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  • Actors: Albrecht Brauning, John Kenneth Galbraith, Tsuyako Kii, Bernard Kops, Ekkehard Maurer
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Fremantle
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Aug. 2000
  • Run Time: 432 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004VVR5
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,581 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Sir Laurence Olivier narrates a further eight episodes of Jeremy Isaacs' epic documentary: 'Desert - The War in North Africa - 1940-1943'; 'Stalingrad - 1942-1943'; 'Wolfpack - 1939-1944'; 'Red Star - The Soviet Union - 1941-1943'; 'Whirlwind - Bombing Germany - September 1939-Aptil 1944'; 'Tough Old Gut - 1942-1943'; 'It's a Lovely Day Tomorrow - 1942-1943'; and 'Home Fires'.

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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.

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

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 Jan. 2001
Format: DVD
This DVD is worth it just for Stalingrad, Wolf Pack and Red Star alone, without even taking the other episodes into account. The Stalingrad episode stands out as exceptional, covering the entire battle in amazing detail. The Wolf Pack episode is also first class telling the story not only from the U-Boat side, but also from the side of the sailors who had to run the gauntlet across the Atlantic in cargo ships, dodging the submarines.
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By lotofrot on 1 July 2014
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Wonderful, and you cannot beat English when well spoken and understandable.
Would recommend to all interested in our history, and achievements.
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I would give it more than 5 stars if I could. 18 Oct. 2006
By Michael Lawrence - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
...although this documentary is more than 30 years old, its content, its interviews, and its narration stand the test of time. I have not seen such a moving and informative documentry on WWII since I cannot recall. Laurence Olivier's narration, interviews with personnel and civilians of the war give the viewer an insight into WWII that few shows have matched. The amount of original footage that is shown is the best collection I've ever seen and is paced excellently. If you are a WWII buff, this series belongs in your collection. Even if you only have a casual interest in one of history's greatest conflicts, this series is a MUST see. You will not be dissapointed.
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