Colonial House

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History, Sociopolitical Documentary hosted by Kathryn Walker, published by PBS in 2004 - English narration

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COLONIAL HOUSE was filmed over a 5 month period on an isolated stretch of the Maine coast. Our adventurers arrived in their New World on a period tall ship and struggled to create a functioning and profitable colony using only the tools and technology of the era. COLONIAL HOUSE brings history to life and provides a glimpse into the daily life and experiences that helped shape our national character.

[edit] A New World

Governor Wyers and the new colonists, which include three families and seven individuals, arrive in 1628 New England where they must build a colony using tools of the time. The participants of this project soon realize that Colonial House isn't going to be as fun as they hoped as the pains of hard work and the lack modern conveniences soon take their toll

[edit] Harsh Reality

Assistant governor and lay preacher Don Heinz has his hands full when he finds that the colonists don't all follow the same faith and he soon must take over the duties of governor after an emergency forces Governor Wyers to depart.

[edit] City of God

Governor Wyers returns only to find that that majority of the colonists must face punishments due to their modern-day behaviour which clashes with the laws of colonial times. The lucky ones get scarlet letters while the not-so-lucky ones are tied to stakes for being non-believers.

[edit] The Outsiders

11 new settlers arrive making the current living situations very cramped so the colonists must now work together to build a new house under orders from the governor.

[edit] Regime Change

As the colony loses faith in Gov. Wyers, he hands over his two indentured servants and household belongings to help pay for his family's passage home which causes a power shift resulting in lay preacher Don Heinz becoming the new governor.

[edit] Shake Up

Cape merchant and treasurer Jack Lecza arrives on behalf of the sponsoring company to check up on the new venture causing feelings of pressure and unsettlement amongst the Colonists.

[edit] The Reckoning

The Colonists feel that they're on the path to growth and prosperity but success doesn't come without a price. Meanwhile, tensions rise between Cape Merchant Lecza and Gov. Heinz.

[edit] Judgment Day

It's September 29 and the Colonists decorate the village with husks of dried corn, fir boughs and ribbons in celebration of Michaelmas, the feast of St. Michael the Archangel. Finally, the Colonists prepare to depart for the 21st century after their performance is assessed by a panel of experts. Cameras also follow them as they return to modern life.

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  • Video Codec: x264 CABAC High@L3.1
  • Video Bitrate: ~1800 Kbps (CRF 20)
  • Video Resolution: 846x480
  • Video Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Framerate: 29.970 fps
  • Audio Codec: AAC-LC (Nero)
  • Audio Quality: 0.45 48KHz (~130 Kbps)
  • Audio Channels: 2
  • Run-Time: ~52mns (7h Total)
  • Number of Parts: 8
  • Part Size: ~750 MiB (Each)
  • Container: MP4
  • Released: 2004
  • Source: DVD
  • Capper: KarMa

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