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The War Poets [DVD]


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  • Format: PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Cromwell
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Mar 2006
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ELL7VQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,268 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Brian Blessed narrates this account of war poetry throughout the ages to WWI. Oxford professor Jon Stallworthy provides a critique of the works cited, whilst archive footage and specially commissioned images combine to bring the poems to life.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Clark on 27 Aug 2008
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A modest albeit low budget but very enjoyable little documentary made realy special by the towering presence of the great Brian Blessed a man imbued with more character than any other ten narraters you could think of. The discussion of the poetry is interesting the readings are great particularly Mr Blessed's and for under a fiver you couldnt do better if like me you are fascinated by the war poets.

Kind Regards

Jim Clark aka poetryanimations at youtube where you can see all the major war poets reincarnated and reading their most famous poems plus hundreds of other great poets
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Sturgess TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Mar 2013
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Between them Prof Stallworthy and Brian Blessed provide a superb inight into the emergence of war poetry dating back to the days of the Anglo Saxons and then moving steadily and coherently forwards through historical time to the poetry of more recent events and ages. This puts the poetry of WWI into a coherent historical and social perspective.

Within the space fof an hour, the amount of ground covered is immense and yet it doesn't feel as if you are skimmed lightly over the surface. The stark reality of earliest war poetry written by Anglo Saxons and Welsh poets and bards moves forwards into the eras of romanticism and jingoism when poetry about war lost touch with warfield reality in favour of national fervour and misplaced ideals and distortions of historical valour and knightly prowess. Prof Stallworthy clearly explains why and how it was that the emergence in WWI of poetry by soldiers rather than officers spread before world increasingly brutal, but beautifully crafted, images of war and the lives of soldiers in the field.

I'm not a massive fan of Brian Blessed when he goes into hyperdrive, but all credit to him here, as his performances only rage when appropriate. He uses his voice and acting skills to perfection. His final reading of 'Dulce et decorum est' is shattering.

So - if you only want to look at poetry written during WWI, then maybe this isn't the DVD for you. But if you want poetry of that age and war set into a historical contrast, I heartily recommend this brilliant DVD.
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I found this a very useful overview of British war poets and poetry, the WW1 poetry taking up the last 20 odd minutes. john
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By M. W. Stallwood on 18 May 2014
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Tried to watch it; thought it would be good for use at GCSE level but was quickly bored by the forced gravitas of the readings (plus the narration). Have to be honest....flicked through it. Won't be using it in school.
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