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DVD Review Won't You Be My Neighbor? DVD Review

Discussion in 'DVD' started by Todd Erwin, Sep 21, 2018.

  1. Todd Erwin

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    Looking forward to watching this.
     
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    Great review, Todd! I saw this in theaters and truly loved it. Will be picking up the disc eventually.
     
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    And today is Fred Rogers Day, according to today's Google Doodle.
     
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    This is a DVD review, but there is a Blu-ray release too.
     
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    One of my favorite movies of the year...I left the theater feeling like 1) we need more people like Fred Rogers in the world; 2) I want to be Fred Rogers; and 3) we lost a saint when he passed. Thanks for giving the title more exposure, Todd!
     
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    Finally streamed this over the weekend and loved it.

    We do indeed more people like Fred Rogers. You almost wish you could force many Americans, both young and old, to sit and watch this, it's a very powerful film.

    I'll be honest, I felt a few tears come one during several parts of it.
     
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    I posted this over in the Blu thread, but felt it's more appropriate here. This is not a technical review, just one of the film itself. Mod's, hopefully that's OK:

    I saw the Fred Rogers documentary Won't you be My Neighbor earlier this year and was extremely impressed. Prior to seeing this, I would never have thought a doc. on Mr. Rogers would be that interesting, but I have also seen quite a few docs. that have definitely "risen above" the subject matter to a great extent. So, I finally decided to see this - and I'm glad I did. Truly fantastic.

    As a little kid growing up in the late '70's, I do remember the Mr. Rogers show - but never liked it at all. Even as a child, I felt it was insipid & ridiculous. And, as a pre-teen in the early '80's, I did enjoy the Eddie Murphy spoof on SNL "Mr. Robinson's Neighborhood" which made fun of the show (which was also referenced in the doc.)

    So, when I watched the doc. I didn't know what to expect. But, it was interesting, touching/poignant, and very educational. Some comments:

    - I did not know that Fred Rogers grew up in/came from a wealthy family.

    - Interesting that he fought to keep the Mr. Rogers show on the air (in the late '60's/early '70's) when funding almost got cut, and actually went before Congress?! to contest this - interesting.

    -The scene(s) when he and Officer Clemmons put their feet in the kiddie pool - was obviously a reaction to serious social issues/events at the time. Nice to see that Rogers took a stand like this on current issues, even though it was in the guise of a kid's show.

    - Back in the '80's, I remember there were ridiculous & false rumors about Rogers, i.e. that he was a Special Forces Navy Seal; that he was a karate expert who would fight crime on the weekends; etc. - LOL. Interesting to see at least some of these "rumors" addressed in the doc. - ha ha.

    Obviously, these were a "reaction" to the wholesome on-screen persona. It was interesting to see that his on-screen persona definitely matched his real-life persona - which isn't always the case.

    - I did not know that when Rogers passed in the early 200X's, there were people across the street from the church (where the funeral took place) with hateful signs condemning him - wow.
     
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    I saw this was being shown on our local PBS channel over the weekend. Maybe they will repeat it for those who missed this great documentary.
     
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    It's not a big deal, Jim.

    But we frown on such double posting.

    It's not specifically spelled out in this one of our rules...but you can see where we're coming from:

     
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    No problem at all - Thanks for the clarification.
     
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