being shown, but the grain carried on even when thisexcuse was no longer available.
The extras are the same as on the other discs in the Ken Burns’ America series: an interivewwith Burns, and a behind-the-scenes look at his filmmaking process. There is nothing specificto the Brooklyn Bridge here.
The picture is a rea disappointment, given the beauty of many of the images. Thedocumentary itself, however, is very good.
Special Features List
- “A Conversation with Ken Burns”
- “Ken Burns: Making History” Featurette