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The BBC World War Two Collection (12 Disc Box Set) [DVD]

Laurence Rees , George Stevens Jnr    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
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Product details

  • Directors: Laurence Rees, George Stevens Jnr
  • 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: 12
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 25 April 2005
  • Run Time: 999 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007ZD6ZO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,788 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Collected edition of ten BBC documentaries about the Second World War. Each documentary provides a detailed examination of different aspects of the conflict, from the rise of the Nazi Party to the final battle in Berlin, and concludes with a chilling investigation into the political, social and military conditions that made the prosecution of the Nazi's 'Final Solution' against the Jewish population possible. Includes: 'The Nazis - A Warning From History'; 'The Road to War'; 'Dunkirk'; 'War of the Century'; 'Battle of the Atlantic'; 'Horror in the East'; 'Battlefields'; 'D-Day'; 'D-Day to Berlin' and 'Auschwitz'.


This 12-disc box set contains the following volumes
The Nazis: A Warning from History (2 Discs)
The Road to War (1 Disc)
The ideology and murderous excesses of the Nazi Party's 12-year reign of terror is examined in "The Nazis: A Warning from History". "The Road to War" considers the build-up to the conflict and explains how the major nations found confrontation inevitable.

Dunkirk (1 Disc)
War of the Century - When Hitler Fought Stalin (1 disc)
Battle of the Atlantic (1 Disc)
The drama-documentary "Dunkirk" tells the stories of the miraculous evacuation of thousands of servicemen from France, while "War of the Century: When Hitler Fought Stalin" reveals the true horrors of the war on the Eastern Front and "Battle of the Atlantic" details German U-boats' attempts to starve Britain into submission.

Horror in the East (1 Disc)
Battlefields (1 Disc)
D-Day (1 Disc)
The 'barbaric' psychology of the Japanese forces is examined in "Horror in the East" and the inimitable Professor Richard Holmes uncovers the conflict's major campaigns in "Battlefields", while dramatic reconstructions and personal testimony of the Allied invasion make up the compelling D-Day.

D-Day to Berlin (1 Disc)
Auschwitz - The Nazis and 'The Final Solution' (2 Discs)
"D-Day to Berlin" documents 'Operation Market Garden', 'The Battle of the Bulge' and the discovery of the concentration camps, a horror analysed in detail by the acclaimed documentary "Auschwitz: The Nazis and 'The Final Solution'".

Customer Reviews

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125 of 126 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A top quality selection of BBC documentaries 5 July 2005
This selection of BBC documentaries, which have all been shown as individual separate TV series, provide thoughtful intelligent insight into several of the major pivotal events throughout WW2, which were instrumental in shaping its final outcome.
The standard of the individual programs is up to the usual high professional quality you would expect from BBC productions, being well researched and delivering on the whole an impartial and balanced overview of the subject matter.
Using actual film footage - much of which has not been seen before, these varied presentations combine many in depth, personal eyewitness accounts with excellent narrative and in some cases dramatic reconstructions.
The overall effect is to present the viewer with a selection of several quite separate, informative and entertaining series of individual presentations which span many theatres of operation and help create a greater and deeper understanding of the main events which changed the 20th century.
If you are a history buff then this series is for you, whilst several of the individual series are available separately, such as "The Nazis - A warning from history" many such as the outstanding 4 part "Battlefields" (presented by Richard Holmes) and "Battle of the Atlantic" never were until now.
In short this is an excellent collection that will provide you with many hours of top quality viewing to be enjoyed time and time again.
The only one drawback is the massive price, which would tend to put many potential buyers off - or at least make them look elsewhere for a better offer.
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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top notch 7 July 2007
By Gisli Jokull Gislason VINE VOICE
BBC at its best. With quite a number of WW2 DVD's out there BBC always stands out from the rest. Unlike The World at War (Thames Television) or The Great War (BBC) this isn't one complete show but several series collected togeather. Therefore they lack uniformity and complete overview but individually they stand out and stay quite focused. The two best Series are Nazis a Warning from History - an account of how can humans become monsters and The War in the Atlantic - a superb series that give such a terrific overview and understanding of the war in the North Atlantic.

