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The World At War: The Ultimate Restored 40th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray] [Region Free]

Peter Tiffin    Exempt   Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (504 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Directors: Peter Tiffin
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 9
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Fremantle Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Sep 2010
  • Run Time: 1949 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (504 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003IN7YPU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,250 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

From Amazon.co.uk

When this epic series was first broadcast in 1973 it redefined the gold standard for television documentary; it remains the benchmark by which all factual programming must judge itself. Originally shown as 26 one-hour programmes, The World at War set out to tell the story of the Second World War through the testimony of key participants. The result is a unique and unrepeatable event, since many of the eyewitnesses captured on film did not have long left to live. Each hour-long programme is carefully structured to focus on a key theme or campaign, from the rise of Nazi Germany to Hitler's downfall and the onset of the Cold War. There are no academic "talking heads" here to spell out an official version of history; the narration, delivered with wonderful gravitas by Sir Laurence Olivier, is kept to a minimum. The show's great coup was to allow the participants to speak for themselves. Painstaking research in the archives of the Imperial War Museum also unearthed a vast quantity of newsreel footage, including on occasion the cameraman's original raw rushes which present an unvarnished and never-before-seen picture of important events. Carl Davis' portentous main title theme and score underlines the grand scale of the enterprise. The original 26 episodes were supplemented three years later by six special programmes (narrated by Eric Porter), bringing the total running-time to a truly epic 32 hours.

Now digitally remastered The World at War looks even more of an impressive achievement on DVD. Available in five volumes, each handsomely packaged double-disc set comes with a detailed menu that places the individual programmes along a chronological timeline. Better yet, chapter access is laid out to allow you to select key speeches or maps or newsreel footage. The World at War was a landmark television event; its DVD incarnation underlines its importance as an historical document. --Mark Walker

Product Description

The World at War: The Ultimate Restored Edition is the definitive version of one of the greatest documentary series ever made. Each frame has been painstakingly restored and the audio enhanced and upgraded so that this is the best this award-winning series has ever looked and sounded. Narrated by Laurence Olivier and first broadcast in 1973 when memories of the Second World War were still clear in people's minds and the war's veterans numerous, over 26 episodes this unique series assembled these recollections, together with archive footage, to create one of the most powerful and successful historical documentaries ever seen. The voices of those that fought, worked or watched during the war gave each episode a vivid sense of what it was like to be there and was the hallmark of the series. Brand new to this DVD boxset for the first time ever: Hard of hearing subtitles, New widescreen presentation, 5.1 Dolby Digital surround sound audio. Over 10 hours of special features includes: Brand new - Restoring the World at War - narrated by Sir Jeremy Isaacs, this feature explores every element of the restoration process, 11 features including the making of the original series, Photo galleries, Biographies Speeches and songs, Newsreels and maps.


Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
220 of 229 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I read all the reviews above and opted to buy the blu-ray version. Obviously anyone reading this knows what an incredible ground breaking series this is. I am simply looking at the Blu-ray version. The new edition is presented in fantastic boxset, with amazing sound and extras.

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The cropping issue is just so difficult not to notice. I found it a continual distraction. Especially in each an every interview, with chins and tops of heads missing. The quality of the picture is fantastic with amazing clarity. Why oh why did they have to do a hatchet job and cut what looks like about a 3rd out of the picture. SURELY they could have released with both original 4:3 and 16:9 options on the Blu-ray. Supposedly the makers claim you are just losing "non-important" material. But even on opening scene of the devastated french town I had to cringe when I saw how tops of buildings were cropped and the wrecked car seemed awkwardly cramped into the screen.

I wouldnt consider myself a 4:3 "purist" and in fact am more of a 16:9 blu-ray enthusiast. I awaited keanly for the Blu-ray release. I read the reviews and kept my fingers croosed I wouldnt notice the cropping. However now I have to say I am reconsidering whether to sell the blu-ray in favour of the DVD. I am going to buy the 2004 DVD special edition now and compare them side to side. I think as long as the DVD looks acceptable I will probably switch to this. After all this is a historical documentary NOT a hollywood movie. Hence I favour lower def but with the complete documentary non-cropped. I hope seriously the makers read these reviews and consider using the high def material they have to re-issue a 4:3 version in blu-ray, although sadly I doubt it. I think the high def/cropping will be a 50/50 dividing issue for most people. Shame the program makers made us all have to make this choice! Otherwise this would have been an ultimate edition.
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250 of 261 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cannot be repeated 8 May 2007
By Wilz VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
When first made many of the people directly involved at high level were still alive and their views, with hindsight, are fascinating. Many ordinary people, from all the countries involved (except USSR - behind the Iron Curtain at the time) give personal accounts. Not a boring history, this wonderful programme gives a clear view of the build up to, the progress of and the problems after the War that had a huge impact on my parents generation. Look at the "men" involved. 19 - 20 year olds - its unimaginable today. For any one who has only a limited idea of what went on, this is very revealing and instructive without being in any way like a school lesson. To be able to watch an episode whenever you want to is a joy and this quality of production goes to show what drivel we are now being fed.

