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THE WINDS OF WAR - The Complete Collection [BLU-RAY] [1983]

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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003KNYDF2
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars BEWARE Blue Ray Scam 15 Jan 2013
By Estuary
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The "blue ray version" of "Winds of War" has been atrributed with the reviews of the standard DVD version which makes it look official, however it is a pirated version imported into the UK and sold "as offical", Amazon have been informed but seem unable to control the availability.

The quality is not only below that expected from Blue Ray, it is worse than the regular offical publishers standard UK DVD. DONT BUY IT IS A SCAM!!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeping the Faith, with Herman Wouk 30 Nov 2005
Of all the adaptations of literature for motion pictures and television that I've seen, folks, this one scores a 95%, with most other adaptations doing at best, say 73%, in regards to plot, character exposition, and the author's intent. It was most magnaminious of Mr. Dan Curtis to have Herman Wouk as an executive member of the team (TELEPLAY).
I'm sure that you fellow Mitchum fans savor the way his characters come into a mediocre namby-pamby situation, and shake 'em on down! He doesn't disappoint as Pug. If you read the story, you could easily shoehorn Bob Mitchum into your imagination's eye.
Polly Bergen's "Rho" is the comic relief to the saga, worrying more about her hair style, and intramural competion with other Navy and Marine Corps wives, to jockey their husband's careers to the most prestigious heights, rather than being concerned with the increasingly odious global events racing down upon her family and world. Just as Mr. Wouk intended.
Ali McGraw's "Natalie" is full of delicious spunk and mischief, as she teases, and then draws in, Jan-Michael Vincent's "Briny". She Keeps the Faith with Mr. Wouk's "Natalie", who incidentally, is my favorite literary heroine.
The cinematography is picture-postcard breathtaking; you almost forget you're watching the small screen and believe you're at your favorite silver screen palace. Fits in nicely with Mr. Wouk's crisp, concise, ultra-vivid, descriptive narrative style.
The choreography of the extras and the aircraft pilots was impeccable. These were the unsung heroes/heroines of this production.
The Nazi/German/Japanese villains were most hideously brutal of any production that I've seen anywhere.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
Format:VHS Tape
Herman Wouk's "The Winds of War" is based on the conceit of the Henry family, who manage to be in most of the "right" places as the United States heads for Pearl Harbor and involvement in World War II. Rugged "Pug" Henry (Robert Mitchum) travels with his flighty wife Rhoda (Polly Bergen) to Berlin where he is assigned as the military attaché to the American Embassy. Because of an acquaintance with Brigadier General Armin von Roon (Jeremy Kemp) of the Germany army, Pug has the opportunity to learn enough about what the Nazis are doing to make an official report predicting that Hitler is going to make a pact with the Soviet Union. Because he is right, Pug is summoned to Washington, D.C. to meet with Franklin Roosevelt (Ralph Bellamy), and becomes an unofficial envoy for the President. Meanwhile, son Byron (Jan-Michael Vincent) is in Europe working as an assistant to the scholar Aaron Jastrow (John Houseman), son Warren (Ben Murphy) is training as a naval aviator, and daughter Madeline (Lisa Eilbacher) ends up getting a job working on a radio show. With these relatively few pieces Wouk covers the invasion of Poland, the German attack on the Soviets, and the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Wouk wrote the script for the 1983 mini-series, directed by Dan Curtis, and one of the major strengths of "The Winds of War" is that it takes its time in telling the story of the Henrys and the Second World War (this would be even more true in the sequel, "War and Remembrance," which it seemed every episode had a great set piece). For example, in the second episode there is an extended sequence in which several main characters are caught up with American embassy personnel fleeing Warsaw during the German invasion.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent author 22 Sep 2011
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
A very good book well presented as a film. Herman Wouk wrote an excellent story interspersed with well researched facts and the inclusion of true events. The sequal, "War and Remembrance", is equally good and should also be read or seen on DVD.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A "must have" epic! 27 Jun 2005
I've just bought and watched this excellent miniseries, after trying to find it ever since I read the books and watched the series on television many years ago.
Anyone with a slight interest in WWII history know that Herman Wouk's novel is excellent entertainment as well as very informal. His grasp of the historical accuracy and his ability to place the reader "on the spot" as historical events unfold has been successfully broght into this adaption of the novel.
Some of the casting is perhaps slightly odd. The main character, Victor "Pug" Henry is supposed to be approximately 50 years old in the novel, but is played by a 66 years old Robert Mitchum (who is outstanding in this series, by the way), Byron Henry who is supposed to be 22-23 years old is played by a 39 years old Jan-Michael Vincent, and Natalie Jastrow who is supposed to be 28 is played by a 45 years old Ali MacGraw. But it works.
Other interesting characters are Ralph Bellamy as President Roosevelt, Gunther Meissner as Adolf Hitler, Victoria Tennant as Pamela Tudsbury, and John Houseman as Aaron Jastrow.
I like the series a lot. Although I rate the books above the mini-series I find this series very high on my all-time favourite list.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A very good series, A must watch DVD.
Published 16 days ago by Ski
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite TV-series of all time
Herman Wouk's The Winds of War is by far the best TV-series out there. Producer Director Dan Curtis and his team deliver an action-packed, emotional, realistic visualization of... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Bjørn Hennig-Till
5.0 out of 5 stars The winds of War
Thank you for you great service. I been wanting to watch this for ages. Something to look forward to after the Xmas hols.
Published 9 months ago by Joan de-Bues
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend
Great acting. Great story as well as a history lesson.Modern films do not come close to this quality,and quality actors.
Published 11 months ago by Christine Prlac
1.0 out of 5 stars disappointed
I purchased Winds of War Blu-ray and seemingly it is a pirate or anyway poor copy which starts straight away with no menu and dutch subtitles which cannot be removed. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Pauly
3.0 out of 5 stars winds of war
great film series but why the geman sub titles pity the wasnt a follow up to the series up to the end of the war
Published 18 months ago by michael bull
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Series
Bob Mitchum at his very best - this is a really great series and wonderful acting from the whole cast. 100% viewing pleasure.
Published 18 months ago by Kit Carson
5.0 out of 5 stars winds of war
as i already have the collection of war and remembrance i would dearly love to have the first part of this great story i have been in every dvd shop and they could not get it for... Read more
Published on 20 Feb 2005 by "lindanaylor100"
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