COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: Go West! America’s Western Frontier Review

Updated: 02/12/2013 11:48 AM KSTP.com By: Hannah Anderson

I just finished watching a very interesting documentary series called “Go West! America’s Western Frontier” from Mill Creek Entertainment. 

I really didn’t know much about the history of the Wild West until I received a review copy a few weeks ago. I really learned a lot about why people moved out west and about how the railroads were created. I also learned about some of the most famous gunslingers like Billy the Kid and Wild Bill Hickok.

“Go West! America’s Western Frontier” comes with five DVD’s and contains more than 26 hours of exciting and interesting documentaries about the Wild West. 

There are three DVD’s that make up this great collection and each one focuses on a very important part of the history of the Wild West.

The first DVD is called “American History of the Wild West.” In this twelve episode documentary you learn all about cowboys and Wild Bill Hickock and also about some of the greatest gunfighters.

The great Indian wars and Geronimo are also featured in the documentaries.

The documentaries are narrated and you get to see many fascinating photos from back in the mid 1800’s. I really enjoyed this a lot because I had never seen many photos from this time period  and it was really neat to see the way life was back in the 1800s.

The second DVD in the set is called “Outlaws & Gunslingers.” This was my favorite documentary in the set by far. I just found it very fascinating to hear the real stories about Billy the Kid and Jesse James. All of the myths and legends are debunked and you learn about what really happened.

There are tons of reenactments, photos, movie clips and interviews with historians and museum curators. I felt that the people that were interviewed knew what they were talking about and they were really excited to share their stories and knowledge about all of the outlaws and gunslingers.
The third DVD is called “Railroads: Tracks Across America.” 

This is a 36 part documentary collection that tells us about the history and development of the railroads in America. The stories are told by railroad historians and are very informative. You learn how a train works and about all of the different railroad companies. 

One thing that I really liked a lot was that there were a ton of educational films on trains and railroads. It was fun seeing all of the old film footage and to see how excited people were about the new and expanding railways.

I really enjoyed Mill Creek Entertainment’s “Go West! America’s Western Frontier” a lot. This collection was very entertaining and also very fascinating. It kept me entertained for hours. I know that people who are interested in the Wild West or want to learn more about will find that this DVD set very informative and educational. 

I think that these collections of documentaries are very well put together and I learned a ton of information from them.

To learn more about Mill Creek Entertainment and their products go to www.millcreelent.com

Aaron Chalich is a columnist for KSTP.com blogging about the latest entertainment news.