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The War [DVD][2007]

Ken Burns , Lynn Novick    Exempt   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Ken Burns, Lynn Novick
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Black & White, Anamorphic, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Simply Media
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Oct 2008
  • Run Time: 864 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CHG090
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,023 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Seven-part docudrama series exploring the history and horrors of World War 2 from an American perspective, recounting the personal experiences of citizens of four American towns.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MOVED TO TEARS... 5 April 2012
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I have to rate this documentary right up there with the very best ever made on the subject of WWII, up there with The World At War. This is a very different approach to this subject, very personal, heartwarming and yes, heartbreaking, the people, the places, the battles at home and abroad, the mothers wringing their hands, waiting at home to hear word of their boys, all of it strung together as only a loving artist could create. Do yourself a favour and buy this as soon as possible, even if you think WWII documentaries are not for you, you will be greatly surprised and rewarded. It has to be one of the most lovingly put together Documenataries I have ever watched on any subject. To the makers: Well done, what a job you have done. Deserved an Oscar hands down!
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Human suffering and courage 28 Sep 2008
I have just finished watching the entire series "The War"Ken Burns - The War [2007], directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. It is the most gripping, extraordinary account of that terrible war that I have seen, not least because it succeeds like no other film in relating the very personal stories of men and women from four American cities, against the background of historical fact. Perhaps most remarkably it accomplishes this goal without the unfortunate overdose of patriotism and propaganda that I, as an American citizen whose father fought in that war, have been so often disappointed by in the past. As the film's directors state on the supplementary disc, since the men, women and children who survived the Second World War are departing this life, it is a story which simply had to be told.
John Hatley, Niedernhausen, Germany
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First degree Burns 19 Jan 2011
By Gizmophobic VINE VOICE
Ken Burns presents a 5 disc, 14 episode account of America's experience of WWII. A 6th disc of extras consists of a War information film about one of the towns featured, Mobile, plus examples of deleted interviews, and perhaps of most interest,a 30 minute "making of the film " feature. I don't usually watch those but in this case its very worthwhile and puts some of the problems of the project in context and may even be worth watching before the main event.
The first difficulty is clearly the volume of the footage to deal with, another is the scale of the carnage and a third our own familiarity with this material. Its part of the human condition that we are shocked when we see the violence of a road accident at close quarters yet we can let the enormous suffering of hundreds of thousands pass by on screen with scarcely a flicker. Burns wisely tries to concentrate his focus by choosing 4 towns, Sacramento, Mobile, Waterbury and Laverne. We are introduced to a core group of survivors of the time and so trace their experiences from Pearl Harbour to VJ day.
The combat footage required careful matching of authentic sounds to silent films, and though this is done masterfully the problem of war documentary fatigue remains. Burns employs his trademark techniques of using extensive stills,often gradually zooming in so we can take in the details, together with evocative music of the time, plus specially commissioned contributions in the jazz style from Wynton Marsalis. This approach will be familiar to those who have seen the marvelous Civil War documentary from the same director. It doesn't work quite as brilliantly here, partly as much of the jazz score is quite jaunty and this makes an awkward juxtaposition with the tragic material.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Devastating 28 Jan 2012
This is the best documentary series about World War Two I have ever seen. It's not only immensely interesting about the progress of the war iteslf, its unique method is to show the war through the memories of people who where there. I found it intensely moving, I frequently had tears in my eyes. How can anyone not be affected by the appalling waste of life? That war had to be fought but my God....I was nine years old in England at the time of D-Day, and it's strange to think that all those dreadful things were happening, men and women were being alaughtered while I was unaware and doing childish things. It's good to see something like Ken Burns' 'The War' which is a reminder and a dreadful warning.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There is no bias here: it's called perspective 18 Oct 2012
Once again Ken Burns delivers a great documentary of how Americans lived through WWII. Focusing on four rural towns in America, Burns makes the stories from the war personal, and real. To the UK, no bombs fell on American cities, but they suffered from German U-boat attacks, and rationing.

Episode two of this series shows the courage of Americans stationed in England, wondering if they're going to come back after every B-17 daylight mission. Before the P-51 Mustang was an escort to Germany, those bomber crews were killed by the hundreds per mission.

While the worst fighting in Europe was between the Soviets, and the Germans, the US were fighting "total war" with the Japanese on every small island in the Pacific. Ken Burns brilliantly gives light to battles in the Pacific that are not well known, yet just as important as Iwo Jima, and Okinawa.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best WW2 documentaries 11 Nov 2012
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Contrasting small town America with the horrors of the conflicts in Europe, Africa and the Far East, "The War" is one of the best WW2 documentaries. All of the usual events are mentioned, such as the attack on Pearl Harbor, D-Day, Guadalcanal and the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombs, but also less known battles in Africa and the Far East.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great set
I bought this for my husband. He saw the series on TV and wanted the boxed set. Its a great series and well worth watching
Published 4 months ago by Mrs J G C Charles
5.0 out of 5 stars Barrie's comment
seriously good, what I have come to expect from Ken Burns. Being a child of WW2 it brought home the trials and rigors my father faced but never talked about. Thanks Ken
Published 7 months ago by barrie harmsworth
5.0 out of 5 stars a classic heart rending story on film
brilliant piece of history told in no holds barred way I felt I was actually there I recommend this dvd to any one who relates In anyway to world war two
Published 13 months ago by ronald cox
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful & utterly emotional
Without doubt the most personal and emotional series on the second world war.It brings the whole thing deep down to where it belongs : for all of us, soldiers of all countries,... Read more
Published 15 months ago by M. Molker
1.0 out of 5 stars mawkish and sentimental
I was seriously disappointed with this set, I hoped, being an american production that there would be good colour footage of combat in the pacific theatre, unfortunately not. Read more
Published on 26 Oct 2011 by Mark Norris
3.0 out of 5 stars Ken Burns war
This could have inspired Band of Brothers or Saving Private Ryan> American centric but hey, they made it and once again Ken Burns does a fine job, it takes all afternoon to watch,... Read more
Published on 23 May 2011 by lenny barratt
5.0 out of 5 stars The American War in Context.
I first watched this documentary on television and was so taken with it that I just had to own it. It tells the progress of World War 2 from the viewpoint of the inhabitants of... Read more
Published on 21 Feb 2011 by C. Fontenelle
5.0 out of 5 stars The War - Ken Burns
Not much to say except this is an amazing, poignant doc on the 2nd world war. Nothing but genuine footage and a biased, of course, but not aggressively so view of the various... Read more
Published on 1 Jan 2011 by JayPee
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