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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Fremantle Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 25 May 2009
  • Run Time: 780 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001VAF6S4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,715 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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All 13 episodes of the documentary series telling the story of the men who protected Adolf Hitler during his dramatic rise and fall, and analysing the motives and methodology of the many individuals and organisations who attempted to kill Hitler.

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By the Knight on 8 Sept. 2009
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I learned a lot about Hitler, his bodyguard and some of his henchmen despite the fact that I've read a few books and seen a few other documentaries about the Nazi era. I also agree with one reviewer who enthused about the images in the series. Like another reviewer, however, I feel that there is a bit too much duplication of content and I became a bit bored towards the end of the series because of this. Also, I found it a bit irritating that the narrator constantly tells the viewer that Hitler was a bad guy. Surely, for most mature viewers who are interested in the topic, it is a given that Hitler was a bad guy and so it is surely unnecessary to keep making that so explicit by referring to him as 'evil genius', etc. Another slight gripe: I found the narrator's voice impersonations of Hitler and some other Nazis to be a bit comical. One surely does not watch such a program for light relief. Finally, although I agree that in order to put the viewer fully in the picture it was necessary to refer to events during the Nazi period that were not directly related to the topic of the series, i.e. Hitler's bodyguard, I felt that some of the episodes went a little too much off topic. It was as if the makers of the series wanted to pad it out in order to fulfill a quota of viewing hours. Still, on the whole, as someone interested in the Nazis and the Second World War, I think that buying this DVD was ten quid well spent.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By P. Mead on 17 July 2009
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Hitler's Bodyguard [DVD]

A useful documentary series, but with significant duplication of content between the 13 episodes. As with most TV series there is a standard introduction to each episode, and each episode is designed to be meaningful if that would be the only episode you were able to watch. Each episode deals with a separate aspect of the threats to Hitler's life during the rise and fall of the Nazi party in Germany, and the challenges faced by his bodyguard to defeat them. The episodes do not follow in chronological order. A significant amount of material is relevant to more than one subject, hence the duplication between episodes. This can become tedious if viewing several episodes together. As with any historical documentary what you get out of it depends on how much you know before you start. It is best used together with other source material. On balance this series earns its place on the shelf of source material.
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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By C. W. Bradbury on 15 April 2010
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As the passing of time fades the passions, and ever more previously secret documentation comes to light; the genuine reality of 20'th Century historical events become clearer. That process is obviously now at work with the sometimes awesome events of World War Two, as the sheer detail revealed by this highly informative and largely impartial series shows. Compiled largely from recently uncovered official SS/Nazi records by the same Nugus/Martin team that gave us 'Churchill's Bodyguard', I found this series by far the more interesting of the two. Detective Thompson of Scotland Yard had his problems protecting Churchill, but they were as nothing compared to the task facing Adolf Hitler's black uniformed SS 'Begleit Commando' guards, who really did have to earn their wages!

The slaughters of WWI and the fatally flawed Treaty of Versailles had achieved nothing except to destablise Europe; which was left riven by deep and enduring class, racial and ideological hatreds. During this chronically unstable era Communist, Capitalist and Nazi ideologues more reminisent of Al Capone style gangsters than political leaders, fought each other, at first on the streets, then in the halls of power and finally on the battlefields of WWII; each faction determined to ensure their vision of the future became our reality. Germany was the pivot of this titanic struggle, with Bolshevik/Marxists attempting to gain control of her industrial power and then use it to ferment worldwide revolution; and with Hitler's Nazi's attempting to prevent or hijack that revolution.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TheSnowmonkey on 8 May 2011
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Hitler's Bodyguard, is a fascinating DVD ( I am still watching it ) from the makers of Churchill's Bodyguard, and equally as griping. According to the producers of the documentary they had access to unseen files and as such make some astounding claims. One of which was that before WW11 had started, Hitler's generals were not happy with his plans to go to war and that his actions would bring misery to many and be the ruin of Germany. So a number of the top generals hatch a plot and they make it know that they want help from the Allies that they wish to overthrow and kill Hitler. France supports the idea but Britain is not. According to the makers of the documentary, then Prime Minister ,Neville Chamberlin wanted peace and he also believed in negotiations. It is alleged that Chamberlin before meeting Hitler forewarned Hitler of the attempted assassination in order that he, Chamberlin could have a bargaining tool and give himself leverage..but also to show that he was skilled in the art of diplomacy. They stress though there is no concrete proof Chamberlin did this...However, if he did then our perception of the former Prime Minister would be radically altered. There are a number of instances before the war had started where opportunities arose to remove Hitler from power and others of high rank..on another occasion, a British operative was told no he could not go ahead as it "Would not be sporting "
Had they achieved this or the Generals gone ahead with their assassination, then it is conceivable that WW!! could have been prevented , and more to the point the misery and suffering of millions could have been avoided, not to mention the horrendous crimes that were committed.
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