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Review of Ed Millers Anthracite Traction on DVD by Transit Gloria Mundi

 4 of 5 (1)
Two medium-size city streetcar systems and the high-speed interurban which connected them are the subject of Ed Miller's superb motion picture camerawork. He began shooting just after World War II, and continued through the end of service, including scenes of track removal and car scrapping. Shown are Wilkes-Barre's last 5 lines (several of the lines had extensive segments of private right-of-way, giving them a semi-interurban character), the Laurel Line's fast mainline from Scranton to Wilkes-Barre and the freight-only branch to Minooka, and Scranton's last 8 city routes, which feature a variety of cars including the Osgood-Bradley Electromobiles. Ed had a knack for "context," for standing back far enough so you see not only the passing car, but the total environment in which it ran. Ed Miller's Anthracite Traction is thus not only a fascinating documentation of three long-gone electric lines, but a window back in time to the period when signs everywhere were welcoming

Overall rating for this DVD? 5 Star Excellent
4 Star Very Good
3 Star Good
2 Star Fair
1 Star Poor

The rest is optional but appreciated.

In your opinion, how was the narration level? There was no narration.
Just enough.
Could have used more.
A little too much.
Way too much.
Narration can be turned off.

Aside from the content of the DVD, how would you rate the image quality (sharpness, camera steadiness, etc)? Poor.
A little rough around the edges.
Good.
Excellent!

How would you rate the VALUE of this video? Overpriced for the amount of enjoyment I got out of it.
Seemed a little high, but not too bad.
Fair.
Good value.
Excellent value!

Last question. Would you recommend this DVD to others? Definitely not!
Not unless they REALLY were interested in the subject matter.
Yes
Definitely.
A "Must Have"!

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