It also gives an intriguing insight into why post war Europe has become what it now is and the whole film is, in my view, probably the most unbiased account you will get of such an event.

It stands, shoulder to shoulder, with "The Great War" which is another epic production this time covering World War 1 and produced by the BBC. Both should be compulsory viewing for schools.
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138 of 144 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular and important piece of work 27 Nov 2002
Format:DVD
In 1970, producer Jeremy Issacs wanted to create the " definitive televisual history of the Second World War" that "should balance out the 'view from the top' with the 'view from the bottom'". The World at War (TWaW) achieved this mammoth task and more, collecting nearly a million feet of interview and location film.
Preserved indefinitely on DVD format (on 10 discs), this series, as other reviewers have already commented, is impressive (to say the least). Added gravitas is provided by the great Sir Laurence Olivier as narrator. There seems no need to re-iterate the praise this DVD very much deserves/
The full episode contents of the DVD special edition are as follows:
* The Making of World at War (exclusive to DVD)
* A New Germany : 1933 - 1939
* Distant War : 1939 - 1940
* France Falls : May - June 1940
* Alone in Britain : May 1940 - June 1941
* Barbarossa : June - Dec 1941
* Banzai - Japan Strikes
* On Our Way - America Enters The War
* Desert - The War in North Africa
* Stalingrad
* Wolfpack
* Redstar - The Soviet Union : 1941 - 1943
* Whirlwind - Bombing Germany : September 1939 - April 1944
* Tough Old Gut
* It's a Lovely Day Tomorrow
* Home Fires
* Inside the Reich : Germany 1940 - 1944
* Morning
* Occupation
* Pincers
* Genocide
* Nemesis
* Japan 1941-45
* Pacific
* The Bomb
* Reckoning
* Remember
* Secretary to Hitler
* Who Won World War II?
* Warrior
* Hitler's Germany: 1933 - 1939
* Hitler's Germany: 1939 - 1945
* The Two Deaths of Hitler
* The Final Solution - Auschwitz Part 1
* The Final Solution - Auschwitz Part 2

Not only for the specialist or enthusiast, this is now a crucial collection of material that the forthcoming generations who should learn about their ancestors and the value of peace. This is a non-patronising series that is a must for every DVD collection.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Authorative (but the menu is *utterly* hopeless) 26 Dec 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I agree with the previous reviewer - the dreadful chapter-navigation interface on this collection makes it almost impossible to locate any particular episode.
I found it irksome and confusing both before (and after) I understood the structure of the index: it's a great pity that this transfer of an important TV documentary series to DVD has been subject to such an amateurish and user-unfriendly index of the episodes. I assume the newer version (recently made available and advertised by Amazon at twice the price of the discs reviewed here) has a better interface.
More positively - the interviews. Whether from high-ranking officials or well-placed combatants (from all sides), some of whose names are known only as footnotes in the histories, much of WAW’s gravitas comes from interviews with people whose decisions, experience, trauma or hopes were instrumental in creating the ÒWorld War TwoÓ of common imagination. To hear Albert Speer or Christabel Bielberg or Traudl Junge or innumerable other witnesses discuss "their war" is as unique an experience as can be found outside the archives of the Imperial War Museum.
Almost all these witnesses are now dead. In an age when Revisionist theories are creating dramatic new perspectives on WW2, and on our understanding of how they impact on our contemporary political world-view, the testament of those ‘who were there’ takes on an even greater significance.
An essential part of any historian's reference collection.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Ignore the complainers
Some have criticised this blu ray release for the chopping off of the top of heads in order to accommodate 16:9 ratio.
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Published 1 day ago by The Wolf
5.0 out of 5 stars ... watched this series back in 1973 and thought an excellent world...
I first watched this series back in 1973 and thought an excellent world war series then now I am older and watching this box set now I find it a very informative piece of history
Published 2 days ago by mr j w roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic series.
A fantastic, knowledgeable and well informed series of documentary films on the war to end all wars. It should be on everybody's shelf.
Published 6 days ago by Stef1972
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Bought for my husbands 65th. He loves it
Published 10 days ago by pamela marshall
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Watched it originally in the 80's, enjoying watching again.
Published 11 days ago by Mr G Shaw
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Up to now it`s great, Have not finished viewing it yet.
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Published 13 days ago by ALEXANDER McCUTCHEON
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Bought as a present for my dad. He loved the original series that he watched back in the 80's and loved this high def version too.
Published 19 days ago by Joey
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Swift delivery of this classic series.
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