Last night's two-hour "Gettysburg" on "The History Channel" certainly felt different from most documentaries I have seen.
To be sure, it was intense.
Slow-motion cannon shots captured bodies flying through the air. Blood spurted liberally from impact wounds. The fatigue and dirt etched on the faces was profound.
Produced by Tony and Ridley Scott, the monochromatic documentary was long on technology and short on dialogue. It was a "just the facts, ma'am" approach.
It did tell the July 1863 battle's story, but I often felt it was more about the special effects than the people.
And some of the commercials were just plain weird. I don't watch the History Channel much these days, but a Geico caveman around a Civil War campfire? And a pickup truck in an old barn?
This is Civil War week on the HC. Tonight's program is on Lee and Grant. What did you think of "Gettysburg"? Was it authentic? Will you watch the other programs?