The Battle of Bunker Hill is a combination of docudrama
film and historical narratives that can enhance your study of the
American Revolution. The first in a series titled America: Her
People, Her Stories, this DVD explains the events that led up to
the Battle of Bunker Hill and its significance in building confidence
among Colonials that they could face the British forces and defend
The DVD, which sells for $19.99, is divided into two distinct
parts, the first being a narrated drama about two men and their
sons' involvement in the battle. The Battle of Bunker Hill captures
the sentiments and courageous choices Colonials had to make at
that point in our nation's history. Explanations from various historians
of the events depicted in the drama give perspective and clarity
to the events, and thus it becomes more of an educational tool
than entertainment for those who love great historical drama.
While the acting is not on par with major motion picture productions,
the overall quality of the dramatic portions is good. Battle scenes
have the aura of a re-enactment, and the credits list an army of
interpreters who appeared in these scenes. The scale and distance
shown in this movie may surprise many used to the grand battle
scenes in epic movies. This drama reinforces the concepts of courage,
conviction, and commitment necessary when the defense of liberty
comes to military confrontation. Out-gunned and out-numbered, the
Colonials stood their ground through multiple attacks, retreating
only after running out of ammunition. While the battle was lost
at Bunker Hill, many historians point to this event as the point
at which the Colonials won the Revolutionary War, if only because
this is where their resolve was seriously tested for the first
time. More importantly, the British never again attacked the Americans
when they were dug in and reinforced.
The second part of the DVD covers the events depicted in the movie
from the perspective of their historical significance. Interesting
facts and little-known detail come to light as historians explain
the period and culture surrounding the Revolution. These are well
worth watching. The special features are also worth a look--particularly
the Ronald Reagan farewell address. Though it seemed out of place
in a docudrama, it is an important supplement to a historical study
of the American character; the speech focused on America's character
and continuing pursuit of liberty.
In addition to the DVD itself, Light a Candle Films has made available
a full-sized poster promoting the film and a series of lobby cards
similar to those displayed at theaters in days gone by. These can
be used to reinforce the storyline or to promote interest in the
video, whether shown at home or in a homeschool co-op setting.
There is no other curriculum associated with the video. Both the
poster and the lobby cards can be purchased at the company's website, www.bunkerhilldvd.com.
The site also features links to resources used in the film, including
the featured historians and others who contributed their time and
talent to the production.