Not long ago, a miniseries aired on the History Channel that depicted the American Revolution through the eyes of the Founders. I made sure to DVR it so that I could watch it over and over if it turned out to be any good.
The series is an action-packed, no holds barred 5-hour long history of how America was born. As riots consume the streets of Boston, a dangerous game plays out between a British governor and ringleader Sam Adams, which escalates to extreme measures—street brawls, black market dealings, espionage and murder. A sizzling, romantic affair percolates against a backdrop of rising civil unrest, the infamous Boston Tea Party and Paul Revere’s legendary ride. From the Battle of Lexington, a clash between the dedicated colonists and the superior British Army ensues, and the colonies join forces as a single, united country in the most epic revolution of our time.
On May 26, LionsGate released the DVD and Blu-Ray set of the entire series. What I liked about this release is that it included some really cool features you couldn’t see if you only watched the History Channel episodes. My favorite is the featurette that talks more in depth about the historic figures that shaped this country at its very inception. The “Making of” featurette showed how they created all these elaborate, near monolithic sets that were so detailed the actors could easily immerse themselves in the time.
I share this because, while it is an entertaining depiction of the events that led to the revolution and the revolution itself, Sons of Liberty does help viewers get a better grasp as to how the war began, the various issues leading it, and how it was actually executed. I highly recommend you go out and get this series! With a good stereo system, you can almost feel like you’re there yourself. Sons of Liberty will fit perfectly alongside your miniseries collections like Band of Brothers, the Pacific and Atlas Shrugged (well, that one isn’t exactly about the past, but maybe the future?).
Note: I was sent a reviewer’s Blu-Ray copy of Sons of Liberty for this review, however, I have been given no special rewards or benefits from publishing this review which I make of my own opinion.