It's said that history is written by the winners. But for millions of viewers, history is written by the filmmakers who splash on the screen their visions and revisions of wars and the men who fought them. Here are six of the most epochal epics ever, now out on DVD:
THE BIRTH OF A NATION
D.W. GRIFFITH, 1915
President Woodrow Wilson called Griffith's fable about the Civil War and its aftermath "history written in lightning." Others decried it as a libel of blacks and a whitewash of the Ku Klux Klan. Both views are correct. Griffith was a racist and a...