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Al Murray's Road To Berlin [DVD] [2004]

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  • Actors: Al Murray
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Revelation Films Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 6 April 2009
  • Run Time: 230 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001PHDKYU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,057 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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... compelling viewing The Times

Join the Pub Landlord star on his journey through the last phase of Worlds War II.

In this moving 10-part documentary made for Discovery Channel, TV s Pub Landlord Al Murray takes an emotional journey along the road to Berlin as he follows the Allied advance that finally brought down Nazi Germany.

From the driver s seat of his Willys jeep, atop a historical Sherman tank, or jumping from a Dakota transport plane, Al Murray retraces every fateful step from breaking out at the Normandy beaches on D-Day to the discovery of the Nazi Death Camps whilst interviewing survivors from the War along the way.

Containing the ten episodes:

D-Day, The Battle for Normandy, The Push for Paris, Hitler s Terror Weapon and Arnhem A Bridge Too Far, The Air War, The Battle of the Bulge, The Eastern Front, Crossing the Rhine and The Battle for Berlin

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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Pillboxer1940 on 7 May 2009
Format: DVD
It's clear from the numerous gags rattled off by The Pub Landlord about 'The War' that Al Murray has more than a passing interest in the Second World War: in this double dvd set, he clearly and ably displays his passion.

But don't expect geezer-banter about teaching the Huns a lesson. This is Oxford University History graduate Al Murray presenting, not the boozy diatribe of the Pub Landlord, and appropriately, there are no laughs in this ten part series.

However, this is a far from dry regurgitation of textbook history. Interspersed with original film footage, Murray's series sees him tootle from battlefield to battlefield in an original wartime jeep, visiting the key points and bloody milestones that led to Berlin.

Murray's wide-eyed, genuine interest and respect for the subject matter shows through, none more so than when he interviews veterans from all the fighting nations: from pigeon-chested, elderly British paratroops reliving the pathos of Arnhem to an aged but still fiery, bemedalled Russian recalling Berlin street battles.

This type of documentary could easily have gone the way of a gung-ho Boy's Own adventure, but refreshingly, Murray keeps the story in perspective, interviewing a weary, Jewish former slave labourer and a German who saw his father shot whilst attempting to surrender . Most poignantly, while touring the site of the Bergen Belsen concentration camp, Murray suddenly deviates from the script and ends the visit.

This is a great lesson in how to revitalise history, retelling the story in an engaging, entertaining and attention-hogging manner, whilst educating the viewer and perpetuating the remembrance message in a lively and memorable way.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Simon Thorpe on 5 Aug. 2013
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You can tell Al Murray's interested in WWII as his passionate about the subject.

A joy to watch.

I'd recommend it to a friend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Colin Williams on 7 Nov. 2009
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Al Murray shows another side to his talents in this well thought-out and perfectly presented account of the Allied Forces bitter struggle to take Berlin and in so doing, put an end to the war and liberate Europe from the shackles of Nazi oppression.

Al presents this series in a tactful,considerate and informed way,taking us through significant strategic battle sites viewed from the passsenger seat of his WW2 Willys Jeep on the long journey to Berlin. it would be so easy to for a comedian to fall back too heavily on humour when handling such a serious subject matter. but Al shows a true professionalism in finding the perfect balance and you have to respect the man for it !

Interesting,informative,and entertaining,this would be an ideal xmas present for Al Murray fan or Historian alike.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Barry Wom on 3 April 2013
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Having done this journey myself (minus the jeep) its good to see a celebrity bring it alive for a wider audience. Al knows his stuff and is obviously enthusiatic without ever glorifing the war per sea or resorting to jingoism. His knowledge of the men of the era and thier hardware and fortifications is excellent. I loved the bit where he was explaining about the rough finish on the Soviet T34s' compared to the prettier but ultimately out fought German tanks. Would highly reccomend this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Wainwright on 6 Feb. 2010
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I watched this on a coach on the way back from a Battlefield Tour to Normandy. Al Murray really brings the series to life, not just from the Allies' perspective but from all angles. He touches on everything from weapons and equipment used to the personal stories of veterans from many nations involved in the war. I wish I'd seen this before I went to Normandy, it filled a lot of the gaps in for me. Interesting, alive and and at times heart-rending - this is a must see!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Allan on 6 Oct. 2014
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Al Murray has a brilliant knack of explaining the important happenings on this DVD set in such an attentive grabbing manner. That it it translates into an authoritative and captivating history lesson made easy. His immense knowledge, but more importantly, his respect for the men he is talking about, and their deeds of bravery from the D-Day beaches of Normandy to Berlin, is over overwhelmingly obvious. Just watch, listen,learn and enjoy. Brilliant.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Plymouth H on 14 Feb. 2010
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This is a must see series, the best I have seen. Not being from the generation that was alive in the war, this is so interesting, moving and memorable series. If you haven't visited Normandy watch this first, and then go, history will come alive for you, as things have not changed much in Normandy as they have recreated their flattened towns as they were before. The museums are the very best to visit, put it on your to do list!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By bagsy51 on 2 July 2010
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I searched the web for this product after seeing a couple of episodes on TV. I found it on several sites but Amazon came out tops for value. I couldn't believe Al Murray was such an all round talented guy. He interviews various survivors of the 2nd World War, English, Russian and German. He skillfully sets the ambience of the scene and the viewer is transported to what it must have been like in those awful times.
My impression of "The pub Landlord" has gone up a thousandfold and would recommend this video to all enthusiasts of factual and historic war material.
Amazon provided a first rate service, which, in my view, couldn't be bettered.
A big thank you to all concerned.
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