Steve Daly
March 12, 1993 AT 05:00 AM EST

You could spend days touring this encyclopedic history of American suburbs, tracing how they degenerated from utopian model communities in the ’30s to dreary tracts in the ’60s. Exploiting laser’s still-frame capabilities, the disc intersperses period pictures and pamphlets with clips from industrial and government films (like Two-Ford Freedom and Homes for Veterans) to build an engrossing critique of the marketing forces that shaped middle-class home life. An alternate-audio-track narration is often stilted in Call It Home: The House That Private Enterprise Built, but the vintage promo spiels in the clips are a hoot. Most alarming pitch: ”Notice how the asbestos cement sidewalls help add dignity and charm.” B+

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