If you like the World at War dvd's, you will enjoy this as well. OK, perhaps enjoy isn't the best word to use, as there is nothing enjoyable about the actions of Stalin against his own people. If you think that Hitler was the end all-be all of psychotic despots, this will be a real eye opener.
This series is laid out in similar format to the World at War, with each episode covering a specific subject, beginning from when Stalin first came to power until his death. Also, as with the World at War, if you blink you will miss something; the wealth of information and images are just riveting.
There is an incredible amount of real footage, and as far as I know, only one recreation in the entire series. There are also numerous interviews, including a brief appearance from Vasily Zaitsev. Not interviews with analysts, but with actual participants. Had this series not been produced, and these interviews recorded, so much would have been lost. They are not always pleasant to view, but they are candid. There is also some attention paid to the Russian women who fought in every capacity during WWII. Who would have ever thought that there would be a need for a team at the back of the troops to shoot people who turned and ran from battle???
I have already recommended this dvd to several friends and purchased one for my sister; I have watched the entire thing twice and I know that I still have not caught every image or absorbed everything that this dvd has to offer. It would be well worth it at twice the price.