The documentary airs Feb. 20 and 21 on PBS, hitting video on the 21st.
The official word: PBS Distribution today announced it is releasing “AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: CLINTON” on DVD and Blu-ray. As the 2012 race for the White House heats up and the office of the president is in the news more and more, explore the life and career of the 42nd president of the United States with the release of “AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: CLINTON.” The program will be available on DVD and Blu-ray on February 21, 2012. The running time of the program is 240 minutes. The SRP for the DVD is $29.99 and the SRP for the Blu-ray is $34.99. The program comes on two discs.
From draft dodging to the Dayton Accords, from Monica Lewinsky to a balanced budget, the presidency of William Jefferson Clinton veered between sordid scandal and grand achievement. In “CLINTON,” the latest installment in the critically acclaimed and successful collection of presidential biographies, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE explores the fascinating story of an American president who rose from a turbulent childhood in Arkansas to become one of the most successful politicians in modern American history and one of the most complex and conflicted characters ever to stride across the public stage.
The program recounts a career full of accomplishment and rife with scandal, a marriage that would make history and create controversy, and a presidency that would define the crucial and transformative period between the fall of the Berlin Wall and 9/11. It follows Clinton across his two terms as he confronted some of the key forces that would shape the future, including partisan political warfare and domestic and international terrorism, and struggled, with uneven success, to define the role of American power in a post-Cold War world.
“CLINTON” features unprecedented access to scores of Clinton insiders including White House Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers, White House Counsel Bernard Nussbaum, former White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta (current Secretary of Defense), former Senator Trent Lott, Deputy Chief of Staff Harold Ickes, as well as interviews with dozens of journalists, members of the Republican opposition, childhood friends, staffers from Clinton’s years as Governor of Arkansas, and biographers. The program is narrated by actor Campbell Scott (“Royal Pains,” “Damages”).