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The World At War - Complete TV Series (11 Disc Box Set) [DVD]

Laurence Olivier , Anthony Eden    Exempt   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (472 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Laurence Olivier, Anthony Eden, Averell Harriman, Albert Speer, Siegfried Westphal
  • 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: 11
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Fremantle
  • DVD Release Date: 25 April 2005
  • Run Time: 1352 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (472 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008WQ9Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,405 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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. --Mark Walker

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* PRIDE IN BATTLE – CITY’S GREATEST DERBIES 1969 -2005 The World at War was first broadcast 31st October 1973. This television series was able to assemble these recollections, together with archive footage.


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245 of 256 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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199 of 208 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.

BUT
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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113 of 118 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic WWII Films 27 Dec 2005
By A Customer
Format:DVD
The World at War (30th Anniversary Ed.) has 26 films that give a unique insight into the war as well as 8 presentations. The films have 3 elements. The archive black and white film runs for the majority of the programmes, the interviews of people who survived and lastly the narration of the story of WW2. Compared to modern series of WW2 these films have several attractions: Thoroughness, there are no general outlines of events with the whole war packed into 50mins. There are no actors. The narration is first rate and well researched. There is originality, even if you’ve read books on WW2 you will still find interest here, things you didn’t know, a memory, idea or opinion that makes you think.
These films portray the horrors of war with executions, concentration camps and bodies lying. This is war in its vulgarity. It is something that makes you feel sad. It also shows the form of this war in infantry, naval, aerial combat, and tank warfare to name a few. People interested in computer simulations of this period may be interested to see what these sims are aiming for. I found the main 26 episodes to be a great insight into WW2. The additional 8 presentations I didn’t like so much. This was mainly due to repetition. Even with my memory I recall previous interviews and archive scenes that were on the original series. This takes some of the originality away. If the 8 presentations are watched in isolation then this is fine. I did like some of the presentations and they are well researched, its just after the original I found them a little disappointing. I did find some trivial dislikes of the DVD package: The making of the series as the first film - this should be at the end.
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128 of 134 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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5.0 out of 5 stars The World At War: The Ultimate Restored Edition 2010
This epic combination of original film footage and interviews with survivors from both sides of the conflict tells the story of WW2 in great detail and is a definitive account of... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Ken Painter
5.0 out of 5 stars Epic TV series
Amazing production values for footage from the 40's and a TV production from the 70's. I was concerned about some negative reviews around the wide screen version but it isn't... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Michael Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars A must
I watched this series on TV as a 6 years old in America. It looks different now but still an incredible job. Read more
Published 16 days ago by yuval goldbourt
5.0 out of 5 stars In a class of it's own
This series goes without saying is the greatest documentary on WW2 ever made. In Blu-Ray form it has just stepped up a notch.
Published 25 days ago by J
5.0 out of 5 stars best ww2 doco
Still the best world war two documentary that has been made. Now upgraded and polished to perfection in blue ray.
Published 27 days ago by ray julien
5.0 out of 5 stars The standard to beat
A classic series. Great historical footage and compelling interviews with people who were involved in WWII.Laurence Olivier's narration is excellent.
Published 1 month ago by tim
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Collection
Exactly what I expected it to be very interesting and great quality.

Look forward to ordering more to soon.

Richard Templeton.
Published 1 month ago by Richard Templeton
5.0 out of 5 stars The World at War plus
This is an excellent version of Thames TV's 1970s production of "The World at War". The entire twenty-odd episodes in the original series is included, plus additional... Read more
Published 1 month ago by S JONES
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the one
This is the one you have to get for your collection nicely fitted for big screen tv's ,endless extras very good sounds effects course most of the film material was filmed without... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Albert Gheuens
5.0 out of 5 stars Great present
This was a well received birthday present for my Dad. He loves to watch war documentaries and so this was ideal.
Published 1 month ago by jaybeecee
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