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Britain At War In Colour: The Entire Series [DVD]


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  • Actors: John Thaw, Jay Simon
  • Producers: Adrian Wood
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Whv
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Feb 2001
  • Run Time: 218 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004Y3PE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,574 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Contains the entire TV series plus features and footage exclusive to DVD.
The three episodes Darkest Hour, The Beginning of the End, and Unknown Warriors .
Exclusive footage not seen on TV
Five letter and diary pieces with additional footage
A year by year breakdown of historical events
Ten original World War II posters
Key facts about World War II with twenty four Hot Points linking back to relevant footage within the series
The Memphis Belle , the moving wartime documentary directed by Hollywood legend William Wyler

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Documentary and newsreel film of World War II has been seen before, but Britain at War--In Colour is different. Much of the footage here was shot unofficially by servicemen and civilians as a personal record of events unfolding, giving the three programmes a more inward, human quality. "Darkest Hour" covers the period from the government's failed policy of appeasement, through the months of misfortune and failure, to the turn of the tide in North Africa late in 1942. "The Beginning of the End" traces the successes in Asia and the Atlantic, through the D-Day landings, to victory in Europe in April 1945. "Unknown Warriors" takes a chronological overview, through the letters and diaries of, and recent interviews with a dozen people caught up in the conflict. It makes for a detailed, informal and moving insight into the impact of war on those who live through it.

On the DVD: The colour film reproduces with excellent clarity in the 4:3 picture format, enhanced by the immediacy of the stereo soundtrack and John Thaw's thoughtful narrative. Each programme has 28, 19 and 12 access points respectively. Thirty minutes of additional footage are welcome, though the five letter and diary pieces add nothing significant. The year-by-year breakdown of events, and key facts linked to 24 Hot Points within the films, make a valuable study aid. Reproductions of 10 original war posters are harmless enough, but the inclusion of William Wyler's hard-hitting 1943 documentary, The Memphis Belle, gives a valuable insight into bombing missions from an American perspective. All in all, this is essential viewing for World War II buffs and newcomers alike. --Richard Whitehouse

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54 of 55 people found the following review helpful By MrGARY J. BEAN on 23 Feb 2001
Format: DVD
Another excellent series made by Carlton Television on the life of people during World War 2. Actor John Thaw gives an excellent narration through out this insight to life for Britons during this terrible time in world history. To complement John Thaw's descrpitions of life of people, are small, true stories of people who were affected, whetherby good or bad events during the war. This DVD is an excellent watch for anyone who wants to know more on this terrible time in world history and an ideal documentary who can onlypicture the second world war in Black and White! The colour footage shown in this documentary is of an amazing quality, as was the footage in the Prequel Documentary The Second War in Colour. This DVD is a memory-jerker for people who lived their lives during the war, whether as a child or adult - and a real eye-opener for the rest of us. "Lest we forget..."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. N. Holley on 10 Nov 2009
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Although I bought this DVD for the original William Wyler film of the Memphis Belle, which is an extra on this disc, the title content is itself a fascinating insight into the reality of the war as seen by the ordinary people who lived through it. Composed of contemporary film, letters and diaries, its authenticity is its strong point.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By McPoohser on 7 Feb 2011
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This is an expertly compiled collection of informative and often poignant colour films, diary extracts and concise narration which bring the viewer as close they are likely to be able to get to the traumatic times featured. Highly recommended. I have forgotten how many times I've returned to this on VHS and now DVD. It never grows old. It's perhaps about time it was released again as its availability is reducing monthly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Paul J. Clawson on 28 Sep 2009
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Super series fantastic that we can still hear the voice of John Thaw. The extras on this dvd are fantastic this is one that should be shown in schools.
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Very fascinating specially for a frenchman.. Can't watch any more documentaries about this period in black & white. We do realise too that in front of Germany we in Europe had a very close shave.
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I wonderfull set of DVD's that talk you through the war years, most of it in colour which makes for a more interseting viewing, Britain At War In Colour [DVD] [2000]teach you anything you didnt know already and are a great resource for any children studying the war years at primary school as they give a fantastic preview of what it was like in WWII and how people reacted and were helping in there bit toward the war effort, both for the front line and the home defences and food/manufacturing fronts.
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