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Apocalypse [DVD]

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3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Nov 2010
  • Run Time: 280 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003YCYZB6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,049 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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As broadcast on Channel 4, Apocalypse is the groundbreaking documentary series that tells the brutal and moving history of World War 2 entirely through colourised archive footage. Three years in the making and gathered from more than 60 national libraries and personal archives, Apocalypse tells in amazing, never-before-seen detail, the key events that shaped the conflict: from the Blitzkrieg to the Allied bombing of Berlin and Stalingrad, through to the dropping of the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima. In six one-hour episodes, prepare to experience first-hand how nations were saved, whole armies lost and heroes made.

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85 of 91 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great visuals but skimpy history. An overview 10 Nov 2010
Apocalypse is good in parts; *very* good in its visual presentation, less wonderful in its approach to detailed, unbiased re-telling of major historical events.
The good bits first: the footage is incredible and fascinating to watch. It has been carefully and subtley 'colourised' with an attention to detail that is utterly impressive. It really does make a difference, seeing even familiar film shots in an entirely new perspective. The use of colour, even in the very gentle shades which have been utilised here, make the scenes of invasion, retreat, refugees, bombing and so on extremely personal. It takes 'history' from 'long ago' and transforms it into something which could happen to any of us at any time. The people become real. And the few scenes which are left in their original black-and-white then stand out in stark contrast, miserable mono being used to best effect to illustrate the horrors of the ghettos and camps.
This series also contains an occasional gem, like the information that Von Paulus, commander of the defeated armies at Stalingrad, cooperated with the Soviets after his surrender and eventually took up residence in East Germany. The footage of beaten German troops being shipped to Canada and the USA was remarkable, too.

On the downside, the commentary is quite lightweight and at times very subjective. This is hardly an in-depth examination of the events of WW2, although an occasional snippet of unusual information does creep in (like those above, or the fact that German pilots who were captured by the French were not shipped overseas before the fall of France, which meant they could return to their planes to attack Britain).
But too many of the main characters are presented as two-dimensional sketches.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
By Gary
Although not a natural history buff I ended up watching 'Apocalypse' on Saturday night and was pleasantly surprised. Having basic knowledge of both World Wars, gauged from subjects at school, I found this documentary brought to life historic events that I had previously took little interest in.

The footage used is truly astounding and really puts into perspective the unfathomably crisis that the world faced due to one man and his regime. What must be commended is that this series is far from Anglo-centric, taking into account the sheer immensity the war had on the world as a whole, an angle that is so often overlooked in many teachings.

I would recommend this series to anyone who has an active interest in history or anyone who simply wants to learn more about a subject that is often touched upon at school but never explained in such details and depth as it is here.

Unique, restored, colourised - Apocalypse is definitely one to watch. Bring on the next episode!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For the money, an excellent documentary series 8 Jun 2011
By D. Rice
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Might seem to be a bit stingey only giving this four stars but it's simply because I have to compare it with The World At War, the seminal television treatment of one of the worst episodes in human history. Apocalypse really is an excellent documentary series but it's only a few episodes and to deal with a World War stretching (for Britain) from 1939 until 1945 and which was conducted across several fronts world-wide, over several years by many nations is bound to mean that some campaigns which loom large in a nation's psyche, such as the Battle of Britain and D-Day are dealt with only briefly. Nevertheless, as a kind-of 'potted' history of the main events of the war which resulted in the most relevant changes in the balance of power, this is excellent and informative viewing and I recommend it to you.

If this whets your appetite then go one step further and get hold of the World At War. It has the privilege of being delivered over what amounts to many hours of viewing and to an extent, this is what Apocalypse has to recommend it, it does it well with brevity.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Apocalypse Wow! 30 Nov 2010
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A very good series, which attempts to cover the same ground as 'The World At War', but in only 6 episodes! This is a tall order indeed, but this fast-paced series manages to do this admirably well, and I have learnt a lot of interesting new facts about WW2. The dramatic visuals are the strong point of the series, many of which I have not seen elsewhere.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A flawed coverage of World War II 7 Jan 2013
This French production purports to encapsulate World War II in a set of three discs of 280 minutes duration in total but there is a heavy emphasis on the European and Russian theatres of World War II, and in particular, the French role in the defeat of Nazi Germany. The crucial battles in the North African Campaign and the entirely separate and massive Pacific War receive relatively brief coverage despite the fact that German victory in North Africa would have given them control of the Suez Canal and the vital Middle East oilfields, and Japanese victory in the Pacific in 1942 would have threatened Hawaii and Australia and seriously transformed the strategic situation in Europe and Russia. If the United States Navy had been defeated at Midway, local political imperatives would have forced President Roosevelt to defend Hawaii against planned Japanese occupation. This situation would almost certainly have delayed D-Day by at least a year, and possibly seen a Russian army reach the English Channel.

No mention is made of the fact that the Chinese were holding down at least thirty Japanese divisions throughout the Pacific War. The Chinese earned their place at the signing of the Japanese surrender. The Americans and Australians did all of the heavy lifting in the Pacific War, and earned their places at the Japanese surrender but I fail to understand why the French were at the signing in Tokyo Bay when they collaborated with the Japanese in Indo-China and contributed no significant military support to the defeat of Japan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased.
I have just received and I am working through the 6 episodes on 2 discs and am very pleased with the compiling and narration - which I am pleased also is in English rather than... Read more
Published 1 month ago by walbedo
1.0 out of 5 stars very poor
The only redeeming feature of this dvd is it's use of 'colour'[colourised] footage.It's a classic example of historians not doing their homework. Read more
Published 10 months ago by bulldog
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Documentary
I love history and documentaries, especially documentaries about WWII. I have seen many rubbish and boring documentaries, presenting footage that has been shown over and over again... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Dr. Marco Carl
5.0 out of 5 stars WW2 in fast forward, shocking
All school kids should watch this and it moves so fast, they won't get bored. Truly shocking, particularly the Russian campaign.
Published 12 months ago by R. I. Hicks
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
A amazing collection of colour footage covering many theatres of WW2. On BLU-RAY it brings the times to life as though the footage was only filmed in recent times. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Nicholas Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Review of "Apcalypse"
The "Apocalypse" sums up WW2 in a very dynamic and fascinating way. Even without the added colors it would be excellent. Read more
Published 16 months ago by SIGURD SOERUM
5.0 out of 5 stars Graphic, Haunting and Powerful
I first saw this series in a hotel room as National Geographic was one of the few English language channels where I was. I was captivated. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Robert Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent series.
very well presented series, very educational but also holds your interest. learn things i didnt know. i would recommend this to anyone interested in ww2.
Published 18 months ago by gail wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars preasant
preasant for my son in law he was well pleasd with it so that is fine as long as he is happy
Published 18 months ago by Dora Sykes
5.0 out of 5 stars great history lesson
I have watched the documentary on Discovery Channel, but watching this again, at my own pace was a fantastic experience. An impressive history lesson ...
Published 19 months ago by CristinaF
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