From draft-dodging to the Dayton Accords, from Monica Lewinsky to a balanced budget, the presidency of William Jefferson Clinton veered between sordid scandal and grand achievement. This is a fascinating story of an American president who rose from a broken childhood in Arkansas to become one of the most successful politicians in Modern American history—and one of the most complex and conflicted characters to ever stride across the public stage. Featuring unprecedented access to scores of Clinton insiders, including White House Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers, White House Counsel Bernard Nussbaum, White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta, and Deputy Chief of Staff Harold Ickes; as well as interviews with foreign leaders, members of the Republican opposition, childhood friends, staffers from Clinton's years as governor of Arkansas, biographers, and journalists, Clinton explores how the man's conflicted character made history, even as it enraged his enemies and confounded his friends. (Tricia Spears)
Disc One contains Part I and Disc Two contains Part II of the film. There are no supplements.
The 1.78:1 1080p AVC encoded picture is a composite of countless black-and-white and color film and video sources to tell history. Such archive footage is interspersed with interview footage shot in 2011. With such a diversity of imagery, the challenge was to produce a historical documentary that communicated and was engaging. This has been achieved. This is a wonderful and informative documentary told through various news reports, photographs, and interviews that is absolutely engaging. (Gary Reber) .
The Dolby® Digital 5.1-channel soundtrack, as is to be expected, is frontal focused with an accompanying music score that fans out to provide a spatial feel. Still, dialogue is spread across all three front channels. Campbell Scott's narration is effectively delivered. The interviews are intelligible and natural sounding. Overall, this is a well-produced documentary soundtrack that really communicates. (Gary Reber)