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1914-1918: Total War [VHS] [1996]

Judi Dench , Salome Jens    Exempt   VHS Tape
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Judi Dench, Salome Jens, Jürgen Prochnow, Michael York, Tim Pigott-Smith
  • Format: Black & White, Full Screen, HiFi Sound, PAL, Colour
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Dd Video
  • VHS Release Date: 13 Oct 1997
  • Run Time: 204 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CVEN
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,399 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The first volume of the BBC series following the story of the First World War, the so-called 'Great War'. The series looks at the conflict but also goes beyond the battlefields and focuses on the social and cultural impact of the unprecendented mass destruction. This volume, using archive footage, stills, letters, diaries and the voices of many famous actors, looks at the beginning of the war - which everyone said would be over in weeks. It demonstrates how the conflict ground to a vicious stalemate, the Zeppelin raids on London, the sinking of the Lusitania and provides insights into all the major battles and campaigns.

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204 minutes


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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great BBC series on World War I 3 Sep 2000
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This is a two-tape set, and is the first half of a two-set series of tapes on World War I. (The second half is called 1914-1918 The Crucible).
Together, they are an excellent review of World War I -- its origins, the soldiers who fought it, the big battles and strategies, the impact on society, and the aftermath. It uses classic film footage, archive photos, and expert commentary to weave together the complex story of the war.
This first half, naturally, explores the origins of war and traces the war through the first couple of years of warfare, when the combatants slowly came to realize they were locked in a tragic stalemate that was devastating to all concerned.
This is big, lavish and authoritative; a great introduction to this vital bit of history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tragic Overview of World War I 19 Jun 2001
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Where this programme came from is anyone's guess ----- a fusion of BBC Education and the History Channel perhaps ----- but it is accidentally the best series made about the First World War. Combining modern day video production and heart breaking archive from the conflagration, Judi Dench narrates this classic work of conflict and personal loss which ran through our grand-parents lives. This is no chronological run through of events and battles though --- for the first time the devastating losses and contributions of women in the war is assiduously chronicled and at last properly documented. Because my own elderly relations fought and thankfully survived this horrific conflict I find it impossible not to be moved, knowing how kindly and optimistic their generation was. It was a reality that their gentleness and idealism was permanently destroyed by the horrors they witnessed. Focussing on the human cost, time has distanced us from the complex military issues which have dogged discussion of the War for so long. Eventually there is some consensus that the technology evolved a long term war of attrition, where only the strongest survived. There is no heart rending debate about tactics or if the British Generals were 'butchers' or if thousands of lives were needlessly thrown away. Instead we see the war from the perspective of those who fought and supported the troops. As this was a world struggle we learn about the equality of suffering in all nations involved, and not before time commemoration of the hugely brave struggle of the French on whose soil the vital battles took place. This is something of a compendium about the Great War ---- it doesn't get bogged down in detail or facts but does give a strong sense of what it was like to be involved in the conflict. Read more ›
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Series 6 Dec 2001
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This series is a supreme overview of World War 1 with insightful commentary and brilliant footage. A must for students of history, and indeed for all to remind us of the horrors of war.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 1914 1918 23 July 2013
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great series about a terrible war very well put together by Judith dench an a great cast of voices by some very talented actors highly recommend to anyone who interest lay in military history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 14 Nov 2012
This is simply brilliant but can't work out why its not available on DVD. I watched this when it was first released and and found it an incredible insight into WW1. What was profoundly humbling was the footage of those who returned from the war with appaling injuries. Not just the amputees but those with horrific facial disfigurements which brought about the birth of plastic surgery. The war ended in 1918 but lived in the minds of many soldiers for years afterwards. The treatment given to soldiers suffering from shell shock is simply abhorrant, seeing images of those young men unable to cope with the slightest noise whilst knowing they were subjected to electric shock treatment makes you want to weep. It's vital for people to see such footage so please please release this on DVD so i can watch this again.
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