Some of the shows mix newly made acted recreations of events that bring the subjesct to life mixed in with WW2 footage and interviews with veteran's. And it is the veteran's that are the strongest part of all the shows. Men from privates to majors, from comercial sailors to U-boat Captains, telling tales of first hand experience. Most of the series where made around the year 2000 and every year more and more of the people that lived through the war pass away. And soon we will no longer have series such as these...

The price is high but with around 26 hours of quality television programming - you get you pennies worth.
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74 of 77 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid but not complete 18 April 2007
By K. Finn
A solid collection of some of the best series the BBC have produced on this subject matter.

Disappointing in that the excellent 'The Road To War' series, written by the incisive Charles Wheeler (eminent former stalwart of Newsnight,) only includes four of the eight episodes from that series.

The episodes relating to Great Britain, Japan, Italy and the USA are here, but four episodes which are somewhat critical in the broader insight given by this series are arbitrarily and perplexingly omitted. Namely those concerning Germany, Russia and France and the final episode devoted to a summation and overview of the couple of years prior to the outbreak of war.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Usual quality from BBC history dept. 2 July 2010
A superb collection of documentaries from the BBC archives from the past 20 years . All the heavy weights are here , Laurence Rees (Nazis a warning from history, War of the Century , Auschwitz ) narrated by Samuel West , the best narrator ever . Richard Holmes ( battlefields ) , etc.
It may be a bit 'pricey' but with this sort of quality over a total of 20 hours you cannot complain.
Improvements? Well anything can be improved and I would of like to have seen included, War Walks by Richard Holmes and Jeremy Clarksons 2 execellent documentaries about Victoria Cross and the raid on ST Nazire.

I hope in the future that the BBC does the same with World War One.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 20th Century history - World War II 5 April 2011
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First class in-depth treatment of the second World War and events leading up to it. Awesome and accessible to the non-specialist. Very watchable even though grim in parts.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Vital. 4 July 2006
Yes, the price is a bit on the high side, but it's worth it. With such series as: The Nazis; A Warning From History and Auschwitz, this collection is a must have if you have any interest in the history of the Second World War.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great package, will a selection of some of the best BBC documentaries,
with precise information and amazing images.
Any World war II entusiast should have this BOX SET.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The essential historic document 8 July 2011
I bought this, quite simply, as an extraordinary reference work. All of the documentary series included are paragons of the genre. They contain many first-hand accounts from both surviving victims and perpetrators which are of incaculable value in trying to understand the 'how and why' of this most terrifying of twentieth century events. Every library shelf should have this set.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars How the BBC has covered World War Two
Good for someone wanting to gain an understanding of the Second World War in general. Explores the key battles - Dunkirk, Battle of the Atlantic, El Alamein, the campaign against... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Austin Stortt
5.0 out of 5 stars The BBC First class collection
For the price of this collection of fantastic series you get 26 hours worth. The collection of series is nicely packaged and the veterans make the series. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Dad's Army
This is good of its kind. I much prefer a pure documentary approach but I also appreciate that mant people prefer docu-drama to documentary evidence or talking heads. Read more
Published on 24 Mar 2012 by nelson
5.0 out of 5 stars BBC World War two DVD 12 Disk Box Set
A superb series of documentaries and a docu-drama from the BBC. They have kept to their usual high standards of research and interviews. Read more
Published on 28 Feb 2012 by BlackDog661
1.0 out of 5 stars WWII collection 12 disc set
I am not happy with this set. We cannot play a dvd. It comes up "PLAYBACK PROHIBITED BY REGION CODE". Now what do we do with this set?
Published on 13 Feb 2012 by doglover
5.0 out of 5 stars The best collection
Excellent edition from BBC, highly recommended for anyone interessted in WW history. Very well presented with good overview of the discs.
Published on 5 Jan 2012 by Hope
5.0 out of 5 stars Compulsory viewing!!!
Having just spent the past number of months travelling through Eastern Europe its with great regret I didnt watch these DVD's before going. Read more
Published on 18 July 2011 by Declan Edge
5.0 out of 5 stars exellent the best ww2 collection ever.
this is by far the best ww2 collection and now it is only [...] an absolute bargain it was originaly [...] i shall enjoy this for many years exellent service by amazon as usual. Read more
Published on 12 Jan 2011 by S. M. Dunn
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