Moment In History: The Inauguration Of Barack Obama (A)
R1 - America - MPI Home Video
Review written by and copyright: Adam Palcher (4th March 2009).
The Film

This is a direct-to-DVD release of the ABC News coverage of the historic day our 44th President of The United States Barack Obama was sworn in with the oath of office and inaugurated his place in history. There is not much I can say that hasn’t already been said about Obama and the day he took his inauguration. This is an ABC News DVD so it’s basically like you are watching the news for 3 hours. Anyone interested in seeing this inauguration has already seen what is on this DVD, despite some of the extras.

This DVD would be ideal for any classroom, teacher, or parent that wishes to show this to the upcoming generation that has missed this or is too young to appreciate this incredible moment in America’s history.

One thing I can appreciate about this DVD is the inauguration itself and the true genuine pride and emotion this coverage shows. Not only of the newest administration but the 2 million people that showed up to witness this historic event. You can tell true hope was in their eyes that day and it’s truly a site to be seen.

Along with the inauguration we get a few guest speakers, former President George W. Bush’s helicopter departure, President Obama and first lady walking the parade route, the Obama’s hosting the Neighborhood Ball, including their first dance, and an exclusive first interview with Robin Roberts with President Obama. All in All it’s chalk full of what you would want and what you’d expect in this DVD.


The film is presented in 1.33:1 full screen aspect ratio, the size of a regular TV. Kind of a disappointment since it was originally broadcasted in HD and even says ABC HD in the corner of the screen, you’d think it would be at least 1:78:1. The picture looks crisp and clear with no flaws, it’s got ABC’s professional news experience behind everything.


Only an English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo track is present for this release, again surprising since this was originally broadcast in 5.1 along with the HD video. It still sounds decent and the levels are mixed properly for a good balance of commentators’, speeches, and live music playing during the inaguration.
Optional subtitles are included in English.


MPI has released this feature with a collection of interview featurettes, below is a closer look.

"Barbara Walters exclusive interview with the Obamas," this is a really interesting interview, good questions, great rapport and a nice little extra. Running 38 minutes and 23 seconds this is, of course, from a 20/20 ABC interview segment.

"President-Elect Obama’s Election Night Victory Speech" featurette, everything you’d expect and hope it would be, a powerful performance and inspiring speech running 16 minutes and 55 seconds.

"The Oaths of Office of the past nine presidents" featurette, this is a fun extra showing the first ever-televised inauguration to the present day election. Granted there are nine president’s being sworn in but 3 of them ran double terms, so this extra runs 14 minutes and 58 seconds.

"Bob Woodruff’s exclusive interview with Michelle Obama," a quick interview with the first lady after the election talking about her and how she is going to adjust to the White House. Run time is 2 minutes and 22 seconds.

"Exclusive interview with Beyoncé," a run time of 1 minute and 2 seconds with an overwhelmed Beyoncé Knowles expressing her eagerness and gratitude to the Obama’s at the Neighborhood Ball in this interview.


The Film: B Video: C Audio: C Extras: A- Overall: B+


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