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The World at War - The Ultimate Restored Edition [Blu-ray] [1973] [Region Free]

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  • Directors: Peter Tiffin
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: Unknown
  • Number of discs: 9
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Fremantle Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 20 Sept. 2010
  • Run Time: 1949 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (638 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003IN7YPU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,435 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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. Now on Blu-ray this is the ultimate way to watch this classic series. 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
5.1 DTS HDMA surround sound audio
New widescreen presentation
Each frame was panned and scanned according to strict guidelines following the tests done to ensure that the focus of the picture is always on the most important action so that we retained the quality of the original series.

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.

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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, for many of the eyewitnesses captured on film did not have long left to live: the programme-makers were only just in time. 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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.5 out of 5 stars

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Chris Gillies on 26 Mar. 2015
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is an awesome series, first seen by me in the early 80s and watched again recently on BBC in original 4:3 format. Imagine my horror when this turned up and I popped the first disk in - the original has been letterboxed to fit a widescreen TV. My TV is 51" and the program is nearly 40 years - zooming in to fit the screen effectively zooms in to show you the pixels of the original.

This is advertised as "Restored" but surely that means to "bring back or re-establish (a previous right, practice, or situation), return (someone or something) to a former condition, place, or position or repair or renovate (a building, work of art, etc.) so as to return it to its original condition."

If I restored a Rembrandt, you'd expect to see more vivid colours, if I restored an early Rolling Stones album you'd expect to have better clarity in the sound. You wouldn't expect that Rembrandt to be missing the top and bottom quarters of the painting, you wouldn't expect that drum and vocal tracks to be removed from the songs. Whatever possessed the producers of this DVD to ruin the video image is beyond me, someone somewhere must have realised what a stupid idea it would be. The sole purpose of this series is to document in video and word the horrors of war, with original hard-to-watch camera footage (which REALLY brings home the horror of war) and the heart breaking testimonies of those involved and affected.

I cannot say enough how much the conversion of screen format has destroyed this for me. I would advise you steer clear of buying this.
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171 of 181 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 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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173 of 183 people found the following review helpful By Jl Adcock TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Feb. 2006
Format: DVD
The World at War never looked better. Digital re-mastering has made archive footage and colour interviews appear freshly-minted, and certainly justifies the upgrade if you already own the series on video. The sheer, moving quality of this documentary continues to deliver a powerful message over 30 years after it was made. The extra material is more than enough for the die-hard war documentary watcher. And it all takes up less room than one of those old plastic double video packs. Every world leader should be given a copy of this magnificent, essential series, and made to watch it before deciding on launching the world into another conflict.
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264 of 280 people found the following review helpful By Wilz VINE VOICE on 8 May 2007
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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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