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The First World War Collection Public Information Films Of The British Home Front ~ The First World War [DVD]

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  • Format: PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Sfe DVD
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Sep 2013
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DSAUNDI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,637 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Strike Force Entertainment present the first ever DVD compilation of First World War Public Information trailers and short films. They were made for David Lloyd George s late wartime coalition Government to encourage the Civilian Army of Britain s Home Front to greater resolve and patriotism in the support of their men on the Western Front and onto British Victory. His Majesty s British subjects were asked variously to join voluntary Home Front labour organisations, to save soap and other fats, to grow their own vegetables, to save bones to aid the manufacture of munitions, to eat at the National Kitchens and to buy War Bonds and National Savings Certificates to help pay for the manufacture of wartime weapons and machinery. Included and worthy of special mention are :- THE WOMAN S PORTION (1918, 17 mins) - A fictionalised propaganda drama on the need for women to accept separation from, and loss of, their husbands. The protagonist in this film would rather her husband was killed than be a deserter. BRITAIN S EFFORT (1917, 10 mins) - A longform cartoon / animation including caricatures of John Bull and the Kaiser that outlines the enormity of the British Empire s contribution to the Western Front in terms of troops, munitions production, shipbuilding and finance. The original silent films have been given a soundtrack constructed from period archive music.


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 14 Jan 2014
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A lovely collection of period shorts. A mix of cartoons, short films and documentaries. Not only does it give an interesting insight to the home front at the time, but is an interesting reminder of just how prevalent propaganda and misinformation were. Several shorts are so xenophobic (once a German always a German) that they would shock even a Daily Mail reader.

A lovely collection, some of the animation is wonderful. Its only a shame that the included book doesn't list the shorts in order, but seems to list them randomly so you never quite know which one you are watching, but there is a scene selection that lists them so more a confusing layout point than a criticism.

Obviously as well, it is silent but with a music score. I mention this only because in conversation with a friend I pointed it out and he said "Oh, yeah, I never thought". Its not stupidity of course, it just might not register instantly as we are so used to sound recordings.

As this is the centenary year I really recommend getting this. Its a well spent couple of hours and a well spent tenner.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Dvd 1 Feb 2014
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My daughter loves this dvd.
she finds all aspects of the world wars fascinating and has really enjoyed watching this.
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By MP
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Fascinating both the technical filming abilities so far back (20 years approx. after the invention of movie film) and the propaganda techniques used. Another time totally.
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