Just barely missing the twenty-five year anniversary of the show, MPI has captured the 1983 mini-series Kennedy and released it this year. I was not aware of this series before receiving this title from MPI themselves: after investing six hours of my time, I soon realized that not familiarizing myself with the show before then was a folly. Martin Sheen captures all the mannerisms and idiosyncrasies of John F. Kennedy; similarly strong would have to be Blair Brown in eir role as Jackie Kennedy and John Shea playing the part of JFKâ€™s brother.
The one thing that fascinates me the most about Kennedy: The Complete Series is the fact that the director (Jim Goddard) made the decision to pull no punches when it comes to the titular characterâ€™s foibles. This means that there are scenes regarding JFKâ€™s philandering as well as the ordeal that ey was put through following the death of ey son so early in life. If you want to see exactly what was such a big deal back in the early days of the eighties, give Kennedy: The Complete Series a spin. The years that have passed since the show was first aired meant virtually nothing: the storytelling and pacing easily could be compared to a Godfather. The colors are rich and sharp, with strong audio. MPI has not placed anything in the way of bonus features in this DVD set, but the low price point ($20) and costs associated with getting rights to this title should explain this exclusion well.
I am unsure if this series was intended to ride the wave of viewers wanting to further educate themselves about presidential histories (Frost/Nixon), but for my money, I would rather taken on the narrative of Kennedy: The Complete Series than the much more limited Frost/Nixon. There seems to be a little more to Kennedy: The Complete Series, and I am not talking about the run time. The characters are further fleshed out as well as (what I can glean) being more true to form. The minor historical inaccuracies that are present in this title are no worse than a Glory, and do not detract from the title in the slightest. Pick this up.
Kennedy The Complete Series / 2009 MPI / 348 Minutes / http://www.mpihomevideo.com