Around 1770 lawyer John Adams is found to be the only one prepared to defend an English captain who’s being accused of having given the order to shoot on a large crowd of Americans. To everyone’s surprise he manages to get the man and his soldiers free and although this decreases the work at his lawfirm, he gets a ton of respect from both the English as the Americans due to his impartialness. As a result, his nephew even asks him to represent the state of Massachusetts in the Continental Congress which looks at the position of the 13 American states towards colonizator Great Britain.
Thanks to Adams plee for independence which gets backed by the rest of the founding fathers, the states sign the declaration of independence on the fourth of July 1976 which is the real start of Adams’ career…
Sound and Vision:
There’s some minor grain and edge enhancement present, and the contrast could be a bit better in the darker scenes but for the rest we get a decent transfer.
The soundtrack lacks some dynamics but the surround speakers do get some attention from the music score.
– Facts are Stubborn Things
– John Adams: Painting with Words
– Making John Adams
A couple of trivia tracks, a feature on the book about John Adams and a rather superficial making of
The miniseries John Adams has won a buttload of Emmy awards and it’s with reason. The balance between Adams’ political and personal life makes this dvd very interesting to watch and gives another view on the declaration of independence of the United States. However, not all episodes are at the same level and especially those where only Adams seems to be followed can be quite boring at times. The fact that the very first episode is one of those makes it hard for the viewer to continue watching but if you manage to do so you’ll get to check out a great series.