John F. Kennedy: Years of Lightning, Day of Drums Restored and Remastered Version of Renowned Documentary to be Released on DVD November 12
John F. Kennedy: Years of Lightning, Day of Drums - the noted 1964 documentary narrated by Gregory Peck about the fallen president'sthousand days in office - has been meticulously restored and remastered and will get a special DVD release November 12 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE).
The film will be available on its own ($11.97 SRP) and will be included in WBHE's JFK 50 Year Commemorative Ultimate Collector's Edition, which will be released day-and-date for $59.99 SRP.
George Stevens, Jr. produced and Bruce Herschensohn wrote, directed and scored John F. Kennedy: Years of Lightning, Day of Drums, originally made for Edward R. Murrow's United States Information Agency (USIA). Stevens, then head of the USIA's Motion Picture division, proposed the idea to Murrow on November 23, 1963. Camera crews started shooting that day in 14 countries to capture world reaction to the president's death. The film evolved into a comprehensive look at the 35th U.S. president's administration. It was USIA's first feature-length film.
Caroline Kennedy has called it her favorite film about her father. It features vivid 35 mm color footage of Kennedy as president, the four days of national mourning, Kennedy family footage, and an examination of JFK's thousand days in office, including the launching of the PeaceCorps, the Alliance for Progress in Latin America, his pledge to send an American to the moon, the resolution of the Cuban Missile Crisis, the signing of the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, and Kennedy's call for the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
John F. Kennedy: Years of Lightning, Day of Drums was ultimately shown to acclaim in 124 countries but not in the United States, because USIA films were prohibited from being shown domestically (to ensure that no administration would use USIA to influence opinion in the U.S.).