Ken Burns's and Lynn Novick's engaging, entertaining and enlightening documentary about the rise and fall of the 18th Amendment debuts on Blu-ray and DVD when Ken Burns: Prohibition arrives on October 4, 2011 from PBS Home Video and Paramount Home Entertainment. We have an exclusive look at this exciting release with the clip below.

A fascinating story that goes beyond the oft-told tales of gangsters, rum runners, flappers and speakeasies to raise profound questions about the proper role of government, individual rights and responsibilities, Ken Burns: Prohibition delves deep into how a society founded on individual freedom became a nation of scofflaws and hypocrites. Told through expert interviews, vintage footage and compelling images, the five-and-a-half hour film explores how the enshrining of a faith-driven moral code in the Constitution paradoxically caused millions of Americans to rethink their definition of morality.

Special Features:

  • Bonus Scenes:
  • In the Studio
  • Owled, Edged, Jingled, Piffed...
  • Kentucky Bourbon
  • And I Caught Hell
  • He Never Did Get Caught
  • San Francisco Welcomes Visitors From Italy, 1921
  • Hoover's Medicine Ball Cabinet
  • An Object of Ridicule
  • Ten Nights in a Bar Room
  • Interview Outtakes:
  • Saloons
  • The Notion That Man Is Perfectable
  • It's Better to Know the Judge
  • That's Just the Way Life Was
  • Rebels of New York
  • Somebody Got a Pineapple
  • Kentucky
  • Capone
  • Roy Olmstead
  • Tabloid Heroes
  • You People Were Thirsty
  • Gangs
  • Bad Booze
  • Lessons

Ken Burns: Prohibition is available October 4th on Blu-ray and DVD.

B. Alan Orange